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High fives from Harry

Posted on 27 March 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the lads after a week to remember - and completing five wins on the trot in the Premier League.

High fives from Harry

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the lads after a week to remember - and completing five wins on the trot in the Premier League.

Last weekend's fine win at Stoke City was followed by Wednesday's memorable comeback and 3-1 win against Fulham to book a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley and now a comfortable 2-0 victory against Portsmouth.

The wins against Wigan, Everton, Blackburn, Stoke and Pompey have strengthened our position in fourth and maintained a run that now stretches to nine matches unbeaten and just two defeats in 21 in all competitions.

Saturday was another positive day as fourth-place rivals Aston Villa suffered a heavy defeat at Chelsea. Liverpool take on Sunderland at Anfield on Sunday, City face Wigan at home on Monday.

"It's been a fantastic week and we're on a terrific run," said Harry. "To win at Stoke was a big for us, then coming back against Fulham.

"We're in great form. The five league wins have made a massive difference and kept us right in the race for that fourth spot."

Goals from Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar in the first half put the issue beyond doubt at the Lane on Saturday although Heurelho Gomes had to make a fine save from Anthony Vanden Borre with the scoreline still 0-0 as we started somewhat slowly.

Pompey's woes weren't helped by losing three players to injury in the second half - both Danny Webber and Hermann Hreidarsson stretchered off - and we stayed in control without adding to the scoreline.

"It was a difficult game," added Harry. "To be fair, they had two good opportunities in the first half and Gomes made two good saves. The second half fizzled out.

"I always thought it would be tough and we were on a hiding to nothing, everyone expected us to win but Portsmouth have turned in some good performances away from home. They are dangerous opposition.

"I knew Avram (Grant) would set them up to be difficult to beat and that was the case.

"In the end it was another vital three points. We've got to keep picking up points and see how we finish."

The only down side to the afternoon was an injury to Michael Dawson, who limped out of the action in the second half. "Michael's Achilles was sore," reported Harry. "We'll wrap him up this week and see how he is."