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I thought we'd win at 2-1 - Harry

Posted on 16 October 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was convinced we'd go on to beat Newcastle after taking a 2-1 lead at St James' Park on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp was convinced we'd go on to beat Newcastle after taking a 2-1 lead at St James' Park on Sunday.

Jermain Defoe's fired us into that lead in the 68th minute only for Shola Ameobi to cancel it out with five minutes remaining.

That set-up a grandstand finish where the home side threw everything at us but we held on for a point.

Earlier, Rafa van der Vaart slotted home a penalty in the 40th minute after Emmanuel Adebayor was tripped by Stephen Taylor but Newcastle hit back two minutes into the second half through Demba Ba.

We had a number of chances on the break between Jermain's goal and Ameobi's equaliser, much to Harry's frustration.

"At 2-1, I felt comfortable," said Harry. "I thought there was only going to be one winner, and that was us.

"We hit them on the break and had some fantastic situations. We could have finished them off but we didn't pick the right pass or release the ball quick enough or had a shot when we could have passed.

"I wasn't happy with us in the first half. I thought we started well for 15 minutes but then we didn't keep the ball.

"In the second half I thought we did much better. Luka got on the ball, started running with the ball, opened them up and we created some fantastic positions.

"Jermain Defoe came off the bench and took a great goal. At that stage, I could only see us winning.

"It's always a tough place to come to, a great atmosphere and they are also in good form, and unbeaten. I just felt at 2-1 up, we were in control and when you are in that position with five minutes remaining, you are looking for the three points."

Meanwhile, Harry reported that Ledley King suffered an adductor muscle injury and had to be replaced by Sebastien Bassong after 30 minutes.