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Lads pass character test

Posted on 23 August 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was pleased with the way we responded to going behind as we recovered to beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park on Sunday.

Lads pass character test

Harry Redknapp was pleased with the way we responded to going behind as we recovered to beat West Ham 2-1 at Upton Park on Sunday.

Carlton Cole hit a thunderbolt to hand the Hammers the lead 10 minutes into the second half but was then at fault for our equaliser as his misplaced pass allowed Jermain Defoe to smash home his fourth goal in two games.

The winner arrived in the 80th minute as Aaron Lennon nicked the ball away from home defender Jonathan Spector before arrowing a low drive across Robert Green and into the far corner.

It made it three wins in our opening three games in the Barclays Premier League - the first time we've managed that in league action since the famous double year of 1960-61 when Bill Nicholson's great team won their opening 11 games on their way to the First Division title.

"Nine points out of nine is a great start for us," beamed Harry at Upton Park. "It was a difficult game but we showed a lot of character to come back from 1-0 down.

"We scored two good goals and even though we had a lot of help with the first one, it was a still a fantastic finish from Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon scored a great second goal.

"I was pleased with the performance and pleased with the result.

"West Ham worked hard and there are no easy games. We knew it would be tough, they have a passionate crowd here that get behind the team.

"They caused us problems, Cole was a threat, they played Jimenez in behind and we're very open, we play with two out wide and two up front, so teams are going to get opportunities against us because of the way we play, but we'll get opportunities as well."

JD, West Ham away

Naturally after such a positive start, Harry was pressed by the media on our chances of challenging the top four.

"City will certainly be pushing to be a top four team, and there's no reason we can't push," he added.

"We've got good players and there's no reason why we can't be up there having a go at it.

"We only lost one home game last season after I joined - to Everton (back in October) - including all the cup games. We've won two away games already this year. If our home form stands up, we'll be right up there."