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Lads pass character test

Posted on 30 October 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp praised the spirit and character of the side after our fantastic late, late show gained a precious point at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

Lads pass character test

Harry Redknapp praised the spirit and character of the side after our fantastic late, late show gained a precious point at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

David Bentley's wonder goal put us ahead but set-piece goals either side of half-time and Emmanuel Adebayor's strike on 64 minutes put the home side in the driving seat.

Darren Bent responded for 3-2 but any hopes of a comeback appeared quashed just over a minute later when Adebayor set up Robin Van Persie for 4-2.

The clock had ticked into the final 90 seconds when Gael Clichy slipped on halfway, Jermaine Jenas picked up the ball, dribbled to the edge of the bx and curled into the far corner for 4-3.

Four minutes of added time soon went up and with the clock showing 48.15, Luka Modric hit a dipper against the post and Aaron Lennon was on hand to bury the rebound for 4-4.

"Amazing," said Harry. "I thought at 1-0 with 10 minutes to half-time, let's get to half-time 1-0 up because it's going to be a tight game.

"We couldn't defend the set-pieces though, got back into the game at 3-2 then gave a terrible goal away and it looked all over at 4-2 but full credit to the lads, we kept going and pulled an amazing result out of the bag.

"I thought we started well. We got a great goal from David Bentley, passed the ball well - I felt we passed it as well as them in the first half.

"Suddenly we conceded from a set-piece, Silvestre wasn't picked up well and then we came out second half and conceded a second goal from a set-piece, we're 2-1 down in no time.

"It was then 3-1 but we got back to 3-2 and were thinking 'let's see what we're made of' but before we had a chance of doing anything we gave another goal away.

"So credit to the lads. We kept going and showed a lot of character."