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Luka the key

Posted on 10 December 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp felt Luka Modric's influence was one of the keys to Monday night's win at West Ham.

Luka the key

Harry Redknapp felt Luka Modric's influence was one of the keys to Monday night's win at West Ham.

Luka looked bright as a button after a fortnight's lay-off with a groin problem in his role playing just off the striker as we came away from Upton Park with a vital 2-0 victory in the Barclays Premier League.

Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola admitted Luka caused his side problems, especially in the second half as goals from Ledley King and Jamie O'Hara secured the three points.

"We've got to get Luka on the ball and I felt we did that in the second half," reflected Harry. "The more he got into the game, the more influential he became.

"He plays in that little space in-between (the striker and midfield) and we've got to be confident enough to give him the ball even in tight areas because can receive it when it's tight, he has that much ability. We have to use him in there and that was important."

Harry also had praise for us defensively - we kept chances to a minimum until the final minute when Heurelho Gomes produced a double save to deny Lucas Neill and David Di Michele. We actually broke from that attack to score the second goal.

"We were strong defensively," added Harry. "The back four was excellent. Ledley and Jonathan Woodgate were outstanding and the keeper is improving game by game."

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