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Matter of time

Posted on 10 September 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighted to get off the mark in the Premier League at Wolves and insisted: "We knew it would come."

Harry Redknapp was delighted to get off the mark in the Premier League at Wolves and insisted: "We knew it would come."

A fortnight after the home loss to Manchester City and with new signings Scott Parker and Emmanuel Adebayor making their debuts, the team registered their first points of the campaign at the third attempt with a 2-0 win at Molineux.

An entertaining first half remained goalless after chances and fine saves at both ends.

The second half was slightly more subdued and the first goal was always going to be vital.

Step up Emmanuel, who latched onto Scott's pass, skipped around Wayne Hennessey and slotted home in the 67th minute.

We were comfortable after that and made the game safe 10 minutes later when Jermain Defoe exchanged passed with Niko Kranjcar before firing into the bottom corner.

"It was great to win, but it was only going to be a matter of time," said Harry.

"We've had two difficult games. We went to United and for 70 minutes matched them all the way, then gave a couple of silly goals away and ended up losing 3-0. We then played City at home and again, for 35 minutes, we were bang in the game but they took their chances and we didn’t.

"You look at United and City and anyone taking points off them will do well this season.

"We were open against City and I felt we were more solid with Scott Parker in the middle of the park at Wolves, he made a massive difference.

"Adebayor was also excellent, held the ball up for us, brought players into play, kept the ball and Ledley King coming back was a big bonus, he's different class.

"You can’t forget that Brad made a great save in the first half, yet again, at 0-0, a world-class save. He’s been fantastic since he’s been here, even though we’ve had a couple of heavy defeats.

"We drew at Wolves last year, lost the year before. It's a tough place to come. For me, the teams I looked at that would push on this season are Wolves, West Brom and Stoke. They’ve all improved, bought well and all three clubs very difficult to play against, Stoke beat Liverpool, that didn’t surprise me.

"We’ve a good team and we’ll be right there again at the end of the season.

"I think the new players will make a difference and we’ve got players to come back, like Sandro, van der Vaart, Gallas. There is a fantastic group waiting to push these players for their places and that’s what we need."