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Niko cranks it up!

Posted on 17 December 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp led the plaudits after after another virtuoso performance from Niko Kranjcar in the 3-0 win against City.

Niko cranks it up!

Harry Redknapp led the plaudits after after another virtuoso performance from Niko Kranjcar in the 3-0 win against City on Wednesday night.

The Croatian international has been in flying form of late and capped another outstanding display with two of the three goals against Mark Hughes' men.

Niko scored the key opening goal from close range in the first half, Jermain Defoe added the second 10 minutes into the second half before Niko put the icing on the cake with a solo effort in the final minute.

Taking a short corner from Aaron Lennon, Niko delighted fans by outfoxing Emmanuel Adebayor before slotting past Shay Given.

"Niko was fantastic," declared Harry. "I said to him afterwards that if he didn't get the man of the match award then he's never going to get one! It was a terrific performance. Aaron Lennon was brilliant as well, they all were.

"Niko's been in great form since he's been here. He's a terrific footballer.

"Jermain Defoe looked sharp and took his goal well from Crouchy's knockdown and then Niko's second goal was the highlight for me."

Peter Crouch helped set up Niko's opener when his header from Aaron Lennon's cross hit Stephen Ireland on the line before Niko poked home the rebound.

The striker knew Niko well from their days together at Portsmouth and added: "He's a top-class player and you could see that when he was at Portsmouth.

"He scored a couple of goals and the second was fantastic. He's got that quality to unlock defences and he was outstanding again against City."