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No surprises

Posted on 2 May 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp got exactly what he expected as we fought hard for a 1-0 win against West Brom on Saturday.

No surprises

Harry Redknapp got exactly what he expected as we fought hard for a 1-0 win against West Brom on Saturday.

The victory was gained thanks to Jermaine Jenas' sweet strike from 25 yards in the 43rd minute.

West Brom, tidy as ever, caused us problems though. They forced Heurelho Gomes into a fine save in each half, struck the woodwork and saw Jermain Defoe clear off the line from Shelton Martis.

At the same time, we were a constant threat on the break, Defoe was perhaps unfortunate to see a 'goal' chalked off by an offside flag and Aaron Lennon hit the post in injury time.

"I've seen a lot of West Brom and they keep the ball very well but they've conceded some sloppy goals this season," said Harry.

"Box-to-box they pass the ball as well as any team you could see, they keep possession with terrific movement.

"They play with an extra man in midfield and that makes it difficult as well.

"They are close to being a very decent team and I'm not saying that because we've just beaten them, I really like the way they play their football.

"It was a tough game but it's another clean sheet and we've watched replays and Jermain Defoe's goal looked onside, so it could have been two.

"I thought one or two of the lads looked a bit tired but we hung in there, Gomes made a couple of good saves and we had opportunities as well, quick breaks with Aaron Lennon. Overall I was pleased - another clean sheet and another three points."