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'One of the great goals'

Posted on 22 August 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to Gareth Bale after his stunning volley at Stoke on Saturday.

'One of the great goals'

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to Gareth Bale after his stunning volley at Stoke on Saturday.

The Welsh star scored both goals as we gained a vital 2-1 win at one of the toughest venues in the Barclays Premier League.

The goals couldn't have been more of a contrast.

The first, after 15 minutes, saw Ryan Shawcross' attempted cleareance cannon back off Gareth's face and into the net.

The second goal on the half-hour was a different story though after Ricardo Fuller had equalised for the home side.

Aaron Lennon took off on a typical run, checked and clipped a cross to left side of the penalty area where Gareth connected first time with full, shoulder-high volley that zipped into the top corner.

It was a strike worthy of winning any game - and did just that.

"Gareth is unbelievable, he's improved out of all recognition," said Harry.

"That second goal was one of the great goals.

"To put it up into the top corner from where he was positioned was an incredible piece of skill.

"To volley a ball that high was great technique, it was a fantastic goal. The finish was top-class."

Meanwhile, Harry said the five players who missed Stoke through injury - Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe, Giovani, Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko - remained doubtful for our Champions League play-off, second leg against Young Boys at the Lane on Wednesday.

"Defoe probably has the best chance, but the others could be struggling," said Harry.

"But we've got the advantage of two away goals and we need to go out there and win the game. We've got a big chance. It won't be easy, but we've come back from the dead after being 3-0 down."