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Patience the key - Harry

Posted on 28 December 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was delighed with how the players stuck to their task to overcome a tough Newcastle side 2-0 on Tuesday.

Patience the key - Harry

Harry Redknapp was delighed with how the players stuck to their task to overcome a tough Newcastle side 2-0 on Tuesday.

Two superbly-executed second half goals from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale secured a hard-earned victory to stretch our unbeaten record to 10 matches in all competitions.

It was a testing afternoon's work as the team battled to overcome Newcastle's 4-5-1 system.

We also had to play the final 25 minutes with 10 men following Younes Kaboul's dismissal.

However, the win never looked in doubt as the visitors rarely threatened, even with that man advantage.

"They played a five-man midfield with three central midfield players who are all very strong, very aggressive, and it wasn't easy in there, believe me," said Harry.

"They had an extra man and everytime you look to play through the midfield you are always going to get put under pressure.

"There was no space to play because of the way they play and that made it really difficult. They did it well.

"We had to be patient and in the end we got the ball wide and that's where the two goals came from.

"We showed great character again. It's always handy if you've already got that one-goal advantage if you do go down to 10 men, it gives you something to hold on to.

"But we kept playing and going forward, we didn't sit back. We were still positive and got the second goal with 10 men."

Harry was also delighted to keep a first clean sheet in the Premier League since the goalless draw against City on the opening day of the season.

"It was good to have a clean sheet, we've not had too many," he added.

"We're an open team that attacks at every opportunity and we've found it difficult to keep clean sheets this season."