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Praise for Pav

Posted on 19 December 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was full of praise for Roman Pavlyuchenko after his match-winning strike against Sunderland.

Harry Redknapp was full of praise for Roman Pavlyuchenko after his match-winning strike against Sunderland.

The Russian international came off the bench for injured Aaron Lennon in the 26th minute and drilled home the winner from Rafa van der Vaart's pass just after the hour as we earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

It was Pav's first goal in the Premier League this season and maintained our place in third with a game in hand - and Chelsea to follow at the Lane on Thursday night.

"Technically, he’s a fantastic player," said Harry. "He's a great striker of the ball and when he’s on his game he’s top-drawer, no doubt about it.

"People say ‘Pav’s going to go’ or we’re looking for another striker, well, it’s diffcult to find anyone better than Pav.

"But it’s difficult. I’ve got Rafa, Jermain, Pav and Adebayor and I can’t play them all, but you need them, as it showed against Sunderland. He came off the bench and won the game for us."

Looking ahead to Chelsea, Harry ruled out any chance of Aaron playing after the winger damaged a hamstring against Sunderland.

However, he gave both Gareth Bale (ankle) and Jermain Defoe (hamstring) a chance of returning.