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Rafa 'class' - Harry

Posted on 24 October 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to Rafa van der Vaart after the Dutch star's double secured maximum points at Blackburn.

Harry Redknapp paid tribute to Rafa van der Vaart after the Dutch star's double secured maximum points at Blackburn.

Rafa opened the scoring at Ewood Park with a clinical sidefoot finish after Kyle Walker's run and cross in the 14th minute.

Mauro Formica levelled for Rovers before half-time before the moment of the match as Rafa curled home from 20 yards to secure the 2-1 win in the 53rd minute.

That made it five goals in the last four goals for Rafa and five wins in the last six for us in the Premier League.

"Rafa's a class finisher, a clinical goalscorer," said Harry.

"He did the same last season, scored goals for us week in, week out.

"I’ve said this season that he’s capable of scoring 20 goals and being right up there with the top goalscorers, he’s a fantastic finisher."

Harry admitted it was a tough decision to leave Jermain Defoe on the bench again.

"It was a difficult because Jermain’s been in great form," he added.

"I’ve got Rafa and Jermain, both outstanding players. Rafa’s in the team and five goals in four games, you can’t argue with that."