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Roman conquers!

Posted on 14 April 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp sensed Roman Pavlyuchenko might produce something special against West Ham.

Roman conquers!

Harry Redknapp sensed Roman Pavlyuchenko might produce something special against West Ham.

The Russian hitman did just that within 10 minutes of entering the fray as a substitute in the second half to secure a 1-0 win at the Lane on Saturday.

Roman linked-up with Luka Modric, turned James Collins inside the box and angled a low shot into the corner beyond Robert Green for the winner.

It was a key victory as we try and catch the Hammers for seventh place in the Premier League - we're now ninth, just three points adrift.

"At half-time I made up my mind that I would get Pav on very quickly," reflected Harry.

"Darren Bent's been great for us lately and worked hard but I felt ‘let's try something different'.

"So we brought Pav on knowing he's capable of turning a game with something special and that's what he did.

"His home form is very good and he's scored some decent goals. That's what he's capable of. Technically, he a top-class player."