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San heroes

Posted on 15 February 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp surveyed the scene of one the club's great all-time victories and declared: "What a performance, what a night."

San heroes

Harry Redknapp surveyed the scene of one the club’s great all-time victories and declared: “What a performance, what a night."

Peter Crouch’s 80th-minute goal secured a 1-0 win against AC Milan in the San Siro in the first leg of our last 16 tie in the Champions League.

The teams will now meet again for a what could be another glory, glory night under the lights at the Lane on Wednesday, March 9.

As Harry pointed out, this was a much-deserved success at the home of the Italian giants and current leaders of Serie A.

“It was a fantastic performance and the lads were absolutely brilliant,” said a delighted Harry. “I thought we were by far and away the better team in the first half.

“We knew the storm would come in the second half, we knew that the pressure would come and it’s hard not to drop deep when you are put under pressure.

“But the lads were magnificent at the back and we caught them on the break, scored the goal and it was a well-deserved win.”

A night to remember was achieved without the likes of Ledley King, Tom Huddlestone, Gareth Bale - all injured - Luka Modric was only fit enough for a late starring role off the bench and Jermaine Jenas missed out through suspension.

So it was no surprise that Harry had a word of praise for just about every player including Jonathan Woodgate, who came on for injured Vedran Corluka on the hour for his first appearance since November, 2009, after battling back from a groin injury.

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“Sandro came in and did a great job in midfield with Wilson Palacios,” added Harry. “Steven Pienaar worked his socks off. Aaron Lennon was always a threat.

“The back four stood firm. We lost Vedran Corluka to injury and I took a gamble really bringing Jonathan Woodgate on, but I just felt his experience would be vital.

"It was a case of knowing where to be at the right time and Jonathan gave us that.

“Michael Dawson was fantastic and he’s a great character. You need characters around and that’s Michael for you. Gomes produced big saves at vital times.

"The whole team was magnificent. Every single one of them did their job.”

The only down side was that injury to Vedran, who left the field on a stretcher following a tackle from Mathieu Flamini, who was booked.

'Charlie' later appeared on crutches with his right leg in a protective boot and Harry said that he would have an X-ray on Wednesday.

Gennaro Gattuso was also booked and will now miss the second leg through suspension.