Harry Redknapp led the tributes to Sandro after the Brazilian’s excellent display and goal at Chelsea.
Typically breaking play up and keeping it simple throughout the game at Stamford Bridge, the all-action midfielder showed he has another string to his bow with a stunning opening goal.
Rafa van der Vaart flicked Gareth Bale’s throw to Sandro who controlled the ball and hit an unstoppable half-volley past the despairing dive of Petr Cech into the top corner.
That put is 1-0 up against the title-chasers and it all looked good until the final minute of the first half, when Frank Lampard’s controversial equaliser gave the home side a much-needed lift ahead of the second half.
Sandro was immense again defensively as Chelsea got on top before eventually finding the winner in the 89th minute.
Apart from the obvious fall-out from Chelsea’s goals, Sandro was very much a talking point afterwards.
“It was a fantastic goal, a great strike,” said Harry. “He really covered some ground at Chelsea, he worked his socks off for us in there.
“All I said to him when he came over (after scoring the goal) was that he wanted to hunt Frank Lampard down everywhere and I just told him not to go chasing after him but to wait until he came in the final third of the pitch, that’s when he had to latch onto him. He was just going too deep with him and we didn’t want that.
“He’s a good player and I like him a lot, a young lad with a bright future.”
Skipper Michael Dawson had also been impressed. “He’s been amazing since he’s come in,” said the skipper. “He wins balls, gets in amongst it and we all know now he can score goals after that strike at the weekend. Everyone was delighted for him.”
And defender Younes Kaboul added: “He scored a magnificent goal and really showed that he is a top-quality player.”