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Seb goal key - Harry

Posted on 18 August 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp pinpointed Sebastien Bassong's goal as the key to recovering from 3-0 down to a 3-2 loss at Young Boys in the first leg of our Champions League play-off on Tuesday night.

Seb goal key - Harry

Harry Redknapp pinpointed Sebastien Bassong's goal as the key to recovering from 3-0 down to a 3-2 loss at Young Boys in the first leg of our Champions League play-off on Tuesday night.

The manager admitted 'things looked desperate' as goals from Senad Lulic, Henri Bienvenu and Xavier Hochstrasser threatened to end our hopes of reaching the group stages of Europe's elite competition inside 30 minutes at the Stade de Suisse.

But defender Seb - at fault for the third goal - made amends with a great leap and header home to reduce the arrears to 3-1 just before half-time.

We were much improved on the artificial surface in the second half and Roman Pavlyuchenko gave the tie a whole new complexion with a stunning goal seven minutes from time.

"Seb's goal was very important, it gave us a lift," reflected Harry.

"If we had come in 3-0 at half-time I think we would have been in big trouble.

"At half-time I said 'come on, we've got a lifeline and we've got to go and get another goal'. It was no good sitting back, we had to get out there and get at them.

"In the second half we had much more of the ball, had more of the possession.

"Tom Huddlestone came on, he kept the ball better and we looked better and in the end it was a great goal from Pavlyuchenko, a fantastic bit of play between him and Robbie Keane and a great finish.

"It takes some character to come back from 3-0 down. We showed that."