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Second goal key - Harry

Posted on 3 December 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said the second goal was vital in our 3-0 win against Bolton – not least with Jussi Jaaskelainen in such inspired form.

Harry Redknapp said the second goal was vital in our 3-0 win against Bolton – not least with Jussi Jaaskelainen in such inspired form.

The goalkeeper kept us at bay with nine saves out of the top-drawer as we dominated at White Hart Lane having taken an early lead and then seen Gary Cahill sent off.

Five of Jaaskelainen's saves came in the first half - including a double to deny Gareth and Jermain Defoe - as we tried time and again to add to Gareth's seventh-minute opener.

As the manager pointed out, 1-0 remained a 'dangerous' scoreline - Brad Friedel made one fine save in the first half - and the visitors would always be a threat from a set-play with just a one-goal advantage.

But any lingering fears were ended when Aaron Lennon fizzed home the second from the edge of the box in the 50th minute - pictured above.

Jermain made it 3-0 on the hour and the chances - and saves - continued to flow right to the final whistle.

The result made it six wins on the trot - our best in the Premier League, toppling the five-successive wins we've had on five previous occasions.

We've also now matched our best unbeaten run in the Premier League with 11 games, last achieved in 1995.

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"Jaaskelainen was fantastic and showed why he's been a top goalkeeper in the Premier League for so many years," reflected Harry.

"He produced a number of wonder saves and when you come in at 1-0 up at half-time after having so many chances, you do feel they will get an opportunity.

"Bolton are dangerous from set-plays and I was concerned about giving a silly free-kick away, Bolton putting the ball in our box and getting on a second ball, or getting a header at goal.

"We needed that second goal and I wanted it before half-time, but we managed to get it at the start of the second half. Once that came, it was all over."

Harry felt Cahill's straight red for a foul on Scott Parker, who had won possession and was breaking clear down the left, was 'harsh'.

"We were 1-0 up at the time and creating lots of chances, but I was surprised to see the red card," he added.

"They defended well, but the chances were there and we played some great stuff in the first half.

"We’re playing some great stuff and some of the pace and attacking play was top-class. We were comfortable in the end."