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Sunday best

Posted on 15 March 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp described Sunday's fine win at high-flying Villa as a 'fantastic result'.

Sunday best

Harry Redknapp described Sunday's fine win at high-flying Villa as a 'fantastic result'.

In what must be our best win in the Premier League this season, goals early in each half from Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent secured a 2-1 success at Villa Park.

Brad Friedel was the busier of the two keepers, denying Luka Modric in the first half before flying stops kept out Robbie Keane and Modric again after the break. Aaron Lennon also fizzed a shot inches over.

Villa, who came closest when Emile Heskey hit the crossbar in the first half, replied via John Carew's late header but there were no more scares.

"To go to Villa, one of the best sides around at the moment and take three points is superb for us," said Harry.

"Overall I was delighted because they are a difficult side to play against. They've lots of ability and the crowd get right behind them. It was a great performance.

"The players have been terrific and we're on a good run. We're working hard and getting the rewards.

"We were fantastic against United for two hours at Wembley, came back and beat Middlesbrough 4-0 four days later and that showed real character. We then controlled it at Sunderland and scored a late goal for another good point.

"So we're in good form - we've taken 33 points in 21 games since I've been here and you'd take that average, that's top seven form over the whole season.

"I'm delighted with the players, their attitude has been first class."

Harry made a key decision in the first half to withdraw Didier Zokora and introduce Vedran Corluka to counter the attacking threat of Ashley Young on Villa's left flank.

He explained: "I played Didier against Ronaldo when we played United earlier in the season at White Hart Lane and he was fantastic, I played him right-back against Stewart Downing as well, so we're talking about two of the best left wingers around and he's been brilliant.

"I thought he could do that job again but he found it hard going. He over-covered, got too close to the centre-halves and there was always space.

"Villa got the ball out to Ashley Young, he kept running and when he does that you've no chance.

"Charlie (Vedran) came on, got close to him, stopped him getting the ball and did a superb job. We pushed on from there."