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Terrific performance - Harry

Posted on 27 October 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was a happy man after the 2-0 win against Everton in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.

Harry Redknapp was a happy man after the 2-0 win against Everton in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night.

He wanted the players coming into the side for the fourth-round tie to step up to the plate and they delivered in style as goals from Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane settled an entertaining encounter in front of another packed house at White Hart Lane.

Alan Hutton, Gareth Bale, David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko all impressed with Hutton and Bale raiding down the flanks throughout and Bentley always looking to get on the ball - he delivered the cross that Huddlestone rifled home for the crucial opening goal against a strong Everton side that included the attacking threat of Tim Cahill, Marouane Fellaini, Louis Saha and Yakubu.

"We were excellent, we passed the ball superbly at times," said a delighted Harry afterwards. "I was well pleased with the lads.

"We had to make a few changes and I was a bit worried we'd lost the pace out of the team with the likes of Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe missing, but Hutton got forward well and Benoit combined well with Gareth Bale on the left.

"David Bentley was outstanding, he had a terrific night and Alan Hutton got up and supported him on the right.

"All the lads that came in did well and I was delighted. That's what good clubs do and good teams do, they have injuries but the lads who come in do well and give the manager selection problems.

"We can give any team a game and you saw that tonight - it was a terrific performance."

Harry confirmed after the game that Peter Crouch missed out with a groin strain and that scans had revealed no fracture in Jonathan Woodgate's facial injury after Saturday's clash of heads with Stoke's James Beattie.

He also reported that Aaron Lennon was unlikely to feature against Arsenal on Saturday after picking up an ankle injury against Stoke.