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Terrific three points - Harry

Posted on 28 February 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted Everton left us hanging on in the second half of Sunday's 2-1 win but felt we deserved maximum points for our overall performance.

Terrific three points - Harry

Harry Redknapp admitted Everton left us hanging on in the second half of Sunday's 2-1 win but felt we deserved maximum points for our overall performance.

We were quick out of the traps in the 1pm kick-off at White Hart Lane and led 2-0 at half-time after an excellent first half display thanks to Roman Pavlyuchenko's fifth goal in three matches and a lovely strike from Luka Modric.

The next goal was always going to be key and we were hit by an early injury to Tom Huddlestone in the second half, the midfielder forced out of the action with a leg injury.

Everton pulled a goal back soon after Tom's departure and threw men forward in search of an equaliser. Heurelho Gomes saved well from Steven Pienaar and Landon Donovan missed a golden chance as we defended for our lives.

The victory lifted us back into fourth place in the Premier League on Sunday after City's win at Chelsea on Saturday and capped a memorable week with victories against Wigan and Bolton in the FA Cup.

"I thought we were fantastic in the first half, we played some great football and deserved our 2-0 lead," said Harry. "But you know Everton never give up and they are going to come back at some stage.

"I felt at half-time that the next goal would be vital. We were 2-0 up and if we'd got it, it was game over and if they got it, it changes attitudes.

"They scored, came on strong and we became edgy. That happens. Everton are a strong outfit and David (Moyes) gets the maximum out of them every week. They pushed an extra man up late on and made it difficult for us.

"At 2-1 going into the last 20 minutes the crowd gets edgy, the players get edgy and it's difficult. Everything changes and from playing free-flowing football at 2-0, 2-1 is a different game and that's what happened.

"We hung in there though. They missed one great opportunity, Donovan, and sometimes you have to hang in there to win.

"We still looked dangerous as well in the second half and overall I was delighted with the performance and the attitude of the lads. What a week we've had."

Meanwhile, Harry reported that Tom's injury - to his lower right leg - will be scanned and assessed this week and that David Bentley was unavailable for selection due to the groin injury he suffered against Bolton in midweek.