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Tough game - Harry

Posted on 3 October 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted Bolton made it tough for us as we fought back twice to earn a point at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Tough game - Harry

Harry Redknapp admitted Bolton made it tough for us as we fought back twice to earn a point at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.

Ricardo Gardner fired the home side into an early lead as we struggled to get a foothold in the opening exchanges of the Premier League encounter.

Peter Crouch nodded down for Niko Kranjcar to sublimely strike his first goal for us to equalise before the break and we started the second half in better style, only for Kevin Davies to head Bolton back into the lead in the 69th minute.

Vedran Corluka levelled again in the 73rd minute and there were half-chances at both ends as it ended up at 2-2 - our first draw of the campaign.

"They started brightly, we started slowly, gave a goal away and it's difficult from there, but we got stronger as the game went on," reflected Harry.

"Bolton played with five across midfield, pressed us and it was hard to find the space to pass the ball.

"In the first period especially they really got after our two in central midfield and had a player sitting in front of their back four, protecting and stopping Robbie Keane getting into holes to pick up the ball.

"Their two wide men occupied our full-backs and we were slow in our build-up play because there was nowhere to go.

"We dropped a good ball into Crouchy when we equalised and I said at half-time that when it's tight and we can't play through teams, maybe we'd have to go more direct at times. That was the type of game it was always going to be.

"I had Jermain Defoe on the bench and it's great when you've got someone like that who can come on and change the game for you. He suddenly had a couple of shots out of nothing.

"It's not an easy place to come but we kept going and I felt we did okay in the end."