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Van-tastic!

Posted on 3 October 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp spoke of Rafael van der Vaart's goalscoring instinct after his double fired us to victory against Villa.

Van-tastic!

Harry Redknapp spoke of Rafael van der Vaart's goalscoring instinct after his double fired us to victory against Villa.

The Dutch star made it four goals in six games for us with a goal in each half as we came from 1-0 down to beat an impressive Villa side 2-1 at the Lane on Saturday.

Both goals came from similar paths - Peter Crouch rose well to header back crosses from Roman Pavlyuchenko and then Aaron Lennon for Rafa to first head home at the far post and then, for the winner, to control and drill past Brad Friedel.

"Rafa's a goalscorer," said Harry. "He always wants to receive the ball and is always looking to get on the ball and score.

"When the ball goes up to Crouchy he's always around and he's got that knack of scoring goals.

"He's started well here and he's getting fitter as he goes. He's not had too many 90 minutes and he's had a tough week with three games, so his fitness is improving.

"He's got off to a flying start with us. The crowd have taken to him and they like the way he plays, they always love a good footballer.

"He'll always pop up and be dangerous and I'm sure he'll be a big hit here."