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Waiting game

Posted on 12 April 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp preached patience to the players during half-time of Saturday's 1-0 win against West Ham.

Waiting game

Harry Redknapp preached patience to the players during half-time of Saturday's 1-0 win against West Ham.

The boss insisted the key to victory would be a patient, passing game and it proved right as substitute Roman Pavlyuchenko swooped to score the winner in the 65th minute.

We had the better of the first half but it remained goalless as two penalty appeals were waved away and Robert Green saved from Tom Huddlestone and Robbie Keane.

Heurelho Gomes made a key save from David Di Michele after 58 minutes before Pavlyuchenko made his mark 10 minutes after replacing Darren Bent. He collected a pass from Luka Modric, turned James Collins and fired across Green into the bottom corner.

"It was never going to be easy," reflected Harry. "They were strong at the back and had good protection in front of them, so it was always going to be a case if being patient.

"I said at half-time what we didn't want to do is have both full-backs bombing on at the same time with two midfielders charging forward and then get hit on the counter.

"We had to be patient, work balls into feet around the box and not just hang crosses up there because Collins and Upson would have headed them away all day.

"We got the ball into Pav's feet, he spun and that's how we got the goal. It worked well.

"I knew when I brought him on that he was capable of doing something special and he did that."