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We deserved something - Harry

Posted on 11 December 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp was left frustrated after our 2-1 loss to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp was left frustrated after our 2-1 loss to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

The manager admitted our first half performance wasn't good enough as the home side took a 2-0 lead but felt our second half display merited at least a point.

Key decisions went against in that second period as we fought to get back on level terms after Emmanuel Adebayor made it 2-1 via the penalty spot on the hour.

We dominated the next 20 minutes but a combination of those decisions and a couple of fine saves from Thomas Sorensen saw the Potters over the line.

It was our first defeat in 12 matches in the Premier League as Matthew Etherington's double ended a sequence of six-successive wins.

"We were poor in the first half, we didn't come out of the blocks," said Harry.

"Stoke started well, they got after us, pressed us, played a really high tempo and it was difficult to live with them in the first half. They deserved to be in front, no doubt about it.

"We changed things around at half-time. I decided to play three at the back, I pushed Gareth Bale on as a left wing-back and Kyle Walker up high as a right wing-back and it suited us.

"We dominated the second half. We got after them. We just couldn't get that second goal and we needed one or two decisions to go our way, that makes a difference.

"I couldn't have asked for more in the second half and we deserved something from the game."