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We deserved win - Harry

Posted on 28 November 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp insisted we deserved to take maximum points after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

We deserved win - Harry

Harry Redknapp insisted we deserved to take maximum points after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

The home side took an early lead in this fourth-against-fifth clash but we took over from about the midway point in the first half before dominating the second half.

Brad Friedel denied Niko Kranjcar twice and Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson had an effort cleared off the line by Carlos Cuellar, Defoe went close twice more and had a goal chalked off for handball before Dawson finally drilled home the equaliser in the 77th minute.

Defoe almost then won it in the final seconds when his low drive zipped inches wide,

"We dominated and I'm sure Martin (O'Neill) was happier to hear the final whistle than I was," reflected boss Harry at Villa Park.

"There was only one team going to win it in the second half and it was just a case of getting the goal - once we equalised I was sure we were going to go on and win it.

"We talked at half-time about being more patient with the ball, keeping it better and we did that. I don't know what the possession statistics were in the second half but they would have been massively in our favour.

"We knew it would be tough, they are a good side and they've had some great results at Villa Park but it was one-way traffic in the second half. I was delighted with how we played, we pushed them back, played some great football and made all the chances.

"When Jermain hit that shot right at the end I was just waiting for the ball to nestle in the back of the net - that would have been the icing on the cake for us."