Harry Redknapp felt we had the better of Sunday’s goalless draw against Manchester United.
Clear-cut chances were at a premium in an intriguing, high-intensity Premier League encounter at the Lane.
United were reduced to 10 men when full-back Rafael Da Silva received a second yellow card in the 74th minute but despite giving our all going for the win, we couldn’t carve open a United defence that has now conceded just 19 goals in 21 matches.
Heurelho Gomes made the best save of the afternoon to deny Wayne Rooney in the second half but we had the better of the match and the better of the opportunities.
Peter Crouch volleyed inches wide in the 10th minute and later half-volleyed just over. Rafa van der Vaart headed into the side-netting in the first half then curled the clearest shooting chance inches wide 10 minutes from time.
The draw means we stay in fifth, a point behind Chelsea after their win against Blackburn while United remain unbeaten and top the table on goal difference from City, with two games in hand.
“Chances were few and far between but I felt we edged the game,” reflected Harry. “If anyone was going to win it, we looked the more likely, without creating too many clear-cut chances.
“Rafa had a strike at the end that was close, but they are not easy to beat and that’s why they are unbeaten all year.
“The two centre-halves are fantastic with Evra, van der Sar, they’ve won Champions League with that team, they are difficult to break down and difficult to beat.
“We had a real go at it and we couldn’t have been more open when they went down to 10 men.
“We had van der Vaart and Modric playing together in central midfield with two front men, two wingers in Bale and Lennon and both full-backs pushing on. We were open as a barn door. We were going for it. No-one could have gone for it more but we couldn’t open them up.
“We all want to win, but you can’t be too down when you draw against a team that hasn’t been beaten all season. It was a good performance.”