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We were in control - Harry

Posted on 4 April 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp summed up his feelings after Saturday's late loss at Blackburn by admitting: "I can't believe what I've seen."

We were in control - Harry

Harry Redknapp summed up his feelings after Saturday's late loss at Blackburn by admitting: "I can't believe what I've seen."

Robbie Keane put us ahead from the penalty spot on the half-hour and we took control at Ewood Park as the home side struggled to cope with the movement of Robbie, Luka Modric and Aaron Lennon. Rovers were restricted to chances from set-pieces.

That pattern continued into the second half but everything changed with 10 minutes left when Wilson Palacios received a harsh second yellow card and was sent off.

That gave Rovers a lift, Benni McCarthy levelled within two minutes and the comeback was completed in the last minute when Andre Ooijer tapped home from a corner.

"I just couldn't see them scoring," said Harry. "I've never felt so comfortable sitting there at 1-0 up away from home.

"I felt we were in complete control and it was just a case of getting a second goal and we would have gone on to win easily.

"Even with the sending off we should have shut the game out, for sure, but it certainly didn't help losing a midfielder who had probably been our best player on the day.

"That gave them a lift and suddenly against 10 men they were kicking balls into our box with Samba up front, looking for the knock downs, hoping someone could get onto it.

"We got it down, passed it and opened them up on loads of occasions but we just couldn't get that second goal."