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Words into action

Posted on 7 January 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp admitted that he tore into the lads for the first time as we trailed 1-0 at half-time against Burnley in Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final, first leg at the Lane - his words worked wonders as we ran out 4-1 winners.

Words into action

Harry Redknapp admitted that he tore into the lads for the first time as we trailed 1-0 at half-time against Burnley in Tuesday's Carling Cup semi-final, first leg at the Lane - his words worked wonders as we ran out 4-1 winners.

Burnley showed the form that has accounted for Fulham, Arsenal and Chelsea in the competition already this season in that first half when they were quite simply the better side and deservedly led 1-0 via Martin Paterson's 15th-minute goal.

Harry introduced Jamie O'Hara in place of David Bentley at half-time and it proved an inspired substitution as the midfielder scored once and claimed two assists in the second half - the first assist for a vital early equaliser, curling in the corner that Michael Dawson headed home for 1-1 with less than two minutes on the clock.

Jamie volleyed home the second goal, Roman Pavlyuchenko drove home a superb third and an own goal when Mike Duff glanced Jamie's free-kick into his own net completed the scoring, four goals in the space of 22 minutes.

"It's the first time I've really gone into one at half-time but I was disappointed with the first half," reflected Harry afterwards.

"Burnley played with one striker and five men across midfield, so they always had an extra man. They were picking up bits and pieces and breaking on us, passing through us with the extra man.

"We had two wingers out wide, they had three in midfield and it was difficult for us. Burnley were tremendous in the first half and they had us on the rack.

"I said 'I'll find out an awful lot in the second half about a lot of you' and we had to show what we were made of because we were under a bit of pressure.

"The lads responded fantastically in the second half.

"David Bentley didn't feel well and Jamie O'Hara came on. It's a difficult one to balance up David and Aaron Lennon and if I'm truthful I'm not doing David any favours playing him on the left because he's a right-sided player. It's not easy for him.

"Anyway, Jamie gave us terrific balance, great effort, he was outstanding. He had a hand in the goals, scored - he was tremendous.

"I said at the end of the game that's what we expect of them - we can't play like we did in the first half."