Draw a fair result - Harry
Harry Redknapp declared himself happy with a point after Sunday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
Harry Redknapp declared himself happy with a point after Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
After an impressive first half performance we were staring defeat in the face when Heurelho Gomes upended Ramires in the box to give away a last-minute penalty.
But the goalkeeper redeemed himself by guessing the right way to turn away Didier Drogba’s spot-kick to preserve a point and stretch our unbeaten record to eight matches in all competitions.
Roman Pavlyuchenko’s fine finish handed us a deserved lead in the first half but that was cancelled out by substitute Drogba, introduced at half-time, as the visitors came on strong in the second half.
“We came in at half-time and I thought we looked quite comfortable, they created very little in the first half but they were always going to press us in the second half and come looking for the equaliser,” reflected Harry.
“They were chasing the game and suddenly we started to take a backward step.
“At 1-0, it’s difficult. I said at half-time that I didn’t want us to sit back or be pushed back and that we had to stay positive. I felt we could score again in the second half.
“Credit to Chelsea though, they are the champions, they don’t give up, they penned us in for long spells and kept the ball well, but they didn’t create that many chances.
“It was an exciting game. We attacked and suddenly we’d have five players out of the game trying to get back, then they would attack us. We were open, they were open and it was end-to-end stuff.
“It was a good, entertaining game of football and no-one deserved to lose really. A draw was a fair result. It would have been harsh if we’d have got beaten at the end.”