Harry Redknapp paid tribute to the way the team responded to Bolton’s best spell to run out 4-1 winners at the Reebok Stadium on Wednesday night.
Having dominated the first half and led through Luka Modric’s wonderful strike, the manager admitted that ‘it looked like being a difficult last half-hour’ when Nigel Reo-Coker equalised and the home side started to get up a head of steam.
Chris Eagles drilled just over on the hour mark but within seconds it all changed back in our favour.
Luka released Gareth Bale and he crossed perfectly for Rafa van der Vaart to sweep us back into the lead.
A minute later and the Croatian midfielder was the architect again, this time sending Aaron Lennon away down the right and the winger rolled the ball across goal into the path of Emmanuel Adebayor, who tapped home.
Eight minutes later, Gareth sent Ade clean through and the striker skipped past Adam Bogdan and slotted home the fourth.
“I thought we played ever so well in the first half, came in 1-0 up and really should have been two or three up,” said Harry.
“Credit to Bolton, they came out in the second half and were much sharper and got about us more.
“They got a goal back and for that 10, 12, 15-minute spell, you could see them getting right back into it.
“At 1-1, they looked the team that might go on and win it, from us dominating the first 45. It looked like being a difficult last half-hour.
“But we then showed tremendous ability on the break and scored some great goals.
“We can hit teams on the break and we did that. We’ve real pace in Bale, Lennon and Adebayor and we finished them off.”