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Joe's delight

Joe Jordan spoke of his delight at the performance and 4-2 victory against Blackburn at the Lane on Saturday.

Joe Jordan spoke of his delight at the performance and 4-2 victory against Blackburn at the Lane on Saturday.

Gareth Bale's double and goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Peter Crouch wrapped up a key win in the Barclays Premier League.

We could have been out of sight by half-time on our way to a first win in five in the league.

Bale opened the scoring with a header from Rafael van der Vaart's corner and chances came and went, including a missed penalty from Pavlyuchenko, before the Russian buried a header from Bale's cross for 2-0 at the break.

Luka Modric, Bale and van der Vaart had all gone close before Crouch bagged his first league goal of the campaign to put the issue beyond doubt in the 69th minute.

Bale's close-range half-volley made it 4-0 in the 75th minute before Rovers rallied with two late goals.

"I thought the performance for the majority of the game, especially in the first half, the opportunities we created, was terrific," said first team coach Joe.

"Remember, this is against a team that went to Newcastle in the week, performed well and won.

"I thought they might have changed it (their line-up) but Sam (Allardyce, manager) had the confidence in that team to do it again and played with the same shape and same personel.

"But I thought we played exceptionally well and should have been further ahead in the first half."

Typically, Harry Redknapp opted for an attacking line-up, reverting to two up front with van der Vaart and Bale wide and forward-thinking Luka Modric and Jermaine Jenas in central midfield.


Joe added: "We've a number of players out and the balance we're looking for is not easy without those players at our disposal.

"The manager pondered quite a bit about how to get that balance without being vulnerable to the game that Blackburn play. You have to mark at set-plays, pick up second balls and make sure you have good concentration.

"At the same time, it was our home fixture and Harry is a very positive guy, he wants to play on the front foot and we went that way. We picked a team to win the game and did it.

"We're disappointed to have conceded the goals at the end of the game and if you drop concentration levels, that's what will happen.

"However, I don't think those goals should take anything away from, first of all, the result and the football we played. I thought we played some great football again."