Performance pleases Harry
Harry Redknapp was delighted was the nature of the performance at Villa.
Harry Redknapp was delighted with the nature of the performance at Villa.
The lads fought back from conceding an early goal to dominate the Barclays Premier League encounter and finally earn a deserved point via Michael Dawson's fine strike in the 77th minute.
Between the goals, Brad Friedel made fine saves to twice deny Niko Kranjcar and 'Daws' looked certain to equalise until his goalbound effort was cleared by Carlos Cuellar.
Jermain Defoe also almost won it with a strike that flew inches wide in the final seconds.
Harry said: "I was pleased with how we played and I thought we were fantastic in the second half. The way we passed the ball and dominated a side like Villa says a lot for us.
"It's a good point and we'd have taken that before we came here, but it was another fine performance, that's the main thing.
"We're in a good position at the moment and there is no reason why we can't stay up there because we've good players, a good team and good squad."
Harry said the performance illustrated again that the team can ‘go anywhere and give anyone a game'. "That's the key for us," he said.
"We went to Chelsea and for the first half-hour, we were the better team. We created good chances. We went to Arsenal and for 42 minutes, the crowd was moaning and groaning but then all of a sudden we found ourselves 2-0 down after giving two bad goals away.
"We're an attacking team, we go forward and play. We're not defensive-minded at all, we play with two wide men who are just attacking players, a front two and players who look to get forward from midfield.
"We've got good players and we showed it again at Villa."