Pavlyuchenko hails Redknapp

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Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has credited Harry Redknapp with giving him the belief he can score against any team in the Barclays Premier League.

The 26-year-old is brimming with confidence after two goals in three appearances last week - and the only thing holding him back is being cup-tied for Thursday's UEFA Cup clash against Dinamo Zagreb.

"I am convinced now in England that it is possible to score against any team, you only need to work and follow the instructions of the coach," Pavlyuchenko told Sport Express.

Pavlyuchenko has had an eventful year, starting by being ordered to get in shape by Russia coach Guus Hiddink, then reaping the rewards at Euro 2008.

A nagging ankle injury has hindered his start to life at White Hart Lane following a £13.8million transfer from Spartak Moscow, a move from Russia that meant he was playing back-to-back campaigns without a break.

Redknapp's arrival to take over from Juande Ramos has kick-started Pavlyuchenko's season, and against Liverpool there were no signs of the tiredness that has been predicted.

"I am ready to play in games like that with Arsenal or Liverpool every day," he said after grabbing the last-ditch winner against Rafael Benitez's men.

"That is real football. It is fantastic what happens in such matches in England. I feel a part of something important for everybody.

"I noticed as early as the 80th minute that Liverpool's defenders were getting tired and losing concentration and we tried to capitalise. The fact that our team plays until the very last minute is good."

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