Harry happy Roman remained at Spurs

Pavlyuchenko wanted to leave White Hart Lane in January but

Redknapp blocked a move and has seen the 28-year-old score eight in

his past six games. It has maintained Spurs’ hopes of a top-four

finish and is expected to spark interest from clubs if he still

wants to leave Spurs at the end of the season. “He hasn’t done

himself any harm by scoring goals,” Redknapp said. “People must be

looking at him. Looking back he did that against England for Russia

(in 2007).” Lokomotiv Moscow wanted to buy Pavlyuchenko during the

last transfer window but Redknapp blocked the move, instead loaning

Robbie Keane to Celtic. Since then Pavlyuchenko has overtaken Peter

Crouch in the pecking order to partner Jermain Defoe. Redknapp

said: “It’s amazing. He’s scoring goals and technically he is a

fantastic player and a terrific player. He has the appetite for the

game – the transfer window came and went and he realised he wasn’t

going back to Russia. He knuckled down and is in top form. “From

the way he was playing and training, he wanted to go back to

Russia, that was the message I was getting, but we didn’t want to

sell him. “He’s got his chance and is in the team. It’s given me a

nice problem. The amount of goals he’s scored is fantastic for us.

If he can continue to score it gives us every chance. “He’s working

harder and putting a shift in. That’s all I’ve ever asked of him.”

Defoe opened the scoring against Rovers before Pavlyuchenko doubled

the lead, then the Russia international sealed the win after

Christopher Samba pulled a goal back. Despite Pavlyuchenko’s goals,

Gareth Bale was given the man-of-the-match award for giving Spanish

veteran Michel Salgado problems on the left flank. “He’s learning

the game and growing up. He came here with a lot of hype and he’s

still young,” Redknapp said. “He’s defended better at left-back and

now he’s moved to left midfield and has been equally good for me

there. He has a fantastic future in front of him. He’s top drawer.”

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce was upset with Howard Webb for not

awarding a penalty for Vedran Corluka’s trip on David Dunn when the

game was goalless. Allardyce, who had to take off Paul Robinson

with a torn calf muscle, said: “The David Dunn incident was a

blatant penalty for me and at that time, with the game lying at

0-0, it would have made a whole different game. “It’s an easy

decision because his right leg goes across him and there is no

contact with the ball. “It would have put pressure on Tottenham to

come out and would have given us a real boost and something to hang

onto. It was a big major decision that went against us.” Allardyce

also felt Samba could have been awarded a penalty when Sebastien

Bassong climbed on Samba, then he was puzzled why Nikola Kalinic

had a goal chalked off. Then Spurs had a penalty shout turned down

when Bale appeared to be tripped by Salgado. “He made contact, I

went down and it should have been a penalty, but the referee

thought otherwise,” Bale said. Redknapp added: “I don’t seem to

have any luck with Howard Webb. He’s given decisions that have cost

us games. “He’s rated as one of our best referees but I don’t seem

to get him on a good day.”