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Redknapp on Villa win

Harry Redknapp was left a very happy man at the end of a fantastic week for Portsmouth Football Club, a week that saw victories over United, Birmingham and Villa.

Following the win over Villa at Fratton Park yesterday Redknapp had praise for those that 'entertained' the crowd, as well as those that stood in for others when he told The News: 'we played some decent stuff and we gave the punters some good value. Some of the football was top quality.

'Niko Kranjcar is an excellent footballer and showed that.

'The fans must be loving what they are seeing.

'We were without Sol but Hermann did a good job in the middle and Lauren came in and had a good game.

'There were a lot of strong performances against a good team.'

It was a very good performance, and we certainly did entertain, something which in all honesty we have been lacking at home for the vast majority of this season - granted we might have only lost 2 home games this season but we have not always seen the best of our side have we… hopefully now though we can get back to our very best in front of the home crowd.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 16 2008

Time: 9:20AM

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At last Harry admits we have played poorly and/or boringly in some games. I agree with everything he says this time but with one qualification. Niko IS an excellent player but I am far from sure he is going to fit in with Baros, if we keep him, and Defoe. He hasn't got the pace. He reminds me of my very elderly father. Skill and talent to burn but goes round and round in circles and doesn't get much achieved. Sorry you Niko fans he is one of the ones I would let go in the summer but only if we gtet the right price and not one of these Benji deals.
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16/03/2008 11:29:00

Must differ with with u on this one FA. Look at Utaka, he has the pace but has been less than impressive on many occassions this season. Niko is technically a very gifted player capable of delievering great service to defoe, who as we have seen can thrive on his distribution and score plenty of goals.
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16/03/2008 12:59:00

niko once again excelled himself on the pitch yesterday - he was one of the few pompey players that i actually enjoyed watching (glen johnson the other...and defoe [only for his off-the-ball movements, which were impressive!]...) Diara and jamo played well, but you can hardley say you enjoy watching the oposition have shots and possesion that needs to be broken up... anyway, i value kranjcar as one of our most important members of our squad.
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16/03/2008 14:11:00

...which effectivbly means, hes off in the summer!
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16/03/2008 14:12:00

Their is often talk of Kranjcars lack of pace. Of more concern to me is his lack of movement of the ball, especially when he has just released it.
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16/03/2008 14:37:00

kranjcar offers us something special doesnt he - his best position is a free role behind the strikers, but it is hard for him to be used that way isnt it... i wouldnt want us to sell him, but clearly if a £10m offer came in he would probably be sold, but tbh i cannot see an offer of that type coming in for a while - one day, but not yet...
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16/03/2008 16:28:00

he has talent that is very hard to find in. would i take 10 million? no - becasue i dont think we would find a suitable replacement for him.
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16/03/2008 18:10:00

If Niko excells in Euro 08 then the really big fish will tempt him away. It happens to us all. We'll resign Matty from Bolton for 50 pence once they get relegated!
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16/03/2008 20:01:00

storagematt - your quite right, we do all get signed for big money after excelling in the european cup... especially me! (lol)
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16/03/2008 22:46:00

Miguel. In my post in the forums I have listed Utaka alongside Niko as the only two I would definately try and offload in the summer.So I don't disagree with you.
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17/03/2008 00:39:00

Thing about Niko is, he'd look better in a strict 4-3-3 playing up front, or so thinks me, though that's obviously not a formation Arry much cares for with this squad. I constantly get the impression that he could pot a few if he were a positioned a few yards further up the pitch. He is a terrific player but if we intend to stick with the current formations we certainly do need some more pace at the flanks.
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17/03/2008 01:30:00

My thoughts as well Toronto but if HR stays with the present formation, which he seems to be going to do with the players he bought, then Niko is not the player we need. We need him deep and he hasn't the speed to make up the few yards you mention.
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17/03/2008 04:17:00

Umm .. this is an interesting one as I am a fan of Niko but do think that FA has a point ..if we are to play Defoe in a two up front sceario (which is obvious we have to) then we do need a player with pace to deliver the crosses .. Now if we sort out the right side with a player that can do that we have the other of that player (and it's not Utaka) and Niko swapiing sides during the game to provide a) the speed and b) the killer ball.. there is room for Niko but on in a fully functional multi purpose midfield .. Niko , Diarra, Muntari ?? and an other .. Could be interesting to see how it develops in the summer ..
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17/03/2008 06:54:00

Kranky is currently safe guys if only because we have none better at the moment, but his lack of pace frightens me. It's no wonder he has such good technical skills because he's developed those to supplement his lack of speed. HR commented recently that Kranky doesn't have a defensive bone in his body - well I reckon it's more a case that he gives up the chase to avoid embarrasment. Don't get me wrong I love Kranky but I think he's borderline if we continue to improve the squad.
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