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'Arry - Defoe has to prove nothing

Harry Redknapp has told the Pompey Site that Jermain Defoe goes back to White Hart Lane this weekend with 'nothing to prove' as his record of 64 goals from 177 games - with many as a sub - for them proves this in his opinion: 'I'm sure he'll get a good reception from the home fans on Saturday because he did well for them.

'He'll go there and want to do well but he doesn't have to prove anything to anyone. He's scored goals wherever he's gone and he's off to a great start here.

'He's come into a good side where he knows a lot of the lads. He's enjoying being here and we enjoy having him here.

'England could have done with him at the last World Cup when we had no strikers.

'Goalscoring is an art. It's about being in the right place at the right time and he's got that knack'.

It is true Defoe does have nothing to prove, and the vast majority of Spurs fans still like the fella and were sad to see him leave, but his frustrations at not playing when he wanted too do nothing else but will make him want to 'get one over' Juande Ramos, if not necessarily Spurs.

Whatever is said this season has not been the season that most predicted, some even expected for Spurs - I myself thought they probably would break into the top 4 to be honest - and despite the league cup win it has been a disappointment for them but Redknapp went on to praise them and is convinced they will not struggle again next season, as well as praise how our season has gone in comparison: 'you won't see Tottenham in the bottom half of the division after this year. They're a top five or six team.

'Their squad is fantastic and they've got plenty of cover in every position. Look at the money they've spent in the last few years.

'I said at the start of the year that they were the one club who could break into the top four. I think people looked at their squad and thought they could finish above Arsenal.

'But we're in good form at the moment and we want to keep that going if we can.

'To be where we are now is amazing. I never dreamed of getting Pompey this far when I took the job and we were languishing at the bottom of the Championship.

'It's full credit to everyone - the owner, the players and the fans for the wonderful support they've given us'.

It would be a major surprise if Spurs do again struggle, but the league is getting stronger so next season 'could' be a fantastic one for so many with several clubs thinking, and why not us included, that if the right players come along and some good fortune is had they have a fantastic chance of breaking into the top 4, which Everton still may do this season. Ok it is pushing it but 'technically' we could still too, but the Everton defeat put paid to this in my thinking once and for all, not that I was ever expecting this…

I reckon it will be a cracking game at the weekend, both sides will want to win so I can see another game similar to the one we had with Villa last weekend, and to a degree Birmingham the midweek before that - bring it on I say!


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Date:Thursday March 20 2008

Time: 11:24AM

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i just hope JD doesnt get booed, he never did anything but love the club, he always had better players in his play and managers didnt give him a run, hope he does well at pompey, but not saturday lol
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20/03/2008 11:51:00

I think JD will get a great reception at the lane, providing that he doesn't say anything stupid beforehand and providing we don't get any shirt-kissing nonsense from him! - On the other hand, it's interesting that Judas has picked up another injury - it so often seems to happen when he's due to play at the lane!
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20/03/2008 12:21:00

Let's hope the Spurs defence is as genorous with us as they were with Chelski. JD may well nick a goal but let's face we are both playing our fixtures out with cup glory the main factor. Spurs have got there's & here's hoping we get ours.
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20/03/2008 12:40:00

j dog
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20/03/2008 12:42:00

im sure he will great a great reception and i would fancy him to get a goal....but fancy us to score more
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20/03/2008 15:14:00

News Flash, Defoe cannot play against Tottenham this weekend. Is he legally a Pompey player?
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20/03/2008 16:46:00

i would say that he wont get a reception, he wont get a goal, and he wont play. aparantly, because he started playing for us on loan, he now cant play against spurs or some rubbish like that...
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20/03/2008 17:34:00

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20/03/2008 18:27:00

Yep good old FA rules, where on earth do they get them from, once again we are punished, if he had signed for United he would be playing any time he liked.
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20/03/2008 19:44:00

just out of intrest, has mascherano played against west ham? or teves against west ham?
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20/03/2008 20:16:00

Thats's a good question Carps but I think the Defoe issue is th samw - It's something to do with him being 'initially' on loan before signing permaently.. Owens I think we may find that Man U have also suffered (or at least been involved in this already .. i think the rule was made last year following the incident between Everton and man Utd re Tim Howard...But whatever the reason it's clear that Defoe can not play on Saturday...
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21/03/2008 06:38:00

Yes and the league allowed United and Everton to agree to a "gentlemans agreement" as Tim Howard was on loan all season. Defoe was on loan for how long? until City sorted their dealings out, and then bent the rules to sign Benjy, come on Chix, there is no way that this is a proper way to do business is it?
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21/03/2008 08:32:00

mascherano i know for a fact played against west ham in the 4-0 win, im near certain that tevez has also played against west ham - where is the difference? well the only 1 i see is the possible question marks over 'who actually owns the players', if not west ham that explains whey they could face them...
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21/03/2008 11:29:00


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