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Redknapp on Newcastle draw

After the goalless draw with Newcastle Harry Redknapp said that fatigue had set in with many of the Pompey players after a busy schedule of 3 games in a week at the end of a long season: 'I knew it would be tough today. Newcastle have been on a good run and it was all pretty tight out there. Without John Utaka we don't have too much width and the pitch was also a bit bumpy.

'The lads have been great and did well in midweek to win at West Ham but I think they were a bit tired today'.

Newcastle have found some form so I do not think that a point was a bad return really was it guys?

We have played an FA cup semi final and two premier league games in 7 days without conceding a goal and winning 2 out 3 of the games so we cannot be too unhappy can we. I know it might be seen as 2pts dropped in the quest to catch Everton but they still have some very tough games to go - and I would rather have our fixtures than theirs - so we still have a fantastic chance to finish 5th.

Once again though, despite several unusual lapses in judgement, we had David James to thank as he did make several fine saves, one in particular from Michael Owen towards the end. He might not have know a great deal about it but he did keep it out and this again saw him earn praise from Redknapp: 'that was a save by Jamo. The shot hit his head and went over.

'He's had two great seasons for us and I couldn't tell you how many points he's been worth to us in that time. He hasn't had too scary moments for us although there were one or two today.

'But it's great for him to be nominated in the player of the year shortlist even though I'm still convinced Ronaldo will win it'.

All in all I think this is an honest and fair assessment from Redknapp, and once again as said I do not think that a point is a bad return from this game against an improving side who had been on a roll.

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Date:Sunday April 13 2008

Time: 10:25AM

Your Comments

yep they looked very tired, jaded even - looking at Newcastle, I thought Martins looked great, I could see him playing as an attacking midfielder for us, or even on the wing in a 4 - 3 -3 , he looked very versatile.
ChrisW
Jamo is winning us games almost week in week out.
stillthewhizz
defoe looked like he hadnt played for a while...
pompeycarpet
I also thought Defoe looked tired and a little out of touch. Not suprising. I would have taked Defoe off at the same time as Kanu and brought Mendes on as well as Nugent. But then I'm not the gaffer.
frattonaussie
Anyone else think Muntari had an absolute mare? He couldn't string 2 passes together and was shooting from 40 yards
paultsmouth
An enjoyable 0 - 0. Either side could have won it. Nugent reminds me of Lee Bradbury
Pompeyscum
rotten buggers couldn't have been knackered when you beat the Villa though could you? :o(
The Fear
paulsmouth, Muntari is far from impressive, week in week out.
007
Another poor game from Papa Smurf as well;
UKTony
muntari will be better next season, he makes the simple things looks so hard doesnt he! if he stopped this he would be playing for an even better club than us :-)
we have a good week to get refreshed then head to citeh hopefully in search of 3pts.
pompeyrug
Harry's right, No goals conceded, and two wins in a week..non too shabby
pentonpompey
Not a bad result when you consider the Toon had suddenly hit form as well. Quite an exciting game despite the scoreline. First time for me in the Milton End though - I really hope its my last!
tracyc
No reason to find fault. This is a wonderful season & even the low points don't compare to the tripe we used to endure.
storagematt
ive had to go in the milton end a few times this season tracyc and ive thought it was good myself... the view i had against reading was fantastic, possibly the best ever view ive had at fratton - the atmosphere was also good as the reading fans were vocal that day dispite their stuffing! i was there for the sunderland game too, again a good view and have tickets in the milton for fulham on the final day with my brother and sister in law.
ive got my season ticket back again for next season, at present in the north upper but hope to move to north lower next month if possible?
pompeyrug
 

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