Date:Monday May 12 2008
Harry Redknapp has spoken to the Pompey Site to reflect on the 2007/08 season: 'we've finished eighth in the Premier League and got to an FA Cup final. It doesn't get much better than that.
'We could have jumped up a place and finished seventh but a top-eight finish is brilliant really.
'It's the best year we've had in a while, certainly since Jimmy Dickinson was here.
'Every year Pompey were staying up in the Championship on the last day and now we're a top-half Premier League team with fantastic players. I hope all the fans can appreciate how well we've done.'
We have tailed off in the past 4 or 5 weeks but what a fantastic season we have had on the whole, with the ups and downs to have finished in 8th and be in the FA cup final is some achievement. When we win the cup next weekend it will go down as a great season!
All in all if we could have been offered this last August, who would not have taken it? I know it could, and maybe should have been better, but it could have always been much, much worse…
On the defeat to Fulham he said: 'it's great for Roy - they've done terrific to get themselves out of it. It's unbelievable when you look at where they've come from.
'They've won their last three away games - it's been a great run for them.
'But I couldn't really see them winning to be honest. I certainly couldn't see us getting beaten. I expected us to win and I thought we were much the better side.
'I thought we played some good football and I was really pleased with how we were playing, but then we didn't pick up from a set-piece and we got done.
'I get disappointed when we lose. I'm like everybody else - I get the hump.
'Pedro and Pamarot both came in and did well. I came in at half-time and thought 'not a problem' and that it was only a matter of time before we stuck one away.
'But that's how it goes. Anyone who thought we played badly was watching a different game.'
It was a disappointing way to end the season, I was gutted to see us lose again but the effort cannot really be faulted, the fact that we do not seem to be able to create anything is though, and the fact that we looked so rocky at set pieces once again is a concern - but one I feel we will get right next week.
All in all, look at it this way guys would you have rather been in Fulham's position at the weekend or the one we were in... simple to answer that really isn't it, so lets appreciate what we have, even if we are a touch disappointed too.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Monday May 12 2008
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