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Redknapp on our win at Everton

Harry Redknapp was left brimming after yesterday's 'fantastic' win over Everton, in which our new 5-3-2 formation was used - with Glen Johnson and Armand Traore operating as wing backs for the most part. He told sky sports: 'it was a terrific performance.

'I changed the system today and played a system we've never really played before. I played it the first year I came here and we won the Championship and I decided we had the players to play that way.

'It's something I've been looking to do for weeks and it's always been in my mind and we worked hard on it all week and today getting that result should give them some belief.

'You hope it works and I always thought it would. We've got pace at the back in Kaboul and Distin, we have got two attacking full-backs in Johnson and Traore, who love to get forward, and it worked well for us.'

Whilst I would never wish injury on anyone, especially if they are a key player for us as Niko Kranjcar is, his injury could be a slight blessing in disguise as we got to try out a formation that we would not have had he been fit.

If it carries on working then when he is fit then, as he will get back into the team, we 'might' even see him back in, but in a more central position - a position that I think he would excel in!

David James without a doubt made several crucial saves, one where he knocked Mikel Arteta's effort on to the post in the 1st half was a key moment, but the real pivotal turning point was when he saved a Yakubu penalty at the start of the 2nd half: 'if they get the penalty with 43 minutes left on the clock it would have been game on for sure because they would have piled everything at us.

'But Jamo pulled off another great save and the Yak usually scores penalties but David was up to that one and it was a great save.'

As I keep saying, the opening two fixtures against Chelski and Manyoo were incredibly tough, and as much as we could have got something from these games the fact that we did not was not exactly a bolt from the blue at all was it. So, to have 3pts from our opening 3 games is not a bad return is it and most would have settled for this wouldn't they?

Now, again as said a few time, in the next 4 games or so we 'should' get a better idea of what we really are in store for this season - but my thinking remains the same, I believe we will have another good season...

Now lets just hope that our players come through the poxy international break unharmed!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 31 2008

Time: 9:32AM

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It was games like these that made me thank the lord we didn't sell Davis. Without Niko, we did quite well. Kudos to James, still England #1 for sure.
.Andrew.
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31/08/2008 14:30:00

Full marks to HR for another masterstroke. 3-5-2 sure foxed Everton who only really threatened when they got Baines behind Johnson.
eastneydave
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31/08/2008 15:06:00

still think that davis 'could' go, as the suggestion is that he had come back in for the past couple of games to put him in the shop window as much as anything else...i hope that we do keep him tho!
we'll always miss a player like niko, but i still think this is a slight blessing in disguise - clearly i would have prefered him not to be out for 3 months tho! - as we got to use this new formation, and when he returns if it carries on working we could still use it with him in it, in a central 'free' role...
pompeyrug
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31/08/2008 15:24:00

We will miss Niko, esp as Pedro and Munters have gone, although he hasn't been on form for several months. At least it means nobody will buy him this transfer window, and he can't play against England next Wednesday. Talking of which, what time do they announce the squad?
tracyc
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31/08/2008 15:32:00

If that is the case, i would prefer Davis to go, rather then Diarra (if the rubbish in the paper is to go by. 'Rubbish' being the main word). I agree with you, hope we do keep him, even if it is until Niko comes back. The new formation did wonders. And Kaboul saving our bacons off the line - Looks like he will be worth it afterall (had my doubts about him at first). Slight blessing, i think you are right. Hope he comes back awake, instead of half asleep.
.Andrew.
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31/08/2008 15:36:00

Capello usually announces the Team 1 day before the match. So, most probably Thursday or Friday. (can't remember what day it is they are playing).
.Andrew.
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31/08/2008 15:38:00

Great win, getting the balance with the players you have & the opposition in hand.
storagematt
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31/08/2008 16:10:00

The England squad is due today, and the game is next Saturday evening. We all saw a 3-5-2 coming as we have been talking about it for weeks, so well done to Harry for being brave enough to play it!
sneakay
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31/08/2008 17:41:00

so what do we think of the chances of seeing niko back in when fit, but in a central 'free role', this would still allow us to use the wing backs, but also gives a creative influence in them middle...we just need davis or diop - whoever it will be - to show discipline in midfield as niko would become somewhat of a 'luxury' in such a role...
pompeyrug
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