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Redknapp - the tie is not over...

Harry Redknapp is trying to keep things in check and guard against complacency as he says the uefa cup tie with Vitoria is far from over, despite a fantastic 2-0 win at Fratton last night.

He knows that the Portuguese side will still be a threat in the 2nd leg, but also paid tribute to the fans on a very special night: 'this tie is not all over yet. I don't know if that is enough.

'We scored two good goals and played well against a very good technical side who showed in stretches what they can do. It will not be easy out there.

'Their goalkeeper made some fantastic saves including the penalty and we could have had four or five. The save from Traore in the second half was amazing.

'But we saw enough of them to believe they could be really dangerous at home. They changed their system in the second half, pushing an extra man into midfield from the back and we couldn't get right on top of them.

'But luckily Defoe is in good form, really sharp, and Diarra is just an amazing player - one of the best midfielders anywhere. He's a fantastic talent.

'I couldn't see from the touchline whether their penalty should have been given but I'm told the save from Jermain was a good one.

'It was a great night for supporters and they have deserved it. They have had to endure the bad times for years, watching the team struggle for results in the fourth division not that many years ago.

'Now they are seeing top Premier League and European football after such a barren spell.'

I am not taking anything for granted, but the 2-0 lead will make what is going to be a special trip to Portugal - via Spain - for me and thousands of other Pompey fans all the more enjoyable.

Taking a clean sheet into the 2nd leg was essential, the 2-0 lead leaves us in a very strong position and a position - although not one I am taking for granted as said - that I really do think will be enough to see us through.

Vitoria will have to attack us, and when they attacked they looked good last night, but defensively they looked more than breachable. The more they push on the more we can hit them on the break, so with the pace of Nadir Belhadj and Armand Traore down the left hand side in particular we will cause problems and could break - an away goal, which is something I am convinced we will get, will finish the job.

We are in for a cracking 2nd leg, Pompey's European tour really will begin - and we will take a hell of a lot of fans over to Guimaraes!

What a fantastic night it was though eh guys? The atmosphere was brilliant, the football again fantastic at times - just like the old days at Fratton... apart from the new addition of European football for the first time ever of course! A classic night of European football at Fratton - how great does that sound... and long may it continue...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 19 2008

Time: 8:20AM

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A clean sheet & two goals but Harry is right the tie is not over and 2-0 home wins have been overturned on many ocassions. That said I think you are right Rug in as much as they can be breached at the back and the 451 formation that served us so well away from home last season will no doubt be deployed again in Portugal. A great atmosphere on a great night and 'fingers crosssed' a lot more to come from our european tour..
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19/09/2008 08:54:00

2-0 is a much better result than if both sides had converted their respective penalties. We can now afford a 3-1 loss and still proceed. Of greater importance now is how well we go at Man City on Sunday, with of course no excuses as both sides were in European combat.
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19/09/2008 11:52:00

Lets hope that the Pompey fans do their bit in Portugal! That will put Vitoria off their game a bit.
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19/09/2008 14:30:00

2-0 is far form over - particually with our defence. Yes, we do keep a lot of clean sheets, however when we do conceed, it's normally en-masse ...we rarely loose 1-0! Still, lets hope we can keep the ball, defend well, take our chances. then even the best teams in the world struggle to break us down.
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19/09/2008 17:24:00

One goal .. that'll do me .. I can't see them scoring 4
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20/09/2008 09:08:00

we will score in portugal i have no doubt about it... that will finish the job!
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20/09/2008 10:15:00

Great result, better than 3-1. I'll think we'll score over there & as sadi already, I can't see us conceading 4. But I'll ask my mum to ask the Pope to pray for us.
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