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Tough start but Pompey aim high

Tough start but Pompey aim high

Even though we are not allowed to publish the fixtures for the 2007/08 season - we all know why - I think it is safe to say we all know what they are like.

Harry Redknapp has said in The News that Pompey's toughest ever start to a Premiership season 'will not wreck his plans for another top 10 finish.'

'We couldn't have been given a harder start than we have. It's an incredible first six games. But that's how it goes. We've got to play them.

'In all honesty, I would rather play the big sides later.

'I think a good time to play the big four is towards the end of the season, when they're heavily involved in the Champions League, FA Cup and whatever.

'The opening day at Derby will a tough one. It's never easy against a side very early in the season when they've just come up.

'You would much rather play them six or seven weeks into the season when they've come back down to earth.

'But it's exciting to see the fixtures. I'm looking forward to the season.

'But it's going to be the toughest Premier League ever.

'Newcastle, West Ham and Aston Villa are all spending money. And Sunderland, who are going for David Nugent, will be strong.'

We have to play the top dogs at some point so starting off against them is not that much of a concern for me. After all we will all be in the same boat, so no one can have excuses for anything and if we are hungry enough we will do well - and I think we will despite what the 'experts' think.

Redknapp went on to add 'If we can finish in the top half again, it will be amazing.

'I did it three years in a row when I was at West Ham. But it's not an easy thing to do.

'Spurs, who are a massive club, went nine years between the mid-90s and 2005 not finishing in the top eight. That shows how hard it is to get up there.

'And it's why I'd settle for a top-half finish every season.'

Yes it will be a tough season - with a good handful of clubs having the same thinking as we do - but if lessons are learned from the last one we should enjoy it even more.

Much like I said when the fixtures were released I would much rather have the season ending the way it is than the way it starts. I feel if we are in with a chance at a Uefa Cup place in the final 10 games or so we will get it this season on that basis - but would settle for matching last season efforts at least.

PLAY UP POMPEY!



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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday June 18 2007
Time: 6:41PM

Comments

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top half is not an improvement, 7th would be an improvement.
russellm
18/06/2007 18:52:00
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I know 7th IS IN the top half, my point was to improve you must aim higher than what you have acheived. LoL actually winning away, consistent good performances and scoring goals for the entire season would all in fact be improvements
russellm
18/06/2007 18:56:00
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If we can be consistent, then theres no reason why we cant be in the top 7. Ifwe froget about the start of this year, we played some of the most atractive footbll in the premiership. long may it live.
pompeycarpet
18/06/2007 19:19:00
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oh, and if we can get the same start as last season (5 games without conceding)...that would be nice :)
pompeycarpet
18/06/2007 19:26:00
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cant wait!!! bring on the big guns! when we get hold of Henry & drogba as our strikers the leagues for it! :)
CharlieChimes
18/06/2007 19:39:00
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Well the defence is stronger, the midfield is too, it only needs a couple of good srikers and bob's yer uncle. In fact, a couple of crap strikers and a bit of luck would probably do it too. If Kanu stays and we manage to buy Yakubu, I reckon we are good for a European place. Which one though?
Et_tu_Pompeii
18/06/2007 20:02:00
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We look at the back & the middle but until we sign 2 top strikers it will very tough achieving anything like 9th. I expect Bolton & Reading to drop out but expect West Ham, Newcastle, Villa to finish a lot higher than last season. Fckin awful first 6 games but we have to get on with it & go to Derby & go at them from the off. None of the try & get draw crap we usaully do, otherwise we lose.
storagematt
18/06/2007 20:16:00
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to add to stroage matts west ham, newcastle and villa, i think Sunderland could be the "surprise package" - and possibly emulate Readings start, whilst derby, wigan and birmingham are all proably favourites for the drop? - a good start against derby and who know what will happen for us - but lets hope its good.
pompeycarpet
18/06/2007 21:56:00
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i am not frightened about facing anyone - if we have a go we can beat anyone in this league home or away, well maybe not away ;) and maybe only if we get some real strikers... when - not if, as i am confident - we get these strikers we will be looking forward to the opening games even more... following on from storagematt point i would rather we lost and had a go rather than ****** foot around looking for a point when we are away - get the strikers we want and i think we will be more inventive away from home as we will know we can score...
pompeyrug
18/06/2007 22:01:00
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i only type 'p u s s y foot' around and it was filtered out - but i know why tho... just wanted to clarify incase people thought i was blaspheming :)
pompeyrug
18/06/2007 22:03:00
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