Date:Tuesday October 9 2007
With Pompey continuing to improve on and off the field, the current run and form has prompted many to set targets very high - both fans and pundits - but as he told The News the main objective for Harry Redknapp is to insure league survival.
Europe is something very much on the minds of many people, but Redknapp remains adamant that merely getting to 40 points is the first objective: 'At the start of the year I would be a liar if I wasn't looking at just getting 40 points on the board. I really would be a liar.
'The same for everybody, David Moyes - everyone outside the top four.
'What you've got to make sure first and foremost is getting those 40 points to stay in the league and that's my priority.
'I don't look further than the next game and that's Wigan away - it's a big game for us. Other people may have expectations but I take it as it is.
'I don't get carried away, what will be will be. Once you think you've arrived you are going to be in trouble'.
Yep this clearly has to be our first port of call but I find it hard to believe that he does not have at least a small part of his mind on a uefa cup place next season - I thought he had already said this was an aim anyway?
You can never ever take it for granted that we are hear to stay - as pompeycarpet rightly pointed out recently - and that things will not go belly up, but to be honest - and as I am certain I have said before - from the minute Pedro Mendes scored his dramatic late winner against Man City in 'that season' I have set my targets higher than just staying up.
The journey we have been on with Pompey over the years has been incredible and I honestly feel so proud to be a fan of such a fantastic football club, it really does make me and my family immensely proud seeing where we are now, it is hard to put into words really.
To see the pundits not only tipping us for a uefa cup place, but more and more starting to say we 'might' be the team to break into the top 4 is absolutely amazing - who would have thought that when we were going to Grimsby, Stockport, Crewe, Port Vale and so on…
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Date:Tuesday October 9 2007
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