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Harry an advocate of safety first

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 onů


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday October 9 2007

Time: 6:34PM

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nice to see my name mentioned!!! In all honesty though, i would like to see the club aim for more than just staying up, and the 40pt mark as thee primary objective. Possibly, they could make it a "40pts before february" - but we should be aiming for much more than safety, or, more specificly, we should be aiming for tp half of the table as our minimum point in the league. We have made a statement to other teams that we mean buissness, so why change that too a "we're going to enusre survival first". things could go belly up, but at the moment, we look to have a chance to get over the 40pt mark sooner rather than later.
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09/10/2007 18:56:00

i agree with you again carpet! 30 odd pts by xmas should be the aim shouldnt it...
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09/10/2007 18:58:00

if you steer clear of injuries and perhaps make a couple of astute signings in the transfer window, you can stick in the top six!
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09/10/2007 19:31:00

Merlin you are welcome any time with comments like that, but i think those of us who have followed Pompey for a long time, take nothing for granted, and every point is a point nearer safety for us, and when we are past forty we can dream of Europe again. We have seen so much go wrong, and the bubble has burst on bigger clubs than us mate.
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09/10/2007 19:47:00

Absolutely. Game by game, month by month. Keep focused & hope they come back from the African (why every two years?) Cup soon & fit in the New Year. Not too many injuries & not too many lean spells. A top ten place is realistic & like last season there maybe not that much in it.
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09/10/2007 19:57:00

I think we will play it a bit like a cricket batsmen, get to 20 runs first, then 30 etc until you get your half ton and then smash on
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09/10/2007 22:00:00

i reckon u guys will be in europe but harry makes all the right noises doesnt he?! great manager makes some great signings and the summer was no different for yo! i reckon you will easily get fourty points and will challenge for uefa you have a good team and good manager in place there best of luck!
durks de rover
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10/10/2007 09:54:00

if he wants 40 points, we should play with a bit more spunk away from home (apart from blackburn, burnley, fulham, etc) when we visit the bigger clubs maybe Harry?
The Rabbi
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10/10/2007 10:32:00

if he wants 40pts, then he can say "40pts by dayx" - i dont think that we should be aiming for 40pts for the whole of the season - if we are, then wehave nearly got halof our pints already!
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10/10/2007 17:53:00

Cheers durks but we are in the habit of each game is there to be won and if we do it is a real bonus for us. We were for years a sleeping giant, which was cobblers, we were not sleeping, we were dying, so it is great to be in the Premiership and competing with the big boys at last.
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