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HR praises 'unheard off' Pompey run

Harry Redknapp has spoken to The News to put in perspective just what an incredible achievement Pompey have managed over the past 3 months spanning 10 games: 'that's now 10 games without defeat which really is incredible.

'As a manager I've had bits and pieces of good unbeaten runs in the past, but not in the Premier League.

'You just don't do that at this level unless you are one of the big four.

'They're at it all the time but it's unheard of a club like us getting this far.

'This is a hard, hard league, no doubt about it. That's why a run like this doesn't happen often.

He went on to talk about the league being so evenly matched and how teams can go and surprise others, like Birmingham beating Spurs at White Hart lane, so taking that into account makes it more of an achievement, but he wants the run to keep going: 'it's a terrific record and hopefully we can continue it against Villa tomorrow.

'They are a top, top side, though, and we'll need to be at the level we've been in recent away games to keep it going'.

10 games unbeaten might not sound a lot, but when you pause for a moment, step back and think about it, 10 games unbeaten is more than a quarter of a season, which, with the league as closely fought as it is this season this is a phenomenal run...

I am not going to add anything more to this, as I do not want to tempt fate at all by saying anything stupid - I have learnt my lesson by what I had said before the league cup game with Blackburn - I will just be hoping that we can keep this incredible run going.

I will be watching sat among the Villa fans at Villa Park tomorrow, which will be 'difficult' to say the least but I cannot wait for what promises to be a cracking game between two evenly matched sides, and also a match that I think could play a huge part in which of these sides 'might' finish higher this season.

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Date:Friday December 7 2007

Time: 1:52PM

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Unbeaten runs at any level are what seperates the good from the mediocre. They can instil a sense of confidence in a side which i think gets through to the teams we play (do think a side like Everton would come to Fratton Park looking for a draw if weren't on such a great run). Got to careful not to become complacent, but I dont think Sol or 'arry would stand for complacency. Keep it up boys, but we are not fickle fans aslong as passion and pride is shown in every performance we'll be singing whatever the scoreline.
SolDestroyer
Harry's right. We should keep a sense of perspective; it's a great run by anyone's standards. The downside, if there is one, is that in raising our standards we are also raising our expectations so, perhaps, as fans, we become harder to please and much more critical. Also, we're now a prized scalp for even the top sides. Teams are now pleased to get a point from us. Anyway, long may the run continue.
NinjaTim
It is an achievement but it doesnt really help us out much in the standings. 3 straight ties ends up being the same as one win and 2 losses. So I dont know if this run should really be praised, we need a win!
whitestones
Hear hear....keep it going lads!
Tantona
Welcome SolDestroyer. I agree about complacency but I don't think the current squad will fall into that trap. Although maybe they did at the Emirates after running Chelski so close the week before. And hey yes if they perform we will cheer em on whatever the score.
eastneydave
agreed dave i think we did show a great level of complacency against arsenal didnt we - the performance and the fact that everyone knew we didn't deserve to lose to chelski went ot some people's heads i think... but they got a bollocking after that didnt they... i would take draws over defeat tho whitestones - i love going on unbeaten runs, im getting worse with how i react to defeats with age! you think after the late 80s and most of the 90s i would be used to it!
pompeyrug
oh and as dave said - and i had in another article - welcome SolDestroyer, good to see another new face :-)
pompeyrug
I agree with you rug I would rather take 3 draws over 1 win and 2 losses any day, it just doesnt make difference in the table.
whitestones
Lets hope it continues!!! And those of you who are lucky enough to go to Villa, don't forget to give Carson lots of stick!!
tracyc
Good call Tracy!
NinjaTim
Martin O'N has been given manager of the month. Agbonlahor is player of the month. Surely they have been cursed - I will add my own evil eye
Pompeyscum
good call mate - i mentioned this on another article a minute ago, how often does it happen a manager picks up the manager of the month award then his team losses the next games... please let this trend continue!
pompeyrug
ten games unbeaten is impressive but eight of those having clean sheets is something else ..... If we were Arsenal we'd be held up as an example for all to behold........... All that said if we come away with both intact tomorrow I'm be amazed.. I think we can get the draw but i can't see them not scoring
Chix
Agreed chix, it's their attacking potential that worries me the most. their pace up front is quite frightening, That Agbonlahor is like lightening. remember him at Fratton last year, hugely impressive
pentonpompey
If we keep a clean sheet with Villa, we will have done very well.
storagematt
no clean sheet but we won - so make that 11 unbeaten!
pompeyrug
 

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