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'Arry's delight and anger after win

'Arry's delight and anger after win

Harry Redknapp showed both delight, at another Pompey win on the road - a 6th successive league win on our travels - at a place that is not easy to go, as our past history shows, but also showed more than a degree of anger against some Villa fans...

Another game unbeaten clearly delighted Redknapp as that now makes it 11 games unbeaten in the league and has put us up to 5th, within touching distance of those above us - but Arsenal should pick up another 3 points today - but he is still ruling out any chance of making the top 4: 'it is a terrific performance away from home. We are on a great run, scoring goals away from home and looking very strong.

'Villa Park is not an easy place to come and to score three goals as well as missing other good opportunities was a tremendous performance.

'However, I would think that the top four are on another level to us. They have got the squads and are strong.

'These are great times for Portsmouth, however, 11 games unbeaten. We should make the most of these times'.

These are fantastic times and I am enjoying every minute but I honestly think that they will get even better in the months to come this season, and the years ahead.

The abuse aimed at Redknapp clearly angered him, sitting in the front row by the managers dugouts you could visibly see this and I have never seen him as animated when the goals went in, he was taking extra delight at these as his celebrations showed! You could visibly see on his face though that he was not enjoying what he was hearing.

I could only hear 'collectively' what was being sung at Redknapp, but some behind him were obviously saying other things too which he did not like at all: 'you've got people saying stuff behind you with little kids shouting filth. I didn't bring my kids up to talk like that.

'Do we have to keep standing there and accepting that?

'It didn't happen when I went with my dad to watch Arsenal play every Saturday. There was none of this sort on nonsense going on.

'Maybe I shouldn't get upset but I do.

'What hurts me the most is when I see someone going at it, when they have got their little son by their side.

'He can talk how he wants to me but doing it in front of his lad and making filthy gestures just stinks. Maybe it is a reflection on society'.

What was being said I do not know, but as a 'collective unit' the songs being sung to Redknapp by the Villa fans were typical songs sung by football supporters, this will keep happening to him, as it did against Everton last weekend - I have to admit that I did find these amusing, but maybe they went on for too long.

The 'collective songs' that were sung are what football fans do, we all do it, Pompey fans have done it in the past to players and/or managers and will do again in the future, this is part and parcel of the game and has to be taken in the spirit in which it is meant - on the whole...

Abuse that he might have been subjected to from those behind him from selected groups may well have overstepped the mark, which it appears it had?


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Date:Sunday December 9 2007
Time: 11:26AM


I did notice his reaction to the goals, far more animated than normal. What did make me chuckle, was when he turned his back on the Press trying to take his photo
09/12/2007 11:32:00
notice the clever use of the picture - 3 fingers sticking up? this is what he did to the villa fans behind him giving him grief... yep i thought he was going to do a lualua flip at one point!
09/12/2007 11:37:00
Nice to see him bouncing up and down, rather than O'neill, makes a change to see him punching the air
09/12/2007 14:58:00
like i told you yesterday pompeyrug Villa fans are the most spitefull in the Prem its no wonder they are roundly detested
09/12/2007 15:52:00
other than the 'collective chants' i didnt hear anything else, and tbh i think that all fans are the same, if they can use it as a collective force against someone they do - so i didnt personally think villa were any different... maybe the small minority behind where 'arry was were taking this to an extreme tho? but i would only know what 'arry says, which i assume refers more to that than the 'collective' issues...
09/12/2007 18:22:00
Don't think we as a club or Harry deserve that kind of thing and he is right not to accept it. I go with my son to every home match and occasionally with my partner these days and I have NEVER used anything worse than bloody or git or tart (refs usually) in front of my three children (even though they are now in their 20's) Yet I have been watching football since the age of 8 and when necessary and alone and surrounded by blokes (usually) I have used tons of dodgy language. It doesn't take too much control, just too much for Villains (sic)
09/12/2007 18:44:00
Great fist pumping action Arry! mourinhio style!!
09/12/2007 19:09:00
Hi Guys- Villa fan here. The chanting yesterday was harmless towards Redknapp. Only what other fans would sing etc. I don't know about foul language behind the dug out but come on it is a football match, there is going to be swearing. russelm- You sounded pathetic in your comment. Spiteful? You sound like a kid. And we are not roundly detested by the way. We had a bad day at the office yesterday, made some horrendous mistakes and you took your last 2 goals sweetly and you do look a good side who will be challenging us, everton etc come the end of the season. Good luck for rest of season and well done on yesterday.
09/12/2007 21:33:00
Let's not get all self-riteous here fellas...Harry is right to condem the one-on-one abuse that he referred to (some bloke with child in tow rounded on him apparently) but I was at the Everton game and some moron behind me was using "c***" at every opportunity in the presence of women and children. There are ignorant cretinous fans at every ground. Are Villa fans more spiteful than anyone else? I've heard our lot dish it out....let's not kid ourselves. That doesn't make it right but we shouldn't get on our high horse. There's a difference between clever-witted barracking and foul abuse.
10/12/2007 09:32:00
i agree with you completely mate - the banter given collectively by fans must have been taken how it was intended by 'arry, the fella 'givin' it all that' is what appears to have got to 'arry...
10/12/2007 11:08:00
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