Date:Sunday December 9 2007
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
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