Vital Football

'Arry targets another unbeaten run

'Arry targets another unbeaten run

Harry Redknapp has both pleased me, but also slightly angered me with his most recent comments made to The News...

It pleases me to hear him say that because he thinks we are good enough that we can go on another unbeaten run, similar - dare I say maybe even better - to the one that has recently come to an end: 'we've been playing unbelievably well - we have to remember that it's been an incredible run for us.

'You are going to have your ups and your downs over the course of the season.

'We were not going to go unbeaten for the rest of the season. Man United or Arsenal might be able to go close to doing that, but we're not, that's for sure.

'But we'll have another good run again, because we're capable of doing that'.

Yep, we have done this before and if we can turn around our fortunes at home if we keep going like we are away from home there is no reason why we should not go on another run like we did, as I say if we can sort out what is going on at home we might even start winning these games too and not just draw them!

The part that did anger me though was his thoughts that those getting 'carried away' - for lack of a better word - 'do not understand the game' if they are hoping for - maybe to a degree with some maybe even expecting - what personally I think is not looking for too much, a place in Europe next season: 'some people may have got carried away, but those are the people that don't understand the game.

'We know where we are and how well we've done and we want to keep it going.

'It is where you finish at the end of the season that counts.

But this is just Redknapp in his own way that he does playing down things, trying to keep people grounded - but maybe he might want to rethink the way that he does come out with these sayings sometimes...

On the other hand though he did also say that 'we haven't done too shabbily in my book' when comparing our season to that of Everton's so far, which did redeem himself.

It has been a fantastic season so far, one that I have really enjoyed, surely we all must have?

We now have the second half to look forward to and why should we not build on what we have started? We are a year wiser and most certainly a year better so providing we learn from our mistakes that we made in the second half of last season this season is more than capable of being a very unforgettable one.


To join the Vital Pompey debate - in the forum or with comments on articles - simply take a few seconds to register an account.

Date:Wednesday December 19 2007
Time: 2:00PM


I think I understand why Arry does his 'we're only little Pompey' and playing down expectations. He's in a completely different position to us fans. We can get as carried away as we like, but he's in the position where if expectations aren't fulfilled, he could get sacked. I've had jobs before where targets are set, and the better you do, the higher the targets go, so that the company never actually have to pay out your bonus. He just sees the expectations going up and up, and that's why he's so keen to play it down.
19/12/2007 14:11:00
Hey Guys, Felt compelled to join after reading your comments about Harry's lastest harryism. I too love the guy but every now and again he get's my goat when he talks us down. It seems whenever we go up against a so called big team he writes us off. Perhaps it is part of his tactical make up, but surely the guys in the squad want to feel that the manager beleives they can get a result against the big 4 (5?). Perhaps he has a different story in the dressing room, let's hope so.
19/12/2007 14:25:00
Harry talks a simple line without imparting much information whatsoever. More quotes than most, less enlightenment than all. But players and fans hang on every word and love him.
19/12/2007 14:32:00
its the 'arry way isnt it - play things down in public whilst i doubt he is 'banging the drum' in the dressing room i sure he is giving a different speech... i have noticed that he often lets his guard down but then makes sure he puts this up again sharpish - he knows where we are going, what he wants and what we should get and i have no doubt that 'in private' his aims are no lower than ours - well the not overly expectant ones :-)
19/12/2007 15:08:00
by the way welcome about ChrisW - good to see yet another newbie join us, keep getting involved...
19/12/2007 15:09:00
I agree, I think he just wants to keep the fans grounded, remind them where the club is coming from and not hoping for too much so they wont be very disappointed, and you're right rug, im sure what is going on in the dressing room is totally different
19/12/2007 15:47:00
Time to chill, HR is HR. He won't change & we don't want him to. Take it all with a pinch of salt & enjoy the ride. We are Pompey & outside of Pompey we ain't a big fish. When we have a new stadia (if), when we have done top 8 for a few years, done a few semis, finals, won something, Europe, then maybe, until then we are only Pompey, Fanatstic as it is there are no guarantees it will last for years to come. Leeds, Sheff Wed, N Forest, Charlton a few examples. Enjoy the ride & Play up Pompey.
19/12/2007 16:16:00
Yep Uncle Hary is at it again.. We are only Pompey, I am down to he bear bones, don't expect too much, Harry is Harry as sure as Eggs is Eggs... We should all be used to this now and he keeps delivering .. although he annoys the hell out of me at times.. ..
19/12/2007 18:45:00
Oh forgot to say Hi to 'Chrisw' welcome mate good to have another with us.. Have a look around (don't forget the forums) and I hope you enjoy the site .. 'The Landlord' (PompeyRug) does a cracking job so if you've any questions or idea I'm sure they would be more than welcome..
19/12/2007 18:50:00
Welcome Chrisw, Talking down is all part of Harry's public face, he like to do it so when it all goes well he look s better for it! just like the rest of us really!!!
19/12/2007 22:55:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Follow Pompey Live On Twitter

Portsmouth are at Fratton Park with Notts County the visitors today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

On this day in history...22nd October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 22nd October.

Another loan for Oxlade-Chamberlain

As I think we all know by now Oxlade-Chamberlain is the son of former Pompey winger Mark Chamberlain and the brother of Arsenal's & England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Cook - Notts County another tough game

Pompey's form at Fratton has been impressive this season with our home return coming against Notts County off the back of wins at Leyton Orient and a point at Plymouth last Saturday.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Pompey v Notts County
Suggested By: pompeyrug
Pompey win51%
Notts County win41%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 13 9 2 2 29 10
2 Doncaster 13 8 2 3 26 10
3 Carlisle 13 6 7 0 25 9
4 Luton 13 6 4 3 22 9
5 Portsmouth 13 6 3 4 21 7
6 Grimsby 13 6 2 5 20 1
7 Accrington 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Crewe 13 4 7 2 19 0
9 Crawley 13 5 4 4 19 -1
10 Morecambe 13 6 1 6 19 -6
11 Mansfield 13 4 6 3 18 1
12 Notts County 13 5 3 5 18 0
13 Colchester 13 4 4 5 16 -1
14 Hartlepool 13 3 7 3 16 -2
15 Yeovil 13 5 1 7 16 -6
16 Wycombe 13 4 3 6 15 -3
17 Blackpool 13 3 5 5 14 2
18 Stevenage 12 4 2 6 14 -2
19 Cheltenham 13 2 7 4 13 -2
20 Exeter 13 4 1 8 13 -5
21 Cambridge 13 3 4 6 13 -6
22 Leyton Orient 13 3 3 7 12 -4
23 Barnet 12 2 6 4 12 -6
24 Newport 11 1 4 6 7 -6
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

Write for Vital Football