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'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.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 19 2007

Time: 2:00PM

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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.
tracyc
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.
ChrisW
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.
007
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 :-)
pompeyrug
by the way welcome about ChrisW - good to see yet another newbie join us, keep getting involved...
pompeyrug
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
whitestones
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.
storagematt
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.. ..
Chix
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..
Chix
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!!!
pentonpompey
Hey Guys 'n Girls. Appreciate the warm welcome.. I'll pop along to the forums as Chix sugggested.
ChrisW
that is what we do here mate - we're a friendly bunch, and a fair bunch too... yep the forums, the articles its all good 'ere :-) and as Chix says if you have any probs just give me a shout.
pompeyrug
 

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