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Redknapp on Liverpool defeat

Pompey's run of 6 successive away wins in the league finally came to a halt yesterday when we lost 4-1 to Liverpool at Anfield, a result that was fair even if the scoreline was a touch flattering perhaps?

Harry Redknapp told sky sports news after the game that seeing this run end at Liverpool was always possible and that any points against the 'big 4' are basically bonus points: 'If it was going to end anywhere there is always a possibility it could have ended at Liverpool that's for sure.

'They are a terrific side, but we didn't start well and got sloppy and were punished.

'We came back when we got the goal at half-time and I thought that there might be something in the game for us because Liverpool had gone off the boil.

'But, it has been a great run. Six consecutive away wins, but this is a difficult place to win.

'That's how it goes. The four games against the big four are almost bonus games. If you can pick up results in those games you take that'.

There was no shame in defeat, Liverpool are a fantastic side and if Rafa Benitez could get his side to play consistently well like this week in week out they could still challenge for the title.

The one thing that I did slightly object to though were Redknapp's thoughts that any points against the 'big 4' on our travels are 'bonus points', yep they are tough lets make no doubt about that but if you have that attitude you may as well not even bother playing! But again I just think that this is 'arry in his way doing what he does - we know what he is like.

Our away run has ended, but it should not be all doom and gloom, we have had a fantastic start to the season and we are in a position that I would have easily taken when the season started.

We cannot expect too much, but then again we cannot start expecting too little!

With some new faces in January anything is still possible, and this will remain the case even if we do lose again to Arsenal on Boxing Day - this will be another tough, tough game but if nothing else I just hope that we put in a performance at home, something we have been lacking for some time now...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 23 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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No mention of the lack of passion again in another lethargic display. Yes points against the top four are a bonus but performances should be taken for granted i.e. you try and get something.
it seemed, from my point of view, they were already defeated when the whistle went to start the game, as if they didnt even care? I hope, that harry does what he failed to do last season, and bring in some players, who will start. i know i was cruel on benji teh other week, but his perfomance yesterday, puts a smile on my face. but he wasnt great in the first half, but when he had a partner, he was excellent, so I think he should get a striker, a right winger, and a defensive midfielder.
The pack arn't far behind & could soon drag us into the soggy middle. The spark is fading & the tean needs freshening up.
(stands on soapbox with loadhailer agaisnt mouth) I AGREE ( steps down from soapbox, whilst doing an irish jig)
Under Harry we play mostly stylish, attacking, football and on the pitch we look adventurous (not recently). But Harry's tactical decisions lack any adventure as sometimes he's not willing to break a winning formula. It's not working anymore so you have to change it. Teams are matching us and starting to override us. To go on the 6 game winning run away from Home was fantastic, but I think in a lot of the games we were there for the taking and we rode our luck at times - now the luck isn't with us. I don't want to be negative because I think we can turn the season around but only if Harry changes it.
as said in another thread... 'arry give others the chance that they deserve as others just cannot keep being picked if they are under performing, be true to your word 'arry! you said you would give people chances if others stopped doing the business, some have and have for sometime now, so make some chances, use the full squad not just sections of it...
i leave for 1 week, and we loose 2 games! and worse still, i forgot to put in my predictions that we wil;l loose, so d get the points!!! makes a bad week worse!
So will Arry make changes for the Arsenal game? I would like to see Taylor start, Nugent get at least half an hour, if not start, and Utaka dropped for a while. I'd also like to see 4-4-2 at home. Muntari didn't impress against Liverpool either.
yep 4-4-2 would be the way to go, i would start nuge with benji and play kanu from the bench - he can make an impact if needed, which he would... utaka out for taylor, play him on the left krunchie on the right, davis and 1 from 3 - diop, muntari or mendes - alongside in the middle.

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