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'Arry targets European qualification

'Arry targets European qualification

One victory does not mean the end of a 'sticky patch' but hopefully the win over Reading has brought an end to our recent bad form? This bad form has seen us slip away slightly after such a promising start.

We started so well last season, but a second half blip saw us miss out on Europe, but as Harry Redknapp has told The News he is eager for us not to repeat this again this season and has Europe in his sights: 'I would obviously like to get into Europe with Portsmouth this year, that would be a terrific achievement.

'I would settle for sixth spot, for sure. I think it's going to be tight.

'It will be tough but if we could do that it would be lovely.

'We went through a dicky spell in a similar position last year. But are stronger this year, we are a better team in all honesty.

'It would be lovely if we could seal it. If we don't it's still the best times Portsmouth have had for 50 years'.

This is good to hear from Redknapp, and makes a change from a lot of his recent 'we're only Portsmouth' comments and so on, I like hearing this, long may it continue. He is right, we are a year better, much stronger and a much better side.

Our away form is currently the best in the country - which is quite bizarre given our appalling away form down the years - so if we can retain this throughout the season and also overcome whatever demons are holding us back at home despite the upcoming African nations we are going to have a fantastic chance of making it into Europe for the first time.

This is a hope, in fact a dream that we all have but it is something that we are thinking could be a realistic one. For now my aims remain just to match - at least - what we achieved last season, but ideally better that. If we are still there or thereabouts in a couple of months time then thoughts really will be turning 100% towards the promised lands of Europe...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday January 2 2008
Time: 8:00PM

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...find it hard to beleive you can call 3pts behind 4th "slipping away" - but then, looking at our position in the league, we have a little bit. I hope we can get to the holy land, even if it is via the intertoto cup, or winning the fa cup (if we can...)
pompeycarpet
02/01/2008 20:05:00
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Thats better from 'arry isnt it? A bit of positivity and ambition, it can only rub off on the players.
pompey4me
02/01/2008 22:27:00
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We want it, now maybe we can look toward it rather think ourselves lucky to be in the top half, progress means bettering the year before.
paultsmouth
02/01/2008 22:33:00
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With the outlay last summer after finishing 9th we should make Europe on paper but others have strengthened too. The key for me now is our home form we must start winning and keep on winning. That and two or three more away wins should see us make it.
eastneydave
02/01/2008 22:47:00
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Or keep winning away and manage 3 or 4 home wins would do it, I fear our away/home records have just switched from last year
paultsmouth
02/01/2008 22:53:00
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But 'arry does have a point, if we had won even a just 4 of the home games we SHOULD have won, we would now be very comftably in the champions league (3rd place, whilst 2 wins would take us into 4th place). If we COULD get our home record going again, we could finish VERY strongly...
pompeycarpet
02/01/2008 22:54:00
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I have great faith in Harry and Tony and am amazed they have not sorted the home tactics out yet. Europe is fine but my dream would be to beat Liverpool to 4th place. THAT is Pompey really arriving and staking a claim. Sort it out boys.
Et_tu_Pompeii
02/01/2008 23:29:00
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I know we should take each step at a time, and realise that other teams have also strengthened over the summer, but I'd be gutted if we don't make Europe this year. I know there's a lot of merit in the argument that we should change formation and line-up at home. But I can't help thinking that if these players can produce such excellent results away, it must be a confidence issue that is stopping us beating teams like Spurs and Boro at home. We just need to get behind the players and urge them to get the ball on the ground and play it around like we know we can and we'll unlock teams. But we've got to stop hoofing it hopefully up the park in a desperate attempt to score.
NorthStandDan
03/01/2008 09:10:00
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Can I just say how sad I am that poor Joey Barton is banged up at the moment and facing a court case . . . . . . bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
Et_tu_Pompeii
03/01/2008 10:32:00
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follow the trends...we just miss out on relegation, then we just miss out on uefa cup...so this year, we are going to just muss out on champions league...and next year... ..if we could just keep the ball down, we might be able to hold posession, and hope utaka makes a run into space, or someone sees an opening - we wont just get lucky...
pompeycarpet
03/01/2008 10:32:00
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