Date:Monday January 21 2008
...this is the message that Harry Redknapp has delivered with what he has said on the Pompey Site: 'we want to play, that's all I ever say to the players.
'We've got good footballers here and I want to see them pass the ball. I hate it when we lose the ball by just kicking it anywhere.
'When I had Rio Ferdinand at West Ham all those years ago he would maybe make the odd mistake once a year but I would still encourage him.
'If you tell him not to play what are you looking for? Do you want him to kick it up field or into the stands?
'That's the easy way out and too many people do it.
'Look at Niko and Pedro passing the ball around - they were fantastic'.
We do have to keep things in perspective, as with all due respect to the opponents it was Derby and we should be beating them at home but we did look good at the weekend and looked as though home form could return.
There have been a few times this season when we have played some bad football - against Boro in particular just after Christmas we were awful and we basically reverted to a long ball tactic for 90 minutes. This was not only ugly, but it did not suit us - but in the main we have played some fantastic football.
Sadly most of our best football has been away from Fratton Park this season, but now that we have got that monkey off our back and scored some long over due goals, as well as picking up a win with players seemingly having returned to their best form and others arriving we could see some great stuff at home for the rest of this season...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Monday January 21 2008
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