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HR on Diarra, Defoe and the game

Once again Lassana Diarra was absolutely fantastic for Pompey when he put in another dazzling display against his former side in our draw yesterday, and Harry Redknapp was quick to pay tribute to him on sky sports: 'the little fella in midfield was magnificent.

'Makelele's a great player, but he can be better.

'He will be a top, top, top player, there's no doubt about that'.

The fella certainly is something else - as I have previously said the better he does the harder it will be to keep hold of him but at the same time the better he does the better we 'should' do ourselves. I would think that we 'must' get into Europe next season for him to be here at the start of the 2008/09 season...

After tracking his young protégé Jermain Defoe for so long Redknapp was finally able to secure the signing of the fella on deadline day and he was pleased with his debut and the goal he scored: 'it's great for him to start with a goal.

'In all honesty he could have won the game for us today, but he's not had a lot of football recently.

'He's a fantastic young player. He's been scoring goals since I've known him since 15'.

Defoe is a goalscorer and in 90 minutes he has probably shown enough to convince that he could score a bag full of goals for us... but did we not think this anyway?

As far as the game goes Redknapp thought it was a good game and 'a good advert' for the league but stopped short of saying we got what we deserved: 'we did well. All round it was a good performance. It was a terrific game.

'We kept slugging away and they kept hitting us on the break. It was a good advert for the Premier League today'.

Had we come away from the game empty handed it would have been criminal as we had arguably done enough in the 2 games against Chelsea this season to have got all 6, let alone the solitary 1 point we have - had we ended up with none it would have been more than unjust.

I doubt many other teams will be able to boast an unbeaten record at home again 'the big 4' come May...

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Date:Sunday February 3 2008

Time: 9:00AM

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Players like this just make us so proud to be all things Pompey. Long may it continue. Top class players brought here by a top class manager.
storagematt
Diarra and Defoe (and some others) are already showing us what top class premiership players can do... Just think we are raving about them (and quite rightly) but, .. It just goes to should the quality we are getting. Defoe and Diarra (and Baros come to that) struck up a great understanding yesterday and they had only played in one training session together before that... Imagine what they are going to be like once they train together on a regular basis... With the last three signings Pompey are entering a new age of intelligence.... the 3 of them together with Niko and Muntari (and I'll also include Distin .. and maybe Johnson) are not just good players they are clever players... thinkers of the game... It is really gonna show in the next few weeks and we are going wipe the floor with a few of the 'pretenders' I'm sure... before the transfer window I thought we'd struggle with the games coming up against Villa, Everton & Man Citeh... not now... based on yesterdays performance they should be worrying about us ....... If we can click quickly Europe is there for the taking..
Chix
did you hear the latest one saying that defoe is only on loan
pompeyjas
Been a real rollercoaster season for HR. England job, Newcastle, being arrested and of course Benjanigate. Add to that our away run and the home drought. But at last he can get down to managing a team which has the players he wants and turn them into a top side. Yes Europe should be there for the taking if we continue like yesterday.
eastneydave
I just want to say that yesterday was one of the best games Ive been to for a very long time, I dont know how you guys felt but the atmosphere was electric, Fratton felt like Fratton again & put a massive smile on my ugly face for the rest of the day...yesterday reminded me why im a pompey fan & why I love the club so much, just a fantastic day!!!!......This may not come as a shock now, but Diarra, in my humble opinion, is by a mile the best player on our books...I mean this guy is seriously good. When Harry said he was one of the best midfielders in the prem I took a step back....but my god he can really really play.......but, my man of the match was the whole team!!!!! I love this game!
CharlieChimes
I agree CC, Diarra is an awsome player and will set the tone for the rest of the team. I said before, I can't see us losing for the rest of the season. Diarra would walk into any prem team!
Et_tu_Pompeii
Et, when u first said you cant see us losing for the rest of the season I thought "this guys maybe goin a little to far", but I just checked the fixtures & 100% agree, we really can do it!!
CharlieChimes
still think you are going too far, we are capable of playing really, really,REALLY badly remember.
russellm
Chrlie I've done the same and agree too ... I was worried about Everton, Villa and City before the transfer window... but not now.... On the atmosphere point... I had goose bumps on my neck when we sang 'he didn't want to go, but now we've got Defoe... Ben..Jani....Every part of Fratton rocked yesterday, the North Stand were on their feet and the South Stand all joined in ..... The just to spoil it all we were reminded that "Fratton Park is an all seater venue, and those not complying will be ejected".... I would have liked to have seen them trying to eject 17,000 Pompey fans ... All in all brilliant... I'm still high now and it's Sunday Lunchtime !... time for a Stella I think...
Chix
I agree with you all. I can't imagine how my brother and I sound in the South Stand Upper though - we basically sing for them.

I thought it was one of the best performances I've ever seen by a Portsmouth team. We'll do really well to keep a hold of Muntari, Diarra and Kranjcar in the summer. I can't believe we've got Diarra and that is down to one man - Harry Redknapp.
stillthewhizz
Chix I've been threatened ejection quite a few times for standing up. I can't help it though! One of the posts in the South Stand obscures my view of the Milton End goal and sometimes I just get a bit too passionate and give players a standing ovation for the littlest of things!!
stillthewhizz
Really !! - I guess I'm lucky where I am at the back of the Fratton End (I've only ever sat down at half time) 'ssope it's easier when everybody around you stand up too... Keep the South Stand singing STW.. it all add to a great atmosphere.... A mate of mine in North Stand upper sung alone for about 9 games last season and then all of a sudden one or two joined in and then the roof came off ... now they sing all the time... It just takes a little passion and perserverance.. .. although saying that I did give up with my 'Scummer for a brother' chant to SWP yesterday ... It was too noisy to get a new song going- Happy days !
Chix
The sit down plea was aimed at the Chelski fans who stood throughout but so do all visiting fans. On the North we were up and down with the game but not standing all game.
eastneydave
Yes sitting down is for half time only. Despite having a sore throat, I screamed my head off for most of the game. My wife now appreciates the current silence.
storagematt
picking up on a comment made earlier 'unbeaten until the end of the season?' yep on paper this is possible but as good as we can be, and we can be as good as anyone on our day as russ says we can also be very, very, very, very bad... at this point in time im looking to get 6pts from bolton then sunderland and we'll then take it from there...
pompeyrug
That's a great result for you guys. I'm really chuffed Defoe scored, although if he was on form he'd of got two or three. You've got a bargain there. Personally from the reports I'd heard I was hoping we'd sign Diarra as he's a quality player. You've done really well in the window for not a lot, comparatively speaking, of money. Great result.
spurjon
cheers spurjon, thanks for that weve had quite a few spurs fans on here recently saying such things which is good to see. weve got in 3 fantastic footballers in january havent we, diarra, barros and defoe...
pompeyrug
I know we cant really single out one player in that great performance, but i just want to big up the Herminator, he kicked ass yesterday!!!
CharlieChimes
Diarra is class - just got crowded out by equally class players at Chelsea!
merlin
It was a really great game - especially the second half. Pity we didn't take all 3 points, but I'm sure the Chelski lot are saying the same.
tracyc
 

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