Date: 5th May 2008 at 5:40pm
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Harry Redknapp has promised other relegation threatened sides that Fulham will get no favours from Pompey next weekend, telling the Pompey Site: ‘I’ve been on the wrong end of that sort of situation in the past and I think it’s disrespectful, so I certainly won’t be putting out a reserve side.

‘I don’t think that would be fair to the other teams battling with Fulham to survive, so I will be putting out my strongest side and looking to win the game for sure’.

We certainly do know more than most just what it is like to be embroiled in a relegation battle, going to the final day quite a few times so I would hope we would give it our all!

Redknapp has said recently that he has been happy with our form, yet at the same time has also said he wanted us to ‘find some form’ ahead of the cup final, which did not seem to make sense, but he wants us to go into the cup final off the back of a good performance and a win: ‘we want to win next week. We want to finish as high as we can. If we’d had a half-decent finish to the season the worst we’d have finished would have been sixth.

‘It’s important for us to get a result and put in a good performance. Some players still need to show me they want to be a part of the side at Wembley’.

I still suspect that the team for the cup final has already chosen itself, injuries – hopefully not – or suspensions aside, but you never know…

Whilst I do not doubt Redknapp will select a strong side, if recent showings are anything to go on I am not entirely sure how ‘up for it’ we will be. Fulham will be going for everything but I doubt that too many as far as Pompey are concerned will fancy that, as they will not want to put their cup final place in jeopardy…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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