Date: 20th February 2008 at 11:43am
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After the FA cup draw earlier this week a lot of focus has shifted towards that meeting with United at Old Trafford, but we cannot forget we have two crucial league games ahead of before that, starting against Sunderland at Fratton this weekend…

Harry Redknapp has spoken about this game on the Pompey site and much as he says this will not be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination but with respect it is one we should be looking to win: ‘I like Roy and I think he’s done a really good job there. He talks a lot of sense and I think he’s got a big future ahead of him.

‘I think they’ll stay up this season. Their home record has been fantastic and they’ve played okay away from home.

‘I think they’ve been unlucky on a few occasions. I watched them play at West Ham when they were fantastic and unlucky to lose.

‘It will be a tough match for us but we’re confident of picking up the three points’.

Remember Sunderland are looking to do the double over us, something that not even the ‘big 4’ can boast – it is essential that we do not let this happen, we cannot afford a slip up here as if we are realistically aiming for a European place via the league 3 points is a must, anything less at this stage of the season just will not be good enough.

After Sunderland we go to Goodison Park to face Everton, so a point from that would then be the minimum aim, so 4 points minimum from the next couple of games ahead of the cup game with United will set us up very nicely for that tie.

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