Date: 9th April 2008 at 8:59am
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Harry Redknapp told sky sports last night that he thought we were ‘fantastic’ against West Ham, and ‘played some great stuff’ in our 1-0 win, with it thought that some of our football at times was the best that we have played in some weeks: ‘we were fantastic again tonight, we played some great stuff. We passed the ball well and showed a lot of character. We made a couple of changes and the lads who came in did a great job.

‘To come back after a cup semi final and play like that shows a lot of character’.

On the match winner Niko Kranjcar, who scored a cracking 25-yard winner early in the 2nd half Redknapp said: ‘Niko can score, he has great ability and he has been fantastic all season for us.

‘He pops up and does things a bit special. He’s got great ability and fantastic skill’.

Injury to Milan Baros and the absence of Jermain Defoe opened the door for Dave Nugent to have a rare start, and although it was a shame that his tireless effort as the lone striker could not be rewarded with a goal the fella did not do his future chances with Pompey any harm at all, and Redknapp – who applauded him off along with the fans and gave him a good pat on the back when he was substituted – had praise for him too: ‘David also worked hard tonight and I thought led the line well.

‘He played up front on his own covered every blade of grass and put their centre halves under pressure all night.

‘So we’re delighted with David’s performance – he needed a run out and tonight he did himself a lot of good’.

All in all I think it was a job well done, everyone put in a professional performance and got the job done, it was a good team effort. I am especially delighted for Nugent, it is just a shame that he could not get that goal that his effort deserved. I could still see a partnership alongside Defoe work so maybe we will see this at the weekend?

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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