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Harry delight at point

Redknapp praises players

Last Updated: 15/08/07 11:26pm

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Redknapp: Happy Harry

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Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp was delighted with his players after they secured a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Benjani's second half leveller won Portsmouth a point, which looked unlikely following what was a dominant United performance in the opening period.

Redknapp thought that for all United's possession, his players more than deserved what was another fine result against the champions.

Deserved point

"It was a fantastic performance. I would have certainly settled for a point tonight before the game," said Redknapp.

"Anything you take off United or any of the big four teams has got to be a good result.

"It has always been our trademark. We have a go and that was a typical Portsmouth performance.

"Although United scored in the first half, they didn't make that many chances and David James didn't have to fly about making dozens of saves.

"But I changed it a bit in the second half, pushed Benjani right up front and played two other attacks wide and it worked out.

"United are a great team. But we regularly take points off them here and we were well worth one tonight.

"Benjani scored a great equaliser and the crowd love him for his work-rate and ability. His only failing has been scoring so few goals but he's got two in two games now and hopefully can put that right."

Muntari warning

Redknapp conceded that he was at a loss to explain Cristiano Ronaldo's red card, while also expressing doubts over Sulley Muntari's dismissal.

"I saw a red card flourished and just hoped it wasn't another one for us," added Redknapp.

"We are now down to 16 players for next Saturday with Sol Campbell and Noe Pamarot (hamstring) struggling and Linvoy Primus miles away at the moment in his recovery.

"We will miss Muntari as well. It was two yellow cards, the first an innocuous trip when he chased Ronaldo and later when he went in a bit late.

"He'll have to watch it in English football."


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