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Redknapp backs Baggies to go up

Harry Redknapp
Redknapp's side were pushed all the way by West Brom

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp backed West Brom for promotion after narrowly beating Tony Mowbray's side 1-0 in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

He said: "All credit to West Brom, they were excellent. They passed the ball well and made a real game of it.

"In the first half we didn't pass the ball as we can and I knew they would be a thoroughly good team.

"Tony Mowbray has got them playing really well and I think they will come up this year."

A Kanu goal in the early stages of the second half was the difference between the two sides and sent Pompey through to the final in May.

A relieved Redknapp, who has never played or managed in a cup final, added: "It was a difficult game but it's a great day for the club. I am delighted for everybody."

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James felt they were always in control of the semi-final.

"I thought we dominated the game," he said. "But the way we did it was typical Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

"We were confident we were going to win the game and I think we controlled it.

"The lads are buzzing and the whole squad is here, even all the injured ones. That's what it means to everybody."

see also
West Brom 0-1 Portsmouth
05 Apr 08 |  FA Cup
Baros 'handball' angers Phillips
05 Apr 08 |  West Bromwich Albion
Comment: Harry Houdini
05 Apr 08 |  Football
Man Utd 0-1 Portsmouth
08 Mar 08 |  FA Cup
Preston 0-1 Portsmouth
17 Feb 08 |  FA Cup
Portsmouth v Plymouth
24 Jan 08 |  FA Cup
Ipswich 0-1 Portsmouth
05 Jan 08 |  FA Cup

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