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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 April, 2003, 22:23 GMT 23:23 UK
Redknapp revels in Pompey party
Harry Redknapp celebrates victory
Redknapp has overseen the Fratton Park revolution
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp praised his promotion-winning side following their victory over Burnley at Fratton Park.

Svetoslav Todorov scored the goal that sealed Pompey's return to the top flight after a 15-year absence.

Redknapp has transformed the south coast club's fortunes since taking over the managerial reins in March 2002.

And he watched on in delight as Pompey reached the promised land of the Premiership in his first full season in charge.

"The last six minutes were the longest of my life but the players deserve it and the fans deserve it," said Redknapp after the win.

"They are both fantastic and what we've achieved over the last 12 months is just unbelievable.

"I'm stunned by what has happened and you can see just what it means to the people of Portsmouth by their reactions at the final whistle. It's just fantastic."


Portsmouth captain Paul Merson, who has played a pivotal role in the club's brilliant season, claimed the achievement was "up there with the best" of his extraordinary career.

The former England midfielder, who tasted league and FA Cup success with Arsenal, revealed: "I am very proud. I am trying to let it sink in really.

"It is up there with the best. No-one expected this to happen.

"The lads have been brilliant.

"We deserved it, and have deserved it all season. We will try to win the league.

"Everyone played above their potential. They have been outstanding."

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp
"It's a terrific achievement"

Portsmouth captain Paul Merson
"The fans have been outstanding"

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