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Harry hoped to avoid Pompey meeting
Published : 10 Apr 2010 09:56:00
Tottenham boss is pleased to see Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final but he would rather have avoided his former club in the draw. Redknapp has fond memories of his time at Fratton Park which included a cup triumph at Wembley before he was tempted to White Hart Lane last season. "I was pleased that Portsmouth got through but I really didn't want to draw them," Redknapp said. "If I am honest I was hoping to draw Aston Villa but you cannot choose who you play. "You expect the majority of people to be behind Portsmouth - except Southampton fans." Redknapp won silverware with Pompey two years ago but he ranks keeping them in the Premier League, after returning there in the 2005/06 season, as his greatest triumph. He said: "Going to Wigan and winning was a special day, when we were 10 or 11 points adrift with 10 games to go and went on that fantastic run. "When I went back there really I would not be sitting here now if it had gone wrong. I took a massive gamble. It was the worst team I had ever seen in my life and we were so far adrift. Suddenly it was win, win, win."