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Hughes: This Won't Be Easy Either!!!

Portsmouth have had a tough start to their Premiership season but Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes has fired them a warning ahead of the Ewood Park encounter on Sunday.

Pompey have already faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United in the opening six matches, gaining two points from these four games (however, with Rovers having faced Arsenal and Chelsea as well, also gaining two points from these two games!) so it has been a difficult start for them, but if they are expecting it any easier this Sunday they will have to think again, as Hughes has warned his opposite number Harry Redknapp.

Hughes told the Official Blackburn Rovers Website: "I'm sure Harry feared the worst when he saw the fixtures for the season coming out.

"However, he's actually done quite well given the run of games against the top teams in the opening period of the season.

"So now they will be looking ahead thinking that in the next few weeks or so they will be able to put points on the board. They will be positive in that respect.

"But we have got a good record against them, certainly at Ewood. They have found us a side difficult to overcome in the past and we will make sure that is the case on Sunday
."

Meanwhile Pompey manager Harry Redknapp has been very complimentary to Rovers.

Redknapp gave special praise to Ryan Nelsen (a man he tried to sign last summer) who will unfortunately be missing through injury, something that would appear to please Redknapp.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I think he is a superb centre-half and I would love to have him in my squad.

"I tried to sign him last season but unfortunately it didn't happen.

"But Blackburn still have ability all over the pitch with Morten Gamst Pedersen, Benni McCarthy and the new lad Santa Cruz all capable of scoring goals.

"We will have to be on top of our game to get anything.

"Mark Hughes has done a good job at Blackburn and it is one of the last places you want to go.

"There are no easy matches at this level and this one certainly isn't
."

Also, and VERY pleasing to read Redknapp ISN'T one of those that feels Rovers are over physical or a dirty side.

He added: "They have people with a lot of physical presence but also a lot of skill. Their record speaks for itself."


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 22 2007

Time: 11:30AM

Your Comments

Sparky was LIVID after the UEFA Cup defeat (and rightly so!), so I would not want to be in Portsmouth's shoes this weekend, as Sparky WILL demand an immediate response and a continued good run against them at Ewood Park.
Credit where credit it due, Redknapp has been VERY complimentary to Rovers (and why shouldn't he!)
We knew he wanted God, but we (or I) didn't know how much, now we do.
Hughes Da Man
Depends on which Pompey we send up. Still having new players settling in, far from the well oiled machine. Who wants it most will win it. So probably a draw.
storagematt
With home advantage and after the shambles mid-week, I'm expecting Rovers to come out tomorrow and open a can of whoop-ass on Pompey. Saying that, it'll be close, but I still think we can win it
KevDP4L
i always liked redknapp and with his comments he has gone up in my estimation! pompey are a good side but i think we can do it! its a must win to get ouselves back on track and turn thursday from disaster to hiccup!
durks de rover
I have always been a fan of Redknapp and he speaks sense here. I am expecting us to come out fighting tomorrow. Ryan is a HUGE loss but one mans loss is another mans gain.... Step up to the plate Andre.
MikeyGamst
Glad I got my prediction wrong.
storagematt
well played Pompey, you didnt give us a sniff after you scored.
MikeyGamst
 

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