Portsmouth boss regrets selling O'Neil to Middlesbrough

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp admits he was reluctant to sell Gary O'Neil in the summer to Middlesbrough.

O'Neil was outstanding for Boro in yesterday's crucial 1-0 win and Redknapp said: "He was a player who always gave 100 percent but I had been allowed to spend a lot of money in the summer and had to help balance the books.

"He was the one player who created interest, and when Boro came in with an offer of £5 million I felt it was right.

"In an ideal world Gary would still be with us and I'd love to have him here."

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