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Redknapp confident he's won over Portsmouth doubters

Harry Redknapp is confident their FA Cup triumph has won over the last of any remaining doubting Portsmouth fans.

Redknapp came back to Fratton Park in December 2005 after a year managing local rivals Southampton and had to endure cries of "Judas" from the Pompey supporters, but he steered them clear of relegation.

He said: "It wasn't easy and I have no doubt if we had gone down I wouldn't be here now talking about an FA Cup final win.

"When I looked at the quarter-final draw and saw we'd got Manchester United away I thought that was that again but we got a 1-0 win up there, kept a clean sheet and got none of the credit we should have done.

"But I think the players have deserved this and so have I, even though I feel for Dave Jones who I've got a lot of time for.

"Kanu has been fantastic for us. That's a semi-final and a final he has won with his goals and yet when I signed him at the start of last season on a free transfer from West Brom people said I was mad.

"I thought when he missed the first chance today it could be costly but he keeps on going, keeps on trying to do the right things and he's a big plus for us."

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