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Redknapp: Portsmouth players were useless six years ago

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is delighted with his team's form after their 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic.

However, Redknapp refused to raise his expectations for the rest of the season despite seeing late goals from Benjani Mwaruwari and Glen Johnson consolidate fifth place with a 2-0 win at the JJB Stadium.

Redknapp said: "We're a stronger outfit and we're getting better all the time. We played the big four in our first six games and now we've got 18 points which is a great start for us.

"But you look at the top four and you know they will be the same again, then there's teams like Tottenham, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Everton.

"That is a difficult group so if we can finish in the top half I'd be delighted."

The manner of Pompey's win was far removed from their 11-goal thriller against Reading last month but Redknapp admitted his side's dogged determination had given him plenty of satisfaction.

Redknapp added: "I said at half-time that the game was there for us to win. In games like that it is important we pick up points and I would not have been happy coming here and getting a point.

"We wouldn't have won these sorts of games six years ago because the players were useless.

"That's why I'm here and we've got stronger players now and we are a stronger outfit."

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