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Staying upbeat

Posted on 27 April 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp is determined Saturday's loss at United doesn't overshadow our fine recent form.

Staying upbeat

Harry Redknapp is determined Saturday's loss at United doesn't overshadow our fine recent form.

That form continued as we led 2-0 in the first half at Old Trafford.

However, United turned it around with a scorching five-goal spell in 20 minutes sparked by a controversial penalty decision that went against us in the 57th minute.

It was only our third defeat in the last 13 games stretching back to January and our first loss against the top four this season.

"We've played some fantastic football of late, we've been excellent both home and away," stated Harry.

"We have a very improved team and there is a lot to look forward to."

European ambitions are still very much on - we're 10th in the Premier League, three points behind Fulham in seventh.

"I'd love to get a European place from where we started," added Harry. "It would be great to be able to say 'we were bottom with two points and ended up qualifying for Europe', I'd love that.

"It was only this year that it became difficult for us. We were in a relegation battle and we had the Carling Cup Final to think about as well.

"We played at Hull on the Monday, UEFA Cup on Thursday and Sunday at Wembley and then had Middlesbrough at home three days later. That meant the UEFA Cup became an impossibility for us.

"Don't forget we had to go for it (in the UEFA Cup) when I first arrived because I joined the club on the back of losing to Udinese. We still managed to qualify though by winning the rest of our games.

"The players' attitude has been first class and we want to finish the season strongly."