LITESPORT 42 Friday, 16 October 2009 London Lite ILL NEVER LET THEHarry blasts sick supporters on eve of trip to Pompey Hammers just beautiful says sparkling Diamanti ALESSANDRO DIAMANTI insists he has no regrets over his summer switch to West Ham -- despite the clubs nightmare start to the season. The Italian playmaker has endured a difficult time in England since his 6m move from Livorno with the Hammers having failed to win in the League since the opening day. And despite speculation over the future of manager Gianfranco Zola, Diamanti is adamant he can ease the pressure on his under-fire boss by firing the club to victory at Stoke tomorrow. Im very happy here and its very beautiful. I am having a great experience, even if we are not getting the results, said Diamanti. Im sure we will get it together soon. The 26-year-old also claims: There were some rumours at Livorno linking me with Milan but I think Italian teams prefer to buy foreign players. Maybe if I was called Diamantinho then I might have played for a big club in Serie A. STOKE VWEST HAM TOMORROW,3PM CESC FABREGAS could feature in Arsenals home match against Birmingham tomorrow despite missing Spains midweek win over Bosnia- Herzegovina. Fabregas was allowed to leave his national squad for personal reasons to be with his family in Barcelona but boss Arsene Wenger says his captain could feature in the meeting with Alex McLeishs men. Along with Fabregas, goalkeeper Manuel Almunia may also make his first appearance for more than a month after recovering from a chest infection. The Spaniard was rated 50-50 by Wenger to make his first League appearance since the 4-2 defeat at Manchester City on 12 September but French duo Gael Clichy and Abou Diaby are doubtful after picking upFly past: Fab in action against Armenia ARSENAL VBIRMINGHAM TOMORROW,3PM Captain Fab-tastic is ready to BY GEOFF TEATHER PORTSMOUTH vTOTTENHAM LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Portsmouth 4-1, Spurs 10-11, draw 13-5. FIRST GOALSCORER Defoe 4-1, Crouch 11-2, Keane 11-2, Pavlyuchenko 7-1, Dindane 9-1, Piquionne 9-1, Kanu 10-1, Lennon 11-1, Smith 12-1, Kranjcar 14-1. LAST MEETING 18 JANUARY 2009 SPURS 1 PORTSMOUTH 1 (PL) DARREN BENTS career at Spurs was effectively terminated after Harry Redknapps post match assessment of the late headed chance the now Sunderland striker somehow contrived to miss. My missus could have scored that one, quipped Redknapp without considering the effect his words of wisdom would have on his 16m flop. The game itself ended in a draw after Jermain Defoes leveller. MATCH FACTS Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur have met 38 times in the league. Portsmouth have won 11, Tottenham Hotspur 14 and there have been 13 draws. Pompey are only the 11th team in PL history to pick up three or fewer points from their opening eight PL matches. However, six of the previous ten teams went on to avoid relegation at the end of the season, including four of the last six. The last team were Tottenham who had only two points from their opening eight PL matches last season. Harry Redknapp left Portsmouth to join Tottenham at this stage of the season last year. Since then Tottenham have been on the up and up winning 19 of their 38 PL matches, picking up 65 points the equal fifth-best record in the division over this period with Everton. HARRY REDKNAPP has two targets ahead of tomorrows return to Port- smouth -- winning the match and beating the nutters. The latter are the two percent of Portsmouth fans who will vent their anger, having still not forgiven him for leaving Fratton Park for White Hart Lane nearly a year ago. The day I left Portsmouth I got some horrific phone calls, saying things I would not want to repeat, from so-called supporters, said Red- knapp, who has dismissed talk that he will have extra security around him in the dug-out. It makes you ill when you think about some members of the human race, because some people can say awful things. The proper Portsmouth fans are absolutely fantastic. I still bump into them all the time and none of them have ever had a go at me. But throughout football, you get the nutters who will shout at anything rather than watch the game. When I started watching football as a kid, you just watched the game, rather than concentrating on shout- ing things at people on the pitch or in the opposite stand. When you receive calls like I did, its awful but you cannot let the nut- ters beat you. Most people are fantastic. The fans there have a great reputa- tion. I remember them chanting Thierry Henrys name even though wewerebeinghammeredbyArsenal. Whatever happens will not affect me butIhopetheydontspoilthatreputa- tion. Im confident that wont happen. Portsmouth received 5m in com- pensation from Tottenham after RedknapptookoverinnorthLondon, but have struggled since he left. To rile Pompey fans even further, Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Niko Kranjcar were all sold to Spurs this year, while coach Joe Jordan and chief scoutIanBroomfieldalsojoined Redknapps backroom staff. But Redknapp claims that the offer to become manager of Spurs was too enticing to resist. I was never going to be offered Manchester United or Liverpool, so this job was too good a chance not to take, he said. I had already turned down the chance to take over at Newcastle in January 2008, when I decided to stay at Portsmouth. All I did for Pompey was leave them with a group of very good players and make them money in the transfer market. We signed players like Lassana Diarra, Glen Johnson and Sylvain Distin and they have made money for the club. We won promotion, kept them in the Premier League, made them into a good top-flight side and won the FA Cup. What did I do wrong? Sticks and stones: name-calling is something Redknapp has got used to Happy: Alessandro Diamanti BY DAVID DIBBLE index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html