Managers comments of the defeat for Reading at Fratton Park

"The interpretation of the game is the goals and the result but I thought at half time we were in a reasonable position with what was a sloppy goal from our point of view.

"From there I thought we'd get stronger but to be fair to them they beat us in the second half.

"I felt we had opportunities, they're a good, well-drilled back four with experience in abundance and the goalkeeper behind is obviously very proficient and at the top end of his game at the moment.

"Other teams have found it hard and we did to be fair.

"They were better than us. The first goal was a sloppy one from our point of view but I was still confident at half-time we could get back in it. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way.

"We showed a lot more purpose at the end but you would have to say that getting back from 3-0 down was always going to be difficult.

"We were up against a strong outfit, well-marshalled at the back, a goalkeeper playing at the top of his game and powerful, competitive midfield. Then there was Kanu's finishing - and it showed just how important he is after they took him off.

"We got back into it then but it was too late.

"We've looked at the fixtures ahead and if we can keep putting our best side out I can guarantee we will be all right in this division. Pompey will definitely be looking up this season rather than down."

Harry Redknapp

(On Kanu) "He's been fantastic.

"Seven goals already is amazing. And he could easily have been given our first one today as well.

"He has been superb. He keeps on heading the ball in and before I brought him here I didn't think he could head it at all.

"But we played ever so well today and got at Reading straight away. I thought it was going to be a difficult game because things seem to happen so often against Reading in the opening minutes.

"We decided to go at them from the first whistle and it paid off with some great football."