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The wakeup call we needed?

The wakeup call we needed?

We are a couple of days after the Everton defeat, some things were said some feel too negative and maybe not needed, others think it was firm but fair, clearly I feel the latter as I wrote it… but as I do like to be on the positive side, it is time for a more positive spin on things! That is not to say this is going to mask over the shortcomings that we have shown recently…

Although I had said we have to draw a line under the Everton defeat - which we do - I am hoping that it has given us the wakeup call we desperately needed after too many lacklustre showings.

We cannot deny that we have not played well for some time, we were lucky in a way to play several 'lesser teams' in the league and cup, which with all due respect to them did not, or could not punish us as other 'better teams' could - Everton are indeed a better team and they did punish us…

It might have taken this for players to look themselves in the mirror, and maybe even Harry Redknapp to think 'hang on there is something wrong', and ideally it will make us think again, it certainly has to as the better teams we have coming up will certainly do exactly what Everton did otherwise.

Players and managers do not become 'bad' overnight, and neither have in our instance, and I was never implying this was the case, but something is just slightly wrong, but I do think it is not a major problem, and just needs minor tweaking and we will be back to our best again.

It is said you learn from your mistakes in life, the same applies in the world of football, we have been lucky, yep it is easy to 'coach' from the stands without all the pressure that go with it but the management team we have in place, along with the players we have have been around for long enough to know not all is well, so lets gear up for the United game and start looking forward to it - granted we are going to have to put in a blinder, but we are capable of this, we know what Pompey can be like.

Everton was our most 'defining' - arguably most important - game of the season so far, and we failed that with a whimper really, we now have a chance to redeem ourselves and I will not be betting against this, sometimes you need a good old slap in the face to make you see what is staring you straight in the face - as I say hopefully that defeat at the weekend will do this to us and we can be fired up enough to want to end the season very strongly, and perform to the ability that we can… if not then we will fizzle out into nothingness and it will become harder to defend the un-defendable…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday March 4 2008
Time: 1:56PM

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Good Attitude ! - Hope the squad looks at it this way. I hope they hit the training pitch a few times this week to get some chemistry going (especially in the midfield). Hey. Maybe ManU were watching the Everton game and will take us for granted (one can only hope !).
Toronto4Pompey
04/03/2008 14:33:00
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redknapp came out today saying the defence needs to buck up so i am glad he realises we did not play well on sunday so with some hard graft this week and a bit of luck on sat we can only hope for a good result or at least to still be in the match after a 1/4 of an hour unlike our last couple of visits
knocker
04/03/2008 14:49:00
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yep he did, i saw that knocker and in all fairness when he said 'defence' he wasnt just meaning the defenders, he meant defending as a team with muntari, not exactly singled out, but mentioned as not doing a job, so it shows that he meant the whole team in terms of defending... by the way did you get a text read out on the quay the other week, after sunderland it might have been?
pompeyrug
04/03/2008 15:32:00
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It needs to buck up, but lets be realistic about it, Distin and Campbell will always play if they are fit. Against Everton they were poor and got pulled all over the pitch, especially when Johnson came on. They need to accept responsibility on the field and get their heads up.It is no use sulking, remember you can show the rival fans your anger etc, by playing out of your skin, not reacting like Sol keeps doing.
Owenspompey
04/03/2008 18:36:00
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Some of the players & some of our supporters were getting carried away with all this Europe talk, like it was a certainty. Wwe have been playing nothing short of poor to ordinary for 3 months. Lady luck & Jamo have sustained for too long. Reality check please!!!
storagematt
04/03/2008 19:35:00
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I agree Matt, we are not as good as we think we are, and we were really found out at Goodison. We were rubbish at Preston as well, but Jammo got us out of a hole again. We hav ethe chance on Saturday to put it right and give United a real game, so lets see how really good we are.
Owenspompey
04/03/2008 19:57:00
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All is not happy in the camp for some reason. Sol now requires a special physio after training, maybe age and injuries are beginning to catch up with him which makes him unhappy on the pitch, as he is unable to perform as he would like. But it appears to be spreading through the squad.
eastneydave
04/03/2008 20:00:00
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You´ll need to do better than against the Evertonians if you want to win any Domestic cups this season, thats for sure.
Blue is the colour
04/03/2008 20:21:00
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What I hope more than anything is that HR sees what we see, and acts on it. Diop on the right wing........come on 'arry wots that about?? Never thought i'd beg for Utaka to come back there! Just dreading Kanu playing up on his own for the whole 90 mins tho! One thing is for sure, we need to be looking into life after Sol and soon. Last season I think.
pompey4me
04/03/2008 21:29:00
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but how many good young centre backs are there out there that are available? we have martin cranie, then theres probably steven taylor, but his form hasnt been great this season, then you get onto people like titus bramble...there just arnt all that many centre backs to look for.
pompeycarpet
04/03/2008 22:26:00
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