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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…


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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 !).
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04/03/2008 14:33:00

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
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04/03/2008 14:49:00

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?
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04/03/2008 15:32:00

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.
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04/03/2008 18:36:00

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!!!
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04/03/2008 19:35:00

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.
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04/03/2008 19:57:00

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.
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04/03/2008 20:00:00

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
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04/03/2008 20:21:00

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.
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04/03/2008 21:29:00

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.
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04/03/2008 22:26:00

I think Sol is due for a sabatical at some eastern temple for a couple of months - the current situation reminds me of Dusan S, and the captain;s armband being worn when he was past his best.
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04/03/2008 23:18:00

Sol is getting on, against most teams he can still cut it, but big muscular quick forwards will trouble him, he shows the signs of frustration at not getting to balls that he would of 2 or 3 years back, lets face it, if we as his peak still he would be playing for Arsenal still, not us.
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05/03/2008 06:43:00

yes, agreed. All of our golden oldies come to us for one last hurrah - Campell's was louder than most, I'll miss him when he goes - let's hope though that he finds a little bit more over the next few games else I fear he will be gone for next season.
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05/03/2008 07:31:00

Positivity needed I agree - It's 90 minutes the players we have we have we should trat this game as if we were a secomd division side and battle for every ball, run out socks off and never give up .. you never know we might even get a result..
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05/03/2008 07:51:00

I'm glad Arry has seen that things need a shake up - hopefully just in time for the ManU game. Personally, I like getting carried away with talk of Europe, FA cup etc - especially after all these years in the wilderness.
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05/03/2008 08:59:00

but has he seen this tracy? i hope that he has - he was critical of the defending - from everyone - so this would imply that he will make some changes, which are needed...
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05/03/2008 11:16:00

cranie could make an apearnace (would it be his premiership debut? i cant remember...)
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05/03/2008 17:10:00

nope he played a couple of games, at least one earlier in the season - united at fratton is one that spings to mind...
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05/03/2008 17:29:00

Lol, forget the last 6 games and look at the beginning of the season and nobody here would have critiscised Sol. He's still class, very strong and not so slow that it matters, especially with Distin next to him. He has been not much better than awful recently but you can't just write off a player of his quality and physical ability like that! It's a shame that we don't have Linvoy or Pamarot to give him a rest if that is what he really needs. Whatever it is that he needs - he better do it quickly so he can get his game back on course for this season. Of course I think he'll stay next season, still be first choice and start like a train as he has done previously. Also, 'could' you possibly 'use' slightly fewer of the 'quotation marks' in the articles - they are a bit painful 'on' the eye ;)
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05/03/2008 18:55:00

L&P - true, i would not have suggested sol was "past it" at the begging of the season. i would also not have suggested that we would be one game away from an FA cup semifinal, in which there are going to be a maximum of 3PL teams left in, and no man u (well, i can hope). i also wouldnt have suggested that arsenal are top, that adebeyor would be there top scorer, that we would sell matty taylor AND benjani (and Gary oneil). Times chane, and player get older. sol was certainly not past it then, but he has looked off the pace for a while now, so either his heart just isnt in it, or hes getting towards the end of his carreer.
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05/03/2008 19:06:00

sorry Liquor&Poker i just use them to put 'emphasis' on a a 'specific' word :-)
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05/03/2008 22:16:00

Stay asleep for a few more games then wake up.
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06/03/2008 21:47:00

nope but at least pompey got to ninth which is no mean feat at all given this leagues big guns
ozanne park rangers
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07/03/2008 08:47:00


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