Date:Tuesday March 4 2008
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!
Date:Tuesday March 4 2008
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