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Nicholas on Defoe and James

Nicholas on Defoe and James

Charlie Nicholas has once again been full of praise for Pompey, singling Jermain Defoe and David James out for special mention when talking on sky sports soccer Saturday yesterday.

He said that Villa's inability to take their chances had cost them, whereas we took ours and he spoke highly of Defoe's finish: 'look at the first goal from Jermain Defoe, it was just class. That was why Harry went and sold Benjani because he would have missed that or he wouldn't have got there.

'The touch was exquisite and the vision to lob the goalkeeper was worth the admission money. It was a stunning, stunning goal and Villa were dominating at that time'.

His other man of the match was James, who he says performed another 'master class' of goalkeeping, with his saves thwarting Villa, he went on to say: 'a master class from David James yet again; save after save after save. So agile, so comfortable now with his own performance and so confident. He is wonderful to watch at times.

'He will still make mistakes because every goalkeeper makes mistakes but it is the quality of the saves that he is making.

'I said a couple of weeks ago that he is as important as Ronaldo and Fabregas is to the top teams, he is playing that well. He really is a top drawer goalkeeper for me'.

All of this took place under the watchful eye of England coach Fabio Capello so Nicholas feels he must have been impressed with the pair, along with Glen Johnson too: 'Capello was there today and he has seen another master class from his goalie, he has seen Glen Johnson play well and Defoe score a goal. That is quite a good bit of viewing for Capello today'.

As previously said before I have not always been a fan of Charlie Nicholas but I have been warming to him more and more in recent months - as for what Capello saw yesterday, all 3 of the players mentioned must have a fantastic chance of making his next England squad surely…

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday March 16 2008
Time: 11:00AM

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Earlier on before the games both Charlie and Merse had been talking up Pompey saying they are the building gradually and adding value to the club and will win things soon.
eastneydave
16/03/2008 11:34:00
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Yes, Defoe, GJ and James in the England team is becoming a very real possibility. Defoes goal was a gem. Not as flashy and spectacular as some but pure class.
frattonaussie
16/03/2008 11:35:00
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Another decent performance, ruined by petty refereeing decisions again, we need to get to grips with the poor standard of decisions that refs are making, thay just keep ruining the game.
Owenspompey
16/03/2008 12:04:00
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Knew Defoe would score goals, qaulity player and you lot on the South Coast are seeing that in him now. Just hope his run of goals is over before next weekend
matt..shelfsidespurs
16/03/2008 12:33:00
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I hope not Matt, we need to come and put in a performance against you for a change. We hope that you have a bad day,and that Jermaine is firing on all cylinders !!
Owenspompey
16/03/2008 14:39:00
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defoe is going to be really up for that game isnt he - he will have a point to prove to 'oneday' wont he, lets just hope that he doesnt try too hard, as occassionally when this is the case you dont do yourself justice...
pompeyrug
16/03/2008 16:23:00
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defoe = pure quality finisher, he will be the best ever in recent times at pompey. (apart from toddy)
pompeysno.9
16/03/2008 18:17:00
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Our credibility is 'sky' high!!!!!
storagematt
16/03/2008 20:12:00
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The refs decisions were, imo, fine. Remember as we said in an earlier article that he may have a different view of an incident than you, he has a split second to decide and doesn't have the benefit of replays to have another look. If anyone feels really upset about the referees then the best way to fix your problem is to take a referees course, get out on the field and then see just how easy it it is.
frattonaussie
16/03/2008 22:01:00
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Defoe, Jamo & Johno all put in sound perfromances today and it great that Capello was on hand to see them in the flesh.. Would be good to have all three involved in the next England squad.Pompey being represented at level is becoming the norm what with Sol's inclusion as well last year .. Will be see three pompey players line up in the same England team very soon .. It could happen
Chix
17/03/2008 07:06:00
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