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James 'should' be fit for the cup final

James 'should' be fit for the cup final

Harry Redknapp seems quietly confident that David James will be fit for the FA cup final despite his calf injury: 'I think all calf injuries are quite serious.

'The scan revealed a slight tear but if he'd trained it could have been worse. I think he'll be ok for the Fulham game in two weeks'.

James saw his run of 166 consecutive league appearances end yesterday when the calf injury he picked up at Citeh forced him to miss his first league game for us since he signed. In all honesty I think that he should have came off against Citeh at the time as he had to receive a sustained period of treatment and being behind his goal - as I was at the time - you could visibly see he was struggling.

This absence yesterday gave Jamie Ashdown a rare run out, his first league start in fact since our 5-0 mauling at Birmingham in our 'great escape season' of 2005/06. He is likely to keep goal against Boro this weekend too and maybe even the final game against Fulham?

Ashdown is a decent keeper, and he made a fantastic reflex save just before the Blackburn goal but he probably was at fault for their goal as had he attempted to catch the ball instead of punching it the goal probably would have been avoided.

As said Ashdown is a decent keeper but it goes without saying though that I would much, much rather have James in goal for the cup final without any shadow of a doubt...


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Date:Monday April 28 2008
Time: 4:28PM


Jamo is important to the back row and gives the team confidence. Jamie had good game yesterday and made some fine saves but he has not got te experience. They will all be nervous at Wembley but Jamo has been there and done it and that will be vital.
28/04/2008 16:45:00
Absoloute complete necessity that we have Jamo between the sticks!
28/04/2008 17:03:00
he is our most important player. i am sitting on the edge of my seat on this one!
28/04/2008 17:06:00
Let fckin' hope so. He is a massive big time player & the thought of him not playing is just unthinkable. I trust the club have the worlds best attending his every need!
28/04/2008 19:18:00
Jamo is highly important not saying Ashdown is bad, but he looked a little nervous Sunday, would the nerves hold out on the 17th? Not jamies but mine, sorry my humour
28/04/2008 21:45:00
It sounds like its fingers crossed on this injury, I think its one of those where they don't really know how long it will take. I agree Ashdown is a decent keeper, and its good for him to get a couple of games, but I really want to see Jamo out there on May 17th. And he's done so much in the earlier rounds to keep us in the cup, it would be a tragedy for him if he couldn't play in the final.
28/04/2008 21:57:00
'if' it went to a shoot out - and lets hope it doesnt - with jamo in goal i would fancy our chances, wouldnt you?
welcome to the site by the way pompeyyong, not seen you before mate.
28/04/2008 22:10:00
Jamo has been our player of the season & we need every giant come dragon slaying day!
28/04/2008 22:10:00
considering Ashdown has had to spectate for the last year and a half , watching the Premierships No 1 goalie, I guess he was justifiably somewhat nervous on Sunday! but Harry has kept him here for a reason and given chance to gain more experience will show us why, I'm amount of training can substitute playing and confidence can only grow with experience. I trust Harry, after all Jamie's about the only founder player from when he came backthat he's held on to!!
29/04/2008 09:59:00
Thanks for the welcome pompeyrug, I have been following the site for sometime now, & dicided to join in the fun thanks again!
29/04/2008 18:24:00
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