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Pamarot and James on Fulham and cup final

Noe Pamarot and David James are both pushing for some involvement against Fulham this weekend, although both admit that the FA cup final is the biggest prize on offer.

Pamarot made his return from injury in a reserve outing against Fulham this week, and although he is short of match fitness he is hoping to be involved against Fulham, but has his eyes firmly set on a cup final place as he told The News: 'I am happy to be playing again. It will be good to be back for the final.

'For me, it was very important to get through the 90 minutes in the reserves. Training is not the same, so it was a case of passing the test.

'I have done a lot of running sessions to get fit and be involved with the team and that helped me keep going until the end against Fulham.

'Now I'm back and delighted and hopefully I can push for the final. I don't know if I will be ready. I'm trying hard enough to think I will be involved so it's up to the manager.

'I will definitely be showing him I will be okay.

'I might be too short. Maybe I can have another game this weekend, I don't know. But I'm delighted to be back'.

He also denied 'speculation' linking him with a summer move to Celtic, insisting that he is happy with us and enjoying himself. Harry Redknapp is himself refusing to rule him out of the final at this point.

My own thinking is that the cup final will possibly come to soon for him, he is a naturally fit guy but it is not even known if he will feature this weekend - so if not I cannot see him being thrown onto the bench for the cup final, particularly without any involvement against Fulham…

As we know James was given the all clear for the cup final yesterday and he has pleaded with Redknapp to start him against Fulham: 'I had a scan yesterday and the calf has mended so I've declared myself fit and will have a chat with the gaffer to see if he thinks I am fit.

'I've been out for a couple of weeks so the last thing I want to do when I'm not 100 per cent is damage myself for the sake of damaging myself.

'I have to have a consultation with the gaffer. I want to play, I want to beat Fulham and get what we can out of the game with regards to points tally and looking forward to the Cup final on a high.

'But the Cup final's a big game so we'll have to see.

'I am aware that if you start overloading it, then you are always going to be susceptible to more injuries.

'If I can't play Sunday for whatever reason then fine. It's up to me to make sure I do everything I can to be right for the Cup final and that's what I will do. I have not got a problem with that'.

First and foremost this is a fantastic attitude to be hearing, a player desperately wanting to play in the final game of the season, even though by doing so he could potentially put his own cup final place at risk - the fella is a legend!

As it is I would love to see James play against Fulham on Sunday, as with him in goal I could not see us losing but as much as I want us to win that game I am not sure it is worth the risk with the cup final so near? On the other hand maybe going into the cup final 'cold' could work against him? It is a tough call, one that I am glad I will not have to make... To be honest I do not think Redknapp will take the risk.

All in all I am not sure that Pamarot will make the final 16 for the cup final, if he features against Fulham then these odds would increase. James will almost certainly - baring any reactions to his injury - start the cup final, but I am not so sure he will start against Fulham.


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Date:Thursday May 8 2008

Time: 11:24AM

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Great to have Noe back. I thought he did very well at left back & keep HH out of the team on merit. It would be good to give him a run on Sunday. Even give Sol or Distin a rest. I would hope to wrap Jamo in cotton wool for this game. It just ain't worth the risk.
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08/05/2008 11:58:00

Noe back good news I expect Harry would keep Herman at left back for the final, but could give Noe a run out sunday. WE might see him on the bench for the final they both can play outside or centre possibly in place of Lauren.
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08/05/2008 19:08:00

Come on Pompy stuff Fulham for us!!!!! All the best in the final guys! My prediction 3-0 win
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08/05/2008 21:34:00

great to have him back - but to be honest, it IS to soon...although come to think of it, what other defencive cover will we have? lauren...and...?
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08/05/2008 22:25:00

so much talk about the goalies............how about sorting out getting the ball in the net forwards?? and giving us something to cheer about.........after all we could and should have taken something from the past 3 games with just a few goals!! yes 3 on Sunday would be lovely! practise for the final.........
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09/05/2008 23:44:00

d'yuo remember when we used to call our Noe,.. "pamarotten"- we never thought we would ever miss him did we? but cracking goal, a bit of pace and solid performances later and we have been crying out for his return especially for the last 6 weeks. As for Jamo i dont think his selection will make that much diference, Ashdowns performances have been competent, and the goals conceeded cant be laid at his door, so goalie selection is fairly irrellevant... except.. Jamo has earned it by being the most consistent & best goalie in the land by far.
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