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Redknapp on Chelski defeat

Our league cup season came crashing to an abrupt end with a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Chelski at Fratton last night. Defeat was not a surprise, the manor of it maybe was though...

Even with a full strength side we would have done well to have got through, but with a weakened side - albeit it a decent enough side on paper - we did not have much chance at all. However the manor of the goals we conceded was again a worry, defensively we were a shambles again and this has been our strong point in recent seasons - we are not even getting the basics right!

Harry Redknapp, who to be honest had little or no interest in this game anyway, was not to downbeat when he spoke to The News: 'they were too good for us, but I actually thought we did okay.

'We were doing all right when they won a soft penalty. I was disappointed with the penalty decision.

'Then they get the second goal right before half-time and that was it.

'We've defended poorly again and given away sloppy goals.

'But then you only have to look at their quality. They have a squad of world class players. That's why we couldn't get near them.'

I wanted to go but sadly could not get up to Fratton so had to make do with radio coverage, and then highlights later but we did not appear to have any interest in looking to get anything from this game at all and basically handed it to Chelski on a plate. Goals conceded were again really soft, as was the penalty so most could have been avoided.

As said even a full strength side would have struggled to have got anything against a near full strength Chelski - so it was a tough one, did you play an entire second string, or play mostly reserves but leave some regular 1st team players in? It's a squad game some players need some time on the pitch as they have role to play in the weeks ahead - or at least should do, as we need to start rotating things around.

From a paying punters point of view you want to see the best - but it was good to see people like Noe Pamarot, Richard Hughes and Arnold Mvuemba get some football under their belts, but not giving people like Kanu and Marc Wilson longer, or playing Glen Little at all seemed strange. Maybe playing David James, Sylvain Distin and Peter Crouch at all was not ideal? James conceded more goals and made another mistake, Distin appeared to have another poor game and playing Crouch as a lone striker, when he appears on a hiding to nothing would have done little to win over his doubters as he had nothing to fed on or pass onto...

The game is done, it was depressing and disappointing - in as much as what we were given back from the sounds of it - but the Spurs game on Sunday was always going to be the one that would see how we really reacted to the humping from Citeh, another spanking last night was far from ideal but how we do against Spurs will give a clearer indication of 'how bad' things have become, not that they have anyway have they as we are not as bad as 10 goals conceded in 2 games suggests...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 25 2008

Time: 8:25AM

Your Comments

Not sure what to say that doesn't sound negative. Been very poor defensively in the last 2 games and 10 goals conceded is not acceptable. Harry needs to open his eyes to the issue (Campbell) and make changes. Going to need a confidence boost performance against spuds before we head of to Portugal.
bluedr
its tough knowing what to say isnt it mate - the past 4 days or so have been depressing times, but the week prior to that we were a fantastic side werent we... that hasnt changed, but we must get a reaction against spurs - a clean sheet is a must, as if we do this is we play to our best we will score against them! we cannot afford to take another defeat, and if we concede i fear we will concede a hatful again - even against a poor spurs side - into the european game...
pompeyrug
What a differnce a week makes. We were always on a hiding to nothing last nite, Spurs will be a lot tougher now & the 2-0 lead in Portugal looks a bit smaller now. Missing Diarra is the big hole that we can't fill. Davis & Diop missing just add to the pain. Time for brave hearts & tin hats.
storagematt
I was at the game last night. The one thing I hated was all the JCL's giving our team stick for conceding. To be honest, I didn't expect a result, and quite frankly I'd rather be out of the League Cup if it means we can concentrate on UEFA. One guy near me actually shouted 'Well done James, you can catch!' - he's been arguably our best ever signing, and this guy is giving him stick! It disgusted me to see people pouring out of the ground after the third went in. Where's the support? JCL's - Pompey have a few bad games and now they really can't be bothered to support us. Sickening.
PFCGino
The expectation bar is far too high. We have had 2 brilliant seasons culminating with winning the FA Cup, which you would not have believed a few years ago. Now everyone expects us to challenge the top 4. Wake up time for a lot of people & yes it does hurt when we lose but let's put in all in perspective.
storagematt
Glen and Jamo will get a fair bit of stick for last night, but I think it's probably not deserved. Sol has been in shocking form, Sylvain has had a few bad performances, Hermann has been bad all season, and even the new lads, Belhadj and Kaboul have looked shaky. I just think Glen and Jamo are constantly being caught in two minds when defending, wondering whether to play their position or try to cover the others. I think that's what's causing their own errors.
PhilTaglia
Here comes the lesson.. do not worry about the Muppet cup my son, but go forth, or fifth or sixth, but worry that we beat the spur on the sabbath.
pompeygray
OOOOO Spuds prepare to get spanked on Sunday.
tommo3146
To all the Johnnny Come Latelys who have only ever known Pompey in the Premiership, who are feeling down and depressed because they think things can't get any worse. Lighten up guys we lost a couple of games badly but in the last 30 years i've known a hell of a lot worse times than this. We'll bounce back, although we may need a few players to get fit first.
Steve C
Well said Steve C -JCL's won't remember losing 4-1 at home to Orient or getting tonked at Oxford in probably the most absmal Pompey performance ever
yellowcheesemonkey
Well said YCM and Steve and Gino before him .. I'm begining to hate the '£5 for kids games' as it brings out all the 'Dads' know best and think it's cleaver to shout at our team rather than get behind them. Some think that unless they see us win 4-0 we are crap others think they could do better ... The seat behind me last night were occupied by three of the best behaved kids you'll ever likely to meet and sure they were interested in 'which one was Ballack' and 'Is that Lampard' but they joined in the songs and the banter (under strict supervision of Dad/Uncle/brother of course) and supported Pompey... the two kids two row in front of me however (same age 9, 10, 11) thought it funny to 'copy' dad and call Crouchy (who I thought worked tirelessly) a lanky streak of oiss and overrated and couldn't score in a brothel... Dad laughed .. it was almost as if he was patting the kids on the back saying 'that's my boy... Those of you who know me well won't be surprised that I had words !!! .. they stopped after a while !! but the point remains JCL's expect to pay a fiver and see a world class performance .. and when they do they then complain that they can't get tickets for every game.. tell ya what I would have rather paid an extra tenner to have those seats empty last night !
Chix
..apologies to all those with well behaved kids and although I've generalised I know there are some cracking 'nippers' who frequent Fratton .. P4me's and Ninja Tim's as an example.. THEY are the future of our club not the tissers in the Fratton End near me last night.. At least I know they won't be there Sunday !!
Chix
come on lads, regroup and beat Spuds on Sunday, please!
merlin
Steve C you are right, we have been in a far worse position than this, they just need some confidence! We'll be OK! Won't we?
tracyc
Campell's the problem, as many of us forcast before the seasons start.
007
Campbell wasn't the problem last night! yes i think we'll be ok. Lets not forget Man City can spend half of the money Sacha's spent since he's been here on 1 player. Chelsea have spent mega millions. We haven't become a bad team overnight, we just need to remember that when things weren't going well we the fans used to dig deep and lift the team.
Steve C
Yep chix, I hear what you say, will always be the same when the club lower ticket prices. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I didnt go last night, because even though ticket prices are reduced, it still costs me £50 per cup game, and I just aint got it at the moment! Anyway, thanks for the acknowledgement re our kids. I'd like to think i've installed the blue blood through their veins as my Dad did for me when I was about 7, as did, I presume, yours when you were young too. The difference I think is my Dad, and me with my kids, do it the right way, and teach them what the atmosphere and the game is really about.
pompey4me
Re: the poll. I wonder if the result would be different if we were not playing so badly at the moment?
pompey4me
I've only just read this thread. Sorry! I would like to reassure everyone that no-one in the north stand where I was sat was rubbishing our team. We only had positive vibes, and as i have said elsewhere, some thought the first half was good anyway. Talking of kids, as I was leaving - well after the end of the match, I heard some small kids in the Fratton end screaming Blue Army. It was smashing to hear. I too thought it appalling to look at all the empty seats even before the 4th goal was shot. The South stand looked more than half empty. Terrible! But would someone answer me this? Why don't the tram come and thank the fans for their support like the away teams do to their fans. Our team were through the tunnel before you could blink. It looks very bad.
Gandor
 

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