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Less talk more action...

Pompey players and coaching staff have been 'giving it all that' since we got spanked by Citeh last weekend, and to an extent given a spanking - albeit it to a much lesser and of a different kind - by Chelski in the week.

Well, it is time for less talking and more action!

First and foremost, we do need to put things into perspective and perhaps realise that perhaps what some are expecting from Pompey just is not a realistic expectation and perhaps too much is expected, but expecting the players to go out and play with pride and passion for the club, the shirt and us - the paying fans - is not too much to ask is it, or at least should not be...

The Citeh game was horrible, very, very few come out of the game with any credit and most worryingly of all the towel seemed to be thrown in way too soon, with a lack of interest seemingly shown - maybe this was tiredness, a realisation that some players are not capable of playing a couple of games a week let alone 2 or 3, the wake-up call to the boss that he needs to juggle things around more or whatever, but enough excuses, that game is in the past and the past stays in the past, nothing can be said to change it, only actions in the future can rectify this.

Fast forward to the league cup game, there seems to be conflicting views and opinions on this one - sadly this was a midweek fixture I could not make so had to make do with the radio, and as we know you cannot really get that much of an impression from that can you... Some feel there was effort and commitment but the obvious quality was lacking, others think this effort and commitment and willingness to also play for the shirt was missing as well as the quality! I cannot really add much comment here as I did not see, but what I do know is it sounded painful and did seem as though we had little interest in getting anything from that match, it seemed a typical when we play Chelski style 'a positive will be a bonus', almost as though we had already accepted defeat and were mentally resigned to this?

We have major problems in midfield, missing most that we do I think we can just about cope with but missing a host of players plus the real shining light - even from the Citeh spanking, the jewel in our crown Lassana Diarra is a bitter blow! And it looks like we will be missing him against Spurs as well as he has some knee problem - if we are lucky, although I would rather we were honest and upfront about it, it will just be a case of the knee problem was a cover story to see him sit out the Chelski game, which I do not know about anyone else I would have happy seen happen, although this 'conspiracy theory' is not seeming that likely.

Anyone doubting just how important the fella is to us merely needs to look at this stat that sky sports revealed today, he has won a staggering 91% of the challenges he has made this season - absolutely incredible!

Midfield is our problem area personnel wise - due to the injuries, defence is a worry performance wise, striking options are, and have been for me, arguably our strongest area this season on the whole - despite Peter Crouch coming in for a lot of unfair abuse in recent weeks if you ask me, the fella seems onto a hiding to nothing from some - but without service there is not a lot he, or others can do. When we get this right we have scored.

Spurs on Sunday is going to be a tough game, give me a clean sheet now and I would bite your arm off - even if this meant a 0-0 draw, as we desperately need to build up what has started to look like an increasingly fragile back line! Who plays in midfield is up in the air, but it's looking threadbare. Either way enough talking from the players - and me, lets see them get out and in the faces of the Spurs players, lets see that determination to win and succeed return. Maybe some have been riding that successful crest of a wave from recent times too long, and maybe the past couple of games have given them a wake-up call? All we ask is effort and commitment, well that is all I ask, the rest often falls into place on its own after this.

The players have been 'talking the talk', now lets see them 'walk the walk' this coming weekend...

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Date:Friday September 26 2008

Time: 2:16PM

Your Comments

a clean sheet is more important than winning. the defence's confidence has disapeared, although I hope that we will get over that. we have two very experianced defenders, who should not worry about it!
pompeycarpet
Lets hope we get the clean sheet as we will need this going in to Thursday's match. A win would be great, if not William Hill are offering 25/1 for Spuds to score 4 or more against us!!
bluedr
Yep defence needs the confidence back like carpet said.Our strkiers need to see the ball coming into the box and the midfielders need to work more harder
stfc ballboy
Carps, I know what you mean but, to to be honest, I 'd take a 5-4 win over a nil-nil draw any day!
NinjaTim
Normally I'd agree Tim .. but not this week .. they were awful on Sunday and Wednesday .. all of 'em .. they need confidence otherwise it'll be 2,3,4, or dare I say 5 and 6 in the against coloum each week...
Chix
Rug I agree with the 'less talk' sentiment completely this week we've heard from Distin, Pamarot, Kanu, Utaka et al promising better performances and telling us they care and are committed. They may well be but actions speak louder than words and whoever plays on Sunday needs to do so with prode and passion and the belief that we can win.. I'm sure.. no I trust... well actually I hope.. no, I pray they will !
Chix
Whilst it would be a relief in a way to get a 0-0 draw, it wouldn't be good enough, Spurs have struggled this season, I know they beat Newcastle, but at the moment who doesn't? We really need a good win, and a good solid performance all round. Big worry about Diarra being out though.
tracyc
The loss of Diarra just shakes me to the core but we have to get on with it & hope the reserve midfield give it some against the spuds. The arrogant gits need a beating & I would hate to lose to them now, especially with them being winless & bottom of the pile.
storagematt
anyone else get a hint of de-ja-vu with the headline on the official pompey site ("Dont panic")? ... anyway, diara may be fit, although I think we are still looking at him being on the bench at best. diop and davis (if theyre fit) should be able to get int the faces of the spurs midfield, and then maybe we will get a decent result...
pompeycarpet
I think we can give a good account of ourselves! We now have rested players coming in: Sol, Traore, Defoe, they will make a difference. Sol ALWAYS plays well after he has had a bad game, so hopefully him and Distin will do enough so that Jamo will not have to do too much - as his confidence must be very low right now. To my mind, defence is key. If Spurs get an early goal, then we will fall to pieces again. PUP!
Gandor
Yes Jamo's confidence must be especially fragile right now, I think we all know his England place is on the line now - it could go either way. If we concede an early soft goal, we're all in trouble, but then if Jamo gets in a couple of great saves early on, we can all heave a big sigh of relief. We need the 12th man effect big-time - lets sing for all our shaky players, and boost them as much as we can.
tracyc
 

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