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Redknapp on Crouch, Traore, the win and more...

Harry Redknapp hailed his Pompey players following the win over Stoke at the weekend, telling sky sports that it capped a fine week - with us playing some really good football: 'yes it's been a terrific week, starting with the great win against Tottenham, and a great result in Portugal.

'I thought they were fantastic, the slick football we played the way we moved the ball the way passed the ball was top class.

'You worry about one or two of them, but they recovered.

'Sol Campbell was magnificent and Sylvain along side him felt tired on Thursday but recovered and pulled it out today and it was a great performance.'

We were comfortable for the most part but for us, as has been the case for so many sides this season, the main threat that stoke offered came from the long throws offered up by Rory Delap: 'it's a nightmare, I don't know how you deal with it, it's so difficult.

'We're a big side - we have big Crouch and Diop in front, but the ball comes in at such a trajectory it's so difficult to deal with.

'It's like defending 15 to 20 corners a game eventually they are going to break the gap at some stage.'

The left side pairing of Nadir Belhadj and Armand Traore again worked a treat for us, with them both back to their very best with the on loan Arsenal youngster being especially impressive after a disappointing display in Portugal and Redknapp had plenty of praise for him: 'he was a threat, him and little Belhadj at left back. To have them two coming at you is a nightmare.'

Although he played down our chances of signing him: 'I wouldn't think we have got a chance of that, he's another young player at Arsenal.

'I think it's a great experience for him to come and play here and it's great of Arsenal to let him come on loan.

'He needed the experience and he's loving every minute of it. He's playing regular so it's great.'

And last, but by no means least came the praise for Peter Crouch after his stunning goal, a bicycle kick that Redknapp claims is one of the best he has ever seen: 'it was a wonderful goal from Peter Crouch.

'That was one of the best goals I've ever seen. The technique for the volley was fantastic.'

All in all it was a very good day at the office for us, we played well, but rarely seemed to have to get into top gear to get the job done against a decent enough side, but a side that offered very little threat to us - that long throw aside!

What a difference a week makes eh! Just a couple back we were fantastic, a week later poor and now back to the fantastic side again - if nothing else it is going to be another interesting season by the looks of things...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 6 2008

Time: 7:04AM

Your Comments

Good to see that the Man City result was only a blip and that we can play the football we played at Everton and against Boro on a regular basis.. luckily our first half display in Portugal didn't cost us. As for our left side it's just fantastic and great to see Belhadj and Traore link so well but have you noticed the way that Defoe treats Traore like his apprentice supplier.. you can see they love playing together... As for Crouch it's great to see Fabio recognise his efforts.. 4 Pompey players in the England squad.. That's three more than Liverpool, & Arsenal one more than Man Utd and the same number as Chelsea... not bad eh !
Chix
well said chix who'd have ever thought it 4 Pompey players in the England team. the only thing to worry about atm is the fact that traore has to go back next season lol, but it'll be interesting when Krancjar comes back to see where he fits in cause i'm sure it ain't gonna be the left this season =)
pompeym@
what a cracker of a goal by Crouch....hope he does the same for England !!
lincolnblue
m@ I read this earlier but did not get time to post but my was going to centre around where Kranjcar fits it and I assume he gets a free role either behind the striker(s) or elsewhere. Nice problem to have though.
eastneydave
Actually you struggle to see where Niko would fir unless you consider right side of midfield? Not sure if behind the stikers would work as that would leave us short defensively. He of course could get sold in Januray, if we have to, rather Niko than Diarra.
storagematt
What a difference a week makes....just 168 little hours...
sneakay
niko could go either down the right (although I dont think he would be great) or he could go behind the strikers when we play in a 3-5-2 formation, instead of having two defencive midfielders...
pompeycarpet
I agree Carpet, Niko can play down the right and solve that problem, and if we need to chase the game he could play just behind the front two. It will be great for Harry to have that selection problem wont it. The terrible twosome on the left are doing a great job, Griffin must have been relieved to see the back of them.
Owenspompey
the only problem with playing kranjcar down the right, is that he isnt blessed with pace, so is not inclined to go down the outside of defenders, and he isnt left footed, so cutting inside isnt great either... still, a player of his quality should be able to overcome that... and he would still be a MUCH better option than diop (or utaka on current form)
pompeycarpet
Kranjcar could play centre or right I'm sure Johnson could offer the overlap on the right, or in the middle with Diarra in a four,& an ideal link in a five especially the 3-5-2, I can't believe we have so many options its very exciting,& keeps the opposition guessing, bring on Villa
pompeyyong
krunchie for me would play behind the strikers in a 3-5-2 formation, in a 4-4-2 the fact that he is a right footed player surely means right midfield is a no brainer...
pompeyrug
not entirely rug... As a ight winger, he is expected to either go down the outside of a defender, and cross in from the by-line, or cut inside, and cross/shoot from the edge of the area. as he is not fast, that cuts out the "run past the defender" option, and as he is not left foted, that cuts out the "cut inside" option. I can see why he normally plays down the left... but it would be intresting to see how he fits into the right. Although of course a 3-5-2 formation does suit him perfectly...
pompeycarpet
Pompey and City have some bells to ring this year. But I fear we have both lost our way a little bit. We both have top managers but the game is changing so fast that it needs inspiration -- as well as perspiration -- just to stay where you are. I love the Pompey Bells and I hope you love the Bliue Moon. What fans love is the important thing.
Sindbad
Are people forgetting an england player that couldn't pass anyone on the right ' David Beckham' he did all right and krunchie has got a sweet right foot
harrissman
Traore is absolutely crap Mr. Wemger, I would cut your losses now and sell him to Pompey for whatever you can get for him
paultsmouth
 

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