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Adams on Defoe, Green the point and more

Adams on Defoe, Green the point and more

Tony Adams was pleased with a point after the 0-0 draw with West Ham yesterday and had plenty to say after the game.

Adams on the point
'I'm disappointed we didn't come away with all three points - I thought we created enough chances to have won the game. We certainly played well enough.'

I think that it is fair to say that we did create the better chances, even if West Ham did hit the bar. I would have been delighted with all 3pts, but cannot say I am bitterly disappointed with just the 1!

Adams on Defoe
'Jermain had some fantastic chances. On another day he could have got a hat-trick but he's a magnificent finisher and I'm pleased he's in a Portsmouth shirt.

'I just said to him I thought he was trying too hard to prove something to his former club.'

He has been out of form recently, and this started before the change in management. The 'news' that broke about the police enquiry business into his transfer to Pompey probably goes some way to explaining why his mind may have been elsewhere recently... If we keep giving the fella chances he will take them, unfortunately he could not do that yesterday but there you go - maybe he was trying too hard...

Adams on Rob Green
'Their goalkeeper was magnificent. He pulled off some great saves.'

I have always been a fan of his, and when we were linked to him a couple of year's back I would have been more than happy to see him sign. He again made some fine saves, and is again unlucky to be overlooked by England but as good as his saves can be he still makes too many mistakes - and these mistakes are often punished, hence why they are remembered - and does not command his area like some, which is probably why he is not in the setup...

Adams on going in the right direction
'We're moving in the right direction. I'm just glad they are with me - they're 100 per cent with me - I'm very proud of them and if that continues then I'll still be here.

'If we put performances in like we did today then we'll get results and I'm delighted with today's performance.'

I was not at the game, so it is hard to comment too much but it seemed like we played ok. Other views that I have had are no so favourable, but I reserve judgement until I am able to see us again in the games coming up.

I think it is too early to judge him one way or the other, but I have been quietly impressed with things so far - things seems to be falling into place, we will know just how well after the string of home games we have coming up and I would expect to win both the league ones, something against Milan in the uefa cup is not out of the question either!

Adams on life as a manager
'I'm enjoying it; I'm loving it and I want a match day every day.'

I am backing the fella, backing him completely - maybe things will not work out, but I think that he is ready for management but just needs to do a little more to improve his 'in game' tactics to be able to change things during the course of a game. It is not all about how you start a game, and what you do at half time - being able to change things during play is also a key component and getting this right is needed.

To be fair to him though, and not wishing to keep harping back to him but he is the most recent to compare to, I really do not think that Harry Redknapp would have made any tactical changes during the game yesterday to have won it either!

Adams on defence
'The best form of defence is to attack and when you're used to playing with the likes of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright then the ball's up the other end and you don't have to defend too much - but I must admit I do love keeping clean sheets.'

If you do not concede you will not lose game will you, leave the back door open and you will eventually get robbed! So keeping it tight is what we need to do, even more so away from home when our chances 'should', and usually are, at a premium.

I think it is becoming quite apparent that we are setting our stall out to keep it tight at the back away from home, we are not going gun-ho and the 3-5-2, or maybe even 4-3-3 formations could be a thing of the past under him. A solid 4-4-2 or, and against the 'bigger sides', 4-5-1 is likely to be deployed with defensive priorities the number one thing.

I am not saying this is going to be a 'negative' approach, but surely keeping it tight and picking up a point minimum is the aim for an away game - so is this such a bad thing.

Rugs final thoughts!
I have made thoughts throughout following what was said, but I will just summarise what I think now...

- I was not at the game, so it is hard to comment too much but it seemed like we played ok and 4pts from the last 6pts available - all on the road - suits me to be honest!

- 6pts from the next 6pts available - both at home - will be my target as with all due respect to Hull and Blackburn these are both sides that we should be beating at Fratton! So if we can make it 10pts from 12 that would be a very good return, and a return I would be more than pleased with.

- Again, without being at the game it is hard to comment, but I was content, maybe a little frustrated chances were not taken - but sometimes it goes that way, but content with a point. I am not saying that we should not go into games thinking, maybe even expecting to win, but maybe last season's away form has left us expecting too much? A point away is something that most will take prior to a game, so is it really so bad...


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Date:Sunday November 16 2008
Time: 11:41AM


there was a little bit of frustration at not having won - we DID have the chances, and I don't think they really did (other than bellamys freekick). I didn't particually like all the chants about Harry Redknapp though at the game (or at least, I didnt like the ones that refered to him as a c***, judas, or anything else so demeening - the rest were mostly in good spirts though). The defence was strong, and considering we were without two of our most creative midfielders for most of the game, we still looked strong there.
16/11/2008 11:50:00
yea i agree carpet, there are too many stupid people who can't get it into their thick heads that wwithout the input of redknapp and his reputation for recovering players it is highly likely that we would not have JD ( out of form or not) Niko, Sol, James, Diarra, Glen J, Distin, an FA cup and if only briefly European football, most pompey fans are the greatest in the land but some are quite frankly the dumbest. Very sadly our chants are still mostly negative and mostly relate to the scum, its time some grew up or fuqed off. In regards to the game my biggest worry is JD's loss of form and before the tw @ts blame harry the problems had started before he left. Additionally the fact that crouch is getting isolated & dreadfull service. My 3rd worry is that Tony doesnt yet seem to be able to shape a game during the match in the way the previous bloke could, he kept headless davis on corners and quite frankly rugs mum could deliver a better one to the box, can someone tell me why he continually puts Kanu on for 20 minutes when he is not mobile enough? Most would now stop their argument that a takeover/ investment is not being sought or coming and for me it would be great just cracking brilliant to have 4 in the england squad and an english manager; i cant think of another english team who could currently claim the same, can anybody else? To have that Tony needs time, a bit of luck but mostly he needs points.
16/11/2008 16:14:00
Yep, I'm not into thr HR poison chants. I doubt if the players want to hear it. We would be championship team without HR's influence & the past 6 years which have been the best we have ever had in our lifetime wouldn't have happened without him. But time to move on & back the team & management. It's going to be tough run to Xmas & we ned the points on the board & have a foot hold into the top 10.
16/11/2008 17:09:00
What's this stuff on Sky SPorts about TA saying that if JD is sold, he'll resign? Is it just more lazy journalist scum material? Cos if it isn't it's really unhelpful. Obviously don't want JD to go but we need to stop acting like the team depends utterly on one or two blokes.
16/11/2008 18:37:00
I read today that Defoe not scoring at Westham yesterday has "deepened the crisis" at Pompey. I feel like going to London and slapping the Reporters' face! I also read some stuff on the internet last night that just made my blood boil, I can't even repeat it, I'm so cross. You are right Hammers, it IS unhelpful! Furthermore, I don't approve of all the horrible songs re Harry Redknapp. Mind you, neither do I subscribe to the "look what he did for us" brigade. He did a job he was paid for, he happened to enjoy it, he did it on his terms and he did it well - for himself, not for Pompey, as it turns out. (Cos if he didn't do it, he wouldn't have been offered the Spurs job). But he's gone now and theres an end to it, we move on.
16/11/2008 20:17:00
JD IS NOT OUT OF FORM!!, what game were you at, Green played well, and on another day one of the chances would have been taken. Crouchie had a 'mare, and maybe Kanu or Nugent should have come on earlier, but we kept our shape, even when the great man went off. As for the chants, thats what we do, other clubs do it, and imagine the chants we will get at White Hart Lane in January. Redknob deserves everything he gets from us, i was pleased to see their keeper produce another howler, he is a real weakness, standby Newcastle Given will be the target.
16/11/2008 20:50:00
I am becoming incredibly fond of Heurelmo Gomes. He always seems to cheer me up. I will miss him when he (inevitably) goes in January. Do you think Harry will offer him in a swap for Jamo? If so, I can see Gomes taking up residency in that crappy Robin Reliant for being persistently hooky. My mate reckons he's the love child of Jack Douglas (old Carry on star famous for portraying a malco) and Norman Wisdom.
16/11/2008 21:07:00
Summed up well by Adams I feel.
17/11/2008 11:24:00
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