Date:Sunday November 23 2008
Sometimes a draw can feel like a defeat, and the late equaliser from Hull to give them a point in the 2-2 draw at Fratton yesterday was one such occasion - I, like so many others I am sure, went home feeling as if I had just seen us lose!
But what did Tony Adams make of it? Lets see what he said after the game - and I also give my two pence worth splattered in-between as well...
Adams on the need to win, but inability to fault commitment
'At the moment we're having problems locking up and winning games.
'I can't fault their attitude or their commitment, the roar of the crowd here drives my players on.'
This inability to see out games, or to even win them when we should is becoming more and more frustrating - although it is something that I know I am beginning to fear more and more when we play. Did you just not know that Hull were going to snatch a point though? I know I feared it - even more so when UKTony turned to me and said 'I can still see us conceding again'...
Adams on learning to win!
'At times we've got to learn how to win football games and keep the ball.
'We had a couple of great chances as well, Papa and Utaka both had good chances but I felt that we needed a two-goal cushion because of the way we're playing at home.'
If you do not take your chances it is inevitable that invariably this will come back to bite you in the arse, and so that proved against Hull - the misses that we did through Papa Bouba Diop and John Utaka cost us dearly... for one to miss a sitter is bad enough, for two is just criminal!
I have backed, and will carry on backing, Adams but he got it horribly wrong with his tactical changes yesterday, which arguably prevented us winning?
Armand Traore and Dave Nugent coming on was fine, no problems, but Nadir Belhadj and Richard Hughes going off was! Particularly with 'Boobup' Diop and Utaka more likely and deserving candidates to have been pulled! Latterly Kanu on for Utaka was also strange, as surely a 'like for like' for Peter Crouch - who ran his you know what's off - if that change needed to be made should have been had?
Adams on credit to Hull
'But credit to Hull, they never give you a moment's peace. It's credit to them that they fought us to the 95th minute and never gave up.'
I had warned earlier in the week that anyone thinking this would be a walkover would be surprised, and so it proved. That said we really should have beaten Hull on the day, but goals win games and if you do not score them and concede them as cheaply as we did then you will not win - and sometimes lose - games...
Adams on 'that' Johnson goal and a 'mini' run
'We deserved to win the game to be honest. I was hoping that Glen would get the winner with that strike but it's important not to lose
'It's three games undefeated and I'm delighted. We're on a little bit of a run and we'll keep going.
'I'm delighted by my players' mentality, they get driven on by the crowd and as a football player you've got to be big enough to say I can't score so let's defend and hold on for the win.'
It was a fantastic goal, and deserved to win the points but we could not see it out - we shot ourselves in the foot yet again!
Another game unbeaten is a bonus but it should have been extended with a win as we should have seen it out - the bonus is at least we did not lose, as we could have done so had luck gone against us!
So, there you have it thoughts on Adams' and my own thoughts please guys...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday November 23 2008
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