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Adams' thoughts on Hull draw

Adams' thoughts on Hull draw

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...


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Date:Sunday November 23 2008
Time: 9:08AM


One thing I noted, Pompeys back line is playing deeper than usual, there was no urgency to push out after corners or free-kicks, always thought that invites pressure myself
23/11/2008 10:25:00
I would have taken Utaka off at half time - so laid back, the man is horizontal. Boo Boo lived up to his name again. The pair of them almot turned some of the stuffy South Standers to violence, it got quite heated at times and a steward had to calm someone down. I can't help thinking if Defoe had been playing we would have romped home as there were so many chances (even if he is missing a few at the moment) and he does read Crouch better than Utaka and Nugent. But all in all, Adams is right, the work ethic is there, and that is something that was missing a lot of the time last season. If only we could put some of these matches to bed.........
23/11/2008 10:41:00
Paultsmouth - scuse my ignorance, but when you say deeper, do you mean that they were working more away from our Goalkeeper or staying closer to him? (I know I go on like I'm a top Manager, but in reality, I don't know much about football but am learning). I noticed they weren't clearing as efficiently as they usually do.
23/11/2008 10:46:00
thats 2 home games weve conceeded near the death. not able to deal with defensive set pieces. bad substitution choices (belhadj was causing them all sorts of problems!). what a goal by johnson - it will be ignored by motd goal of the month/season. when he struck it i though oh no, this is going high and wide - then it hit the SIDE netting ... amazing! i put a bet on the match .... over 2 goals! i thought it would be 2-1, but didnt know to which team. so was pleasantly suprised I could have been right. but 1 minute before a really bad decision from the linesman I was thinking they are attacking big time - hull have now scored in the last 10 away matches - impressive! and they got 2 soft goals today - we gifted them. tony... its time to start laying in to them now! undefeated in 3 ... yes, but 1-2 to wigan and 2-2 to hull are not good results if you want a decent finish in this league! pull the finger out ya behind and start getting WIN results coz i personally dont think this is good form at all!
23/11/2008 11:04:00
I meant we are playing too close to the 'keeper, giving opposing midfield the chance to push up
23/11/2008 12:25:00
Wow - what a wonder-goal! Even MOTD couldn't ignore it. That boy's on fire right now. But Tony must be disappointed with the defending, and what is it with conceding the late goals? He really needs to look at that. I agree with what's been said about the substitions, couldn't believe Utaka stayed on as long as he did. As for Boo Boo, it's difficult with both Krunchie and Diarra out injured, and Muntari and Pedro sold. When you take into account we were also missing Sol and JD, you have to make a bit of an allowance. I hope the 2 midfielders are back for Milan, because we'll really struggle, esp as they say JD might be out for a month!!
23/11/2008 15:03:00
By the way - went in the Milton Arms before the game - where was everybody?
23/11/2008 15:04:00
Please, Lord, can we sign Belhadj in the summer!
23/11/2008 16:10:00
That's 5 bleedin pts in the last 3 home games we have given up with late goals. This is suicide. We'd be top 4 now, even if it covers up lots of cracks. The substitutions are baffling, the loss of too many key players which are the spine of the team. We may be in for one hell of a shock if some the stars go come January as we have no quality in depth. These silly lost points will come back to haunt us.
23/11/2008 16:23:00
I can't see how TA can go on about "attitude and commitment" in the case of Utaka unless there is a sentence missing the word "no" twice. Watching the highlights it's fair to say he was giving it a good go in the first bit of the game when we were really zinging but as soon as things went a bit more challenging his head dropped and he seemed utterly unable to read the game.
23/11/2008 19:54:00
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