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Adams on Milan draw

Adams on Milan draw

The 2-2 draw with Milan yesterday, a game and atmosphere that I doubt we will ever forget, was something special - and Tony Adams has nothing but praise for his side. Lets see what he said after the game, with my thoughts interspersed...

Adams in Pompey's efforts
'I'm delighted with my team's performance.

'I thought they were excellent. It was a really positive performance, the tempo was great and the crowd enjoyed it.

'Games like that are fantastic. That's what I want to be doing with my life. This is where I want to be and as long as the players are performing like that then I'll be very proud of them.'

He has every right to be proud of what he, and we, saw last night. We are playing some fantastic football under Adams and I for one am being very entertained by it - something that I ask for from home games.

We are just that lucky break away from getting it right, and although we will be deflated by the Milan fight back if we cannot take plenty from this game there is something very wrong!

Adams on our failure to hang on
'At the moment we are struggling to put teams to bed but they have some excellent players and if you switch off then they punish you.'

Frustrating - that is the only word that can be used to sum up our inability to hang onto results.

The fact that we could not hang on against Milan was devastating and I was, and to a degree still am, gutted - but the pride and pleasure from what I saw and heard at Fratton last night is outweighing this. Again, positives from this game are being taken by me, not negatives...

Adams on being entertained
'I was very entertained by my players. We can work on picking teams up from set plays but it was a fantastic free-kick.'

As said, being entertained is what I want - that is what I pay my money for!

Clearly I want us to win all the time, but you cannot win them all. The entertainment value against Milan - and for a mere twenty quid - was incredible. This entertainment, with frustration sprinkled in between, had been very high recently and I for one think we are playing some of the best football at Fratton that we have for a long while.

His Milan counterpart Carlo Ancelotti admitted that Milan were a little lucky to get a point, with Ronaldinho's arrival as a sub and his free kick changing the game: 'we were a little lucky. We played quite well in the first half but it became a bit more difficult in the second half after they took the lead.

'Ronaldinho's free-kick changed the face of the game but we almost lost hope. The reaction had to be good and it was, but you don't often get the opportunity from 2-0 down.

'Inzaghi deserved his goal. He was unlucky to twice hit a post but we still had to get the break to recover.'

We have a visit to Wolfsburg next week and then Heerenveen's visit to Fratton before Christmas left in the group, but the Milan coach feels we have enough to qualify: 'their performance did not surprise me. Portsmouth often play like this at home.

'And I think they can still go through to the third round in the Uefa Cup with us.'

We can keep thinking back to moments of 'what if' and 'if only', but whatever we think cannot change things or make them any different, so I feel we should take the many positives from this game - and there were plenty!

We know our shortcomings, but these are being worked on and once ironed out, which will be sooner rather than later, we will well and truly be back on track - lets start this weekend, we are due a home win and someone due a spanking, so hopefully Blackburn can receive both...


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Date:Friday November 28 2008
Time: 1:54PM


Good article Rug. What an evening!! Can't praise the lads enough. Can't remember seeing a more spirited performance down at the Park. Sat there with my eleven year old and we were both gob smacked at the whole show. What a year we have had, 3 visits to Wembley and now this. My god how can people still say that we aren't moving forward. So impressed with all the lads and even though we were missing four top players, every one of the guys out on that pitch last night deserve to be in any starting eleven. I know Johnson is getting the main votes for man of match and although I can't knock that, I must say I thought Belhadj was absolutely superb. We MUST sign him permantley as he is far good a talent not to have. Its a shame Diarra and Defoe couldn't play as I think they would have had a field day, although that said it may have been a totally different game and the rock solid midfield may have been been a little more exposed if Diarra had gone on one of his runs. Still no if's, but's and maybe's, the players that were involved gave 100% and can feel proud in what they achieved. After all 'AC Milan at Fratton' come on, got to pinch yourself haven't you?
28/11/2008 14:43:00
Sure was a great night!!
28/11/2008 16:01:00
The best ever!
28/11/2008 17:12:00
great night, proved wrong to some extent. shame we cant hold the goal against set pieces / final 5 minutes! i think our problems are when we change from the 442 shape. we promote pressure on ourselves. as for ancelotti ... thinking pompey can still qualify. we have 1 point in a group that has 7 6 3 1 0 ... wolfsburg have 6 points, they win or we draw with them and braga(3) beat herenveen(0) then we are out!
28/11/2008 17:12:00
Was a night that will never be forgotten and it will surely feature in any updated History Books of Pompey Football Club.. If that is european football.. I WANT MORE !!
28/11/2008 17:14:00
last season, we couldnt give away a lead if we tried - and no-one could score set peices/crosses against us. this season, it's the complete opposite... however... I think Tony may be a BETTER manager than harry redknapp. He set the team out with clear instructions, he did his homework, and we knew how to beat them. I was gutted we didnt - however expect milan's form to dip in the next few weeks, as others follow our plan.
28/11/2008 18:15:00
The concern with many I have spoken with is the subs that come on, the shape changes & we lose the lead. It just can't be a co-incidence? TA makes the decisons & it goes against us every time. The disappointment of drawing still hangs heavy over what was a very special night.
28/11/2008 21:41:00
chix mate...WE ALL WANT MORE AND MORE AND MORE........ Great to meet some of you guys from the site ..except UK Tony of course. ....well he is a legend, and seeing KAKA Ronaldinho etc... would have only been devalued had Tony been at the milton
plymouth graham
29/11/2008 10:08:00
Very proud to have been part of a great night. Would have settled for a draw beforehand, but was gutted at the end. But it was such a great occasion, and we played so well and made such a great atmosphere that I refuse to be downbeat about it.
29/11/2008 13:42:00
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