Date:Friday November 28 2008
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...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday November 28 2008
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