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Adams on win over Blackburn

Tony Adams finally managed to pick up his first win at Fratton as Pompey manager after our 3-2 win over Blackburn, but not before we looked like we might have thrown it away - again! This is what he told sky sports news, with my own thoughts also interspersed:

Adams on not seeing the win coming
'It feels great to get the win but I didn't think it was coming and maybe it was not 100 per cent deserved.'

At 2-0 up I must admit that I could only see one winner, telling my brother 'we should see this through now as Blackburn are no Milan', who actually said to me 'we need a third'... At 2-1 I was worried - even more so the deeper we dropped, and the equaliser was only a matter of time in coming... At 2-2 I must admit, like Adams, I thought that was that, if anything Blackburn would actually go on and win!

Adams on not playing well
'I feel we didn't play well and Blackburn did play well. Maybe it was because of the AC Milan game on Thursday I'm not sure.

'Maybe it was important for us that they scored early so it gave us time to get back into the game.'

Maybe this is me being biased, but I think that Adams is doing us an injustice here. Maybe not for the entirety, but then again who does for 90 minutes, but for large spells I thought we did play well - that's not to say that Blackburn did not.

I think it may well be as he said, the Milan showing was so good so it was hard to live up to that.

Adams on the 'positives'
'We have got to work on the positives. For 15 minutes in the second half we were exceptional where we scored two goals.

'It's taken us five games to be a bit more professional and today we saw Jermain Defoe run the ball into the corner but credit to the guys.'

The biggest positive of all is of course the win, but I would like to think that psychologically a positive that we need to look at is the fact that we 'might' have finally learned that we can kill off a game when we are ahead. We threw away a two-goal lead - again - but finally managed to react to this, although in fairness we did not have a chance in other games as we allowed the opponents back into them so late!

We did get a positive response to the Milan game, which I felt would be the case. Maybe it was made harder than it might have been but we 'should' now push on, with that giving us the impetus to do so, coupled with his crucial 3pts...

Adams on our unbeaten run
'We have had a bit of luck today but you can't always keep going that way, you do have to focus on other things.

'But that's five games unbeaten for us now and I'm proud of them.'

Yep, we did have some luck, but then again we have not exactly had a great deal of that under his management really have we? We got the job done, eventually, and can hopefully keep this going...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 1 2008

Time: 8:38AM

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Every emotion going. I said to those around me that we may have scored too early even at 2 up. Thought we would end up losing 3-2 once they drew level. So pleased we knicked it. So that's that jinx broken.
storagematt
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01/12/2008 10:03:00

It was great to hear the crowd so loud again on FF last night. I think the support like that can only help tell the players how well they are doing and to give them confidence in shutting up shop.
sneakay
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01/12/2008 10:50:00

Yes, it was certainly loud and positive out there.
hammersmithblue
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01/12/2008 10:51:00

Added to which...most of the team looked like people who had, only two nights before, dropped a 2 goal lead over AC Milan in the final seconds. It's tough to get yourself motivated after that - and even though Rovers were in red and black it must have seemed tough to get excited about it. However, with games v Baggies and Toon Army coming up, we really ought to be pocketing at least 4 points if not the whole set. Just a pity that Keegan isn't there to bait on 14th December
hammersmithblue
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01/12/2008 11:05:00

He says we play badly all the time..
nodster
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01/12/2008 11:06:00

the crowd were brilliant again........a definate 12th man......well done on the win anyway....!!!
lincolnblue
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01/12/2008 11:35:00

What is it with us and conceding 2 goal leads? Hopefully we've broken that hoodoo now. Had to make do with the radio for this one, but the crowd sounded in good voice - so relieved to finally get that home win. Feel a bit sorry for Blackburn really, they played well, and were unlucky to have had that goal disallowed, but we needed the win. And Sean Davis scoring, that's a turnup for the books.
tracyc
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01/12/2008 12:31:00

I don't think any of us predicting the score & scorers had Sean Davis amongst them! Glad he did though.
storagematt
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01/12/2008 14:22:00

If we were a bit lucky to get the win it's about time just look at the bad luck we have been having lately, I personally feel we deserved the win,what game was Paul Ince watching ?
pompeyyong
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01/12/2008 17:09:00

We were the far better side overall, and thoroughly deserved the win. Diop played very well, and Jermaine was back to his best far quicker than i dared to hope for. Well done Tony and Johnny, keep up the good work
Owenspompey
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01/12/2008 18:54:00

we are playing some sublime football at times - it really makes me think, tony is going to be great for us!
pompeycarpet
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01/12/2008 19:08:00

We just look awful sometimes when we defend, and despite Tony ushering the back 4 forward they just seem to drop deeper and deeper.
Owenspompey
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01/12/2008 19:11:00

Yes, there is a lack of confidence there which means we are not always as attacking as we should be - hanging back in defence when a strong clearance has been made only leads us to be pushed further back as more pressure is applied. You can see it happening when Crouchie has to come further and further back to try to gain possession instead of being able to stay up front and get it knocked up to him there. However, all the time we are feeling less confident at the back, playing deep seems the safest thing to do. Without Campbell/Kaboul/Distin (any two from three) at the back. It seems daft to not be able to relax a bit with a two goal lead!
hammersmithblue
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