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Davis wants more/Kaboul's plea and more

Davis wants more/Kaboul's plea and more

Davis wants his place back!
After finally breaking his goalscoring drought, when scoring the winner against Blackburn yesterday, Sean Davis, whilst admitting he was happy to score has expressed a disappointment at having 'lost his place in the side' recently.

I think that he must be the fella from the midfield that I most hope we can sell each summer, not that I want him to leave - if I had to pick a midfielder each summer to go, that seems like he could go, he is the one... He is also the fella that I am usually most pleased did stay - with this being the case for the last couple of seasons! And he has again come in again this season and done a job.

To be honest, I thought he missed out against Milan due to illness? He but was fit enough to take a place on the bench. He came on in that game, and of course came on against Blackburn - but to say he has 'lost a place in the team' is a little untrue really.

He will most likely be back in against Wolfsburg, although that said despite areas of his game failing to live up to the requirement I feel we need Papa Bouba Diop has done a decent job recently - and his effort against Blackburn that lead to our winner was a blockbuster that shows he can do it - and Richard Hughes has also come in and done a job.

Diop, Hughes and Davis maybe not exactly be the 'star names' in midfield that would be a first choice pick, have done a job when asked so with them - and not forgetting Arnold Mvuemba - we do still have names capable of doing a job... and they are hungry for this, which will only help us. If someone comes in, if they do the business they deserve to stay in.

He has also voiced his concern about his future, but insists that he wants to stay at Pompey beyond the end of his contract - which expires in the summer. Time will tell...


Kaboul's pleas to teammates
Younes Kaboul, who I feel has really started to show what a talent he is, has urged his teammates to stay at Fratton for the remainder of this season - at least...

This is of course something that we all want, and winning games will help - some comes down to financial matters as well of course, but if we are doing the business on the pitch this will encourage players to stay.

As far as financial matters go, I can again only say that none of us actually really know what the score is do we, so again lets just keep positive and keep enjoying it, lets worry about tomorrow - not literally tomorrow - 'if'/'when' it comes...

As for Kaboul, as said I think he is doing the business and I have been impressed with him and seem to have a fine future ahead of him. He has been a fantastic leader for us, and still organises the defence as we need it to be but I feel Sol Campbell's time with the club is coming to an end - maybe sooner, rather than later as well... The Frenchman will help soften this blow though!


Niko - we got our 'reward' for Milan
Niko Kranjcar has said that our win over Blackburn was 'reward' for our showing against Milan.

The Croatian came on at half time and played his part in helping us to the 3pts yesterday - the throughball to Jermain Defoe for our second goal was that bit of quality creativity that the midfield has lacked - a win that I had no doubt, apart from when it was 2-2, would come as I had told several that it would.

'Reward' for our showing against Milan, and to be fair performances as a whole under Tony Adams, is fair to say I feel...


Adams pleased with cup draw
Our FA cup defence starts with a home game against Bristol City, and Tony Adams is pleased with this draw, with him predicting a good game: 'it's great to have a home tie. It should be a decent game.'

I think it is fair to say that the vast majority, if not all of us, would be pleased to start our defence with a home tie - and a home tie against a lower league opponent is a bonus, is it not?

Thoughts on all the above please guys...


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Date:Monday December 1 2008
Time: 12:51PM


Davis really didn't look like a happy man when he scored yesterday. I thought he would have been so relieved that he could finally cut his hair after all this time. lol
01/12/2008 14:22:00
Davis is a nutter. I've always thought every team needs one.
01/12/2008 14:56:00
I like Davis but think we should sell to try and find a more rounded midfielder if we lose Diarra. Kaboul is playing better now that HR has gone and he is being played in his proper position. Still think we need another CB though for when Sol has gone.
01/12/2008 15:06:00
The midfield we finished with did well. Obviously missing Diarra in the middle but his future is probably short term. Davis & Hughes are out of contract this summer & could be snapped up in January.
01/12/2008 16:05:00
C midfield we do have a lot, but all in the same hard working role would be nice to get a playmaker, but good ones don't come cheap.
01/12/2008 17:21:00
hmm i wouldn't start talking about buying players though cause i really doubt we'll buy anyone in january even if diarra goes i just don't see it (like muntari)
01/12/2008 17:43:00
Agree with Yong. We need more variety in our CM players.
01/12/2008 20:03:00
What was that with Davis after he scored? He really did have a go at persons unknown after. Seen on MOTD, he told someone in no uncertain terms where to go!
01/12/2008 21:01:00
I agree; without Diarra the centre of midfield is a complete dog's dinner, you never know what's going to happen and we cannot stamp any authority on the game. There is a huge gulf between Diarra and the rest of our midfield (Niko excepted but he does a different job)
01/12/2008 21:08:00
Diarra is a class apart, if he remains is to be seen, Davis I like, he does a job and does it well
01/12/2008 21:52:00
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