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Adams 'justifies' Defoe omission...

Adams 'justifies' Defoe omission...

Tony Adams had to unsurprisingly 'field questions' about the omission of Jermain Defoe from the starting line-up against Arsenal yesterday - but did it really take a genius to work out it was the right thing to do?

Anyway, he answered by insisting it was tactical and nothing else, although the striker was not happy at not being included, which Adams was pleased about - these are his post match thoughts on him and more...

Adams on Defoe's omission
'Jermain was annoyed and angry - he's had the hump with me ever since and I wouldn't want it any other way to be honest.

'He could easily turn round to me and say 'Look, you got it wrong boss because you lost.' But it's not easy being a manager and you have to make difficult decisions.

'He's a fantastic player, scores great goals but at the moment we are struggling with balance. Away at Liverpool and away at Arsenal I chose to keep him on the bench. Those are my reasons and speculate all you want but I have had no offers for Jermain Defoe, not one.'

As far as I am concerned Adams made exactly the right call tactically in leaving him out, and no justification at all was needed.

Had we gone into this game against Arsenal, as with the game at Liverpool back along, with a 4-4-2 formation we would have been ripped apart! As it was we were very, very unfortunate not to come away with a point, and for my thinking we would have got soundly beaten had we included both the England strikers from the start - 4-5-1 was exactly the formation we needed and starting Peter Crouch as the lone man was spot on.

Did 'the big game' motivate us today, or was there something more? I would hope that it was not just 'the big game' factor... I guess we will soon find out!

Chances are Defoe was going anyway - well that is what all the 'speculation' is claiming anyway, but if his reaction to this 'tactical move' is to kick off and sulk then he is not one of those that he should want to keep anyway, as he is not a 'want to play for Portsmouth' type player we need in that case, although to be honest I suspect this is the case anyway...

Talk of £15m plus offers are doing the rounds today - that hand will be bitten off without a doubt!

Adams on not wanting to sell players
'I am determined to hold on to all of them but I want people who want to play for Portsmouth. We're in a scrap with 14 other clubs and if they don't want to play for Portsmouth then they're no good to me.

'It's not reading the riot act, it's fact. If your head has been turned, if you're not trying everything to win games for the club then I don't want you around.

'No-one's come to see me, no-one wants away. I'm really encouraged, not with the results, but with the way they are performing.'

All I can say is what has been said a thousand times before I, like him and most of you, only want players that want to play for us to be playing for us - if they do not lets get rid!

We will find out soon enough who these players are, and will also find out soon enough just how 'honest' Sacha Gaydamak and Peter Storrie have been with us about the financial situation and our stance about 'not wanting' or 'needing' to let the best players leave.

All in all, the main thing is that the best thing for Portsmouth Football Club happens - and I know Adams is taking a lot of flack, and his ability is doubted and maybe time will prove this right, but I still feel - ok, maybe this is 'hope' - that he can build a side, reshaping what we have in place, that will hold its own and do a job.

First and foremost I think that he needs to weed out the 'do' from 'do not' want to play for Portsmouth Football Club players and then bring in those that do, getting us firmly back to players playing for 'Portsmouth Football Club' and not the old 'Harry Redknapp Football Club', which we had very much become... If this means 'chasing glory' and 'the glory days' are gone, so be it, these days have been fantastic, but I will be happy with a middle of the range side that has players that want to play for the shirt, the club and us again - far too many, both here and with football in general, do not fit this bill anymore...


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Date:Monday December 29 2008
Time: 8:24AM


clearly stan collymore is another of these tossers who thinks he knows it all as his thoughts are 'Naming Jermain Defoe as a Portsmouth sub at Arsenal is a sure sign he may be leaving in the January exodus from Fratton Park' - playing or not playing will make no difference to what happens with defoe, but im fully behind adams on his handling of defoe here, he 'should' have come on as soon as the ball hit the back of our net though...
29/12/2008 08:30:00
Right decision to leave him on the bench, but anybody who thinks he doesn't want to leave is (Imo) crazy. His body language on Boxing day said it all and Adams admission that they had a 'bust-up' is another indication as far as I am concern. Defoe doesn't want to be here anymore and for me the sooner he goes the better - Great player and goal scorer but is not up for a scrap .. £16m to Villa I say take it and at least then Tony can play the formation he thinks best for team ..without worrying about 'upsetting his stars'. Pompey must be a TEAM if we are to survive .. Defoe is no team player. Nugent showed yesterday that he IS
29/12/2008 08:43:00
Rug, this guy has always been a bit tempremental and I think it is very likely he will go in Jan. If we can get £15M for him then I would take that. Well done to Tony for seeing this and acting accordingly.
29/12/2008 08:43:00
the fella will score goals but totally agree lets get shot and bring in someone that does want to be here, well not even bring them in, use nugent - i can see crouchy and nugent working, failing that play crouchy up top alone with krancjar in a free role just behind?
£15m, bag it, put £10m into paying off debts - not in your pocket sacha - and give tony the rest, that would bring in o'neil and a loan or two...
29/12/2008 08:52:00
I think people are blaming Defoe for Adams short comings, tactically Adams is at best questionable and the teams problems have been in defence. Once again I query if chix just types tripe to start a conversation, surely the biggest issue on boxing day was the complete abbrogation of responsibility by my (former hero) Sol. Despite hos too often protesting interviews where he is rapidly establishing himself as a bit of a wacko Adams personally does not like Defoe that's not in dispute and is football. But as a former anti Defoeist I find my self in the odd position of defending him, and as Rug will tell you the smart info doing the roundswas that Defoe did not want away; unlike the slow imobile complaining Sol. People seem to have missed the point that our defence Sols department have cost us 14 points by thier stupifiying decisions on the last 10 minutes of a game, In HRs 2nd season we were in this position so but now Adams people management skills are being called into question again just like at wycomb and at psv; but the same was true of Martin ONeil at Villa so Adams should be given until End of Jan to turn things around.By the way in France it is being said we are after a goalie due to a growing doubt in jamo who it is said has cost us 6 of those 14 points. Keep it up chix you always encourage me to contribute instead if wishing i could write like Rug
29/12/2008 09:55:00
i do not think that defoe wants to be here anymore, but to be fair - like russell says - i think we have the club to blame for this one!
defoe had not expressed a desire to leave, far from it infact, the club have made it quite clear - as they always have, yet denied with other players - that 'offers would be welcomed' for him... this most certainly questions the 'loyalty' the club are showing players, and again answers financial concern questions - why can the club just not be honest with us, instead of just taking us for mugs and taking advantage of our love of the club. looking at it from that point of view, knowing the club are trying to sell you even if you might not want to leave, can you blame defoe for not putting in a shift?
29/12/2008 10:12:00
maybe this is why so many players are actually looking like 'they do not want to play for us', because they know we are touting them to anyone and everyone?
29/12/2008 10:15:00
i tell you what tho guys, my head hurts these days - and it is not the drink! i do not know what to believe anymore or what is really going on with this club, but i do know it is driving me mad...
is a little honesty and transparancy, not taking the ***** out of us too much to ask?
29/12/2008 10:19:00
We'll soon know the destiny of our club by who goes & who comes in. We won't come anywhere near to replacing Diarra & if Johnson & Defoe go, who replaces them? We are short now & at this level we will get found out. ATM I fear the worst.
29/12/2008 11:22:00
So who is going and who is coming? Only two days and the clamour will begin. Nice to hear from russellm as well.
29/12/2008 11:28:00
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