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Adams' reflection of cup draw

It was a disappointing afternoon for Pompey yesterday, not because Bristol City put us under immense pressure - as they did not, but because we did not play particularly well. Ok, we were alright and at least had a team that did want to play for us and the shirt!

Tony Adams though was talking the positives - here are his thoughts, with some of my own...

Adams on the positives
'I take plenty of positives from this game because the important thing for me was a clean sheet.

'We've been committing suicide in matches recently, getting beaten three and four-one because we have bombed forward trying to win them.

'But last week at Arsenal we showed we can be difficult to beat and I thought the same system of play and the same players deserved another go today.'

I am pleased with a clean sheet, very pleased in fact but it was our inability to cause serious problems at the other end that concerned me yesterday - yep, we had a few chances but did not look that likely to create much, and that should not be the case with players we have. Our total lack of inability to create something from the middle of the park is really starting to show, we have some hard workers and grafters but no real craft. God how we need this!

Playing the lone striker at home, and against a lower league side of all sides is not something that I favour - changing to a conventional 4-4-2, or making some tactical changes could have won us the game. Adams' apparent tactical unawareness seems to be a major problem for us, and is what I fear will prove his downfall - I want the fella to succeed but his tactical skills seems to be a big problem, and that is a major problem...

That said, maybe changing things could have seen us lose!

Adams on Defoe
'Jermain was out with 'flu and I didn't have to make the decision whether to bring him back but I also lost Papa and Richard Hughes through injuries and had to make some changes in any case.

'Jermain is not very well but hopefully we will see him at training on Monday.'

I cannot say we missed Jermain Defoe, as recent weeks seem to suggest that he would not have brought much to the party - we will see if we see him return to training Monday, but if fit then he has no option but to do so, he is paid to train and play for the club!

Adams appears to be doing a 'bridge building' operation with Defoe in what could be a last ditch attempt to reconcile what looked like irreconcilable differences? He has told the press that 'maybe' he and the club made him feel unwanted and inadvertently gave him the impression that they wanted him to leave?

Well, we either did or we did not! Which one was it... Or, are we just trying to help protect him? Should we not agree a fee then he of course has to stay, and will need to play - and I would not suspect he would be overly popular with the fans following recent 'reports' he definitely wants out!

Have we now realised that we will not get what we want for him and 'might' have to keep him? Or have we realised that we actually really do need to the fella, and need him on form to score the goals to keep us in the cup, and more importantly the league...

Whatever happens with Defoe, I just want what is best for the club - if that is to keep him then great, if it is for him to go, then lets do it.

'If' talk of a £20m offer from Juventus is true though, Italy and all the lovely, lovely Italian ladies will soon be on the horizon for JD I am sure...

Adams on still being in the cup
'But today was about us staying resilient, staying strong and we got it right at the back again this time. We are still in the competition, we are still the cup holders and I'm positive about the replay as well as positive about playing Manchester City next weekend.

'We had enough chances to win the game today but City are a good side, well organised by Gary Johnson and we had some close calls against five Championship sides in the FA Cup last season.'

To be fair we had our moments, and some players put in some decent showings, or had their moments to suggest they could play a part in the second half of the season - others showed just why they are not really good enough... but most of all most showed that they do want to play for Portsmouth Football Club, and that is good enough for me! Of course most importantly of all, we are still in the cup!

At home, and against a lower league opponent we would expect to win - we did not, but others struggled yesterday, Citeh got spanked 3-0 at home by Forest and we could easily have gone the same way, even though in all honesty a defeat was rarely threatened against us to be fair.

Our result was by no means the worse result we could have got, jeez we are still alive and were fairly comfortable. I am by no means saying it 'was a good result', as it was not lets be honest but off the back of recent results and questionable form this is not as bad as it might have initially seemed, and some reflection from all might see this too...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 4 2009

Time: 8:38AM

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The only positive yesterday was that the ques for the toilets were short. How on earth is it a positive, going on the quality of our defence to keep a clean sheet against Bristol, it's expected. Look yesterdays performance by all, players and manager was poor. 1 up front v championship, do me a favour.
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04/01/2009 09:22:00

20mill for Defoe to Juve.... bite t heir hands off..... 9 million for Johnson to liverpool. kiss my ass. if Wayne Bridge is worth 12 million and hasen't played for 3 years then Johnson is worth double that. GET the over inflated money we deserve pompey. Plus we got two loans we can use now
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04/01/2009 09:37:00

also..... can't blame too much on Adams...... This slide started late FEB last year, and we were lucky in the final 3rd of last season
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04/01/2009 09:39:00

I think it started earlier than that - look at the performances at Wigan, Sunderland and Bolton last season.
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04/01/2009 09:54:00

Don't blame Tony. We rode our luck last season and can count the decent performances on the fingers of one hand. We were especially awful yesterday.
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04/01/2009 10:17:00

Nothing exciting about keeping a clean sheet against a poor mid table championship side. If we keep a clean sheet in our next few league games yes, but don't kid us. That was a shadow of a great team. Davis & Mwvemba are not Diarra & Muntari. As for luck, we ain't got any & that is an important factor. Nothing wrong in being lucky, we all need it.
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04/01/2009 10:28:00

That performance doesn't bode well for the replay....I had to remind myself that we were watching the Cup Holders yesterday. Hopefully just a stuttering start to a good campaign.
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04/01/2009 10:46:00

Matt, I agree, nothing wrong with a large portion of good luck but maybe we need a bit of skill and commitment in the recipe too.
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04/01/2009 10:55:00

ohnson set to agree a new deal... good news there too?
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04/01/2009 11:00:00

Who with?
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04/01/2009 11:33:00

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04/01/2009 11:33:00

Adams out !!!! he hasnt got a clue to be honest he is intersted in a thug from newcastle called joey barton why would we want him at our club unless he is our new punch bag for the gym ..
stfc ballboy
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04/01/2009 12:06:00

I wouldn't blame Tony at all. Here we are in the transfer window and all Harry wants from the squad HE bought is Defoe and maybe Johnson and Crouch. He is looking elsewhere. Says it all as far as I'm concerned.
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04/01/2009 12:10:00

Barton to Pompey, please lets hope that this is just paper talk, as for Defoe let him move on, take the best price and move him on. Adams is proving to be a joke, to be happy with a 0-0 against Bristol City is garbage, we should beat them and we never looked as if we would do it.
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04/01/2009 12:24:00

on our previous form, we wouldnt have been able to beat Havant and Waterlooville, let alone a championship club! barton -pompey: please no! penton... with us!
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04/01/2009 12:35:00

they are saying 12 million for Johnson, but Liverpool have to sell first, so if he is signing a new contract why are the press still linking him to Liverpool?
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04/01/2009 12:58:00

becuase they have to sell newspapers?
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04/01/2009 13:39:00

saw the Johnson rumour, hope he signs on again, it will send out abig message
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04/01/2009 14:30:00

If Redknapp hadn't been messing with Defoe's head, Defoe would not have been over-reacting lately to perceived slights.
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04/01/2009 15:25:00

Now! if Bristol played ANYTHING like the way Gillingham have just done, then I wouldn't have had any gripes about our abject performance. That was a cracking Cup tie!
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04/01/2009 15:28:00

I can understand whast Tony is saying (I think). He has mended the defence and now they are going to look at other bits. Trouble is, we don't have the time or the leeway for this piecemeal maintenance, we gotta get going now! Johnson coming back will make a difference to our game, our morale and more importantly the teams morale.
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04/01/2009 15:28:00

Missed it Penton!
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04/01/2009 15:29:00

i was going to say it only matters depending on who we get in the next round ... someone like pool/man u etc just give city the win. we got histon/swansea next ... i say kill city in the reutrn leg!!!! DO IT!
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04/01/2009 15:37:00

Yes another Championship side (Swansea) if they beat Histon - remember I tipped Histon to beat Leeds!! - and we beat Five last season. Despite a far from convincing performance we are still alive and running in the Cup.
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04/01/2009 16:07:00

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04/01/2009 16:18:00

Ok, we'll accept 18m for the poison dwarf!
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04/01/2009 16:33:00

No! actually it adds 12.50 to the bill because we had to send the Doc around to see him!!
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04/01/2009 16:34:00

pompey pessimist... did you say that before or after the draw was made? :-)
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04/01/2009 16:52:00

Hmm.. i hate to say this but...I saw an article saying Joe Kinnear was interested in Diop,(5/6m) and today that we were in for JB(thug)..well... I personally think that it would be a good swap. Diop to my mind is a waste of space and Barton was in the England squad not long ago dont forget, yes he has had his problems and how his relationship with Distan is i dont know, but i know TA would be a great manager for for Joey. Tony and his charity/clinic will be able to help him with his Alcohol issues,and joey will add grit and vim to a lagging midfield, and I think he is better than Gary O'Neil though I like GON and dont like JB for obvious reasons
plymouth graham
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04/01/2009 16:56:00

Diop played VERY well against arsenal. JB is a thug. sorry if I come across being one dimensial/not being able to see the "bigger picture" - but I don't want to see him in a pompey shirt.
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04/01/2009 17:37:00

Two points; 1) STFCballboy - what would sacking Tony now achieve for Christ's sake? 2) No matter if Joey Barton had more talent than Ronaldo, he is a nutter, a thug and a coward and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near Pompey.
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04/01/2009 18:05:00

Barton isn't just a bloke with an alcohol problem, he is a neanderthal and there is nothing TA's sports clinic can do about someone being a retarded throwback.
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04/01/2009 18:38:00


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