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4-3-3? 4-5-1 it is then...

4-3-3? 4-5-1 it is then...

It is trying to be seen as a 4-3-3 but I cannot see that the formation that we are deploying at the moment is anything less than a 4-5-1 and this is not helping Peter Crouch - if we do not get this right it is inevitable that it will frustrate him out of the club, which may well be inevitable from a financial point of view in the months ahead anyway...

Yep, we need to stop shipping goals, and playing this way we are but surely if you are playing a 4-3-3 the 3, well 2 that are not the focal striker need to be full of pace but also willing to put in a shift and of course have the ability to put in that telling cross?

For me Niko Kranjcar and Dave Nugent do not really tick enough of these required boxes.

Ok, Kranjcar has that creativeness about him but lacks the pace, and without doubt defensive discipline not to mention the fact that he drifts into a central role far too often. Nugent, yep a willing worker who will put in his shift, get up and down the pitch and try his heart out but his delivery has been poor - he also has this uncanny knack of falling over all the time! For his application and effort this was worth a punt - I wanted it, but playing him in a right sided midfield role, or 'winger' role is not something I am convinced will work, and we will see a 'Papa Bouba Diop style' end product, in as much as the more we play him in the role the more he 'might' struggle, and this will lead to the fans turning on him? That said if he puts in a shift, is a willing and able worker this is usually good enough for most is it not? he has traits most of us ask for...

It is easy for me to be 'the manager from he stands' but if we are going to play the lone striker, which for all intent and purpose we, are pace, application and most importantly the delivery, which for me means we need to line up with Armand Traore in front of Nadir Belhadj on the left - and this pair were much more effective than the Algerian and Croatian have been - and Glen Johnson and Marc Wilson down the right. Where does this leave Kranjcar I hear some cry?

Quite simply in that 'free role' in the middle, he can roam here, there and everywhere as he loves to and can hopefully unlock the defences like he is capable of doing - that is of course assuming he does not leave for Arsenal anyway! Put Sean Davis and Richard Hughes or Papa Bouba Diop in the middle and bobs your uncle - only problem is Hughes and Diop are injured. That leaves Arnold Mvuemba, and he is not filling me with much optimism to be honest. He has not progressed as we had hoped, far from it in fact - perhaps his confidence was shattered under Harry Redknapp, he suffered the 'you are not one of my boys' treatment?

At the end of the day though we need results, so whilst I might not agree with the way Adams might look to send us out if he gets the results, and we do need them or we are going down, hats off to him. He was too frightened to make a tactical change against Bristol City, maybe rightly so, but fortune can favour the brave so throwing caution to the wind at times could be the making of him - if not it may well prove the breaking...

Either way, and whatever results we yield I will never, ever boo my own and although we all pay our money so do have the right to voice our opinions, I cannot understand how booing our own players - and we have seen this in our last few home games - can benefit anyone!


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Date:Wednesday January 7 2009
Time: 9:56AM


I agree with the formation and your proposal re players and positions. As far as booing is concerned, it may not be very positive, but it sure as hell makes the fan feel better after another 90 mins of frustration.
07/01/2009 10:48:00
I agree with what you say about the team, Rug. It shows that we need another experienced central midfielder now. I also agree about the booing. I see our side of the arrangement of being a fan (no12 shirt) as to encourage. I think it is the best (only) way for us to make a postive impact on the performance.
07/01/2009 11:24:00
what is the booing for tho? is it aimed at the club, the manager or the players that played the match? or a combination of the lot - i just do not understand it.
i never booed when i was seeing us played off the park and beaten by the likes of crewe amd what have you, so i am not going to start now...
is it 'too easy' to say that alot of the booing is coming from 'newer' fans that have only known the good times?
07/01/2009 11:28:00
Agree that Belhadj and Traore need to play together, Niko just isnt cutting it at left mid. In a way I see tony not playing them together as a way of marking his originality on the team, by not playing to the system that Harry used. In any case, we need to reunite the two lefties, as there is no way we will go down if they are strutting their stuff out wide.
07/01/2009 11:46:00
With the booing, I don't condone it, but I can understand why some people are booing. Our team is better than Newcastle's, West Ham's and Bristol City's. When you see your team go behind and Tony doesn't move at all for half an hour, not even to gee up the players, and you end up losing 4-1, then you may feel a bit disgruntled. You can't really expect the fans to clap the players. And unfortunately, the lack of clapping means that all that can be heard is the boos from the select few who ignorant to boo. Even when we were fighting relegation and getting whooped, we had a team of players who cared for the club and fought all game, and took the game to the better clubs.
07/01/2009 11:53:00
We never had a go at Benjani when he was finding his feet, because he tried. If our team was going out every week and just wasnt good enough, then we would have no complaints. But we are better than recent defeats at home.
07/01/2009 11:54:00
I don't agree that the booing is coming purely from 'newer' fans either. There were plenty of 'season ticket holder since the womb' jcl hating morons booing their faces off at the end of the bristol game and i just couldnt understand it. Granted I'm not the most positive of pompey fans (not at the moment anyway) but I can't think of a situation where i'd boo our own players. On another note: The news is reporting that O'neil is on his way...anyone know anything about this?
07/01/2009 11:59:00
Rug, There were some "Ive been here since God was a boy" diehards next to me booing their lungs out on Saturday, so don't blame us newbies please. Whilst I pesonally don't think it's necessary I reckon it's a paying fan's perogative - just another way of voicing an opinion.
07/01/2009 12:08:00
im trying to find out more about the o'neil situation - but as said in something i just wrote with the news saying 'the news understands', i do not know how seriously i can take it...
07/01/2009 12:10:00
sorry fellas, im not saying 'only' newbies are booing, all i know is i do not see it as being a productive thing, but i guess its each to their own kind of thing...
07/01/2009 12:11:00
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