Still no luck!
Tony Adams, and we, were left cursing our luck once again with the luck - or lack of - that we had against Villa last night, as we slumped to another defeat.
Adams on no luck
'I've changed ties, I've changed suits - I just want some luck from somewhere.'
Tactical novice or not, think of him what you will but no one can say that he has had any luck since taking over as Pompey manager. He has had a phenomenal amount of luck against him, an amount that I have never known. We are talking hitting the post/bar up to 5 times in one game, having shot after shot cleared of the line and so on.
Luck is not shining on Adams or us - they say these things 'even themselves out', well if we are going to get our share back then good god we are in for something special!
Adams on signs of encouragement
'There are certainly signs of encouragement I thought they were organised and resilient a very good Aston Villa team, but I thought we deserved something out of the game.'
Lets not underestimate just what a good side Villa are, I think it was their 6th successive away win - a new club record? Make no bones about it, they are challenging for the league - and we made them look decidedly average for most of the game.
The worry for me was, as much possession as we had, and the threat some players clearly had I never really felt we were going to score - but we should take encouragement from this, showings like this more often than not will result in wins against other sides or other nights.
Adams on Belhadj sending off
'No complaints whatsoever, he was a silly boy and he reacted.
'Whatever people do - if you thought it was handball or not - you don't react like that so no complaints.'
Stupid, absolutely stupid, but not a surprise to me at all to be honest. This has been building up for the past 3 or 4 home games, all of which I think he has been luck to escape not being sent off. His temperament needs looking at, and he needs to be told in no uncertain terms that he cannot be behaving on the pitch the way he does - it is disgraceful, and not only hurts him, more importantly it hurts us!
He should have got a straight red in the 1st half, the wild swing - which is not uncommon for him, but will be something referees are going to note and target him for now - deserved a red.
Sod the fighters, we need some quality now!
'We need fighters to get us out of this position' is something that we keep hearing - yep players that want to fight for the shirt, the club and the fans is what we need and want, but I say we now have enough of these, and I fear these alone are not going to be enough to do the job!
We desperately need some creative spark from the middle of the park, we need to be able to unlock a defence from this area - either threading a ball through to get someone away, or spreading it wide for the wide men to take advantage of, and at the moment we have willing workers but not enough quality to do this.
Niko Kranjcar was showing signs of this before his latest injury, but I fear playing him as part of a midfield pairing, as he will go missing and leave his partner totally isolated. And a midfield pair is something I feel we will see more of again now, 4-4-2 is going to be used again more.
Somehow, anyhow, we need to bring someone creative in - there must be a loan deal to be done, failing that midfield spark we either need to give Dave Nugent a go alongside Peter Crouch to decide once and for all or bring in a pacy forward - fingers crossed this will be Javier Saviola, although I do not remain hopeful.
Come on Peter Storrie, you have a few days to really dig deep and maybe just save our premier league existence - I know money is tight, but speculating a few quid to bring in that quality will be worth much more if it secures our top-flight survival...
PLAY UP POMPEY!