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Distin - 'I'm back'/Pennant focused on Pompey

Distin admits losing focus

The immortal words of paultsmouth, after the Liverpool defeat, that Sylvain Distin had gone from 'the player of the season to an absolute doughnut' were spot on, but the Frenchman insists that he is now back to his best and 'fully fookussed' - the way the French say focused is fantastic! - on the task in hand.

He had some absolute shockers after 'he' left. Was this because he wanted to be somewhere else - thoughts than many had? Others were that he was fed up with having to basically carry other members of the back four? But he has today said that the turmoil of this season had got to him mentally much more than he realised, and basically he 'gave up' under Tony Adams following the departure of Jamie's Dad.

In many ways people can argue that his unprofessional approach, hell you cannot even argue against it, it is unprofessional and with him picking up thousands of pounds a week it is unacceptable. Being focused on what he does is something that he, and others, should do regardless as to what is going on! But it also takes a bigger man to hold his hands up and admit his shortcomings...

Distin is clearly much happier under Paul Hart, with this visibly showing, and insists that he is not thinking about 'ifs', 'ands' or 'buts' and is only concentrating on keeping Pompey in the top flight with the thought we could go down not entering his mind.

We need him at his very best, and as said to be fair he has been showing this - it is unfortunate that this could not be the case throughout the whole season, but despite the fortunes they pick up I guess they are only human like you and I...

I am being too forgiving or understanding really aren't I?

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Pennant thinking no further than May

Jermaine Pennant has said that thoughts on his own future are secondary to him and dreams of a move to Madrid or Milan, or even staying with Pompey, are not crossing his mind at the moment - the main priority for him is to help keep Pompey in the premier league, with him crossing his future bridge when it arrives...

He has shown what he can do, but for me the lack of confidence factor and clear lack of fitness has shown at times for him - not playing, as he had not been before coming here, clearly means you are lacking competitive fitness and despite seemingly being confident by nature this confidence in your own ability also goes if you are not playing.

For a winger I have been slightly disappointed at his willingness to come inside so often, with this something he was constantly doing against Chelski - although to be fair to him on that night the conditions were hardly conducive to 'running at your man down the line' were they, as the touchline was probably the worst effected area by the treacherous conditions.

I have not been a fan of Pennant's in the past in all honesty, but since his arrival he has shown glimpses to me as to why I think he would be a fine addition to our squad if he wanted to stay here and if we could afford the wages - for me though talk of a move to Madrid or Milan is ridiculous, he is good but not that good and would without a doubt be a squad player at best...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 13 2009

Time: 12:39PM

Your Comments

Pin a Pennant on him if we stay up and he helps us, but if he doesn't then return him to sender...address unknown. Elvis what do you think ?
pompeygray
Pin a Pennant on him if we stay up and he helps us, but if he doesn't then return him to sender...address unknown. Elvis what do you think ?
pompeygray
Distin need some decent performances for the rest of the season & do his talking on the pitch!!!
storagematt
Distin need some decent performances for the rest of the season & do his talking on the pitch!!!
storagematt
Exactly Matt. It's time to stand up and be counted like previous Pompey squads have done!
sneakay
Exactly Matt. It's time to stand up and be counted like previous Pompey squads have done!
sneakay
Rug with regards to Distin I think ur not being too forgiving - if it's the same as what I'm feeling then it's relief!! I'm glad Distin has acknowledged that he has been a 'doughnut', but as Matt says let your defending do the talking!!
PFCGino
Rug with regards to Distin I think ur not being too forgiving - if it's the same as what I'm feeling then it's relief!! I'm glad Distin has acknowledged that he has been a 'doughnut', but as Matt says let your defending do the talking!!
PFCGino
I really hope pennant stays with us he has been a great player since he joined.Distin is back to his best hope he will get even more better starting tomorrow at boro. PLAY UP POMPEY
stfc ballboy
I really hope pennant stays with us he has been a great player since he joined.Distin is back to his best hope he will get even more better starting tomorrow at boro. PLAY UP POMPEY
stfc ballboy
I never know what to beleive with Distan ,it was reported on the radio today that hes saying if Pompey go down he would consider leaving .WHY if he is now so focused should he even mention it .
sea-juicer
I never know what to beleive with Distan ,it was reported on the radio today that hes saying if Pompey go down he would consider leaving .WHY if he is now so focused should he even mention it .
sea-juicer
Too forgiving there Rug, over paid buffoons the lot of them. Christ, if my manager left and one I didnt like came in and I 'gave up' I'd get the sack, let alone 30,000 per week. Get a grip Sylvain. On your day you've been fantastic, but wind your neck in, who do you think you are??? You are in a priviledged position and have basically admitted to abusing it.
pompey4me
Too forgiving there Rug, over paid buffoons the lot of them. Christ, if my manager left and one I didnt like came in and I 'gave up' I'd get the sack, let alone 30,000 per week. Get a grip Sylvain. On your day you've been fantastic, but wind your neck in, who do you think you are??? You are in a priviledged position and have basically admitted to abusing it.
pompey4me
Re. Pennant, personally have enjoyed watching him, inside or outside, at least he looks like he's gonna have a go, not like bloody Utaka who cost us the goal against Chelsea when he replaced an exhausted Pennant.
pompey4me
Re. Pennant, personally have enjoyed watching him, inside or outside, at least he looks like he's gonna have a go, not like bloody Utaka who cost us the goal against Chelsea when he replaced an exhausted Pennant.
pompey4me
Have to agree with pompey4me over Distin. Hiis tantrums could cost our Premier League place.
eastneydave
Have to agree with pompey4me over Distin. Hiis tantrums could cost our Premier League place.
eastneydave
i guess as i do like distin i 'let him off' to lightly, but to be fair in my defence i also said that his actions have been unacceptable. sp dp agree 4me.
pompeyrug
i guess as i do like distin i 'let him off' to lightly, but to be fair in my defence i also said that his actions have been unacceptable. sp dp agree 4me.
pompeyrug
At least the doughnut has plugged his holes
paultsmouth
At least the doughnut has plugged his holes
paultsmouth
distin is spoilt brat and given the chance he will be off,he was the same at city.
bluemooner_mcfc
distin is spoilt brat and given the chance he will be off,he was the same at city.
bluemooner_mcfc
Trouble is, Prem football is in it'self a media event, right down to the scraps on the cutting room floor. It gives players a platform, they otherwise wouldn't have, and i'm afraid given it, their proffesionialism is found wanting. Your always going to get those who like hearing the sound of their own voice. Distin is one of those. He would be the same in any career, it's in his character. It's not proffessional but with a media sniffing for scraps you are always going to get the whingers supplying them. Rant over....
cornypomp
Trouble is, Prem football is in it'self a media event, right down to the scraps on the cutting room floor. It gives players a platform, they otherwise wouldn't have, and i'm afraid given it, their proffesionialism is found wanting. Your always going to get those who like hearing the sound of their own voice. Distin is one of those. He would be the same in any career, it's in his character. It's not proffessional but with a media sniffing for scraps you are always going to get the whingers supplying them. Rant over....
cornypomp
Pennant by the way is a player we need badly. Admitted he's not fully fit but he's been doing the business when called upon. I'd like to see him stay and play as a real winger. He looks well up for a scrap and as time goes on i'm sure we'll see his true worth to us.
cornypomp
Pennant by the way is a player we need badly. Admitted he's not fully fit but he's been doing the business when called upon. I'd like to see him stay and play as a real winger. He looks well up for a scrap and as time goes on i'm sure we'll see his true worth to us.
cornypomp
Distin what a *****head Im 10 time better that him and I earnt 6 thousand a week when I was with you and hes get 50 thousand a week. He dousent deserve to play football at all beside professionallly.
Azar Karadas
Distin what a *****head Im 10 time better that him and I earnt 6 thousand a week when I was with you and hes get 50 thousand a week. He dousent deserve to play football at all beside professionallly.
Azar Karadas
 

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