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Davis setback for Pompey

When the teams came out against Hull on Saturday the fact that Sean Davis was not in the side, let alone squad, came as even more of a surprise to me and many others as I am sure that my mate Richie got a text through just as we left for the ground - you know one of those where you pay for text updates of teams/goals and so on - with he line-up, and I thought it had him in it?

Various injury problems were then 'reported' over the weekend before Paul Hart confirmed that it was a knee injury, a cut across the knee that required stitches, that was picked up in training that kept him out - we certainly kept that quiet as this would have happened on Friday I would have thought and I did not hear anything...

As this gash is across the knee Davis is unable to bend it, as it will just bust open again, which leaves him a major doubt for the West Brom game at the weekend - and that is a major blow for us!

I love Richard Hughes, he gives his all and rarely lets us down but, and with all due respect to him, he is very limited as a footballer - to be fair though he knows this and does not try to outdo these limitations. Then again I am not being convinced by Hayden Mullins really, so it has to be one of these two dropping out - maybe the latter's greater ability to get around the pitch would see him get the nod and retained in the side?

However a midfield trio of Hughes, Mullins and Niko Kranjcar - even though the Croatian plays in advance of those behind Peter Crouch - against West Brom, as it was Hull, would not feel me with much optimism...

I thought that all 3 were pretty poor against Hull, granted the defenders aside - in particular Sol Campbell, who was top class, and Sylvain Distin - no one really stood out did they. There was no creation in the middle of the park, and for me we have to call upon Angelos Basinas, as unless we take a highly unlikely risk and throw in Pele - who I would at least put on the bench - we are not going to offer much more against the leagues basement boy are we, a side that we must beat and if we cannot beat them at home do we really deserve to stay up?

Basinas has looked ok so far, and had we maybe turned to him on Saturday, even if it was only to have brought him on, I think he could have done the job the others did but maybe unlocked the defence with a pass that he is more than capable of.

I could be totally wrong, and maybe, well hopefully, it was just tiredness with Kranjcar, but he did not seem that interested at Hull and it got me thinking that he 'might' be one of those that David James said was 'playing for a move, rather than playing to keep us up' - that is not to say that the Croatian would not be in the side, as he would, but he needs to start going in for those 50:50's to confirm that he is 'not frightened' of getting injured, which would ruin a possible summer move. That said I suspect we would be worried about this too, as he seems one of the most likely players to move on and I know I would rather have players that want to move on, move on than those that do not!

Well, with Davis looking a near cert to miss out at the weekend Hart has a big call to make, but I pray that this call sees him calling in the Greek captain Basinas, who for me has the ability to do what is asked of him defensively but will also offer us plenty more offensively than Hughes and Mullins - surely for a home game you have to be slightly more attack minded, which we could still do with a 4-5-1 even at home with the right people in...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 6 2009

Time: 1:29PM

Your Comments

Could do with him being fixed asap! we should be Ok without him, but it would be better if he was fit!
MFFP
Could do with him being fixed asap! we should be Ok without him, but it would be better if he was fit!
MFFP
Give Basinas a chance, does have a bit of quality.
bluedr
Give Basinas a chance, does have a bit of quality.
bluedr
We are at home with 2 huge games coming up. If Davis ain't fit we must play Basinas. We need a bit of quality in the middle of the park & Mulllins/Hughes are too defensive. Basinas & any one of them.
storagematt
We are at home with 2 huge games coming up. If Davis ain't fit we must play Basinas. We need a bit of quality in the middle of the park & Mulllins/Hughes are too defensive. Basinas & any one of them.
storagematt
I would rather have Davis playing, and Basinas next season, when we are safe.
MFFP
I would rather have Davis playing, and Basinas next season, when we are safe.
MFFP
basinas is an international player with 100 caps - so is no mug, granted he might be 'knocking on' but you never lose what you never had, and for several years pace hasnt been his asset, the brain is sharp as always and the ability is still there and he still has more quality than most others in midfield we will have available on saturday...
pompeyrug
basinas is an international player with 100 caps - so is no mug, granted he might be 'knocking on' but you never lose what you never had, and for several years pace hasnt been his asset, the brain is sharp as always and the ability is still there and he still has more quality than most others in midfield we will have available on saturday...
pompeyrug
We really do need some one in the middle who is confident/good at passing the ball acuarately more than 5 yards. Hughes and Mullins don't seem to be able to do this. Basinas has not showed he can do this either in the few apperances that he made so I think that we will struggle no matter what.
sneakay
We really do need some one in the middle who is confident/good at passing the ball acuarately more than 5 yards. Hughes and Mullins don't seem to be able to do this. Basinas has not showed he can do this either in the few apperances that he made so I think that we will struggle no matter what.
sneakay
Basinas is probably one of the best passers I've seen in a Pompey shirt. Rarely gives the ball away. with regard to Niko, mark my words he won't go when Bilic is given the Pompey job - a Croatian revolution on the South Coast! I would love it if we signed Modric and Corluka off Jamie's Dad, just to rub it in his wobbly face
PFCGino
Basinas is probably one of the best passers I've seen in a Pompey shirt. Rarely gives the ball away. with regard to Niko, mark my words he won't go when Bilic is given the Pompey job - a Croatian revolution on the South Coast! I would love it if we signed Modric and Corluka off Jamie's Dad, just to rub it in his wobbly face
PFCGino
Basinas is definitely worth a punt. I was very impressed with him and if he can't manage 90 mins, then get a good 75 out of him and then bung on a defender (assuming that we are already three up!)
hammersmithblue
Basinas is definitely worth a punt. I was very impressed with him and if he can't manage 90 mins, then get a good 75 out of him and then bung on a defender (assuming that we are already three up!)
hammersmithblue
Basinas has to have a go, put Mullins in alongside him to do the donkey work, when they tire, Hughes and Arnie with Pele there as well to ensure that we do not let the three points slip.
Owenspompey
Basinas has to have a go, put Mullins in alongside him to do the donkey work, when they tire, Hughes and Arnie with Pele there as well to ensure that we do not let the three points slip.
Owenspompey
I think this should be Basinas chance.
nodster
I think this should be Basinas chance.
nodster
I thought Basinas played well for us when he did play. And what about Pennant? What is going on?
Gandor1
I thought Basinas played well for us when he did play. And what about Pennant? What is going on?
Gandor1
Pennant on the right, Basinas and Pele in the centre, and Kranjcar on the left.
MFFP
Pennant on the right, Basinas and Pele in the centre, and Kranjcar on the left.
MFFP
I'm not going to pretend I'm a Davis fan; I am not, long term he ain't good enough; however we have a short term problem so he will be missed. I don't think we can out grind the baggies so I think Basinas is a good option.
russellm
I'm not going to pretend I'm a Davis fan; I am not, long term he ain't good enough; however we have a short term problem so he will be missed. I don't think we can out grind the baggies so I think Basinas is a good option.
russellm
I think whether we stay up or not, Davis will go in the summer.
storagematt
I think whether we stay up or not, Davis will go in the summer.
storagematt
totally agree matt - davis has often said he wants to stay, but with a contract in front of him why has he not signed it? i can understand he wants to keep his options open, but if thats the case why keep saying he is waiting for the club to make their move - which they have...
pompeyrug
totally agree matt - davis has often said he wants to stay, but with a contract in front of him why has he not signed it? i can understand he wants to keep his options open, but if thats the case why keep saying he is waiting for the club to make their move - which they have...
pompeyrug
I was never a fan of Davis, but after the departure of Lassana Diarra, Sulley Muntari and the injury to Diop, I realised that Davis has got an ability to play in front of the defence. His work rate is massive and you can see that he gives his 100% while on the field. In a recent article I have submitted, I prefered him over Basinas, no joke mates. But in that article (English, no Greeks please) I explained why. However, I was surprised when Davis was not included in the starting line-up against Hull, and was even more surprised that Basinas did not play instead. With all due respect, Hughes is no Davis or Basinas, but he came in and done a tremendous job. The only problem we had was that both Mullins and Hughes are defensive midfielders. That might be one reason why we couldn't go forward as usual.
Pompey Malta
I was never a fan of Davis, but after the departure of Lassana Diarra, Sulley Muntari and the injury to Diop, I realised that Davis has got an ability to play in front of the defence. His work rate is massive and you can see that he gives his 100% while on the field. In a recent article I have submitted, I prefered him over Basinas, no joke mates. But in that article (English, no Greeks please) I explained why. However, I was surprised when Davis was not included in the starting line-up against Hull, and was even more surprised that Basinas did not play instead. With all due respect, Hughes is no Davis or Basinas, but he came in and done a tremendous job. The only problem we had was that both Mullins and Hughes are defensive midfielders. That might be one reason why we couldn't go forward as usual.
Pompey Malta
 

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