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Hart on Pompey's draw with West Brom

Hart on Pompey's draw with West Brom

I came away from Fratton bitterly disappointed with the 2-2 draw with West Brom, to me it felt like a defeat, and to be honest I am still disappointed right now - I am not sure this will change until next weekend, even then I think we need a win for this - and that in theory should be even harder than it 'should' have been against West Brom!

Well, these are Paul Hart's thoughts after the game, with some of my own too...

Hart on us not playing 'particularly well'
'I don't think we played particularly well today, and I thought West Brom played with a freedom that their position allows them to while not trying to take anything away from them.'

With all due respect to West Brom, who do play some good football, they were made to look better than they actually are - we were the home side, surely as such we should have taken the game to them, not the other way round?

Hart on our 'different qualities'
'We showed different qualities, we had a lot of resilience when things weren't going well and we knew we weren't playing well but we stuck in there.'

Right, the managers job is to change things when they are not going well right?

It was clear to see this was the case so why was Hart not making any changes? He never looked like showing any signs of doing this either, other than the bringing on of Nadir Belhadj - even then should we not have gone with 2 up top at that point, but it was so predictable who this would be for...

Hart on Kaboul and Kranjcar's goals
'Younes Kaboul is now become a raiding full-back and it's textbook - going past two or three men and then got in the box and a left-foot screamer - fantastic.

'And the second one, the free-kick, it takes a lot of courage at that stage of the game to come up and take one and it was perfect.'

They were 2 fantastic goals, but other than those goals the criminal thing is we did not seriously threaten the West Brom goal again - we had chances, which we created, but none really went close and none really tested Scott Carson did they.

My own final thoughts
Maybe I am still bitterly disappointed by today's showing so I should have maybe waited and gave it a little more thought? But some 6-hours or so after the game I am still thinking the same things, so cannot wait any longer...

Ok, a point puts us closer to safety, but 3pts would have put us even closer - this was a game we needed to win. I still think we will stay up, but if not this could be a game, like many others this season, but more so we look back to with regrets. The game was there for the taking if we showed more invention - I seem to be saying this a lot recently...

Had this been an away game I could have understood much more why we set-up as we did, and why we used the personnel we did - surely Angelos Basinas should have played some part in the game, well started the game? For all intent and purpose we played with 6 at the back, as Richard Hughes and Hayden Mullins were nowhere to be seen in the 'midfield' - they may as well as played as another pair of central defenders!

We seem to be showing a case of 'history repeating itself' as all players were said to be behind Tony Adams to start with, happy with his appointment and then after a few games when they did not like his methods or style they changed, this is just one game so it might be too early to say this but I worry it is happening again under Paul Hart? As the happy thoughts did not look so happy today with some clearly not amused with the tactics employed - and this 'might', if it carries on, force some towards the exit door that might not have been looking to go that way...

Yep, we need to ensure we stay in the premier league at the end of this season as going down would spell huge financial problems to us, and doing this however we can is something we must do - but we are playing a dangerous game with the way we are going about looking to get to safety. Hart could redeem himself next weekend, but I suspect it will be the same tactics, and just about the same players too that line-up against Bolton?

As I say, I still think we will stay up, but we are making it a hell of a lot tougher than I think we need to be as games coming up are, in theory, much harder than the ones we have just had - games that we surely should have looked for more 'maximum returns' to have been near on safe by now...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Saturday April 11 2009
Time: 11:19PM

Comments

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Rug can't fault what you've said. At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, the guy is tactically retarded and doesn't make key decision when they are needed. We could've had all three points today, West Brom have shown ALL SEASON that they crack under pressure. Bringing on Gekas/Basinas with plenty of time left would have produced a goal and it seems that everyone in the poxy ground knew that except Hart!! Sorry for the rant, but it's frustrating because it's happened so much this season!!
PFCGino
11/04/2009 23:45:00
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Rug can't fault what you've said. At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, the guy is tactically retarded and doesn't make key decision when they are needed. We could've had all three points today, West Brom have shown ALL SEASON that they crack under pressure. Bringing on Gekas/Basinas with plenty of time left would have produced a goal and it seems that everyone in the poxy ground knew that except Hart!! Sorry for the rant, but it's frustrating because it's happened so much this season!!
PFCGino
11/04/2009 23:45:00
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Gotta agree with you both there guys. Thing is, every body was saying the same, and every body was saying the same at Hull. Still, all will be forgiven at the end of the season when we STAY UP!
pompey4me
11/04/2009 23:50:00
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Gotta agree with you both there guys. Thing is, every body was saying the same, and every body was saying the same at Hull. Still, all will be forgiven at the end of the season when we STAY UP!
pompey4me
11/04/2009 23:50:00
0
Simon with you on that but there is a long way to go. We need to become unpredictable, the 4-5-1 is too rigid and Crouch gets no support when he needs it.
eastneydave
12/04/2009 00:30:00
0
Simon with you on that but there is a long way to go. We need to become unpredictable, the 4-5-1 is too rigid and Crouch gets no support when he needs it.
eastneydave
12/04/2009 00:30:00
0
Everyone keeps on saying we will stay up. How the hell can we stay up when we don't seem to be getting enough points? Also, the team now seem to be beginning to be disillusioned with Hart as they were with TA.
Gandor1
12/04/2009 00:46:00
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Everyone keeps on saying we will stay up. How the hell can we stay up when we don't seem to be getting enough points? Also, the team now seem to be beginning to be disillusioned with Hart as they were with TA.
Gandor1
12/04/2009 00:46:00
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The fact that Crouch seemed to be nowhere in some of our recent matches, because he has been given no support, against West Brom, he should have been better because Niko did play a great game. However, a 4-5-1 tactic (which I believe in) should have strong wings. What about playing Pennant on the left hand side of midfield and Johson on the right next week? I am very sorry to see Nugent fading away, but surely, he should lose his place now. I was also surprised how Basinas did not play, especially when Davis is not in the pitch. Hughes was too deep, and I am not sure that this was Hart's idea. The lad simply cannot go forward. It is his football. We have seen this in the past, haven't we?
Pompey Malta
12/04/2009 08:08:00
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The fact that Crouch seemed to be nowhere in some of our recent matches, because he has been given no support, against West Brom, he should have been better because Niko did play a great game. However, a 4-5-1 tactic (which I believe in) should have strong wings. What about playing Pennant on the left hand side of midfield and Johson on the right next week? I am very sorry to see Nugent fading away, but surely, he should lose his place now. I was also surprised how Basinas did not play, especially when Davis is not in the pitch. Hughes was too deep, and I am not sure that this was Hart's idea. The lad simply cannot go forward. It is his football. We have seen this in the past, haven't we?
Pompey Malta
12/04/2009 08:08:00
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