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Hart on draw at Newcastle

So, with Pompey picking up a crucial point in the 0-0 draw with Newcastle last night that 'just about' secures our premier league safety. But what did Paul Hart make of the display? Lets take a look, as always I will add my own my two-penny'th worth...

Hart on Pompey display
'I am very satisfied with a clean sheet and a point but I think a tinge of disappointment that we didn't get all three.

'I thought it was a very tough game. A very emotional game. Newcastle tried to throw the kitchen sink at it.'

I think the key words with what Hart says are 'Newcastle tried to throw the kitchen sink at it', they came out in a blaze of glory but totally ran out of ideas, and to be honest ran out of these fairly quickly! In the main the long balls over the top caused us few problems and we lapped most of them up, and probably could have all night long...

Hart on tactics
'We were disciplined. We thought we got the tactics right to play against them. There was some massive performance from us tonight.'

The tactics employed by Hart have been questioned by many of us at times, myself included - and I have not always liked them or agreed with them, but they were spot on last night.

It was much, much more important for Newcastle to win than it for us to win, of course I wanted this though, but by not losing we either kept the gap as it was or increased it had we won.

So, without a doubt this was job done! As he would say 'we are hard to beat now', which is true.

Hart on Pompey edging it
'Newcastle had a couple of chances but I think on reflection we had the edge, especially in the second half - I thought we were fantastic.'

Newcastle dominated possession, certainly in the 1st half, but in all honesty their use of this was not anywhere near as threatening as it could, or should have been. Yep, our use of the ball at times was not good, but in the main we made much better use of possession when we did have it.

We were the better side in the 2nd half and I was amazed to see Newcastle have 5 or 6 players behind the ball with only 1 or 2 Pompey players forward on the final 10-15 minutes, these minutes when we looked most likely to go on and win, and but for a better final ball, maybe a player arriving to support quicker or the post denying us we would have won.

Hart on penalty that never was!
'Having looked at it, I thought it was a penalty when I saw it. And it is a penalty now. Definitely.

'Peter Crouch doesn't dive.'

I must have seen this a dozen times now and I am still undecided, but all in all I am not sure it was a penalty? The frizzy haired defender, I forget his name, the bloke from Argentina, left himself open for it to be given the way he went in, but I do not know...had it been Newcastle appealing I feel sure Mike Riley would have given it though!

Speaking of Riley, he really is a piss poor referee...

Rug's final thoughts
Without a doubt, as said, it was essential for us not to lose this game, and we came away with a point from a fantastic defensive display. Ok, it might not have been pretty all the time, but the determination not to lose is most certainly back. It is just trying to find that 'balance' now, as not losing is one thing, but not only having this mentality but also of remembering to win is another.

I was convinced we would concede, which then made me convinced we would have to score to get anything but the more the game went on the more I thought we would be ok, and in a way I am disappointed we did not win - as we could, and maybe should have, although they will probably feel the same. That said we looked the most likely to win towards the end and the team most threatening when you would have expected it the other way round.

The defensive mentality it right for this season, achieving the ultimate target of 'survival at all costs' is the way to go. I do not always like this from Hart but as said needs must at this juncture, and these needs are almost served now, so it will be interesting to see how he finishes the season? I remain concerned about his offensive capabilities? But 'if' the pressure of relegation threatening us was off maybe he could find the balance then perhaps he would still make a good candidate for the job next season - I remain uncertain if he could though, and we could not go through a whole season playing the way we have and survive again... In an ideal world we could confirm out safety with a game or so to go then we could see what his tactics were with the pressure off?

I cannot finish without a mention of praise for the Pompey fans again, as always they did us proud. They were fantastic, and never seemed to stop singing, especially in the 2nd half and the more we sang the less the Geordies did!

321 of us made the journey I think, and these out sung the Geordies, who must have had around 50,000 - so much for their 'brilliant' support, far too many were not supporting the team and this negative approach probably worked against them...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 28 2009

Time: 9:57AM

Your Comments

Hey, Harty's brief was to keep Pompey in the PL which he has nearly achieved. The way we are playing is awful it looks like we are a poor team, who cares if we can be in the PL next year.
bluedr
Hey, Harty's brief was to keep Pompey in the PL which he has nearly achieved. The way we are playing is awful it looks like we are a poor team, who cares if we can be in the PL next year.
bluedr
not sure what you are saying blue?
are you saying you do, or do not like the way we are playing, and would rather we played 'attractive' football even if it meant going down?


the only reason i am accepting the way we play football at the moment is because 'if' we went down this is going to kill us financially!
we cannot afford to go down, i think we need to make this clear...the debts we have, although manageable, are only manageable if we stay in the premier league - simply going down and 'letting players go' isnt going to solve the problem. we would have to let players go dirt cheap, so this wouldnt really help us pay off our debts...
we needed to stay up this season without a doubt, we sell some players this summer, hopefully stay up again next season and that just about solves the problems.
pompeyrug
not sure what you are saying blue?
are you saying you do, or do not like the way we are playing, and would rather we played 'attractive' football even if it meant going down?


the only reason i am accepting the way we play football at the moment is because 'if' we went down this is going to kill us financially!
we cannot afford to go down, i think we need to make this clear...the debts we have, although manageable, are only manageable if we stay in the premier league - simply going down and 'letting players go' isnt going to solve the problem. we would have to let players go dirt cheap, so this wouldnt really help us pay off our debts...
we needed to stay up this season without a doubt, we sell some players this summer, hopefully stay up again next season and that just about solves the problems.
pompeyrug
I don't think the way we played last night mattered entertainment wise. Newcastle supplied all of that for us off the pitch. Can't WAIT to see the Newspapers today. Or perhaps I can, second thoughts. I would like to see Hart have a go once we are safe. Why not on Saturday. Surely we have not counted that game as winnable? We haven't beaten Arsenal since 1958 (See Rug - that compeition was priceless:-) )
Gandor1
I don't think the way we played last night mattered entertainment wise. Newcastle supplied all of that for us off the pitch. Can't WAIT to see the Newspapers today. Or perhaps I can, second thoughts. I would like to see Hart have a go once we are safe. Why not on Saturday. Surely we have not counted that game as winnable? We haven't beaten Arsenal since 1958 (See Rug - that compeition was priceless:-) )
Gandor1
Rug, no I don't like the way we are playing but is has done what we all want and that should be to stay in the PL. Hopefully we can get back to attacking football once safety is confirmed.
bluedr
Rug, no I don't like the way we are playing but is has done what we all want and that should be to stay in the PL. Hopefully we can get back to attacking football once safety is confirmed.
bluedr
you are not alone, can anyone 'really' enjoy the way we are playing? i know i dont and have said i would begrudge the thought of forking out all the money i do again next season if this carried on...
thats the hope, we have a couple of games - at least - when safety is confirmed, this gives hart the chance to show what his plans are for next season - if we carry on playing like we are until the end of the season, even with safety hopefully confirmed, that will seal the deal for me - no deal for him on becoming manager, altho i suspect this is already agreed tbh...
pompeyrug
you are not alone, can anyone 'really' enjoy the way we are playing? i know i dont and have said i would begrudge the thought of forking out all the money i do again next season if this carried on...
thats the hope, we have a couple of games - at least - when safety is confirmed, this gives hart the chance to show what his plans are for next season - if we carry on playing like we are until the end of the season, even with safety hopefully confirmed, that will seal the deal for me - no deal for him on becoming manager, altho i suspect this is already agreed tbh...
pompeyrug
Great point. Can't see Newc or Boro getting more than 7pts each out of their final 4 games & that includes playing each other. Both of them could go down & Hull being the other possibility. Totally Rug, we must consider the upfront options. Thought mullins did very little & would rather have had a 442 approach especially in the 2ns half, someone working of Crouch. Well done to 321 for going up & giving the Geordies the 'bin'!!!
storagematt
Great point. Can't see Newc or Boro getting more than 7pts each out of their final 4 games & that includes playing each other. Both of them could go down & Hull being the other possibility. Totally Rug, we must consider the upfront options. Thought mullins did very little & would rather have had a 442 approach especially in the 2ns half, someone working of Crouch. Well done to 321 for going up & giving the Geordies the 'bin'!!!
storagematt
Rug, you thinking Hart will stay next season? Rumours are Kidd will go?
bluedr
Rug, you thinking Hart will stay next season? Rumours are Kidd will go?
bluedr
yep i am, i would almost put money on it... i think its the wrong thing to do as 'if' things go wrong next season, as i fear they will, the buck will stop with him as it did TA and then wse not only lose another manager we also lose the best hope we have had in donkies years of constantly bringing through our own players from the academy...
hart is the 'cheap option', hence why i feel we will take this - unless we are taken over in the summer, but that will have to happen early on in the summer to make a difference, we need someone to help decide who comes and goes dont we, so need to appoint this manager as soon as we can.
pompeyrug
yep i am, i would almost put money on it... i think its the wrong thing to do as 'if' things go wrong next season, as i fear they will, the buck will stop with him as it did TA and then wse not only lose another manager we also lose the best hope we have had in donkies years of constantly bringing through our own players from the academy...
hart is the 'cheap option', hence why i feel we will take this - unless we are taken over in the summer, but that will have to happen early on in the summer to make a difference, we need someone to help decide who comes and goes dont we, so need to appoint this manager as soon as we can.
pompeyrug
If I was Hart though I'd probably have to decline the offer, not much chance of significant funds being offered, an exodus of top players likely to leave without the funds to replace. Surely by taking the job he would be half way to putting the rope around his neck.
bluedr
If I was Hart though I'd probably have to decline the offer, not much chance of significant funds being offered, an exodus of top players likely to leave without the funds to replace. Surely by taking the job he would be half way to putting the rope around his neck.
bluedr
Bluedr - Any Manager who took us over would be putting a rope around his neck - unless we get a Buyer.
Gandor1
Bluedr - Any Manager who took us over would be putting a rope around his neck - unless we get a Buyer.
Gandor1
Gandor, true hence the reason why I think we will struggle again next season. A buyer is key to mid season
bluedr
Gandor, true hence the reason why I think we will struggle again next season. A buyer is key to mid season
bluedr
Paul Hart has got us stabilised at the back under difficult circumstances. I don't think for one minute that he envisages playing like that on a permanent basis. We played some good football earlier in the season but we gave foolish goals away, now the defence is sorted i can see him reinvigorating the attacking side of our game. He needed to start somewhere and the back was the right place to start.
Steve C
Paul Hart has got us stabilised at the back under difficult circumstances. I don't think for one minute that he envisages playing like that on a permanent basis. We played some good football earlier in the season but we gave foolish goals away, now the defence is sorted i can see him reinvigorating the attacking side of our game. He needed to start somewhere and the back was the right place to start.
Steve C
we can't afford to go down, and we can't really hope to finish this season top 10. It's going to be a right off for us - hopefully next season though, we can bring back the free flowing football, bring back the wins, and bring european football back to fratton park!
pompeycarpet
we can't afford to go down, and we can't really hope to finish this season top 10. It's going to be a right off for us - hopefully next season though, we can bring back the free flowing football, bring back the wins, and bring european football back to fratton park!
pompeycarpet
None of us like the style of our performances but after Adams something had to tighten or we were going to the Championship. Hopefully if we can get the points needed in the next 2 games. Hart might lighten up and give us a glimpse of a more attacking style in the Sunderland wigan games. If not lets hope we can recruit in the pre-season-- Still in the Premiership
race
None of us like the style of our performances but after Adams something had to tighten or we were going to the Championship. Hopefully if we can get the points needed in the next 2 games. Hart might lighten up and give us a glimpse of a more attacking style in the Sunderland wigan games. If not lets hope we can recruit in the pre-season-- Still in the Premiership
race
Newcastle had three up front to play so called attacking football, and couldn't win a must win game, I'm really happy with Hart's approach of consistently getting points by playing defensively, I'll even put up with it next season when we'll probably still have Sacha as owner and a huge number of the out-of-contract players leave and are replaced by cheap options.
StuartM
Newcastle had three up front to play so called attacking football, and couldn't win a must win game, I'm really happy with Hart's approach of consistently getting points by playing defensively, I'll even put up with it next season when we'll probably still have Sacha as owner and a huge number of the out-of-contract players leave and are replaced by cheap options.
StuartM
would that approach keep us in the premier league over 38 games tho Stuart? im not convinced it would tbh...
pompeyrug
would that approach keep us in the premier league over 38 games tho Stuart? im not convinced it would tbh...
pompeyrug
 

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