Date:Tuesday May 19 2009
We ended the season, well at least the home season, with a win and these were the thoughts that Paul Hart shared on the Pompey Site after beating Sunderland - with some of my own views too...
Hart on win 'for the fans'
It's very pleasing, especially for the supporters. Our duty to them is huge and that's part of it completed.
'We've got another game left and we want to do the same again. We really do want to finish as high as we can.'
It has been a tough season, we have been through a lot again but all too often it seems like we do not count for anything, despite being the mugs that plough the cash into the club - so I am delighted to hear some thoughts given to us!
We won, and put in a decent enough shift, well in the 2nd half anyway, I just wish we had started that way...
Hart on our 'duty to the league'
'We had a duty to the integrity of the Premier League as well and I felt we did the right job.'
Playing a team in relegation trouble might have swayed Hart on his team selection and so on, is he hinting at trying something else and/or someone else against Wigan this weekend?
When playing teams in trouble, when you are safe, it is easy to switch things around and completely switch off - whilst at times some were not as committed as you would have liked them to have been we did battle, and not making wholesale changes I guess is a mark of respect to the opposition and the league, no one likes it when a team in relegation trouble faces a side that change things around as they are safe do they...
I know we will be paying our money to travel and follow the team at the weekend, but to be honest if we fielded some youngsters, or at last put them on the bench against Wigan I would not be overly disappointed by this, if anything I would be impressed by it!
Hart on the game
'I think the first half was a bit like watching paint dry - it certainly was for me. But we injected a bit of life into things in the second half.
'Sunderland probably edged the first half but I thought that we were the better side after the break.
'It's been a hard season and there are a lot of tired legs but they pushed themselves over the line and I`m really pleased with the performance.
'Sunderland continued to battle right to the death. There were a few headers and few good saves by our keeper. They were always in it.'
'Like watching pain dry,' is a pretty fair summarisation of the 1st half methinks.
As said previously, I just wish we had started with the 4-4-2 formation and in the main the personnel we had on then - the 1st half was poor, the 2nd half much better and an indication of what we can do, albeit against what was a pretty poor Sunderland side it must be said...
Hart on James
'He's been playing with a bad shoulder for quite some time so he's having an operation on Wednesday.
'He missed the Sunderland game with an unrelated neck injury but he will now miss the two England games next month as well.
'Jamo's been a star for us all season but we had to get this problem sorted and hopefully we'll have him back for the start of the season.'
It is better to get this sorted out now than let it drag on, with safety already confirmed nothing is gained by him playing on and making it worse.
He will be missed against Wigan, and will be missed for England next month but in all honesty, and with the greatest of respect, we should not be posed too many problems by Kazakhstan and Andorra really should we!
Yep, get this done now and get him back fit and ready for next season - a season when we might really need him, and need him at his very best...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday May 19 2009
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