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4-5-1 it is then?

Anyone expecting a 'cavalier approach' at Wigan on Sunday is going to be disappointed by the sounds of things as Paul Hart feels we should 'approach the Wigan game in the way we have approached others - to get a result and not get beat.'

That statement in itself seems more than fair enough, should you not approach every game to get a result?

That is a given, although it does seem that we will drop the 4-4-3, which did not work so I do not mind that, but not for the 4-4-2 we will most likely go back to the 'tried and tested' 4-5-1 as he also said 'I think they deserved to be let off the leash a bit against Sunderland.'

Do the away following, and some of these only follow Pompey away these days, not deserve to see the players 'let off the leash' again on Sunday?

Our season was badly fizzling out on Monday night and it was not until we were 'let off the leash' that it looked like improving, although at the same time it must be said that Sunderland were pretty poor so lets not get carried away by that...

It is the final game of the season, we are going to face a side that have not won in 7 games I think, with them beaten in their last 3 - lets go with a positive mindset, go with a 4-4-2 or even give some players a game that have not got much of a look-in.

I am going to the game, it will take us hours to get there and hours to go back but to be honest I would rather see us lose and have a bloody good go, or give some 'fringe players' or 'kids' - who could very well be regular 1st team players next season! - a go than go with the previous same old same old.

A win and we can finish no lower than 13th, if Bolton do not win we could finish 12th, extra money for the coffers - it is all very well saying that 4-5-1 can win us the game, and it could depending on who we use, but a 4-4-2 set-up, with the personnel we have, is more likely to do this for us for me.

We are likely to be low down on the 'order of merit' for the final match of the day this season, at least we could well be putting on the kind of show to justify being one of the last, if not the last, games to be shown on Sunday - 0-0 anyone! It will probably be a cracker now!

Jeez, and I thought this season was a long one, but if things pan out as they could its going to be an even longer season next time round...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 22 2009

Time: 11:57AM

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Not sure I would call 451 a 'favourite' of many but players play systems & for some of those it will be last time in a Pompey shirt. Neither side has anything other than pride but a win would be great. To be honest my thoughts are hoping Newcastle go down!
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22/05/2009 15:08:00

a 'favourite' of hart's is what i meant really...
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22/05/2009 15:35:00

If that is what Hart wants, I'm rather hoping the majority of the team will ignore him and play the way they want to.
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22/05/2009 15:47:00

did we aproach the last game to get a result and "not get beat"? If so, i wouldn;t mind more of that...
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22/05/2009 16:57:00

If you're going to play 4-5-1, you need a striker who can play up front alone, and Crouch is not that man. If Hart were playing Nugent - or God help me, Utaka - in the lone striker role, maybe (just maybe) 4-5-1 would make a bit more sense. As it is, Crouch gets shut out up front on his own, and we might just as well be playing 4-6-0 because he's wasted. It might also help if we didn't leave a formerly world-class Greek midfielder getting splinters in his bum. Since we're unlikely to do either of those, I would have to agree that 4-4-2 is the only sensible alternative.
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22/05/2009 18:49:00

It would be a good formation if Crouch didn't have the pace of a dog with no legs. Nugget has that pace, but would benefit more from the 4-4-2 formation, maybe with Utaka alongside him.. 2 fast players, can't go wrong, surely?!
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22/05/2009 20:05:00

I'd like to see Nugent and Utaka. It's the last chance we're gonna get to try a few new things, so why not see what it gives us? I *think* we're pretty clear on what a 4-5-1 with Crouch up front alone looks like by now.
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22/05/2009 20:45:00

Hart said he would stick to the same old same old against Sunderland, when in fact he started with 3 strikers and then went 442 at halftime when it wasn't working. He's not going to tip off the opposition with what he's really planning is he. The 451 kept us up, which was probably essential for our club's very survival right now, and Hart's already shown there is more to him than that. Give the man some credit and wait and see what happens on Sunday. Hope its a good trip!
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23/05/2009 08:36:00

It's wrong to say there is only pride at stake, a win could lift us 2 places, thats an extra million in prize money and given our current finances the win should be worth going for. We can go up 2 or down 1, gamble 500,000 at odds of 2-1 with only 2 teams in the game then a professional gambler would see the odds are in his favour.
Steve C
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23/05/2009 14:39:00

If we finish in 12th place it will be a surreal end to a surreal season given that 7 days ago we didn't know if we were safe from relegation.
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