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Hart on Vitoria defeat

Hart on Vitoria defeat

Pompey might have been beaten 2-0 by Vitoria last night, but we were by no means disgraced in what turned out to be a farcical game that 'seemed' to leave the odds stacked against Pompey!

You had a donkey of a ref that was not giving much Pompey's way, but gave most the way of the home side and rules - particularly surrounding subs - 'appeared' to be altered to suit the home side but none of this could dampen Paul Hart's spirits when he spoke to The Pompey Site after, taking the positives from this...

Hart on the youngsters

'I think they all did very well. It was a big challenge for them but they worked very hard as a unit.

'It was a big game for many of them, being just 17 and 18-years-old. They picked up an awful lot to add to their experience and they'll benefit from it.

'I'm very proud of them. They played well against a side that finished eighth in the Portuguese top-flight last season. They held their own for the majority of the game.'

With teenagers, and academy graduates James Hurst, Gautier Mahoto, Matt Ritchie and Paris Cowan-Hall all given starts and the slightly older, yet still inexperienced Marc Wilson and Joel Ward, not forgetting Martin Cranie, all given starts that meant 7 from the 11, including 6 of our own academy graduates, that started the match were very young and inexperienced but all, from the sounds of it, held their own and gave good accounts of themselves.

Quite how many of these will be around for the long-term future at Pompey remains uncertain, but one thing that does seem almost certain is with a little more experience under their belts - and this trip alone will have helped - maybe in the form of a loan move somewhere all of the above, some closer than others, could and would do a job for Pompey. Some I have very high hopes for...

We might not have created much but all, but even the attack-minded youngsters played their part defensively and showed they will act as a unit. Yep, a very mature attitude from many of them.

Hart on discipline

'It was obviously made more difficult when we went down to 10 men but they kept their shape and discipline and will take a lot from the match.'

I feared that Cowan-Hall would be sent off, not because he deserved to, but because the officials were so poor - it was one of those things that you could sense...

As the decisions got worse and worse against Pompey we could have easily lost it, but like Hart said they kept their heads and the shape and plenty will have been gained by these youngsters.

It is just a shame, not to say that he would be involved anyway, that this ridiculous sending off for Cowan-Hall - who seems really impressive - will cause him to miss the start of the season.

Hart on Hughes

'Richard felt his calf tighten. He came off straight away but I don't think it's torn, so we'll have a look at that later.'

Richard Hughes was one of the few senior men on display last night, at least from the start, but he did not last very long as he soon had to be replaced by Eugen Bopp - who again did little from the sounds of it and, sorry, just is not good enough - due to a calf problem.

Hopefully it is not too bad, although it is not like we are short of defensive minded midfielders that can step in!

Hart on The Herminator

'Hermann's done a little bit of running. So we'll see how that develops.

'We'll have to see how it goes but hamstrings are notoriously difficult to get right.'

In his first outing of pre-season against Eastleigh on Monday The Herminator damaged his hamstring, The News seems to think that he is a 'serious doubt' for the start of the season but Hart, whilst probably remaining upbeat, is not being the scaremonger that The News is! Chances are he will, but they lay it on heavy today...

'If' The Herminator missed out I would expect Nadir Belhadj - assuming he stays - to fill in, but if not, despite his very young age and it being a baptism of fire I would not be overly concerned if we turned to Hurst, who I must say I have been very impressed with from what I have seen, although I thought he was a right back?

All in all, despite not being able to create enough going forward, which to be fair became even harder with 10 men, a useful if 'strange' run-out for Pompey with positives to be gained.


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Date:Saturday August 1 2009
Time: 10:04AM


M'Bami sounds worth a chance, if we have to root around in the bottom of the bargain basement bin, he might be one to keep
01/08/2009 10:08:00
Cheers rug excellent..Just posted what i write next on another article but i will paste it here soccerbipolar is having an “up” morning today..having not seen the nonsense last night having watched Grand Torino with my 18 yr old son, today I read with some enthusiasm the good reports about the young players in the game. So today there is a Hope, an irrational hope I know, in me that we will actually play some of these guys rather than purchasing some of the tired OAPS we have been linked to. I’ve also started to look at the potential team, and rather than compare it with the Everton’s and Spuds etc, but rather look at the Brum's and Hulls. I do now feel more confidant...However I do think Burnley will do well though. I am however also again seeing the folly of HR and his Mad spending that got us into the mess (but the FA Cup too to be Honest) but when you look at the likes of Taylor and O'Neil, who we would now dearly love at FP. But,, I am hoping that this really could be the birthing of something good…..So a top 10 finish for me, if we get Kalinic or McCormac to suppliment the top line with Zaki that would be a very good deal, and all of us Happy….where did I put my pills?...
plymouth graham
01/08/2009 10:24:00
Agree Paul .. but I also think we (Hart) will offer Bopp a contract.. He's seeing something we are not..
01/08/2009 10:58:00
Have we got the old Plymouth Graham back then :)
01/08/2009 11:01:00
Throw them in at the deep end just like Ian St John had to do in the mid seventies. The team was full of youth team products and it was exciting. End result the Fourth Division!!
01/08/2009 11:08:00
We must give paul hart credit for, at least, giving the youngsters a go against big boys. The Ginger Twitcher would let them rot in the academy before giving or selling them to Blue Square clubs. He didn't give a toss. As Pompey fans, is there anything we like more than one of our kids making good? I for one am desperate to unearth a star, even a minor one, that others will talk about hushed tones, or even very loud tones - don't care really. Keep going Paul, I'm not a fan of yours (prove me wrong) but I'm backing your policies at our club. Lets show that git in North London a thing or two.
01/08/2009 11:40:00
dave...we are wearing that shirt again...i suppose you are right in a way but i would still rather go down with good kids coming through rather wasting money on old hats who cant do it anymore...but of course no one can see into the future...despite me occasionally saying i can. I predicted collins mbsuma would score a hatfull of goals and wanted us to sign Freddie eastwood, and i thought Alain perrin would do well....i seldom go to the bookies
plymouth graham
01/08/2009 15:26:00
Perhaps the trick is to get a mix of experience and youth - we certainly have plenty of 'experienced' (old) players in the site, so a few youngsters as well could be an exciting prospect. As long as we have a bit of strength in depth as well! Nice to see you more cheerful Graham!
01/08/2009 16:35:00
Well I'm certainly not going to knock Hart for giving the youngsters a run out. Just hoping that out them there are at least a couple of goodens that could slot in when needed. As for Bopp and what Hart sees in him....well you tell me?
02/08/2009 09:14:00
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