Date:Sunday August 23 2009
Paul Hart felt 'a little aggrieved' that William Gallas was not sent off (to put it mildly) but, once again had praise for his troops who he felt - and I would say rightly for the majority - could come away from the 4-1 defeat with plenty positives as we did not give up, at any stage really.
See Hart's views on Arsenal, the 'sending off' that never was, his views on our performance in general, news on David James' injury and more in this sky sports video below...
I went to Ashburton Grove expecting us to get completely and utterly battered, and I mean battered! I was expecting to see the worst defeat I had ever witnessed but I was 'pleasantly surprised' to be honest...
Blue tints aside, we really should take some positives from this, Arsenal are a fantastic side but 4-1 - whilst not exactly against the run of things, was slightly fortunate.
Bearing in mind I have seen no replays, bar those on the screens (that were shown) I am certain that the 2nd Arsenal goal was offside in the build-up and also feel, even though John Utaka went down fairly easily, that Gallas fouled him and so should have gone!
Most can come out of this with a lot of credit, a small band really - and I mean really - need to look at themselves and decide 'do I really want to be here?'
If that answer is no, then can they please go now and can we please sell them as they are not helping at all!
Freddy P had more support, or offered support from a wide area a lot of the time, so 'if' we can bring that striker ASAP, and it is said that Aruna Dindane is 'a done deal', I will feel happier - as I will when a takeover is finally, 100% done, which is again said to be the case early this week...
Beaten, but not disgraced.
We are pretty much in the position we expected, it is still not to late to turn it around, not by a long shot, but one thing that I know we must do is win our league cup game this week. If we lose to Hereford then we will be at an all time low going into the Citeh game next weekend...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Sunday August 23 2009
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