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Could we be about to see a shift in Paul Hart's mentality?

During his reign as Pompey manager, both temporarily and now permanently, he has been 'fairly reluctant' to be too adventurous, more often than not airing on the side of caution - 'if they cannot score we cannot lose, instead of if we score we 'might' win' type of thing!

He has today told The News that with Bolton being a game at home, and one we should be looking to win this is what we will look to do from the off: 'we've got a number of forwards, we've got a number of attack-minded midfielders and we've just got to try to get that blend into a system that works for us.

'The onus is on us to go and grab three points and not sit around and wait on Bolton.

'There's options there. But before I set up the team I want to make sure everyone's back fit and healthy.'

Hart's mandate last season was to 'keep us up at any cost', which we did - in my thinking this was still as much down to others failings than our own play, but we stayed up and that was the main thing.

I know that over in Portugal during pre-season Hart was asked if he would play 4-4-2 this season, he said that he 'did not have the strikers to do this', by his own admission we have plenty of these now, so we have no reason not to do this - especially at home, and especially against a team that we should be looking to beat!

That said, so long as we have the attacking balance right, like he says we must, I think that the 4-5-1 set-up - with a more creative influence in the middle of the park and a more realistic goal threat this could still work, although at home against the likes of Bolton I feel that we should go with the more orthodox 4-4-2.

In his defence I feel that his thoughts about 'creating chances but not taking them' is fair enough, in all honesty we have been doing this - sadly those creating them are the ones that we wanted on the end of the chances, but now 'hopefully' those creating can be doing this for those that want to be taking them more and not creating them!

This is now 'his team', now lets see him get the best out of them - then we can judge, but not after just the solitary game, a few, with this new side, should be given before true judgement is cast.

I tell you one thing though I am looking forward to tomorrow, and I look forward to this with genuine optimism - it is just a shame that we will again see several thousand empty seats...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 11 2009

Time: 1:38PM

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So does that mean we will go 3-6-1, to accomodate all these midfield players we have???
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11/09/2009 13:51:00

Yh I think 4-2-2 is the best option. But with Dindane injured it looks like we will have to start with Smith or even Utaka.
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11/09/2009 13:54:00

I hope we can put out more than 9 though PFCMad ha. I would expect Freddy to start with Utaka if he goes 4-4-2, and no doubt we'll get to see Webber have a camio role.
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11/09/2009 14:06:00

Mr Rug....I just want too congratulate you on your pun! lol
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11/09/2009 14:14:00

Ah yh i meant to put 4-4-2, silly me.
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11/09/2009 14:36:00

Does that just mean he's gonna play the same formation but call it 4-3-3 instead of 4-5-1?
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11/09/2009 14:42:00

Hart has been promising attacking football now he has to deliver, 3 points are needed and must be got; no more excuses! If we don't play an attacking formation after Harts promises and with the previous " footballing reasons" and Gekas drivel you would have to conclude the man lies. 3 points are needed.
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11/09/2009 15:04:00

I'll beleive it when i see it - but we do have the players now, so Hart really does have no excuses!
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11/09/2009 15:15:00

ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK - Then you may see some of the fair-weather supporters come back! Looking forward to the game, hope he doesn't dissapoint me/us ! PUP
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11/09/2009 15:18:00

Lovin' the title!
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11/09/2009 19:10:00

i would like to see 4,4,2 but i suspect i will see 4,5, 1 LOL or some wierd 9,1 formation or some other pastry shape Mr's Hart puts on the top of his pies - praps a 2 decorative leaf formation; yep ive been in the pub
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11/09/2009 19:21:00

He will go for 4-5-1. In the middle he will play Mokoena, Brown and Boateng (or Mullins) and on the flanks Piqiuonne (RM) and O'Hara (LM) while Smith gets the nod to play upfornt. At the back: James, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Ben Haim, Belhadj. This should suit us fine, especially with some new hungry players looking to get off the scoring mark.
Pompey Malta
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11/09/2009 22:17:00

Agree with your team Malta but I think we will see a diamond midfield with O'Hara the creator and Mok the holder.. so it's 442 for me .. definately Piq & Smith ..
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