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Can Hart afford to leave Dindane out?

Aruna Dindane made his Pompey debut on Tuesday and there were some encouraging signs albeit, and with the greatest of respect to Carlisle, only against a league one side - that said they, for large parts, looked the better side to be honest!

He showed a good and intelligent movement, good pace and looks as though he has an eye for goal - although his goal was simple at least he was showing the instinct to be in the right place at the right time, something we have not seemed to see from our forwards this season, that 'strikers instinct'.

With all this in mind it is little wonder that Paul Hart thinks he is going to be 'very important' to us...

Whilst I can see why Hart is keen to 'be careful putting him into the Premier League' I think it would be foolish not to at least name him in the squad for the game against Everton. If the main concerns are about his 'match fitness' then the only way you get this is by playing - unless we have greater concerns about his previous injury problems than we let on?

The premier league is physical, but for me you get no sterner test than a game against a lower league side - they pull no punches as they want to 'prove a point' so will always give you a tough game, and in general the pitches are a lot heavier, Dindane seemed to come through 70 minutes or so he did fairly well, although clearly tired towards the end as would be expected.

Danny Webber must surely be lacking match fitness, and has had injury problems, but he has had no problems playing him, so the reasons given must be clearer and the same for all - to be fair to Webber I think the guy has done ok, and think he will continue to do a job for us, he looked lively against Villa as I felt he did against Carlisle and scored a very well taken goal, so Hart certainly has plenty to ponder with the forward he had to select from!

It is a tough one, if Hart went for it and gave Dindane a start against Everton and he broke down he will cop the flack - if he does not start him he will also get it, so in many ways he is left again in a 'no win situation'. To be honest and fair I think he would be justified in a way in not starting him but I can see no benefits at all of leaving him out of the squad altogether - that decision may well seal Hart's fate...

They say fortune favours the brave, I think it would be a foolish - forget brave - person not to at least have Dindane on the bench at the weekend, but a 'calculated risk' in maybe starting him with the view to taking him off could pay off.

Like I say it is a tough call, but with something needed this weekend starting him could be a risk worth taking because as much as is humanly possible this weekend really does need the 'strongest side' put out as we need to get something, but we should not be looking to settle for a 0-0 draw at home! I would take a draw but if we go in looking for this the chances are we will get beaten, if we defend better and go in with a positive frame of mind looking to win we have a very good chance, even against a free scoring Everton side - Hart it is over to you mate...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 24 2009

Time: 12:21PM

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Hart'll rest him, we'll loss, he'll get the sack, then Dindane will play, score loads and keep us up!
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24/09/2009 13:20:00

I'd take CharlieCHimes suggestion. Realistically he needs to start off with 2 up front and i'd be willing to give Webber a chance to use his pace to tire the Everton defenders then with 25 minutes to go bring on Dindane who might be able to find a bit of space with their tiring back line.
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24/09/2009 13:31:00

Simples then Charlie!!

They will have to assess Aruna's fitness and any reaction to the game and then make a decision surely.
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24/09/2009 13:34:00

if I was the manager ... which Im not ... but as well all like to think were better ... id assess dindane fitness throughout the next 2 days. the likely answer back from the physios/coaches will be that he is "not fit enough for 90 mins" ... this ponders the reserves vs 1st team conundrum. the problem is we have been lacking goals and the formation has not held up. when we have been 2-0 and reverted to a mroe attacking formation we have at least posed a threat. the argument is that more pressure would be put on the defence ... yeh, but without attacking you are inviting the team to attack anyway. villa werent really in the game 2nd half, carlisle werent in the game much at 1-1. it HAS to be 4-4-2 (no fancy version of it either!) and it would be PIQ DIN for at least the first half. then depending on performance/result up to that time I would assess fitness. the thing is I cant see dindane lasting more than say 50-60 mins, I would then sub in WEB for DIN and then again depending on result sub KAN (if winning) or SMI (if drawing) or UTA (if losing) ... yeh but we wouldnt have 3 strikers on the bench. we have to BELIEVE we can win. anyway im chattin rubbish unless you guys say otherwise =)
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24/09/2009 16:44:00

i would take off PIQ for KAN / SMI / UTA ... sorry that was missing =)
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24/09/2009 16:46:00

tbh i think for me utaka has to be at least part of the squad he seemed to play really well in mid week and the position of just behind the strikers worked nicely, although i would like to see him as 1 of the front 2, maybe utaka and dindane/ webber or maybe with Piq i think could work quite nicely. but i'm not too worried about our attack atm is more about weather our defence can not make any ridiculous school boy errors or give away a damn penalty (seriously if belhadj concedes another 1 he should be made to apologise to the fans directly!)
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24/09/2009 18:33:00

I would go with Piqiuonne and Dindanne up front, having Smith on the right side of midfield with an option to go for Utaka later during the game. On the left, O'Hara will do a good job and a midfield of Brown and Boateng will be the best possible. However, Hart will play Mokoena somwhere, and I hope that he will be playing at the back, making space for someone decent in the middle.
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24/09/2009 23:20:00

I think unless Hart wants to look like an inconsistent fool he has to put Dindane on the bench perhapse for a 20 minute spell. So Charliechimes probably has it right then.
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25/09/2009 08:36:00


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