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Hart breaking - boss on Everton defeat

No Paul Hart is not breaking, I just mean that the 1-0 defeat against Everton yesterday was heart breaking - but what did Hart have to say to sky sports after the defeat?

Lets take a look, with some of my own thoughts included...

'We played tremendously well, creating really good chances in the first half and in the second we should have scored.

'But with a spirit and performance like that, I thought the players were fantastic.

'We can't keep shooting ourselves in the foot but if we retain that spirit and continue to work like that we'll turn it around.

'The players have been excellent and I don't see any reason why they won't keep that going.'

If anything I think that Hart is being a bit unkind with his 'shooting ourselves in the foot' thoughts, but then again he will not want to be playing the 'we have been unlucky again' one I guess?

In as much as missing chances we created he is right with his thoughts though, by not taking these when they present themselves we are shooting ourselves in the foot...

He was not happy with the goal we conceded though, again maybe another reason for the 'shooting ourselves in the foot' train of thought: 'it wasn't great play from Everton. If the ball travels 40 yards it should be dealt with.

'Defensively we were generally very sound and our forward play was magnificent. Kevin-Prince Boateng was magnificent.

'We created many chances and should have finished better.'

Again I think he is right, although it was a good ball and a very good finish one of the two defender maybe should have cut the ball out - having seen the goal since I would also question Jamo a bit as it was not the finest piece of keeping in the world ever was it? That said, this is not a finger-pointing thing, as how can you really point fingers at anyone yesterday to be fair?

Rugs final thoughts

I do not really have a lot to say in summing up to be honest, there is absolutely no way we deserved to lose that game and I will challenge anyone that would say otherwise!

I would also challenge anyone that questions the players attitude, effort or commitment - it was spot on and I could not have asked anymore. As heart breaking as it will be to keep losing, if we keep doing that I will accept it really, this is what I ask from players and this is what we are getting. A few that moaned about this - commitment and effort etc - I heard a few behind me, who I think want to take a long hard look at things and asses what they define as 'they have not worked their b******s off!' This was what I heard them saying that the players had not done that...

As for Hart, the guy has taken a huge amount of flack - from myself included at times, and to be fair sometimes rightly so for his tactics and changes. Whilst a more orthodox 4-4-2 might have been better I cannot much fault the set-up to be honest, I certainly cannot fault the changes, which I thought were exactly the right ones to make, or at least had to be made for the sake of the team.

The players are clearly playing for Hart and the club, to make a change now would be ludicrous, the past 2-3 games have shown that the players are up for it and you retain hope that if/when we get that break something will change, and as long as Hart keeps getting things more right than wrong is it really something we need to change?

We are basically doing our pre-season during the season - we just have to hope, although lets be honest it is looking tough already, that we have not left ourselves too much to do when everything clicks into place, bring on the Wolves, a game we must win!

So much for 'not having a lot to say' in summing up eh...

On one of the trains home the ticket guy said that people had phoned The Quay knocking Hart, and the team - as usual I guess - but some were saying that Tommy Smith was rubbish and Kanu should start in his place? Sorry, but what is wrong with these people - clearly they were nowhere near the game and did not even watch it on the box!

I think that fact that the fans gave everyone a standing ovation even in defeat says it all!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 27 2009

Time: 9:44AM

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27/09/2009 09:56:00

As for the fans behind you Rug, you on about the one with the annoying voice who keeps f-ing & blinding yet knows nothing...him & his crew! Thy are so f-ing annoying, he sounds like the Peperami animal, but far from entertaining like my 2006 'Fanimal'!
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27/09/2009 10:05:00

Good article Rug. The man who said Tommy Smith was rubbish wasn't even at the match and he was shot down in flames by successive fans who followed with their comments, and rightly so It was a priviledge to be at the match yesterday. Paul Hart is doing something right, he really has those players fired up, its just such a shame we didn't score. My hubby had already given up going to the matches this time last year - but this year he hasn't missed one and has asked me if we were going to Wolves next week. I hope it all comes good for Paul Hart - he deserves it, and so do the Players.
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27/09/2009 10:06:00

Gandor go to the Wolves game, Ms Penton and I are going to our first away game...Looking forward to it!
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27/09/2009 10:26:00

Ps. Tommy Smith summed up everything about us yesterday...A superb performance!!
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27/09/2009 10:28:00

Living abroad I could only watch the game on TV. ESPN. I was proud of the effort of all the players and all of you lot at the game. We were very unlucky not to score and for a side that is sitting at the bottom of the table we got huge applause form the ESPN crew. My Hubby is usually punching coconut trees after losing games but yesterday he just went to the fridge and opened a beer and said He couldn't of asked for more commitment than what was given. Lets hope they can carry this into the Wolves game.
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27/09/2009 11:04:00

Go on then Penton - I'll see what I can do.
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27/09/2009 11:21:00

F**K all of those who are tying to be negative about that game, it was beautiful to watch, had me sat on the edge of my seat screaming at the goggle box, I saw plenty to be happy with , and feel there are a couple of players who are really gonna shine Dindane/Boateng/Yebda, I now believe in my heart that we can turn this around. I should also mention that I too could only watch this on SKY (New Zealand) and the noise from the crowd just about for the duration of the match was Epic, keep it going guys, The Management, team and supporters did Pompey proud...Bring on the Wolves!!!!! PUP
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27/09/2009 12:01:00

Moving stuff from around he world. Need I add anything except Hart needs help with an experienced #2 as soon as possible. Someone said lady luck is on holiday in Gran Canaria the other day. Well Toast team member Fred has been sent to bring her home!!
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27/09/2009 18:14:00


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