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!
PLAY UP POMPEY!