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Poor finishing is not bad luck

Aaron Mokoena my friend, the misses that we seem to be punished for this season have nothing to do with bad luck!

Whilst I agree with him that we do need a touch more luck, and also agree that the spirit and attitude cannot be faulted, some of the finishing that we have seen from our 'strikers' this season has been abysmal and you cannot put these misses down to luck, merely poor finishing...

Aruna Dindane missed a couple of sitters at the weekend with Freddy P and David Nugent - before he was moved on - guilty of some horrendous misses as well earlier in the season, so all-in-all this is what is costing us at the moment.

I am not looking to shift the blame onto the strikers, as it is my thinking that you win as a team and lose as a team - as the saying goes there is no I in team, but they are paid to score goals, are they not? Granted we have seen some misfortune but you cannot and will not win games without finding the back of the net.

We are now creating the chances, and players are getting into the positions to score them they are just missing them! A little more composure at times, less haste and all that and at times a more clinical finish and we will laughing as we climb the table - the more we fail to convert the more we will get punished.

They always say that it is better for strikers to get into positions and miss them than not get into this positions at all, but the more they do miss the more you would start thinking you wish they would not - it is a double edged knife in many ways, although I am sure, at least I hope, we will start putting more of these away very soon!

Better teams will punish you for not taking your chances, and I guess all in all this is what we have found this season, certainly against Citeh, Villa, Everton and Spurs - all games we could have at least drawn, if not won but for better finishing. Then again others such as Fulham Birmingham and Bolton merely punished us by capitalising on mistakes and ensuring they made the most of luck of chances they got, so Mokoena is right in some ways with the luck when you think about it.

As said previously we really need to bring in a quality striker in January, but unless we take chances in the meantime we run the risk of being cut adrift and then we have no hope of a quality striker arriving!

This weekend against Hull, this is when we start taking the chances! I know we need to. Come on guys, it is time for you to start tucking more of these chances away so we are not left to rue missed opportunities...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 19 2009

Time: 6:19PM

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again not slagging off the strikers too much but lets start taking these chances instead of missing so many - lets start making out own luck.
pompeyrug
If the strikers suddenly turn a corner like benji did then the goals will be flowing soon enough, lets just hope they don't take as long!!! Like you say Rug it's not bad luck missing from 5 yards out, just rubbish finishing. I still think we need a proven scorer in January, any ideas who people? PUP
moley2
I agree rug. (The Wiki def of 'luck': a belief in good or bad fortune in life caused by accident or chance which happens beyond a person's control.) Bad finishing is not bad luck, poor defending is not bad luck. A deflection resulting in a goal is bad luck (or good luck if it's in our favour). You win games by scoring more goals than your opponents - simple really!
PFCblue
Bloody right Rug, the role of luck in football is very overplayed; how many times have we had keepers " who plyed a blinder/ out of their socks/ game of their lives" it used to happen to Benji until he went to shooting school then all of a sudden keepers weren't so lucky!
russellm
Nothing to do with Bad Luck, just poor finishing by poor players. Excuses, Excuses!
bluedr
i think calling them 'poor players' is alittle harsh, right?
pompeyrug
Before we all deride our strike force, let's consider the role of confidence in being a good striker. Strikers can go a long time without the merest sniff, and then all of a sudden it clicks. I have watched each and every game this season and I have felt that we have come across some goalies having their game of the season, or hit the bar, etc. It may not be luck, but it is a pretty decent proxy for it if you ask me. Let's keep faith in an ever improving side that has been thrown together at short notice. Well that's my opinion anyway.
Pompeytim
 

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