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Grant on league cup exit

With players missing for Pompey, for various reasons, Avram Grant felt that it was always going to be a tough ask against Villa - who he said are a 'good side', which I would say is putting it mildly - but he felt the players, who have not had a lot of football recently, kept 'fighting', which pleased him.

Following this exit the league, until the FA cup anyway, becomes the priority and he feels that the squad 'without injuries' is good enough to get us to where we want to be - safety. Although he still hopes to be able to improve in the New Year.

See Grant's views on the above, and more, in this sky sports video below...



Players 'giving their best' was all that he could ask for and felt he got - quite clearly, that was not good enough and in all honesty this performance has not done a great deal to raise my optimism levels I must admit!

For me, I would not say that many of those that came into the side have actually done much to give Grant too many selection headaches for the weekend, and - without being harsh - I can only hope that some of these do not have to play against Burnley...

Defensively we were absolutely shocking, what has happened?

Whilst we were not watertight by any means under Paul Hart at least we seemed to have some shape and organisation about us but we have now shipped 8 goals in 2 games under Grant - so he seriously needs to be looking at this at the weekend.

I guess, that said 'if' we can adopt a 'we will score more goals than you approach', that worked - not that I am sure we can - I would not care how many we shipped!

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 2 2009

Time: 10:00AM

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'we will score more goals than you approach' lol rug. Thanks for brightening a somewhat dull start to my day.
PFCblue
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02/12/2009 09:31:00

i of course meant this with amusement in mind, some would say sarcasm :-)
pompeyrug
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02/12/2009 09:53:00

HAHA indeed rug. but even though we have shipped 8 goals in 2, we have played an outstanding Man u side but with a stupid amount of penalties and a very strong villa side with quite a few 2nd string players so i don't think theres much need to get too worried just yet, but i do think we need another left back, herman was terrible last night, absolutely shocking
pompeym@
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02/12/2009 12:30:00

M@ .. I disagree.. It is time to worry (just not to panic) .. Manchester United were not strong on Saturday just inspired at times.. but well below par .. As for Villa they never had their full strength team out last night and we made them look great .. As for Hermann sure he needs replacing based (esp. on last nigths performance) but we knew that in August and that's why we went for Nicky Shorey ... To be honest very few of them came out with any credit last night ... a big improvement is required for Saturday and it doesn't just rest on O'Haras and Boatengs shoulders ..
Chix
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02/12/2009 12:52:00

I think that the squads heads may have dropped since the departure of PH ! there seems to have been a genuine affinity with the guy and his players; now that too seems to have disappeared. Ah well, I guess AG will have his work cut out for him. "at least we can concentrate on the league" ! I just hope he's got it in him, I remain to be convinced......enter the perfect match - Burnley. Cross everything peeps, this could go either way and may end up quite messy
BarneyArmy
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