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Grant reflects on a rare win

Avram Grant knows that we did not play well against Burnley, especially in the 1st half - where we lost out in most areas, but thought we improved in the 2nd half, but the most important thing was that we did win - wins, and not performances are what we need.

After Aruna Dindane missed a 1st half penalty, which he and Kevin-Prince Boateng had fought over it, you thought here we go again! But quite WHY they were arguing over this was strange, surely this is something that should be organised BEFORE a game? Well, not for Grant! He says the players decide this - well, I suggest that they maybe decide this before the game in future eh!

See Grant's view on the above and more, including thoughts on character and continued belief in 'miracles' to keep us up, in this sky sports video below...



To be honest, quite strangely, I came away from this game - despite the win - less convinced than I had been that we would actually stay up! For me, at times I felt that the unity and togetherness that we had seen for most of the season was not there, with this lacking and confidence clearly at a low for most we looked poor, very, very poor in fact.

I think that it is perhaps all the off the field rubbish chipping away and wearing people down, but - and most will know that this is NOT my way of thinking, negatively - if we stay up I think I will be surprised now, even after a win...

At least for once we won after playing so poorly, so that is something to cling to - we have played well most times this season and usually got nothing to show for it, so a poor performances but 3pts cannot be bad can it?

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 6 2009

Time: 9:10AM

Your Comments

Still think we were crap ... but three points and a poor performance is better for morale than a good performance and a loss .. the table looks a little bit better this morning too .. Only 4 points from safety again ..
Chix
Bolton v West Ham could be a crucial match for us, shame its the night before we have to travel to Chelsea!! Hammers go to Birmingham same day we go to Sunderland - our fate could be (pretty much) decided before the New year !!
southportpompey
southportpompey - our fate won't be decided untill the end of the season - and as run ins go, we have a fairly easy one, as we get the tough teams out of the way in the next month - when we are traditionaly bad anyway!
pompeycarpet
Rug I think there are a lot of people feeling just the way you do, me included. And its not suprising we're not feeling positive, with all that's been going on both off and on the field. But I suppose we have to try, and after all a win is a win! This was a massive 6pointer, and we took it! And carps is right, it isn't over till the end of the season.
tracyc
We're now on the same number of points as this time in 2005-6, and we all know what happened then. Can this be the Great Escape 2?
PFCblue
Well...on paper Blue, we should be able to do it. The team we had then wasn't astonishingly better...But....we did have a certain HR and the amazing Pedro Mendes. Time will tell..eh!
cornypomp
I certainly think that we give the ball away to cheaply and if it wasn't for a bit of luck with thier useless strikers and also the two world class saves from Begovic, we would be right in the s**t. The only saving grace for us is that it is so tight above us and they are all cr**p as well. I am convinced we will stay up, as long as we can play as we did against the likes of Everton and Wigan.
blarmy
I certainly think that we give the ball away to cheaply and if it wasn't for a bit of luck with thier useless strikers and also the two world class saves from Begovic, we would be right in the s**t. The only saving grace for us is that it is so tight above us and they are all cr**p as well. I am convinced we will stay up, as long as we can play as we did against the likes of Everton and Wigan.
blarmy
 

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