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Grants reflects on Chelski defeat

Pompey coming away from Stamford Bridge with nothing at all will not really surprise anyone will it, as this is what most expected - although in the end I think we did deserve something, right?

This is what Avram Grant made of things...

Grant enjoyed his return to Chelski, well everything except the result - as he felt that we deserved something more than the 2-1 defeat we came away with, especially as we had some VERY good chances in the 2nd half.

Positives are something that he feels we can take from this, and rightly so, with him also of the thought that he has seen enough over the games that he has been in charge to leave him with belief that we can turn things around.

See Grant's views on the above and more, including thoughts on the reception that he received from the Chelski fans, in this sky sports video below...



I think in the same interview, but not shown, Grant defended Marc Wilson - who saw a rash challenge punished with a penalty for the Chelski winner. Yep, it was a mistake, and yep ultimately it did cost us but you could also argue that missed chances from Kevin-Prince Boateng did likewise...

Although, and whilst some constructive criticism of both should happen, I think going by the 'you win and lose as a team' motto is one we should adopt and focus more on the positives we can draw from this.

Again we were poor in the 1st half but Grant, once again, made some subtle changes to turn things around and this nearly, nearly saw us gain our first point(s) from Chelski at Stamford Bridge in the premier league - but it was not meant to be.

In all honesty my belief that we can stay up had waivered a little recently, although I now take such heart from this that I feel if we can get 4pts - a bare minimum of 3pts, which MUST include victory over West Ham - from our next 2 games, and 6pts is possible, we can do this, we really can!

We need to cut out the needless errors and make the most of more chances - not to mention be bolder at home - but this is a situation we CAN repair! People will point to the African nations as a drain, but that is a bridge we will have to cross when we get to it, but is a bridge we have known about for a long time...

Bring on the bin dippers at the weekend!

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 17 2009

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

The same song we used to sing in the Hart days, Rug. Played well, could/should have got point(s). Second class players getting PL wages.
PFCblue
do we not have to remember who we were playing tho blue? this was chelski afterall - granted they might not have played well, but was that down to us not letting them? had these thoughts been reflected after a loss against someone like, i do not know west ham, burnley, wolves, hull etc. that i think we CAN expect to get something from i would think more along those lines, as it was chelski - not that you accept defeat - i am more willing to accept what is said, take positives from it and move on...
pompeyrug
Chelsea played badly and are 'off-colour' for some reason, and have been for a few matches now. They were there for the taking but once again strikers and defenders let us down. 30 minutes of half-decent pressure isn't enough in a 90 minute match. It's been said before enough times, if you don't/can't take your chances you don't win matches.
PFCblue
fiar comments i guess blue, altho - speaking for myself - i think i have to admit that i was always looking at the bin dippers and west ham as games that i thought were more 'winnable' and would then give me a better idea of what really is to come, if the same happens against these sides, with the same outcome then i would be far less understanding than i have been of this defeat...
pompeyrug
Positives for me. We frustrated Chelsea. Gave ourselves a chance in a game nobody gave us a chance in. Made me feel with a crowd behind us Sat we will get another chance to get points. Without James I feel we have a really good goalkeeper in Begovic.
race
I was lucky enough to be at Stamford Bridge but using a mate's season ticket so the only one in the East Stand who (forgetting myself) stood up cheering with arms aloft when Big Fred slotted the equaliser in. I sat down pretty sharpish. Chelsea fans crap - Pompey fans were bloody marvellous. I was so proud to hear them singing throughout. The only time the people near me opened their beaks was to complain about Deco (who was crap). I though Jamie O Hara was magnificent again with the sort of energy and drive that, if only we had a few more with, we'd be in a better state. How my heart sank to see Muggins and Mokoena warming up but I suppose the job was to stop Chelski from playing rather than going for a win. It was a fair result, I thought.
hammersmithblue
And another thing...I was struck by how when we had Johnson, Campbell, Distin, Diarra, Kranjcar, Defoe and Crouch playing, they stuffed us 4-0 TWICE but with our little church-hall-jumble-sale rag bag team we very nearly nicked a point at the Bridge. Life, eh, what a laugh....
hammersmithblue
Good point Hammersmith. We came within a whisker of getting a point at Stamford Bridge! I went 2 years ago (it was hot that day!) when we lost 1-0 but deserved a draw, but at least this time we scored. Gutted that Wilson gave away the penalty, but he's young and inexperienced and hopefully he'll learn and anyway what's done is done. Mind you Begovic is young and inexperienced as well and he's rapidly becoming a superstar! I hope none of the big clubs notice!
tracyc
Hey Hammersmith on tv last night when Pic scored I saw one guy stand up with his arms in the air in the middle of all the Chelsea lot Was that you?
race
Hope not...I am not a man.
hammersmithblue
...but I wasn't looking my best in that weather admittedly
hammersmithblue
lol sorry
race
Hello guys Its a great honor to be a Pompy fan in the last few weeks and just like you I cross my fingers with great hope for the upcoming few months. As I see it there is not much different between the last 10 teams in the EPL and after watching last night game I'm am more than optimistic. I'm taking with me the peace and quiet the players were playing, at some parts of the game the ball was passing real nice, no panic at all. That left me very optimistic; keep playing like that and the goals will come!!! O_V
israeli
 

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