Date:Wednesday January 27 2010
Much like Avram Grant, who was back talking again now - to sky sports, I was not quite sure if the draw with West Ham was 'a point won' or 'a point lost' for us?
Although from the point of view of a side struggling for points, at home, against a team you would think you 'could' get something from this is 3pts dropped then again I guess at the end of the day when you are 1-0 down with time running out it is a point gained!
Either way Grant was pleased with the fighting spirit, and again like me and most others in Fratton last night I would think, was not sure how West Ham scored to take the lead: 'both - we wanted the three points, we could bring the three points but they scored a goal, I don't think even the player meant to score the goal, but they scored a goal and we needed to show again a lot of character and I'm very impressed by the players I must say - very, very impressed.'
'They kept fighting, showed a lot of spirit and played good football.
'We did a good job on the goal and could have scored two goals more.'
We had a 'slightly' stronger looking bench this time at least as Richard Hughes and Tal Ben-Haim were able to take places on this, at their own insistence - despite literally only just returning to training...
Fighting until the end of the season is something that he wants, and expect to get: 'I say always to the players, in football maybe sometimes in life, you can see the character of the people in bad times, in difficult times and it is a very difficult time I must admit for the club, for everybody but I ask them - and they are doing it - not to give up, to show spirit to keep fighting.
'It is not easy to kill us - everybody thinks that we will come to the game and we will give up.
'We will not give up until the end of the season. And I hope we will stay (in the top flight).'
Rugs final thoughts
I do think, that as the home team - especially against a side that we 'could' have beaten, we should have been a little more adventurous and gone for it from the off.
Failing that we 'should' have looked to change it sooner than we did, although again we did not really have a lot to change it with did we?
Had it been me I would have got Anthony Vanden Borre on much earlier, in fact I would have started with him! I would also have got Matty Ritchie on to have given us natural width on both flanks, something we YET AGAIN seriously lacked...
One thing that I know is we WILL need to seriously improve at the weekend or Citeh will spank us! And will HAVE to take chances we get, not waste them as we did at least three golden opportunities against West Ham.
We ALSO need to hope we can arrange a couple of loan deal as well, as Kevin-Prince Boateng will serve a suspension by my reckoning, so that will leave us with the most creative influence down, even if he did not have his best game last night...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Wednesday January 27 2010
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