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4-1, in your own backyard! O'Hara & James reflect

David James, who pulled off a string of world-class - and I do not think it would be over the top to say world-class saves - to keep us in the game against Scum, knows how important it was for 'the important half' of Hampshire to win: 'it is an important day for the FA Cup and Hampshire - well the important half!'

Looking at 'what our future will be' is not something, not that you can ignore this of course, I want to spend too much time look at over the next 24-hours really - as said I DO want to milk this for all its worth - although James' own 'instinct' tells him that things will be fine and we WILL take our place in the quarter finals, when asked on this issue he answered: 'my instinct says we will be. I think it is just too important for football as a whole.

'It is important that we stay in business and that Portsmouth keep flying the flag in the Premiership.'

I thought it was a tough call between James and Jamie O'Hara as to who was the man of the match, but most gave it to O'Hara who said this win was for the fans: 'we had to give something back to the fans today because its been a dire season, but today and all season, they have been fantastic.

The on-loan man pointed to the tactical changes that Avram Grant made at the break and the arrivals into the game in the 2nd half as the areas that made so much difference - which to be fair they did, now lets see this every week: 'the gaffer changed it at half time, we went three in midfield with one upfront, and that seemed to create more space for us to get on the ball.

'We hit them on the counter attack in the second half and killed them off.'

4-1, in your own backyard,
4-1, in your own backyard,
4-1, in your own backyard,
4-1, in your own backyard...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 14 2010

Time: 10:00AM

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Cracker! Unlike you I could not resist the chance to watch to watch their demolition live. Delighted to be able to return to work in scum with a smile on my dace. Aagree about the tactics too - scum had plenty of chance s due to lumping the ball forward and a somewhat casual approach on the ball from us at times. Precious little quality from the deckchairs despite their chances. Quality showed through in the end.
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14/02/2010 10:37:00

Just looking forward to the draw now ... Let's have another Southern club.. Reading or Palace or Fulham should any of those get through .. We can leave the likes of Spurs or Chelsea to the final !
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14/02/2010 10:45:00

Me too wakey - well Eastleigh actually. Tactics won the game and as they tired after over committing themselves, pace. The use of Quincy was a stroke of managerial genius, fans were calling for Kanu or Freddy P, The were wrong and AG was right.
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14/02/2010 10:48:00

So I presume that the semi's are at Wembley. So a kind home draw in the quarter's will do. Hard to imagine with all that is happening, we are just one game from going back to Wembley.
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14/02/2010 11:02:00

The formation to me seemed more like 4,3,3 but in the first half we were poor and I think the manager has to take responsibility for that, the players can't play the diamond or 4,4,2, the midfield couldn't link to the front and kept colliding with each other. We nearly went a goal down two minutes into the second half and that seemed to wake us up. It seems highly likely we will go into administration now, if only to avoid a winding up order, but that will see us with a fresh start and a fresh chance for next season. I'm off to ocean village today; where's my Pompey shirt! Singing 4-1 on your own backyard
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14/02/2010 11:08:00

Sorry for the spelling in my last post - typing on my phone was a pain this morning. Home draw is my request for today Lord, and of course Chelsea to draw spuds.
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14/02/2010 11:31:00

i DO NOT want spurs, home or away as jamie will have to miss out - it would be cruelest of all 'if' we made the final to face them as he would miss that too...
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14/02/2010 12:06:00

Well Matt, I am amazed. You are the only fan who has said it: We are just one match away from going BACK to Wembley. I only felt the realisation of it myself, last night.
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14/02/2010 17:46:00

I'm really hoping someone else puts Spuds out, I don't want to have to meet them in the cup without Jamie, and Bolton had a rock solid chance to do it today and blew it, i was praying for a Matty Taylor long range special, but it didn't come. But if we are going to go out to Spurs, for it to happen in the final would be especially cruel. Can Fulham taken them out? . . Maybe, lets hope.
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