Vital Football

Grant and O'Hara reflect on cup win

Grant and O'Hara reflect on cup win

Avram Grant, who is 'though' to have dropped a hint that he could stay beyond this season before the game, told The Pompey Site that the win over Birmingham will stay with him forever.

He feels that the win, and with it a place in the last 4 of the FA cup - and of course another day out at Wembley - is something that everyone deserves and again made him immensely proud: 'this club deserves more than any other to be at Wembley.

'Some moments in your life you will always remember. I think this is one of the moments.

'Football is more than football - you see all these supporters and they are so happy.
As coaches and players we have a big opportunity to make them happy.

'I came into football because of the passion of the game, because of the emotion. When I see so many people happy with so many emotions after the game, it makes me so proud and happy.'

As we all know the 'off-the-field' issues continue to rumble on but one thing that he says CANNOT be broken is our 'spirit', as was shown again: 'you can break many things but you can't break our spirit. We will fight to the end. On top of that we're playing good football.

'I'm very proud. Look at players like Hermann Hreidarsson, who is 35 years old, and David James, who is 39, and how hard they work for the team and how much they wanted it.

'There are a lot of things going on off the pitch but we went out there and won the game - and that makes me feel very proud too.'

I think that it is fair to say that the 1st half was not a classic by any means but as Grant himself says I think it was more about containment at 1st, which we did well, before going for the jugular in the 2nd: 'we knew we were playing against a good team in eighth place in the Premier League and that it wouldn`t be easy.

'But we tried to make it difficult for them. We were much better in the second half and deserved to win.

'We changed some tactics in the second half that made it easier to control the game and be dangerous.'

Of course this game was not without some 'controversy' as Birmingham clearly has a legal goal ruled out after it has crossed the line.

Even so Grant, and once again can you really argue, feels that we deserved this bit of luck as we have not really had much this season have we: 'this season we've had more than 10 very important decisions against us that have cost us more than 10 points. So one time it has gone for us.'

Job done!

Wembley, Wembley...

As for Jamie O'Hara he, like many I guess, finds it 'crazy' that our side in our position in the league and the state of things off-the-field has made it to the semi final.

Although now that we have, if we give a performance like we did in the 2nd half against Birmingham, he feels there is no reason we cannot go all the way: 'if we play like we did in the second half against Birmingham then there's no reason why we can't go all the way.

'It was a fantastic atmosphere. The place was rocking with a sell-out crowd and I think in the second half we showed that we deserved to get to Wembley.

'We looked a little bit nervous before the break. It was a big game and everyone knew that. We just had to calm down, go out there and show a bit of confidence. Once we got the first goal I think you could see the confidence running through the team.

'It's nice for everyone to be able to take a bit of happiness from the season.'

One game at a time eh, a return to Wembley again is a good start!

Another thing we need to do is continue to build momentum - wins breed confidence and this is now back-to-back victories for us, bring on the Brummies again on Tuesday I say...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


Bookmark and Share


Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Trust



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday March 7 2010
Time: 9:13AM

Comments

0
it's nice to see you winning , chelsea vs pompey final at wemblry would be a great match
adrogbafan
07/03/2010 09:34:00
0
Bugger that! Pompey v Reading more like!
gandor1
07/03/2010 11:00:00
0
Reading are the sort of side that could upset things...and that would be v humiliating. I'd rather get Stoke as we know what they're like, or Fulham.
hammersmithblue
07/03/2010 11:20:00
0
Just NOT Spuds eh!!
eastneydave
07/03/2010 11:51:00
0
Brilliant result! 'What goal?'
FootyFans
07/03/2010 12:00:00
0
Fed up of hearing about this 'goal'. So what, given them it, we won 2-1 . . . OK?
tracyc
07/03/2010 13:22:00
0
Ahhh, lovely to have some wonderful news to talk about. So the light at the end of the tunnel is Wembley.
storagematt
07/03/2010 16:23:00
0
We don't want to draw the spuds as OHara can't play and we won't win without him.
russellm
07/03/2010 18:09:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...6th February

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 6th February.

Blues MotM at Morecambe

The 1-1 draw at Morecambe will always be remembered for 'that goal' from bloody Barry Roche with it his goal, deep into injury-time that denied us a precious 3pts at the Globe Arena.

LEYTON ORIENT PREVIEW

Pompey return to familiar surroundings hoping to quickly move on from Tuesday night's gutting 94th minute leveller from Morecambe keeper Roche.

Leyton Orient provide the test, a side 9th in th

What A Sickener!

What A Sickener! By Terraceman who remembers 1984.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Profile
eastneydave
Profile
paultsmouth
Profile
Chix
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Pompey v Leyton Orient?
Suggested By: pompeyrug
Pompey win76%
Draw12%
Leyton Orient12%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Northampton 27 18 4 5 58 18
2 Plymouth 29 17 5 7 56 17
3 Oxford 27 14 9 4 51 19
4 Bristol Rovers 29 14 5 10 47 10
5 Portsmouth 27 11 12 4 45 21
6 Accrington 25 13 6 6 45 14
7 Mansfield 29 12 8 9 44 8
8 Wycombe 27 12 7 8 43 6
9 Leyton Orient 29 11 10 8 43 4
10 Wimbledon 28 11 9 8 42 7
11 Cambridge 29 11 8 10 41 2
12 Exeter 28 11 7 10 40 -1
13 Carlisle 25 10 9 6 39 3
14 Morecambe 29 10 6 13 36 -2
15 Notts County 27 10 6 11 36 -6
16 Luton 29 9 8 12 35 0
17 Crawley 29 10 4 15 34 -14
18 Barnet 28 9 6 13 33 -8
19 Stevenage 29 6 10 13 28 -14
20 Newport 28 6 9 13 27 -11
21 Yeovil 29 5 9 15 24 -14
22 Hartlepool 25 7 3 15 24 -18
23 Dag & Red 27 4 8 15 20 -20
24 York 27 4 8 15 20 -21
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Feb 6 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Bristol Rovers (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Barnet (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Exeter City (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug29
2.Jimsmithswig18
3.FrattonBlue11
4.storagematt9
5.Pompeytim7
6.Copnor437
7.PompeyJake3
8.PFCblue3
9.mslorna483
10.Emsworthianblue3