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The Herminator hails achievement/feels pain

I could write about the Balram Chainrai talk from the weekend - do you know what though? I really do not want to! I think that whatever impression people want to have of this guy is up to them - in all honesty I have mine and all in all will not change it, but to be honest I am fed up debating this, that and the other! It has been driving me mad, so 'as much as possible' I really do want to go back to talking about football, and what is going on as far as actions go 'on it' as opposed to 'off it', or course you cannot 'ignore' things but something's, such as that from yesterday, I prefer to leave really...

So, this brings me nicely onto thoughts The Herminator has had about our progression into the FA cup semi final.

This achievement is something he - and I would say he was probably the man of the match at the weekend - says eclipses that from 2-years ago: 'without a doubt it's a greater achievement than two years ago.

'Even though we beat Manchester United away that season, with the changes of personnel at the club and everything else going on, it's a great achievement.

'It's been frustrating because we didn't know who the owners were or what was going on.

'There have been negative vibes and doom and gloom throughout the season. But, when you go over the white line, you concentrate on playing football. '

You cannot disagree can you?

2-years ago we had 'no worries', we had a team full of 'superstar names' and everything, at least of the surface, was 'fine and dandy'...

Fast forward to the present day, taking into account everything that has happened in these 2-years since, especially the past 18-months or so, for us to have returned to Wembley for the semi final is something else, right?

As much as semi finals SHOULD be played elsewhere, we all know they are not now, so Wembley is where it is at - so I think, as much as these visits before meant to me this one in April against Fulham or Spurs will mean something more really.

'If' we could return in May then I think that one would probably mean most of all...

He has also had plenty to say on the current situation at the club.

For him, the ones that he feels most sorry for are the backroom staff who will inevitably lose their jobs - although he hopes the axe is wielded wisely - and of course the fans: 'I've been at clubs with financial problems before, but nothing like this, and of course I'm angry about what has happened here.

'It's so sad that people will be losing their jobs and we can only hope the administrator will be nice and not start sacking them left right and centre.

'Footballers are lucky. Even if things go t**s up, we get another club. But Portsmouth belongs to the fans and all the people who have been working here for years.

'It has been a strange couple of years and our current situation was probably inevitable when you look at the players we were signing.

'That's where it's all gone wrong, you need someone with real deep pockets to put money into the club and we haven't had that.'

Again, can you disagree with him here too?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 8 2010

Time: 10:00AM

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Hermann was an absolute mountain on Saturday and deserves great credit for that.
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08/03/2010 10:48:00

As a fan said near me on Saturday every time the came over he would rise like a salmon and come down like a bag of coal!!
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08/03/2010 11:03:00

When will we playthe semi; on the 10th of April or on the 11th?
Pompey Malta
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08/03/2010 13:58:00

He was my vote for man of the match, really strong and it was his sharp tackle that sent the ball forward to OHara and from then in to Freddie's for his second.
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08/03/2010 14:50:00

Missed the Chanrai story, all I know is Admin Andy has told ESPN that he has received secure finance money from Chan so we can complete all our fixtures including the FA cup final; was there another story?
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08/03/2010 15:20:00

Going back to what Herman said about 'we had a team full of superstar names' when we won the cup 2 years ago - we may not have the names as such now, but we are beginning to see that we do have real superstars. Herman is one, always up for it, full of personality, Jamie O'Hara is certainly one, he may be here on loan but he's Pompey through and through. Jamo always has been a superstar. Freddy is emerging as a hero. Young Wilson is revelling in playing in the right position, Utaka is better when playing as a striker - and as for Avram, total legend! I think I'd rather have our current team of real heros than the so-called superstars we had before.
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08/03/2010 19:20:00

totally agree tracyc
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09/03/2010 06:38:00


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