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Grant reflects on Hull win

All the talk prior to the Hull game was of a 'weakened side' being fielded by Avram Grant yet this was not something that happened, nor was it something that he said was realistically going to happen: 'what is a weak team?

'We had six players out through injury. As long as I'm here we will come to every game with a high spirit. You don't have to give up.

'Football is more than football. It's very easy to break people and a team in difficult moments. You can only do what we did with the right spirit.'

He says that the meeting that was held with the players this week was about a 'professional approach' for the rest of the season and a need to do what was required 'on the pitch'.

You can argue, overall, that we have almost been forced to field relatively weakened sides all season though, right?

All in all though, following the 3-2 win - yep, a rarity I know but we did win and scored twice in a minute going from 2-1 down to 3-2 up in the final minutes - Grant felt that we did the premier league 'proud': 'the Premier League can be proud that this game is an ambassador for them, not the people in the office making the decisions against football.

'I think we are doing a great favour to the Premier League and to football. If we play with our heads down, the fans would not come and that would be bad for the league.

'We are trying to do our best for Portsmouth after the wrong decision was made against us. It was a decision to play until the end.'

It makes a change doesn't it, down and out - although in many ways I felt little at that point anyway - we turn it around and now the sun is shining this Sunday morning. Yep, it has been a good weekend!

Now, if only we could beat Chelski on Wednesday...

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 21 2010

Time: 10:00AM

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I'm uncomfatable with this let's blame someone else approach. Reasons why we lost 9 points, we went into administration cos didn't have the finance in place to fund the spending and secondly, we went into administration cos we didn't have the finance in place to fund the spending. Not the PL's fault and those rules were well known all the time we aspired to joint the PL club and were in place last year and next year. Reasons we are getting relegated, Pompey haven't won enough games. Pompey have frequently not put in enough effort, think Fulham, Brum in the league, Pool and many others. Pompey have played some strange tactics, have frequently been too negative and simply haven't created or taken their chances. These are the manager and players responsibility not the PL.
russellm
Avram Grant, fight for this collapsed club, like a lion and want to gain the best for his club!!! just one that does not care enough for his club, can come against it. And more than this, Avram Gtant, against all odds, changed things around, after pompey sent away players in the transfer window, after the crisis that occured with the knowledge of the players, that this is it, no more future for many of them next year in the club. he was manage against all odds and logic, to get more points, than the other rivals to the bottom, that their clubs, have easy future and their players know, that they could stay in the club, if they stay in the league(and not to mention wembley). I can see maybe, just few managers in the world, that can maintain a collapsed club and even to achieve more points than the rivals, when their clubs is in a collapsed status and not to mention rhe heroic achievement in the cup. Avram Grant conradicts, all the psychology books, he is a magician.
alonrose
I love Avram for his attitude, I'm really pleased he is our manager through this current adversity, and the glory of the cup run and the recent wins reflect well on him. But I do wish he'd stop belly-aching about the 9 points. I'm prepared to take them on the chin - they are the price of going into administration, which was what it took to stave off the winding up order, and I don't think i'm the only Pompey fan who thinks that way. But well done Avram for firing up the players and for the pride that drove to that excellent win against Hull. Wednesday night is Avram's revenge night!
tracyc
Just a bl00dy shame we hadn't had the 9 pts deducted but we have, so may as well take some crap with us. Our win just goes to show that once they crosss that line, heaven only knows what's going to happen.
storagematt
 

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