Date:Tuesday October 5 2010
Pompey's equaliser on Saturday against Boro came as the result of a penalty for an incident involving Aaron Mokoena and Barry Robson.
An off-the-ball incident saw Robson's actions punished with the penalty and a red card although Mokoena revealed, to The News, that he actually caught the Boro man first as his frustration got the better of him.
So, Mokoena could have actually gone as well, if not in place of Robson had he not been more fortunate: 'I elbowed him and he chinned me. Unfortunately for him, the linesman only saw the time he punched me so it was a penalty.
'I think I got him in the neck or something but then he punched me. It was clear and the linesman saw it.
'The ball got cleared out and I did him as we were walking out of the box.
It was just frustration on my side. I wasn't trying to hurt him. Luckily for us, the linesman couldn't see me giving him an elbow.
'I'm not proud of that. That's not my game. That's not me and it's not part of the game. But I'm an honest person. That's how it happened and I have to tell it as it is.'
Whilst I applaud Moko's 'honesty' this is something that 'might' come back to haunt us, and him, later on so how wise his honesty will prove remains to be seen, sometimes some things are best left unspoken of...
He also confirmed that everything is now sorted on a new contract following a meeting on Friday and once he returns from international duty with South Africa he will sign the contract to extend his Fratton stay: 'I just have to sign the contract now.
'Unfortunately, I am away on international duty but I will sign it when I come back.
'It's a big relief. I have wanted to focus on my football and commit myself to this club and contribute. I have got absolutely no doubts about signing this contract. I just want to be here at this club.'
I am happy that he is as willing as he is to extend his stay with us as I am quite keen on the guy now. In all honesty I think few would be surprised if I said I would not have thought I would be thinking this way given my early thoughts on him when he signed - but he has grown on me, as he has most people, over the past 7-10-months or so.
My only slight reservations are that we will be tying a fairly good earner down to a long-term contract - and this is something that often cost us in the past and left us with players that eventually were not playing but stayed to draw their high earnings in the latter stages of their careers, that said I am not sure that Moko is that sort of players that would be content to take his money and do nothing for it.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Tuesday October 5 2010
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