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Sonko - credit where it is due

I, and to be fair many others - not that I am trying to just 'cover myself' - have not been entirely 'convinced' by Ibrahima Sonko since his arrival on a season long loan from Stoke.

In fact a lot would not have minded him going back!

Although I must say that he has started improving and built on last weeks 'better' performance against Hull with another 'solid' one against Forest, and of course showed the threat that he could be in the opposition box by opening the scoring with a bullet header.

Steve Cotterill felt that without him we might have crumbled: 'Sonko was outstanding.

'He's come back into the team and played with the heart of a lion. We might have gone under without him.'

Whilst I am not going to get carried away and think that he is the 'superman' that he was sometimes named as, apparently, at Reading I do think that credit must be given where it is due.

And Sonko deserves credit for his performance against Forest.

His distribution is still woeful, then again I think everyone, including Sonko himself, know this - so making sure we play away from these weaknesses will help him, and of course us.

I am a big fan of Rocha John Rocha and thought he would 'walk' straight back into the side when fit, although perhaps this will not necessarily be the case...

That is certainly a GOOD thing if we can build up this level of competition for places, right?

I have to say we still look 'suspect' at the back, then again if we keep scoring more than we let in I will take that!


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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Sunday October 31 2010

    Time: 12:00PM

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    Could not believe Sonko scored! I'm really pleased his game is getting better as according to the papers he is a really nice man. Can't be many left in the first team who have not scored. Ashdown, Ward and Rocha. Any more anyone?
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    31/10/2010 01:19:00

    It was a quality header and a solid performance from the lad - fair play to him for staying so positive and waiting for his chance when Rocha replaced him in the team. Performances like that are exactly what win the fans over.
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    31/10/2010 12:25:00

    Yep fair do's to the man, all that needs to happen now is someone has to teach him to pass on the odd occasion.
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    31/10/2010 12:53:00

    The centre-backs Aaron Mokoena and Sonko were both very impressive, and was especially pleased to see the latter net his first Blues goal. I gave Sonko my MOTm award also thought that Dickinson had a good match as well. I never would have said that six weeks ago.
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    31/10/2010 17:19:00

    I have to put my hand up, I was one of the Sonko doubters. There was a time when I thought he was more of a liability than anything else. But credit where its due, his defending's getting better, and now he's even scored! Its great to see him coming good, long may it continue.
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    31/10/2010 19:15:00


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