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I can accept losing, but...

Lets at least lose in 'the right way' - if there is such a thing!

By the right way I mean seeing 11 players, or at least the vast majority, giving it their all and looking like they want to be out there, and have been given a brief by the manager to be out there and give it '100%', that means they at least want to be out on the pitch trying to get a result.

Unfortunately, from where I stood at The Withdean, it 'seemed' quite apparent early on that this was not the brief...

I, and many others, have seen some dross over the years and you sometimes think 'what was the point', especially on the road, but the game at Brighton at the weekend was pitiful and genuinely had you, well me and many others, seriously questioning WHY we had bothered?

Of course you bother because it is your club and its in the blood but if I could go back and change my mind when it came to 6am, and wake up time, I would very much rather I had stayed in bed - then again who am I kidding eh, as I would not have...

'Shocking' I think is the word that best sums up the 'embarrassment' of the 3-1 defeat.

I have only seen what happened, as it happened, but why Dave Kitson allowed himself, a vastly experienced footballer, to be sent off in such a manor makes the mind boggle and as far as my own thinking of the guy goes does little to help what I am thinking of him!

Apart from the briefest of brief glimpses here and there his abject performances for the last 3-months or so have angered me - 'The Ginger Ninja' has been 'The Ginger Whinger' over this period, moaning and groaning and hardly putting in any effort, most of this has been saved for sulking.

I could not give a rats if he never scored for us again, of course strikers are often measured on goals, but its the 'effort' that I want to see from him, and we are not seeing anything like this. To be honest I can now see why he was not that popular at Stoke and why they wanted rid of him!

Us fans - as always - kept going until the bitter end, I would admit that the numbers did thin out a fair bit when Brighton found their injury time 3rd goal, but I think the thing that has angered me more than anything was the lack of appreciation shown to us from the players.

Fair dos, I can understand they would have been 'angry', 'disappointed', 'frustrated' and probably even 'embarrassed' - at least I would hope so - but for 2 from the playing and coaching staff to show any appreciation to the fans was poor!

I thought that it was only Carl Dickinson that came over, although I was told that another player did - Ken said who but I cannot remember who this was.

The silver lining though I got to see Tom Kilbey score, and that was enjoyable. Although I wonder how long it will be before another who is not 'good enough' moves on...

What next for Pompey?

Well, I do not know, but what I do know is that I would expect a lot more from whatever 11 players pull on the Pompey shirt in future, especially so many with so much experience that are meant to be 'quality' footballers and the ones that we keep in place of younger, inexperienced players because they will not 'cut it' at such a level.

Anything like what we saw at Brighton would be nowhere near acceptable, whatever the result...

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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Monday January 10 2011

    Time: 9:06AM

    Your Comments

    Ive got ot say I agree - Ritchies few performances for us were generally of the same or better level than those of Utaka, Ciftci has been no worse than Kitsons or Kanus', Ward has been arguably our best defender and Kilbey - less than 90 mins 1 goal.... if were going to lose 3-1 to lower league opposition we might as well do it with players on 1-2k a week rather than 20-30k...
    pompeyweller
    I didn't go & wasn't surprised we got beat. The recent horror shows at Watford & the awful defending with Hull suggested en early exit. I suppose we can concentrate on staying up now!!! With Notts Foresr, Leeds & QPR to come, we can only hope SC gets some reinforcements in.
    storagematt
    storagematt I agree we need more players as some players are in need of a rest.. Rocha to name but one very important player, maybe taking a 'hit' against QPR and Forest would pay off but we dont have the kids to put in to give others a rest now, just Kilbey ad he'll be playing anyway...
    pompeyweller
    When you think about it though, 3 of our back four are 'supposed' to be of Premiership quality. 12 goals in 4 games says otherwise. They seriously seem to have no clue about who they are picking up, talking to each other and not rushing into tackles so that they get skinned everytime. Total joke!
    sneakay
    I agree sneakay, I don't see how Mok can captain the side he cannot organise and is arguably the least aware in defence. I also can't see why the manager is not capable of getting the first 45 min of a game right; reminds me a bit like Adams whenhge said "unlike Harry I would finish the pre game work at 6pm" go home and not think about it; Pompey were tactically slaughtered. I go back to my theme, every manager needs an assistant, particularly those who dont think so. He also thinks Pompey don't need reigning in- that will drive fans away faster than anything.
    Russellm
    Lets just agree we are pants at the moment and hope for three worse sides come the end of the season.
    MickTait
    Pompey actually looked better after the Ginger Whineger was sent off. Two performances in 3 months? Maybe it's time for Pompey to persist with Kilbey and Ciftci, at least they won't have to be carried. It is a pity Webber seems to be going backwards.
    Russellm
     

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