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If that is passion, I would do without!

'Passion' and 'commitment' are among the virtues that the vast majority of us Pompey fans want from the players that pull on the blue shirt - in fact, in many ways, when all is said and done it is the Pompey way, from the stands anyway, to want this first and foremost, right?

Well, if Steve Cotterill truly believes that what we saw at Brighton on Saturday was 'passion' then I would rather we did not have any!

The referee, Graham Scott, has taken a battering from Cotterill - who I would 'think' will have to answer a few questions from the FA following his comments about him, and his ability - who feels the players were hard don by when we picked up 7 bookings and 1 red card.

Ok, to be fair from the sounds of it Scott does have 'previous' but even so with that in mind should the players not have been more careful in their actions?

More and more we have, as russellm puts it, been 'thuggish' in our behaviour and the more we are the more we will get punished. Given our shortage in numbers this is not something we can afford as suspensions, many of which have been needless, have hit us hard.

I agree with Cotterill that football needs passion but there is passion and indiscipline and what I felt we saw more often than not was indiscipline and not passion, whatever Cotterill said: 'I have told the lads I'm disappointed with the cards.

'At the end of the day, though, when the players cross that white line you want them to be passionate.

'There are times you can't do anything about a booking.

'It's a passionate sport. If the players aren't passionate at our club they will not be forgiven by the supporters.

'I said I thought we were a bit indisciplined after the red card but the players felt hard done by on it and that's where the recriminations have come from. The first major decision has kicked them in the teeth.'

I know, again in our position, the manager has to be careful with what he says but I would 'hope' that behind closed doors he has been a little less forgiving with the players and been a lot harder on them as I would be more than a little disappointed - and with the players - for some of the bookings, or he is condoning such actions and behaviour?

As far as I am concerned passion is not surrounding the referee and back chatting him, as we - and to be fair the vast majority of footballers - do these days.

Passion is not going head to head with an opponent, diving in feet first or raising hands to him, or am I wrong and that is what passion is...


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  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Monday January 10 2011

    Time: 1:30PM

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    Passion is one thing, committment is another. We seem to have ignored thses virtues for a rather ugly type of gutless football. Whilst we have a limited squad, too many are guaranteed a game!!!
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    10/01/2011 13:37:00

    I wouldn't exactly call it passion, most of the bookings were for decent, that's not bloody passion, that's indiscipline.
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    10/01/2011 14:27:00

    It's not a new phenomenon with this manager and many of us commented it at the end of November. It is clear the manager is encouraging / approving this unproffesional behaviour and I would like to see the league take action against managers that do it. Nothing wrong with putting pressure on the other team but within the laws of the game and ffs stop the whinging and bating. Cot has created his own selection problems now and we the fans should judge him on that basis, this is not a BC/ DL issue it's a managers plan.
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    10/01/2011 16:00:00

    I'm really not sure how much longer I will want to pay to watch this " style" of football ( the loosest possible interpretation of the game)
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    10/01/2011 16:02:00

    What's the point of shouting at the refs decision, right or wrong. He's never going to say 'sorry mate, I'll change my mind'. Those responsible for the dissent should go to temper tantrum classes.
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    10/01/2011 16:57:00

    it has now been a month since we last played a match where we did not conceed. we have played 6 games since then and conceeded THIRTEEN times... thats an average of 2.167 conceeded per GAME!! That's crazy.. what's the saying. You win matches from the back? The we will score one more than you adage isn't working. We need shoring up at the back and it needs to be done NOW!
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    10/01/2011 17:23:00

    If Mr Chanrai wants to recoup his money he will need to invest in the playing staff first to put the club on a sound footing then he might find people interested in taking over.
    Steve C
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    10/01/2011 17:53:00

    Totally agree with this article. This indiscipline is costing us dear, and I don't just mean the fine that The News has reported the FL have imposed on Pompey for all the bookings in the Brighton match, but we just cannot afford these suspensions, not with our tiny overstretched squad. Its unprofessional and it lets the rest of the team down, the supporters and everyone else at the club. There is only one person who can sort this out, and that's the Manager.
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    11/01/2011 19:38:00


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