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Reflections on Barnsley win

Reflections on Barnsley win

It must have ranked among the most boring, uninspiring, and basically uneventful games that I have seen in a while yet the main thing was that Pompey took the points thanks to a late winner from 'super sup' Kanu.

Steve Cotterill has made little, or no, comment since the defeat with coaches Ian Woan and Guy Whittingham handling the press duties from the looks of it.

Woan 'hailed' the impact of Kanu, and he would be right - as he did change the game, again: 'we made a good substitution that won us the game. We weren't getting hold of the ball, but King came on and made that happen.

'Kanu's a magician. Day in, day out on the training pitch the sort of things he does with a ball are phenomenal.

'His legs can't always carry him for 90 minutes now, but it's fantastic to be able to bring him off the bench. Players can't get the ball off him and get to a stage where they don't want to challenge him because he embarrasses you.

'He came on, created chances and scored one. He was perfect for the situation we found ourselves in.'

I could be wrong but 'perhaps' the reaction given by the fans when Joel Ward was taken off 'could' be the reason for such a quiet Cotterill?

It goes without saying that Kanu coming on was the right tactical change although I can understand the crowds reaction to Ward going off as I do believe that he was not the right one that should have been hauled off. But hey ho, what can you do eh.

For a second week running we not only won, but we kept another clean sheet - largely down to the fact that we DID keep a settled back four: 'it's all about clean sheets, and that was our second one on the bounce. The fact we didn't concede meant we stayed in the game and then were able to win.

'We've struggled to keep clean sheets this season, but the defence has been the same for the last two games, and that's made a big difference. We defended well.'

David Cotterill came straight in to make his debut and I thought the guy did ok - so did Woan.

Worryingly though Liam Lawrence was forced off with an injury, the extend of which will be known when he undergoes a scan on Monday: 'I thought David Cotterill did well thrown in at the deep end. There were four or five good crosses into the box that our strikers have been crying out for. He worked hard and it was a bright start for him, considering he hasn't played for a while.

'We took Liam off as a precaution, with all the games we have coming up. He came off as soon as he said he was feeling pain.

'He'll have a scan on Monday, when we'll know the full extent of the injury. It will be a big loss if it's anything worse than what it was two weeks ago when it first niggled him.'

I do not think that Lawro has looked quite right for a few weeks, this has impacted on his performances. We knew that he has been carrying a knock, or knocks, but perhaps they were worse than he, or we, though?

Lets just hope that things are not too bad as he is still an inspirational character even when not quite on his game.

As said it was a poor game, with little quality to get excited about but we MUST get the results we need to ensure that we stay in this league - and it is 'starting' to look good that we will...

Palace is another huge game on Tuesday, all 3pts from this and we are looking good for another year of nopower football, and that will do me.

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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Sunday February 20 2011
    Time: 9:44AM

    Comments

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    Interesting as to why Cotterill didn't talk after the game. The point above could be right Rug as the first thing Woan does is defend the substitution they made. Luckily, it paid off this time but this goes to prove how stubborn SC can be.
    PompeyJake
    20/02/2011 10:25:00
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    Not a game to be proud of, but a win is all that was required however achieved. Well done, but can do better!
    PFCblue
    20/02/2011 10:34:00
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    In hindsight, the substitution won us the match, so maybe some fans will ease off him now. To bring an attacking midfielder on with 20 mins to go needed a careful decision. We couldn't sacrifice a defender as it could have led to us losing the match, and the decision seemed to be down to Cotterill or Ward.
    PompeyFrippy
    20/02/2011 12:25:00
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    A win is a win, ask Spurs & Arsenal, they all count no matter what the level is. Though Palace will be a tougher ask on Tuesday & Lawro could be out for a bit!
    storagematt
    20/02/2011 14:25:00
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    I wasnt there but listened to it on Solent, it sounded like a painful experience!!...Dont think ive heard the crowd that quiet in years and years...totally devoid of atmosphere
    pentonpompey
    20/02/2011 14:59:00
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    You and me too Penton. I'd go a bit further than painful though and say it was a crucifying experience to listen too. Womans Hour would have had more excitement. Still...three points in the bag. As for the substitution! let's not get carried away with SC's genius. Who the feck else was he going to bring on to create something when we couldn't hold the ball up or even look like scoring. It's not rocket science is it... PUP
    cornypomp
    20/02/2011 16:13:00
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    As for SC Corny...Spot on! for the life of me i just cant get it! yet again a dire dismal first half, and all the work to do in the 2nd...does he not wake up till half time? Ive said this before about his teams, he's re-active NOT pro-active!!
    pentonpompey
    20/02/2011 20:25:00
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