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Pompey's Keepers

Pompey's Keepers

Vital Pompey will be reviewing Pompey`s options in different positions. I will sum up where I think we need to improve and where we are strong.


Jamie Ashdown
Dean Kiely

Jamie Ashdown will no doubt start number two behind Dean Kiely. Ashdown is a very accomplished keeper and has a very bright future at the club. I just worry that he may get fed up sitting on the bench knowing that he needs football to progress.

Dean Kiely is a fantastic shot stopper but does need to improve distribution and crosses. I rate "Deano" and think he was a great addition to the club. Although I don`t doubt that his capability and experience shouldn`t earn him the goalkeepers jersey on the 19th of August, I do believe that poor performances should see him dropped for Jamie.

Healthy? I think that in Jamie and "Deano" we have two good goalkeepers. They are both good enough to play in top half table side. I do believe however we need another keeper, just encase of an injury or suspension, to either of our current keepers. I would recommend either a loan signing or a youngster.

What do you think? Tell me below!

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Date:Sunday July 30 2006
Time: 9:51AM

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This will be probably be Deanos last season with us, Ashdown has many years ahead of him, whether it's us or not. If we are looking to build a top 10 team we have to look for a world class keeper sooner or later. Then of course you have to consider the chaps in front of them!
30/07/2006 10:04:00
Kiely was receiving a lecture from Grant about his kicking out and distribution from (i think) Avrim Grant at half time yesterday. Grant seemed to be talking about his kicking technique but Deano he didnt seem to be taking any notice though. I think Deano made a few mistakes mid way last season and Jamie Ashdown might reasonably wonder why he didnt get a chance. Perhapse as things were so critical Harry didnt want to change things. I think Deano is probably too old to change technique now so Grant would be better concentrating on the future, i.e Jamie plus one new youngster. Competition for the position, better for the club.
30/07/2006 10:09:00
I'd go with storagematt and say this will probably be Deanos last Premiership season, with us anyway. I do like Deano but as russellm says you won't change his way or style of play now. Ashdown is a good, bright and young 'keeper but there are only so many times he can be told he is "for the future" and then have others brought in ahead of him. Before he knows it he'll not be that future anymore, the possible younger 'keeper we bring in will "be the future." I hope Ashdown will stay long term, keep pushing in training, and when given the chance take it, but I do worry that if his chance doesn't come sooner, rather than later he may well start looking elsewhere in search of first team football?
30/07/2006 10:52:00
Can't help thinking that Ashdown is far to good a keeper to be number 2. He will improve through playing not through sitting on the bench. but we do need a 3rd keeper although on the few occasions i saw him play for the reserves I liked Guatelli but he's gone now so i guess we're back in the market.
Steve C
30/07/2006 10:54:00
steve it's a good point, you think he is going to be happy to sit on the bench all of next year?
30/07/2006 10:55:00
This is the only problem with Goalkeepers. Its so hard to keep the number 2 happy. You want to give him a game here and there, but a keeper needs continuity and chopping and changing won't help this. I think maybe we should let asdown play the smaller teams like watford, reding etc. Kinda like chelsea do with cudicini. Definately need a number 3 tho. Wasn't their speculation about us nabbing a liverpool goalie?
30/07/2006 11:57:00
yer on loan is possible. Thing is pompeymev, the watfords readings etc there more important than arsenal and chelsea etc
30/07/2006 12:07:00
I think Ashdown will get his chance, I agree he is the now and the the next few years,he also needs continuity to get better, but HR clearly does not. A new youngster is vital i also have to agree with Les on his comment that the newly promoted's have to be our bread and butter and we must beat all the mid table types at Fratton if we are to progress.
30/07/2006 13:03:00
Gotta go with Deano at the start of the season surely, he played a big part in our exceptional run at the end of last season. Ashdown certainly isn't bad, but I reckon Arry still sees him as 'one for the future'.
30/07/2006 16:29:00
If he's gonna bring in another keeper it really should be a youngster as cover....too many quality keepers would cause disruption.
30/07/2006 16:30:00
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