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Reflecting on Doncaster win

Reflecting on Doncaster win

Well, what can I say?

From where I sat, despite a really bright opening 10-15-minutes that saw us take a lead inside 3-minutes, the 1st half - all in all - was not that great. The 2nd half, well that was better and we got what we deserved.

Enough from me, over to Guy Whittingham and what he told The Pompey Site: 'it was enjoyable to win and to score three goals.

'We scored early on and for about five minutes put them under pressure and didn't allow them to play. But then we just dropped off and off and off and invited Doncaster into the game.

'They got a hold on the game and we were lucky to go in 1-1 at half-time. They had much more possession than us and we weren't closing them down. But thankfully we came out in the second half and did well.'

A pretty fair assessment from Guy on out 1st half showing, right?

I would not quite say that his assessment on a few players, in general, was - as certainly there is one noticeable absentee aside, Tal Ben-Haim - an endorsement of what was good about our 2nd half showing but all in all those mentioned were the main men.

Super Guy also said: 'I thought Luke played well. He's always going to catch the eye because he never stops running and causes problems.

'But I thought everyone did their bit - Greg Halford had a good game and so did Dave Kitson.

'Kits is claiming the second goal, which he put in from about a yard out. I said to him that I didn't miss many from that distance! But it's nice to score a scrappy goal because this season we've had lots of instances where the ball has been bouncing around in the opposition's area but not gone in the net.'

Another one singled out for 'special mention' was the recalled Viking, although he still has something to learn: 'Erik comes alive when the ball is at his feet. What we`ve got to do is get Erik on the ball as often as we can. He's learning the side of the game where he has to work and get back, especially switching on when possession has been lost.

'But when the ball goes to his feet his eyes light up - you can understand why the fans chant his name.'

As for how long continuing to do the caretaker job, alongside Stuart Gray, goes he is happy - even if he does not want it full-time - to do it for as long as needed, this he told sky sports: 'all we're trying to do is give the owners and the chief executive time to find the right man.

'However long they want us to keep doing it, as long as we keep getting the results, it gives them the time - whether that's this week or in two weeks; however long it might be.

'Stuart and I are happy to hold the fort at the moment and for as long as they want us to.'

The way I see it so long as they are happy doing the job why not let them keep doing it to make sure that we bring in the right man, as getting the next appointment right is vitally important to us!

Sometimes you have to 'play bad' and win, and I think yesterday was one of those occasions again, sorry Donny, a poor opposition - 2nd half much better but 1st half not great, hence my thoughts at the start of this paragraph.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Sunday October 23 2011
Time: 10:19AM

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at long last, "one of those days at the office" turned out to be a happy one. scrappy maybe, but a win is a win. a good squad with a big heart but still a lot to do for the new manager. pup
pfc,steve
23/10/2011 11:27:00
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I don't blame Guy and Steve for not wanting the job on a permanent basis. Look what happened with Paul Hart, it all ended in tears (of boredom mainly) and he ended up leaving the club completely, when he'd previously been a really good academy coach. Similar thing happened when Claridge took over as player-manager, he ended up leaving the club. Guy and Stuart are great coaches, and Guy in particular has a lot of links with Pompey, and I think they want to continue in those roles long term. I certainly hope they do. But they are doing a great job at the moment. 2 wins out of 3 games, it took Cotts quarter of the season to get 2 wins - well done lads.
tracyc
23/10/2011 21:03:00
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This team should really be doing a lot better than it is, and hopefully it will improve. In our position its all about playing teams at the right time, Ipswich got away but Donny did not when it looked like they might get a point at one time. Keep working hard and a confidence-boosting win v Derby would be very welcome.
Terraceman
24/10/2011 19:53:00
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We are still proving hard to beat despite 6 losses, all by ONE goal. Some of those games could well have been turned into points. Still we have won 2 games now by a margin so hopefully that trend will continue. Good to see the team have a good spirit again.
pompeygray
25/10/2011 10:26:00
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