Date:Friday October 6 2006
Tony Adams has told The New about his disappointment in the way Pompey performed at Tottenham. He has made special criticism to the front two for not doing enough running;
'We didn't play well. It was frustrating. We didn't get any work done. It was disjointed. We were on the back foot from the start. That's disappointing."
'We've kept training very light this week. But next week we're going to get into a bit of hard work. We'll get them closing down opponents again, working hard and being tough to beat again, because frankly the performance at Spurs wasn't good enough for me."
'As a team it was our worst of the season. The front two of Kanu and Lomana Lualua didn't work at all defensively - and their stats proved that. Defending starts from the front. Kanu, off the ball, covered 50 metres in the first half. That's not good enough."
'The front two have got to work much harder. The protection wasn't there from the midfield four, either. Everyone can improve working without the ball. Come on."
'We let in a goal, got on the back-foot, were indecisive and made mistakes. It needed some big leaders to wallop it in the stands, start again and go from there."
'Once you concede, I'm looking at every single one of them to take responsibility. I jumped off the bench after 15 minutes because I couldn't hear anyone going: 'Oi, come on!' to the others."
'Even if you're not particularly playing your best game ever, you've got to go: 'Yeh, I'm having a nightmare, but I'm going to help the team here. Let's start working'.'
By the way readers in case you weren`t shore, 50 meters is about 60 yards. That`s half of a hundred meter sprint which is over in 10 seconds. It seems Portsmouth like many other clubs seem to have started to analyse performance through stats. Bolton where the first known club to do this.
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