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Why So Negative Away From Fratton?

Why So Negative Away From Fratton?

I've not really been able to contribute many articles to the site recently but after another poor performance away from Fratton that saw us get exactly what we deserved (nothing!) it is time for a rant!!!

You may recognise some of this rant from my summary in the Match Report for the Newcastle game but with some expansion. I hate being overly critical of the team, especially publicly like this but sometimes you can't defend the indefensible!

We struggled with Newcastle's pace in the full-back areas as we had against Chelsea and United. Dejan Stefanovic and Noe Pamarot found this almost unplayable at times and without taking too much away from Newcastle for this I think it highlighted that if we are honest neither are good enough at this level!

Any regulars to the site will know that I have always stood up for Stefanovic when he has been criticised, so for me to turn on him in such a way is highly unusual but having seen a series of mistakes from a sluggish looking captain in the past month resulting in two or three goals I find myself agreeing with so many.

Personally I wasn't overly keen on Pamarot during his first spell at the club and despite a few moments here and there, several coming in the 4-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough at the Riverside in August he has done little to change my opinion since his return so the sooner Glen Johnson is back the better.

The full-backs need help from midfield and haven't really had much in our last four away games but these have been our problem areas and teams know this. Linvoy Primus doesn't seem to have much faith in Pamarot and neither do I. He's beaten too easily too many times and when he is beaten he always looks likely to bring a player down in the box for a penalty, which I thought he would do when Charles N'Zogbia skinned him on one of the many occasions he did this afternoon.

Maybe I'm being too harsh on both especially Dejan who has been playing through the pain barrier as of late, so hopefully this has contributed to his poor showings? Maybe I'm also too sentimental in an age when this is a dying trend but as much as I and the rest of us might like him for all he has done in the past if the surgery doesn't rectify this then it will prove he isn't the right man to be a first choice pick anymore, left-back or otherwise as much as I hate to say it.

It's not just the full-backs I'm ranting at here our "negative" tactics away from Fratton Park have angered and frustrated me so much over the past couple of months.

If we are going to lose away from home we may as well lose having at least had a go, although to a degree it gives you little comfort in defeat but you can come away from a game with some pride, I felt little after the Newcastle game.

Harry Redknapp feels we matched Newcastle all the way but I can't agree, obviously he has to say that but our away form is poor, we often look a totally different side away from the Park with Redknapp so often willing to see us sit and hold out for a point, in the hope of snatching a win.

Granted in our run of four straight away defeats we've played Spurs, Chelsea, Man Utd and Newcastle which maybe you wouldn't expect us to get too much from on paper but the Spurs game aside we've offered little or nothing for the most part of the other three games. I wish we would just be more positive and have a go! Realistically we aren't going to hold out Chelsea and United for 90 minutes are we…

Without doubt it is crucial to pick up points away from home as well as rely on those we will always get at home but it is almost as if we are so preoccupied with not losing that we sacrifice the chance of actually thinking, or even trying to win away.

We were always happy with a mid table, top ten finish which off the back of the last few years will be some achievement but a few defeats on the spin and we'll find we slip right down the table as 10-15 clubs are very evenly matched this season. The league is very tight so it is crucial that we pick up big points from now until January as if we are not in the higher reaches of the league we'll not attract the quality of players we need to improve the left and right-back places let alone other areas we might want to look at!

We face Liverpool next at Anfield on Wednesday and given their superb home form you can't see us getting much from this especially if we approach this in the same manner. Please, please be a little more adventurous 'arry why shouldn't we be looking to go to Anfield for a win? If we really want to push on in the future we will have to be looking for this kind of thing anyway, so why not now…

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Date:Sunday November 26 2006
Time: 9:02PM


well id say you're doing great just not in the last 2 - 3 away games
26/11/2006 21:25:00
If ever there was a time to win at Newcastle this was it. But after a few minutes you could see we were out to get a draw. Gutless performance our worst in a long time. A match that cried out for us to go for their jugular. Pathetic. Heaven help us at Liverpool.
26/11/2006 21:26:00
Over 2.5 goals on Betfair for our game at Liverpool must be the bet of the season so far !! I'll be absolutely amazed if they don't get at least 3. PLEASE be better than today Pompey !!!!!
26/11/2006 22:10:00
to read Harry's column that he's beggining to consider Europe and then watch another tactical ****up like that, to not be able top beat a team who were out of the relegation zone by goal difference is a very very bad joke. Ruggers as i said before Dejan is yesterdays man and Harry is demonstrating that unswerving loyalty streak we have all seen serve him so badly before. Those errors are nothing to do with injury, they are about not thinking. Pamarot is ok when he's really up for it and against a plodders otherwise i refer everybody to my previous rants. We have to remember this is WAS a fourth from bottom team, and we should have gone to get the win!! Now we go away to Liverpool who are somewhat resurgent, without even them having the discomfort of them knowing we are going to have a hell of a go. And then we will get all the "youir in 4th place" brigade telling people whpo paid alot of money for that tripe to be thankfull, yes we are in 4th because amazingly results really have gone our way for the last three weeks. We have dropped 9 very winable points in three weeks.... One positive was Jamo, got over last weeks hicccup and strong again..Changing the subject a bit does anybody know what is happening with Fernandes, have the club done a deal with ManU he was supposed to have played so many gamea and then become ours, is it that he aint playing, cos he's aint staying ???
26/11/2006 22:22:00
Bad result from a bad performance. Looks like another 57 years before we will win up there. That's 5 televised games out of 6 that I have watched live from Sydney and we have lost all bar Charlton. 11th place come May.
27/11/2006 01:50:00
To be fair neither Pamarot or Stefanovic are being played in their favoured positions, as was pointed out in the commentary we had 4 centre halfs playing yesterday. Stefanovic has also been struggling with an injury which will be operated on today. Dejan has always put body and soul on the line for the club since he came to us and would still be good enough if played in his correct position while free from injury. The truth is we are suffering from not having signed enough Strength in depth which is forcing us to play people out of position whilst carrying injuries.
Steve C
27/11/2006 11:38:00
Still not sure about fernandes Russellm. Ive just been guessing. Watching him though he looks like a good player....still theirs definatley somthing weird going on! someone said he was the new Paul Ince? we could have done with one of those against Newcastle!!!
27/11/2006 13:45:00
Still thought Pamorot was horrible. On the goal replay, it looked so out of position he could have been in Sunderland.
27/11/2006 19:59:00
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