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Kick 'em while they're down!

This nations press build up players, praise them way beyond their actual abilities, as well as handing out all manor of hype, but love nothing more than bringing people, clubs or country back down from grace, usually 10 times as quickly!

They love it when people fail and love being able to twist the knife - kicking people when they are down. They are doing exactly this with Paul Robinson.

I truly believe that David James is, and has been for the past year the best keeper in England, so deserves to be England's no.1 again, but the way the press are hounding and treating Robinson is absolutely shocking. They are scrutinising his every move, even questioning his part in United's goal yesterday.

Nani claimed the goal, although the thought that it came off Carlos Tevez' s head could see it credited to him, but either way he is being slaughtered for conceding. I am no keeper and do not know much about the art of keeping, but how he can be blamed for that goal I do not know - if being ultra critical maybe he was too far off his line, I don't know?

It is not just Robinson getting it though, James' so called 'howler' in front of the England boss when he 'let Frank Lampard's effort squirm under his body' has also come under very close inspection.

Yep, James may be more than a little disappointed that he did not save it, but he has exceptionally high standards anyway, but as 'howlers' go the press have become increasingly desperate have they not if they really believe that is as worthy of a top drawer 'howler' as they are suggesting.

The press are having a field day now, they have built up James - because he was not in, now that he is back in the England fold they have started the case against him not to be the no.1 and will love nothing more but to knock him at every chance they get - he is too wise for though, as I would guess Robinson is too though?

I think that Robinson is a great keeper, but then again so is James, so in these two alone England have two of the best options you could wish for, so it is not a case of England being short of options as the Sun so brilliantly put it 'these shores have produced great keepers like Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton.

'Now it is a case of who is less likely to drop a clanger. After the last week, there will only be smiles in Israel and Russia.

'Because at the moment, nothing looks right between the sticks'.

If the options available, other than Robinson and James are that bad, maybe they should start a petition to get Clemence or Shilton back then - but no doubt they would soon turn on them if they were back in the frame!

The mentality of this nations press has wound me up no end for years, I used to tolerate it but now as I pay even more attention to it - admittedly because I am probably looking for inspiration for Vital Pompey - it only seems to get worse and worse.

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 27 2007

Time: 10:13AM

Your Comments

We tend to forget that all the greats make these errors, Shilton, Clemence, Schmeichal and Seaman, however Jammo is superb and will move on from this deflected goal at the Bridge. I agree it is very close between him and Robinson and as a Pompey fan i would always plump for Jammo, however Spurs fans would probably disagree, we are lucky to have two good keepers too choose from,but Spineless is not the man to lead us as the defeat to Germany reserves proved.
Owenspompey
i think we have known for a long time that spineless steve isnt the man - i said to a friend just last night that he is gradually starting to realise that he does not always need to pick his usual suspects, granted he still will, but he is starting to show alittle more willing, but even this has prob come too late to save his job... agree mate jamo and robinson are 2 of the best keepers around, so for england to have them is brilliant, kirkland - if he can stay fit, green, carson and foster are also superb keepers, so it is not as if we are fit of quality when players are fit! jamo is still the no.1 for me tho...
pompeyrug
good comments chaps, it is just the latest press band wagon thing.
russellm
seems its keepers and managers, what with the Martin Jol thing, all quite disgracefull, but what do we expect our sports journalistic standards are highly regarded as the lowest in Europe, and i am told that by my mates who work with them.
russellm
they are a disgcrace russ, exactly the right word to use. it doesnt just happen in football, its all other sports and all walks of life isnt it. it seems to be a british mentality - among the papers - to put the boot in whenever you can. build someone up, then knock 'em down as soon as you can.
pompeyrug
I read the other day may have been here that we should arrange a 'Boycott the national press week' Sounds a good idea why oh why can't journalists/editors find something constructive to write about? Players (particularl y England) will react positively to good things written about them.
eastneydave
sounds like a top idea mate - but as much as it prob pains me to say far too many people love reading this kind of thing dont they? some of the tripe the come out with i can agree with, but the vast majority is just that - tripe...
pompeyrug
The goalkeeping situation is the least of England's worries. Under achieving overpaid outfield prima donnas is the main problem and certainly the first priority is to find a quality striker and until that happens we can say goodbye to Euro qualification,
alphieblues
I want to be in goal for England. I make as many mistakes as a blind tightrope walker.
Lysimachus
LOL!
spoiler
I really didn't think Lampard's goal was a " howler " at all. Anyone who's ever played in goal has had a bad bounce come at them and misjudged it. It wouldn't matter if you were Lev Yashin, it's still going to wind up in the back of the net. Jamo is in my humble opinion one of the most athletic goalies in the world and it is timing and rhythm which makes him as good as he is. A deflection, even a minor one can completely throw off the timing of a goalie's dive and that's exactly what happened to him Saturday (not to mention that when Lampard cracks a ball like that it's moving so quickly that there is zero time for error). As for the tabloids, what are you going to do. I don't like it much either but I guess it's the price the players pay for making the big bucks.
Toronto4Pompey
Fck the press, they like having a go at Jamo. The real villian here is prat face McClaren. Get him out.
storagematt
Just spent ten minutes writing a comment on this only to have my system crash !!! - Anyway... My take on this is varied and covers a few points. Firstly (getting the easy one out of the way) Agreed Spineless is a villian and should go. Secondly, as Toronto says Lampards goal was no howler for James - if it had gone passed anybody other than James or Robinson it would not have been mentioned. Thirdly, Jamo has had far worse written about him so Im sure it wont bother him. Finally, a point which I hate to accept.. If Pompey are to progress as a club and attract players capable of obtaining England caps, we as supporters have to (unfortuately) put up with the bollox the press write about us and our players - Like it or not it is what they do - If Taylor, GON, Nugent or anybody else for that matter make the England squad they will get targeted -We all know the press in this country stink, but lets arm ourselves against it and no react and add fuel to their fire - after all a reaction is what they are looking for... treat it as water off a ducks back - ask any supporter of the big four what theyve had to put up with over the years - Success brings attention and as we all know attention is great until there's a story to be written or a paper to sell!
Chix
I played in goal as a youngster many years ago and what Toronto says is right. Jamo has had bad press in the past hence the 'Calamity' tag. They will not let him forget it even though he has worked so hard to overcome it, in fact he is his own strongest critic. The trouble is the goalkeeper is always to blame as their mistakes often lead to goals whereas a loss of possession or missing a simple chance don't. You have to be mad to play in goal!! I know!!
eastneydave
Agree chix.
pompey4me
 

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