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Simply not good enough from Pompey

Simply not good enough from Pompey

Simply not good enough, that is the overall opinion of Pompey's showing yesterday against Arsenal - with this something that Harry Redknapp, stand in captain Sylvain Distin and the re-signed Glen Johnson all agree with in the views they have voiced on the Pompey Site.

Redknapp was particularly critical of the third goal conceded 'the third goal was as bad as I've seen - players weren't looking at the ball. You have to be switched on, you don't just start walking away.

'When the ball goes dead that's when you have to come alive. We didn't do that and we were punished for it'.

The defending for that goal was absolutely shocking, it is not even the kind of defending that you would often see down the local park - John Utaka had his back to the play and Pedro Mendes, although facing the play was looking god only knows where, maybe he was looking at whatever Utaka was too?

Distin, who stood in as captain and gave a performance that Sol Campbell would have been more than happy with, was a real inspiration and almost single handily ran the defence - as he had to, as well as the midfield, that was how non-existent it was 'I'm disappointed - not by the result, but by the performance.

'Sometimes you get bad days, and you have to accept them. But for me the performance was just so disappointing.

'We should learn from this. We have to make sure there is a reaction'.

Yep, we certainly have to learn from this as if we do not we will be in for a long old season. But I am sure we will learn from this and will bounce back against Liverpool at Fratton in a couple of week's time.

Glen Johnson returned on Friday and made his second debut, which was not a happy one 'everything was bad - our passing, our movement, our communication - the lot really. We can perform a lot better.

'We need to get back on the training field and improve things'.

To be honest if some of the players do not know some of the most simple basics of defending - which did cost us yesterday - and football in general by now we are in trouble, but as said words will be had and we will bounce back.

Although I was initially very critical of Johnson and his performance, on reflection this could have been because I am not convinced by him, so maybe my views from so much of his spell last season have clouded my judgement. The fella needs to be given a clean slate and a chance.

Coming forward he looked a real handful at times - as well as looking comfortable doing so, his decision making at times though still needs some thinking but he only came back Friday, so hopefully when he gets back into the swing of things, with him now knowing that he is playing for the team he is contracted too makes me hopefully we can see the very best of him again, as Redknapp thinks we can.

Yep, Sunday was a really bad day at the office, you get these, we just better not get too many more of them, which I have confidence we will not.

Pompey usually do respond after something like this, so after a break - which has probably come at the right time - I look forward to how we react against Liverpool at Fratton.


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Date:Monday September 3 2007
Time: 8:00AM

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Arsenal were in the sort of form, that would have beaten any prem side.
03/09/2007 08:13:00
It was probably just that silly penalty that did it to you. It would've been a much better game if not for that mistake. Amyways I like your side and not just because of Lauren and Campbell, I hope you do well this year and finish above Spurs (but proabably behind Everton and City)
Ozi Gooner
03/09/2007 08:17:00
i do not want to take anything away from arsenal - as they were fantastic, but we made it too easy for them too often. that said, as has been mentioned online and on the radio phone-ins arsenal prob would have beaten any side on yesterdays form... it still was not good enough and we have to improve and learn from this - which we will.
03/09/2007 08:35:00
arsnal always seem to tep up to the big games - they won more points from the top 10 (or maybe top 6...i cant actuly remeber the statistic that well...) than any other team. We should be honered that they gave us so much attenetion.Defensivly, on glenjohnson was in the back 4 this time last year, although the excuse is beggining to wear thin that they are just settling down... Arsnals midfield is superb, and we had no chance there. I thought that MoTD was very complimentory to US.
03/09/2007 09:03:00
Dont be dissapointed, when Arsenal play like that other teams look *****. Its not because they are *****. They cant handle the way we play. You are not the first to have this done to this season. You are just tyhe first to have been highlighted by the sky cameras. We battered Man City, Fulham and Sparta. Its just the media making us look like crap.
03/09/2007 09:04:00
the ***** is ****e not any other swear word by the way :D
03/09/2007 09:05:00
s h i t e! Its done it again you cant type s h*te?! You must sort that out immediatley ;)
03/09/2007 09:06:00
i do like the word s h i t e - so i may have to alter the filer level set up on that one, it is a 'rude word' but doesnt feel like it should be :)
03/09/2007 09:13:00
What I saw in the first half was two right backs constantly losing the ball when going forward and most of the good work that Arsenal did coming down the left. Trying not to be negative, but I can't see how Lauren at right midfield is an improvement on GON. Ah well, I suppose I'll just have to accept it................
03/09/2007 09:14:00
Well i agree with the Arsenal Fans that have commented on here. We did lose our want when the penalty was conceded. Another team may have been easy to pull back level, but once arsenal go ahead, its a heavy upward hill to climb. They made us work and tore us apart. We gave away the 3rd too easily, but in fairness, Pompey were not allowed to take Quick free kicks, so maybe our players were waiting on the Ref to make Arsenal wait too? If that was the winning goal i would have been up in arms, but we lost by a 3rd goal; so the outcome would have been the same. I was very unsure of Glen Johnson, last week, but on yesterdays performance i am not optomistic the best is now to come. He did very well and fought for the cause, i agree with PompeyRug. wipe the slate clean and judge on this new signing, not the one we had on loan, whose head was set on a chelsea return. Come on Glen, you can be a hero here.
03/09/2007 09:22:00
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