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4-4-2 should be the Fratton way

4-4-2 should be the Fratton way

I would prefer to see Pompey play matches at Fratton in a 4-4-2 formation! Not my vote, yours - although these findings from pompey4me's poll are thoughts that I share.

Harry Redknapp again tried his 4-3-3 formation against Liverpool and although it was not anywhere near as disappointing as it was when it was used again United I still cannot help but think it is not really the right way to go - particularly at home - and tends to waste the qualities of some players, most noticeable Benjani.

I am a fan of the 4-4-2, yep it is simple and traditional but it has served us well and is a formation that in my own opinion we should be using for matches at Fratton, something that a lot seem to agree with.

To be honest I would not mind playing with a 3-5-2 if we could, but the players do not feel they could play in such a formation. Matty Taylor and Glen Johnson would be idea, as they could get up and down the pitch all day long, but then it would mean others missing out in their best positions, so they might be 'accommodated' in lesser roles.

We could argue all day long bout what formation or personnel should or should not be used, but Redknapp will keep doing what he feels best, so as long as this works more often than not we will be happy.

What the poll asked - What formation do you think Pompey should play at home?

How you voted - 4-4-2 62%, 3-5-2 17%, 4-3-3 13%, Other formation that players nor fans will understand! 4%, 4-2-4 1%, 4-5-1 1%, 4-3-2-1 1%, 3-3-4 1%

Current Poll - Pompey gained 6 points from the opening 6 games, but with United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool out of the way - which yielded only 2 points, when we should have earned at least 5 - after this weekend against Blackburn, which will be very difficult, we come up against teams that we should be beating.

Most people expected a difficult start to the season, so the points tally would have been about par for them, my own expectations were higher than this though to be honest, but on the whole we have performed well so as long as we push on from this we can still have a fine season, starting with the next 6 games, mostly all winnable one, but how well could we do, this is what pompeycarpet wants to know with this - 'How many points will Pompey get in there next 6 games?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.


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Date:Thursday September 20 2007
Time: 8:38AM


SHOULD. Yes it should be!
20/09/2007 10:16:00
This is a debate that could go on for years. We actually finally have a big enough squad to rotate player and play different formations against differnt teams. If I wanted to play my opinion of the best team the formation would be 5-5-3! That's the difficulty. I'm not sure I envy Harry now he has to make the choices. We have been so used to it being a starting 11 with pretty dodgy reserves! lol
20/09/2007 10:54:00
When you have so many players available it tests both the managers tactical abilities and man management skills. It will test both of HRs in the coming months.
20/09/2007 13:42:00
it certainly will. tbh it is easy for us to say this and that from the stands isnt it, but it is not as easy when you are the boss... i would still play 4-4-2 tho :)
20/09/2007 13:46:00
it has taken time to adjust, and we are still not perfect - the arsnal game prooved that - B, HR is...aparantly...good at man management, and we have always played nice football. As we were last season, and despite my hopes against derby, we are going to be short of goals this season, unless nuggent does what i beleive he can, and Harry moves Kanu back to a sub...and playes Utaka wide right...and matty wide left...defensivly, we are back to how we should be - seemless.
20/09/2007 19:32:00
...and now for a controvseial tstatement, that comes from my naiivity...Now chelski dont have Morinhio, and considering there poor start- and spurs poor start, it has been suggested to me that we couldmount a decent challenge, not just for Uefa, but for champs league. (my friend is a neutral, and based what he said on what he has seen...or atleast, thats what he claims...). in some way, it follows, that if we just miss out on relegation, then we just miss out on uefa cup...this season, we will just miss out on champs league...roll on next season :P
20/09/2007 19:35:00
I will miss Jose, he was good fun, and made me smile, and i dont think he will be out the game for long. We need to improve dramatically if we are to mount a challenge for the top 10, and we need to score goals, lots of them. We have Sol and Sylvain at the back with Jammo, and the spine is carried on by the decent midfield, minus bloody Davis.
20/09/2007 20:16:00
0 actually gettin quite annoted with this now...Davis is not actually a bad playor. Sure, he wont make our starting XI, but that is because we have better playors, not because he is bad. He lacks a little creativity, but puts in effort, and can ttackle, so i dont see why eeryone is getting on his back...sorry about the rant, it was just starting to REALLY annoy me...
20/09/2007 22:14:00
you say davis wont make our starting 11 carpet man, but he seems to be doing a pretty good job of it as 'arry has starting in in almost every match so far... unless you meant 'our' as in the fans starting 11. dont get me wrong i quite like davis, but we have nothing creative in our midfield, we need a mendes or a kranjcar to come in and play alongside muntari - keep him in the middle 'arry, not on the left - or diop, maybe both as 'arry likes, david works tirelessly but we need that creative spark in midfield and some goals to go with it... davis should have had at least 2 goals already this season as he has missed a couple of sitters, the one at arsenal was the worse... during the summer i was all for keeping him, but if anyone had to go i wanted it to have been him, as we know it was a favourite son...
21/09/2007 08:31:00
Back to the poll, plain ans simple, it should be 4-4-2!!!! Personally dont see the bad in Davies, quite like him, wouldnt start him every week, certainally wouldnt drop Mendes for him, but thats footie, still a game of opinions! Kranjcar and Taylor must be getting pretty *****ed off now, Kranjcar hardley plays and MT seems to of *****ed Harry off again.
21/09/2007 15:12:00
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