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Hermann - another proving himself

Many of us questioned the signing of Glen Johnson and Papa Bouba Diop, but both have very much proved their worth so far.

Although the signing of Hermann Hreidarsson might not have been overly criticised the fella probably did not get the credit he looks like he deserved - maybe his 'snub' a few years back or his record of relegations that challenges 'the relegator' Nigel Quashie was held against him?

To be honest his early performances 'were not very good' to be polite were they! He looked out of his depth and no better than Dejan Stefanovic would have been and I was all for his coming back, or for Djimi Traore stepping in.

But much as Johnson and Bouba Diop have Hreidarsson gets two thumbs up from me - he has overcome the early difficulties to become a permanent and worthwhile member of what is now - again - an almost watertight back four, what is more he deserves to be a permanent fixture.

Not only can he defend but he also gives us another attacking option from left back and has already chipped in with 2 goals - both as the result of open play starting when defence was turned into attack.

Yep, I like the fella and feel he deserves a mention and some credit, when initially he maybe was given a bit of a tough time.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 31 2007

Time: 9:27AM

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The Iceman cometh. Good luck to him. he's a consistant performer who is professional in his approach to the game.
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31/10/2007 11:26:00

I agree. I think he's settled in really well. Initially I thought he would be coming in as a squad player and was surprised to keep seeing him in the starting line-up, especially with Matty on the bench. But I think he helps balance out the side - and gets goals. I must admit, I thought it was he was Krunchy when he got that goal against Reading as I wouldn't have believed a left back would be in a centre forward's position!
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31/10/2007 12:04:00

He has turned out to be another good signing by Harry, he is a consistent performer who does not tolerate being messed around, by prats like Bellamy for a start. He has added strength and power to the back four, it is good to have him in the team.
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31/10/2007 12:31:00

good article. hes really come on in the lst few games after costing us a few results at the start of the season. kranjcar is getting better every game and the two of them look like making a formidable partnership!
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31/10/2007 13:35:00

great stuff rug!! HERMAN ALL THE WAY!!!
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31/10/2007 16:04:00

Another solid player for this season. Well done HH, keep it going.
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31/10/2007 19:35:00

icelandic players generally have a good history in the premier league-yes?
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01/11/2007 01:49:00

hermann is the reason mums go to iceland apparently - has anyone seen the t-shirts with his face on it and that slogan? we missed him last night, pamarot was played out of position and it showed. when matty taylor came on offering a natural left sided option we looked much more ballance.
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01/11/2007 09:38:00

yep, the herminator deserves his credit - long may it continue. i hope he is fit for the weekend.
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01/11/2007 09:38:00

ye, paramot should of never or played there, a bad tactical desicion, perhaps HR didnt think that our defence would have to much problems?
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01/11/2007 19:33:00

Missed Hermann last night, it showed what a stalwart of the defence that he has become this season. I just hope that he is fit for the game on Saturday as we will need him to look after Milner.
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01/11/2007 20:46:00

Umm.. I think Herman is playing well and a good addition to the squad .. BUT... if the cureent formation is here to stay I'd prefer to see Matty at left back behind Krunchy ......... That's not to say Herman's done badly, he hasn't it's just that I think Taylor is a better crosser of the ball .....and of course our penalty taker !! - Both are better than Noe at left back though ! - Keep it up HH
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01/11/2007 20:49:00

if hermann isnt fit i hope 'arry goes for matty taylor - as he made a difference when he came on. he must have put in at least 4 great crosses that were crying out for a striker on the end... but he wasnt there!
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01/11/2007 23:19:00

he did prove himself, i really think he is wasted at lb however
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02/11/2007 13:01:00

i assume you are talking about matty taylor being wasted at left back? i would tend to agree, but in the formation we are using i dont think it would be bad, as kranjcar will cover him - but as much as i like matty i cannot see how he could be selected ahead of kranjcar tbh...
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