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Ashdown hopes for another chance

Ashdown hopes for another chance

Jamie Ashdown was the Pompey keeper the last time we went to Birmingham, the game in which we got slaughtered 5-0 - also a game that proved to be the last that he played for Pompey in the premier league...

Speaking to The News he has said how we must put that game out of our heads - which I am sure we will do - and how much we have changed since then, with us being a completely different side.

But the thing that most caught my eye with what he said were his thoughts on getting 'another chance' for Pompey: 'I had a poor game personally and haven't played since. I've come back stronger from it now and hopefully I'll get another chance one day.'

I do not doubt for one minute that we will avenge that 5-0 mauling, we are a much, much better side than we were then and with all due respect should not be losing to teams like Birmingham, as the difference in class is a big one now...

As for Ashdown I felt sorry for him at the time as he might have had a rough time but he was not the reason that we were in the mess we were but Dean Kiely - who I never really rated to be honest - came in and took over from him.

Since then David James has come along and the arrival of a 'Hollywood keeper' saw Kiely leave in a huff, Ashdown to his credit has stayed, he also signed a new contract back along. But dislodging James, who has been in fantastic form is going to be a mammoth task for almost anyone as there are very few keepers in the world, let alone in this country, or already at the club that I would replace him with.

Ashdown is a good keeper, but the longer he has to sit on the bench the more likely it is that he will move on - if for nothing else for the benefit of his own career, as he is better than a 'bench warmer' but with James around he will rarely, if ever be anything more - and it looks as though James will be around for a good few years yet.

This said I have faith in Ashdown's ability and he will not let us down if called upon, sadly in league terms I cannot see him featuring too often for Pompey again, baring any problems - god forbid - with James... although should this happen if he did come in he would have his chance to stake a claim for the no.1 spot.


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Date:Thursday November 22 2007
Time: 1:03PM


Its difficult isn't it - as a club we want to have good players as backup to the regular first team players, but you can understand why those good players don't want to sit on the bench in the shadow of someone else. Jamie is a good keeper, and its nice to know we have him to fall back on, but I spose there'd be something wrong if he didn't move on to play regularly. Hope he doesn't go too soon.
22/11/2007 13:33:00
I think the result could be a reverse of the last time this fixture was played. Play up pompey and good luck!
22/11/2007 13:37:00
ashdown is a really good keeper - he is just unfortunately that he has a great keeper ahead of him... he will deliver if called upon, but with jamo around he wont be called upon - all being well - that often.
22/11/2007 15:40:00
ashdown: great keeper, better proffesional. he really is one of the best players around, he doesnt complain he isnt in the side, he just gets on, and tries to get back in. his problem, is that the best keeper in the premiership is the one he is fighting for a place with, and to be honest, i dont see him succeding. Jamo never seems to get injured, or yellowcared - 145 games in succseion is pretty impressive!
22/11/2007 17:39:00
Jamie is learning from the master, and his day will come, i hope that he remains patient, and it is reassuring to know we have such an able deputy on the sidelines.
22/11/2007 18:36:00
Ditto with what Owenspompey says.
22/11/2007 22:04:00
bloody hell carpet i hope that you have not just tempted fate!
22/11/2007 23:42:00
Unfortunately for Jamie I would hope Jamo would be with us for at least a couple more seasons after this one....with his form as good as it is there's just no way Arry's gonna drop him.
23/11/2007 10:57:00
i can see jamo being with us at 'the new' stadium tbh, so long as he still wants to play he will be more than capable of doing so...
23/11/2007 14:27:00
Ashdown is a good understudy but that is about his limit - If he were to move the best '1st choice' he could hope for is a Derby, Wigan or one of the champiosnhip clubs - Stays or goes I'm not really bothered ever way.. He'll never be good enough to hold down a first team place and when Jamo does go/finish 'arry will bring somebody else in..
24/11/2007 11:32:00
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