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Frustrated, but not too unhappy...

Frustrated, but not too unhappy...

Once again Pompey drew a blank at home after the draw with Everton, was it worth the long journey? As always when going to watch Pompey play of course it was, even if I was left a little frustrated, but upon reflection am I really that unhappy? In all honesty no.

For the first time since the Reading game, you know a certain game that ended 7-4 to Pompey 'the landlord', his brother, plymouth graham and Geoff were on the road again, joined this time by my will be sister-in-law. As with each of Pompey's home games since then we drew a blank, with another 0-0 draw.

Speaking for myself, but probably in all honesty all of us from our crew this did not make the day any less worth it, clearly we were a little frustrated, but when all was put into perspective Everton are a good side, well organised and will be there or thereabout with us come May. Also the journey too and from and the banter and fun and games had each way and the lock in at my brothers local latter that evening made it another crackin' day!

As for the game itself I thought it was entertaining enough, in the 1st half we looked the side much more likely to win it did we not, the 2nd half in the main again we seemed more likely but we seemed to completely run out of ideas and were very flat for a large portion of this half.

We have now become far too predictable at home. Our 'away formation' needs to stay just that, an away formation, we need to revert to a 4-4-2, or even a 3-5-2 at home, this 4-5-1 come 4-3-3 just is not doing it at home.

I do like Kanu but the fella looked nowhere near fit and by not going to a 4-4-2 when he came on once again we wasted Benjani playing him out on the right.

The thing that wound me up probably most of all was the fact that we had Matty Taylor and Dave Nugent warming up for the best part of 20 minutes yet neither got a sniff… the game was crying out for more width, so why Taylor was not brought on I still do not quite now?

I pray that we will make the switch to a 4-4-2 next time though - we need to.

Coming away from the game initially I had the thoughts of 'it felt more like a defeat that a draw' and 'it was 2 points dropped', but giving it some 24 hours pondering and reflection time when things are put into perspective this in not a bad result, not scoring at home again was a major frustration but drawing with teams like West Ham, City and Everton is not that bad really is it, if we were doing this against the likes of Bolton, Reading, Wigan and so on then I would be worried...

Lets remember we have gone past 9 months unbeaten at home now, and by the time we play again we will have been more than 3 months unbeaten in the league! We are on our best ever premier league run - currently 10 unbeaten - and we are 6th in the league, not bad is it and surely most of us would have been more than happy with this in August?

Yep, I know you can say that 'but for dropped points we would have been higher', but at the same time we could also argue that these points 'gained' could also be worth so much when all is said and done...

Bring on the Villa!

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday December 3 2007
Time: 9:23AM

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Dead right there Rug! Ten games unbeaten is a great achievement. However Taylor should have come on when Niko faded in the second half and we needed more up front. The goalless draw was a credit to the four centre backs who were the best four players by far.
eastneydave
03/12/2007 13:02:00
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I do confess to being disappointed, I thought we had enough chances to have won. Harry really should have brought Taylor on, if he can't get in the side when one or 2 others (Kanu, Utaka) are looking less than 100%, he's not going to stay.
tracyc
03/12/2007 13:16:00
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We smashed Everton 0-0.
Lysimachus
03/12/2007 14:04:00
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yep, that was my biggest disappointment matty taylor not getting on at all and it wound me up seeing kanu - nowhere near fit! - being allowed to lumber around looking like a fool due to his lack of support with nuge annd matty taylor both down in the corner on their own warming up for litterally 20 mins! seeing the pair 'on there own' made me think 'those two fellas look like 2 fellas that are being frozen out and will leave'...
pompeyrug
03/12/2007 16:53:00
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Redknapp has made it clear that 4-4-2 is not in his thoughts, siting Kranjcar and Utaka as the main reasons why
paultsmouth
03/12/2007 17:58:00
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It will all be forgotten about when we beat the Villans away.
Toronto4Pompey
03/12/2007 18:41:00
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It almost seems to me like Harry wants to get rid of Matty, its disappointing considering that he 2nd longest serving Pompey player in the squad
whitestones
03/12/2007 18:46:00
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true whitstones. earlier in the season, i heard the two had fallen out...but surely they are not still arguing about that??? oh, and i think lysimachus sums up our home form very well - we have smashed everyone at fraton...0-0
pompeycarpet
03/12/2007 22:17:00
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i think they fell out long before this season carpet tbh... it is disappointing that taylor maybe isnt being shown 'the respect' he deserves but sentiment cannot always play a part in things can it! i love matty taylor and would probably play him every week, but if he doesnt figure in 'arry's plans - so long as it works out for the best! - then i have basically come to accept that what 'arry does is the right thing...
pompeyrug
03/12/2007 23:32:00
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If the reason Arry's not playing him is because they had a falling out, then we've got the wrong manager. I'd like to believe that isn't the case so assume Matty doesn't play because Arry doesn't want to break up a side while it's winning. Unfortunately, they're not winning at the moment so time to Mash It Up Arrry !
Toronto4Pompey
04/12/2007 14:49:00
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