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Hughes give 'Arry food for thought

Players have waited for chances to come up, some have taken them, others have not really on the whole, with some others not even being given this chance for whatever reason... Richard Hughes became the latest to get his chance on Boxing Day when he stepped in for the Arsenal game - and boy did he take this chance!

After finding out only a couple of hours before the game that he would start - just to have been in the 16 would have been a bonus to him - he did a fantastic job and as he told The News he hopes this was enough to keep him in the side this weekend: 'You always hope that after getting in the side, you can get a run in the team.

'But I accept that it is a squad game.

'It's everyone's aim to get in the team and stay in the team, but to do that you have to stay patient, work hard in training and hope to get an opportunity.

'I'm not stupid. I know the team has been playing really well this season and we're the highest the club has been for goodness knows how many years.

'So I knew it was up to me to take my opportunity when it came along. Now I just want to work hard and hopefully keep my place for Saturday, but it's up to the manager to think about that'.

Hughes always does a job when called upon, I really cannot recall a time when he has let us down and I was delighted - if not a little surprised - when he stepped in again, but as always put in a fantastic showing to give Harry Redknapp a selection headache.

If Redknapp persists - as is likely - with his 4-5-1 against Boro then there can be no doubt that Hughes will retain his place as he did more than enough, so even if Sean Davis and Pedro Mendes were available - which both seem unlikely - he should have still done enough.

Even if Redknapp does make a switch to 4-4-2 then others should be more worried about their place than Hughes, well if I was selecting the side they would anyway, but of course I am not...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 28 2007

Time: 2:00PM

Your Comments

Hughsey did nothing wrong against Arsenal, which means he will be on the bench or left out tomorrow. He always does a great job when he comes in and i reckon he will be gone in the window, which will be a great shame as another unsung hero departs.
Owenspompey
Harry has had a policy this season of sticking by those who do well, and those who come in have held their place, Hughse has certainly earned the right to start
paultsmouth
Hughesie did a great job protecting the back four against Arsenal and HR knew he could do that. Hughes if often selected when we want to play a containing not expansive game against the big four. He is right it is a squad system and his role is a destroyer. I expect HR to be more attacking against Boro possibly even 4-4-2 and depending on injuries I doubt Hughes will play sadly.
eastneydave
It was really good to see him play so well when he finally got his chance to play, but despite his performance I just cant see him staying at the club, hopefully tho with this performance his value has risen
whitestones
he will start tomorrow, but i agree with the mighty stones, he will leave, to drumroll please....derby, i can almost sense it.
PompeyGleamer
I'm not certain he will start tomorrow but I'm not convinced he'll leave in January either. He's had a fewy opportunities to leave in recent years but has always stayed as he knows he can do a job whenever called upon and seems (to Pompeys benefit) willing to do that. I hope the Arsenal game wasn't the last time we see Hughsie in a Pompey shirt... He is a quality squad player and we need our share of those..
Chix
i do want to see a 4-4-2 but we know what 'arry is like so im not sure he will change from his 4-5-1 tbh... as far as hughesie and his pompey future goes, hopefully he will stay, but i think alot might depend on what happens tomorrow - if we do retain a 4-5-1 as i suspect but he doesnt feature then i think he'll think enough is enough... a 4-4-2 without him would probably be understood more, but he could still be abit put out...
pompeyrug
dont think he will start, dont think he will leave. He is a truly great player to come in, and kill the midfield and attack of good team, such as arsnal or man u - but will do little creative against the likes of boro. Harry knows this, and to be honest, i dont think his style of play would fit into the way we will (hopefully) play against boro - having said that, he is far to usefull to loose. all teams need a good squad - we cant really afford to let players leave - not now anyway!!!
pompeycarpet
we are overstacked in the center of midfield and someone will go, if not because they are unhappy with their role in the teams, then as a way of financing other moves, and right now hughes looks like a front runner, but Chix does make a good point, it may be the case that harry decides to keep Hughes and dump someone else
whitestones
Hughes is a valuable squad player, someone that could give us a few more good years of service. It would be crazy to sell him, unless he wanted to go, as he has proved his quality in some pretty big games and he cost us practically nothing. I have a dream - and that dream is to see Hughes become Portsmouth's Owen Hargreaves!
Pompeyscum
That's some dream Pompeyscum but if it came off I don't think many would question his comittment or the fact that he'll always give 100% for the team. I always think he's a bit on an unsung hero and I'd rather lose Pedro than Hughsie if we had to lose a midfielder
Chix
mendes, hughesie or mvuemba seem to be the ones that are on the line... ideally i'd like to keep all 3 but if not possible then mvuemba would be the 1 that i would say must be kept, he is younger, has great potential and will be a star... if hughesie does play today - as i still suspect that 'arry will keep a 4-5-1 - another performance should see him start in the same formation against reading, his chance to cement a place in the team is up for grabs...
pompeyrug
Yeah I agree with you Rug but there's that Hughsie is a Harry man and Mvuemba is a Perrin man issue to overcome isn't there ? - If one had to go I'd say Pedro .. sounds odd saying that but he's not been the same player since the Thatcher/Barton incidents
Chix
'arry bought mvuemba in tho didnt he, first got him in on loan last january didnt he... had he been a perrin signing then there probably wouldnt have been much contest - maybe he isnt good enough, but i still suspect this is why songo'o has never been given a chance because he isn't 'one of 'arry's boys'... agree with the thoughts on mendes, i think he was a fantastic footballer, but the was part is probably the way it will remain, im not sure we will ever see the best of him again after his assaults from those two thugs - so he would probably be the one to go and the one we would get most for anyway...
pompeyrug
Glad RH had a chance & took it well. he will paly against Boro & probably at Reading. Once the ANC start he will still play. I was surprised he hadn't been on the bench in previous matches.
storagematt
 

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