Hart's Chemistry, the substance we need
So many articles this morning and yesterday evening suggested that Portsmouth are too defensive minded lately, especially following a 0-0 draw against fellow strugglers Hull at the weekend. This might be true, but gaining points away from home is what we need at the moment. Some say that the way forward is to attack, but what we have been seeing since Hart took over is that the way forward is to defend. If a side does not concede goals, and not score any either, there will be a gain of one point. Fact.
Although against Hull Portsmouth looked as if they were pleased with a draw, Paul Hart and Brian Kidd, at some point, hoped that we would score. But Hart was clever enough to ensure that his men do not concede while looking for that goal. And this is Hart's chemistry.
Looking back, just a match before Hart took over, Portsmouth lost to Liverpool in a match we could have won only if then manager knew about the importance of defending your lead, especially against a top-four side.
However, against Hull, Portsmouth did not try very hard to score, but it was evident that we were not going to concede. Having said that, Portsmouth recent performances have underlined that we are a side capable of defending and ease off the pressure off our goalkeeper.
Recently, I have submitted an article 'The Magic of Hart
' in which I praised Hart's decision to play a 4/5 men defence line; (Johnson), Kaboul, Campbell, Distin and Hreidarsson in order to be more composed at the back. Hart, against Hull opted to use the same system, and this implies that defending is the way forward. History can prove that Portsmouth have won the FA Cup by doing so.
Hart is the man who has a defensive mind of football and that is why he is the best man to manage Portsmouth, the side who was giving away goals for fun this season.
Well done Hart and Kidd, another brilliance proved worth it.Written by Pompey Malta
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