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Avoiding the Drop

Avoiding the Drop
Playing on Monday night, against doomed Sunderland is no longer a do or die. If Bolton manage to win against Hull or if Newcastle do not get the three points, Pompey will be playing a different match on Monday, and they will do, as it has become a habit for the Tigers to lose, especially away from home.

Will Portsmouth play a very familiar 4-5-1 which Hart and Kidd have been playing so far or will they play a 4-3-3 and go for it? So many fans have been critical of Hart saying that Portsmouth are playing boring defensive football. But this has ensured Pompey's safety. True, one can say that at times, Pompey fans were being tortured watching their side defend for long stretches, but Hart came in to do a job and has almost done it, that of keeping Pompey in the Premier League.

It is very likely that Portsmouth will once again play a 4-5-1 formation but with a different mentality: an attacking mentality. Hart will be managing this team for the last time this season at home, and having failed to impress in the last four games he will seek the opportunity to play attractive football with the hope that if he won't be given the job next year, or if he will turn it down, he will be remembered nicely. I am sure that the fans, no matter how much they argued about his approach towards play, will respect him forever.

Written by Pompey Malta.

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Date:Wednesday May 13 2009
Time: 7:28AM


Respect him .. as a manager ... not me PompeyMalta. He decided to take the job and he has not made us safe with two games to go .. How many times could and indeed should we have won a game but failed due to his defensive tactics... For me appointing Paul Hart was a mistake and (hopefully) due to a very poor premier league we will get away with it .. But it won't be his doing It'll be because (somehow) the teams around us are worse than us... With the announcement that Coppell has resigned from Reading this morning I hope Peter Storrie tracks hm down and offers him a job .. before anybody else does.. We need a proper manager.. and urgently
13/05/2009 07:38:00
Malta, you seem to be a little ahead of yourself. As Chix points out we are NOT safe yet by any means. Hull and NewCastle could both get a point at the weekend, and if we loose it will come down to the last game and goal differnence. No real respect here either. He has just been lucky where Tony wasn't. We could have been fighting for a top 10 finish rather than still battling to stay up. Such negative attitude towards football is dreadful.
13/05/2009 08:48:00
Steve Coppell is my kind of manager, decent, honest, articulate and a favourer of good stylish, attacking football. Sign him, Storrie, and revert Tony Hart to the job he was doing so well. Keep Brian Kidd as a coach - I might even renew my season ticket then . . . . .
13/05/2009 10:22:00
We are safe only if Hull and Newcastle lose this weekend.Our goal average has gone up to -20, Hull -24,Newcastle -17. So I still see us in the dogfight Monday night. Paul Hart will be thanked for his efforts but should return to his Youth post.
13/05/2009 10:25:00
race we are safe if either of Hull or Newcastle lose not both of them I think we will be sleeping easily Saturday night
13/05/2009 12:05:00
Not totally convinced. I can see both sides getting something & fear that a very desperate Sunderland could turn us over! To the final weekend it just may go!!!
13/05/2009 15:14:00
If we stay up, send Hart back to the great job he did with the youngsters and get Coppell and Kidd to sort us out.
13/05/2009 15:27:00
stand corrected Ashfordblue
13/05/2009 21:20:00
Since relegation fears emerged, survival was more important than attractive football. TA got us to play some nice football but got us no points. Hart has done a different job, managing a team which was 'not his' and ensured safety, if things go well for us as expected. I hope that we get a new manager next season aswell, but no one should say that Hart have not tried his best, in this situation we've been into.
Pompey Malta
13/05/2009 22:36:00
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