Becoming a fans' favourite
However, things have changed, thanks to Kamara who scored that all important goal for us, and for Hart. Pompey were safe before kicking off against Sunderland, and as the formations were official, everyone thought that Pompey were in attacking mood; 4-3-3. The first few minutes proved so, true, but once again the team dissolved and players like Kanu, Hughes and Mullins were seen nowhere.
Then Hart opted for a 4-4-2 formation, the third formation we have seen him use, and probably the best that suits us at the moment; a 4 strong midfield including Johnson and Traore on the flanks and a 2-men attack made up of a pair that never seemed to make sense before the trashing of Sunderland; that of Crouch and Utaka. The Nigerian reminded Fratton of the past, and showed us that he is still a very decent footballer, given the opportunity and the position that he likes - a striker. Crouch, who have been 'suffering' up there by himself was also shining, and the pair were impressive.
Many had argued about formations, and mentioned a 4-4-2 which only suited, according to their minds, either Gekas or Nugent up front and never mentioned the forgotten man Utaka, especially after firing north that spot-kick against Blackburn. But this time round he was there to do a job and has done it, with a smile.
The turning point of the match was the introduction of Linvoy. He came on and gave us more to cheer about, just enough to end the Fratton season on a high note.
Mr. Hart and his fellow colleagues have done a good job on this day, even better than most of us expected especially after going down and after that first half which almost turned to be a holy silent night.
Hart and Kidd have done it with the approval of the fans, maybe one of the few occasions this season, and this might lean towards love. He gave us everything, just because he is trying to become a fans' favourite. That might happen as there is only a thin line between love and hate!
Written by Pompey Malta.
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