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Better team than first thought?



Now people may think that the players Pompey have bought this summer will not help us stay up this season. But Jamie O'Hara explains that people don't realise how good the Pompey side actually is. He believes Pompey now has the midfield manpower to hurt Premier League defences.

Jamie told PFC TV "In the papers they say the clubs a mess, but I haven't seen anything of the sort really. Everyone's fantastic, it seems settled to me, doesn't seem to be any problems, maybe off the pitch they was a few but it seems we've got a settled side now, hopefully we can start picking up some points.

"The managers told me that he wants an attacking midfielder who can link up with the strikers. I sat in the stands for the game against Man City and I thought he played fantastic, the only problem we had was we didn't look like we had the midfielders to get on and help the strikers out. But hopefully me and Prince (Boateng) can help the strikers out and notch a few goals"

"Boateng's an exciting player, people don't really know him but I think Portsmouth are going to have a bargain with him. He's the type of player that can produce something out of nothing. You might think he's doing nothing in the game and he will bang one in form 30 yards, he's going to be a great prospect.

"I went into Spurs on Wednesday to get some treatment, and chatted with Woody (Woodgate). He said what's the team like, I told him obviously the eleven that you think is going to play and he said bloody hell, that's a good side, that's going to be hard to beat. That's what I think people are going to start realising now, the players we've got in, it's going to be tough to beat us"

When you look at it we do have a strong team.

Jamo - A great keeper who has saved Pompey loads of times and is England's Number one.

Begovic - Great young prospect and could be Pompey's Number one by as early as next season.

Vanden Borre - Has great pace and when he gets forward he can score and assist, like Glen Johnson. However he hasn't done it for Pompey yet.

Kaboul - Probably our best defender and can score some with his head as well.

Ben Haim - Did well at Bolton, but went down the pecking order at Chelsea and Man City. But I hope he will return to his Bolton form at Pompey.

Mokoena - Captain and a strong defender and holding Midfielder.

Belhadj - Has great pace, gets forward and assists.

Hreidarsson - Great in the air, scores a few and a great tackler.

Brown - Haven't seen much of him to tell but was strong and played some good balls against Man City.

Mullins - Last season probably Pompey's worst player, but he has started this season strongly and on his day plays great by assists, winning balls and can defend.

O'Hara - Brilliant signing by Paul Hart, he is a great young midfielder and can be a regular for England in a couple of years time if he keeps playing well.

Yebda - People have spoke of their shock of how we have got him. I think that means he's a great player. Doesn't score many goals but assists well.

Smith - Haven't seen much of him to tell what he's like played alright against Man City.

Utaka - Hasn't played the best to his ability since winter of the 07/08 season. But can play great when he wants to by getting forward and either setting up goals or going for it himself.

Piquionne - On his day can score from left right and centre, as he showed against Rangers. Lets hope he will return to that form for the Bolton game and the rest of the season.

Dindane - Injured at the moment so haven't seen any of him for us. But for Lens scored goals and set up loads as well.

Written by PompeyFcMad.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 11 2009

Time: 10:08AM

Your Comments

Yeah tend yo agree with the evaluations, I am really looking forward now firstly to what formation Hart sets out with, and also if Belhadj starts, as I rate the guy a lot and if he gives him the role the Niko had I reckon he will be a real danger to defences.
blarmy
Just need to find the right balance for the team. Time to gel, but soon please. A big squad but who plays where? Can't afford to lose to Bolton.
storagematt
lots of competition and some genuinely good players sounds good to me but i do think bolton is almost a must win, we need some points and fast just to get confidence up and to create a platform to push up from.
pompeym@
It's great to read something so positive. O'Hara was 'voted' best signing so when HE is positive, we should listen. Excellent article to get us in a positive mood for The Big Match.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Just re-read; hmmm, Freudian usage of 'positive', methinks. Good omen!
Et_tu_Pompeii
Good on yer Mad! Top ten then?
Gandor1
Gandor I think we can finish somewhere around 9-14.
Pompeyfcmad
Gandor I think we can finish somewhere around 9-14.
Pompeyfcmad
Gandor I think we can finish somewhere around 9-14.
Pompeyfcmad
Oops on my iPod so accedently sent it 3 times lol
Pompeyfcmad
is it alright if u delete 2 please Rug
Pompeyfcmad
we need to get the points tomorrow, otherwise player talk is irrelevant; hart has no more excuses its his team and he needs the result
russellm
WE WILL BE FINE. CLUBS ARE IN A WORSE POSITION THAN US BY MILES. I WOULDNT EVEN SWAP BOLTONS POSTITION FOR OURS. MAN FOR MAN WE HAVE A BETTER TEAM THAN WHAT WILL BE THE BOTTOM SIX AND ALSO MAN FOR MAN WE ARE BETTER THAN TEAMS LIKE WIGAN. IF HART HAS TO GO TO GET US GOING, THEN IM SURE AL FAHIM WILL SACK HIM AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR THE CLUB, NOW CHEER UP EVERYONE
PompeyJoe
 

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