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Lawrence, Kitson & Rocha can kick start our season



Nearly a week has passed since the Transfer Window slammed shut.

Deadline Day was an anti-climatic affair for Pompey fans as they witnessed their threadbare squad whittled down even more.

Tommy Smith and Blues captain Marc Wilson were sold whilst youngster Marlon Pack was loaned out to Cheltenham Town.

Steve Cotterill managed to bring in Liam Lawrence and Dave Kitson as part of the Wilson deal, as well as £2m in cash. A great piece of business.

Now though, it is up to the manager to find a system that works for the players he has at his disposal. So far, the formations he has used haven't paid off and shockingly in our four league games; we've barely looked like scoring once. In fact, our only league goal thus far, was a fluky deflected effort from Nadir Ciftci against Reading.

Cotterill has stated on many occasions he is trying to change the 'style' of football we are used to and that it will take time. I'm fine with that as long as after ten games we're not rocked to the bottom of the league.

We have a very decent first eleven on paper and it's been a shock how poorly they've performed in this league. There's not really one part of the side you can point your finger at either. The defence have been very shaky, whilst the midfield has been one-dimensional and completely lacking in ideas. Upfront we aren't ruthless enough and get bullied by the opposition.

However, I have no doubts that Lawrence and Kitson will be a massive boost. Stoke fans adore Lawrence and they are gutted to see him leave The Britannia. Whilst Kitson will offer an outlet and hold the ball up - Something Nugent desperately struggles to do.

Away from Deadline Day, there have also been a couple of deals done. Kanu finally joined after weeks of speculation. He will be a big asset this year.

For me though - the biggest asset is the latest signing, Ricardo Rocha. Bringing him back to the club is a massive coup for Steve Cotterill. Rocha and Mokoena forged a great partnership at the back in our FA Cup run last season, hopefully they can pick up where they left off. Of course it also means that Sonko can finally be dropped after a string of calamity performances.

We have some very tough games coming up. We host inform Ipswich on Saturday. Then after that, two away games in five days sees us travel to Crystal Palace and Sheff Utd - and we all know what Pompey are like on the road…

Therefore it is crucial Cotterill uses this time off to get his players right physically and mentally for the stretch of games to come. An indication of how they are doing will be seen tonight in a friendly against Gosport. Fingers crossed we don't suffer any injuries and the players receive a confidence boost by scoring a few goals.

Written by Josh Perry.

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Date:Monday September 6 2010

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let hope kanu and rocha get over the line before saturday
ruffcider
The problem with attracting players to the club is that most if not all want guranteed 1st team football something only 11 players can get at a time. This is why I don't see Rocha replacing Sonko (Although I really want him to!), so unless Rocha plays at right back will he be happy on the bench?
moley2
Has Rocha actually signed yet, I haven't seen anything official about either of them come to think of it....
stooH
Not official but Cotterill is quoted as saying that a deal is agreed.
Josh Perry
Apparenly Rocha's playing at the Gosport friendly tonight, and Kanu.
tracyc
I feel a little for Sonko. Yep, he hasn't had a great start..but in particular, the Cardiff game, the back two didn't get any real support from anything in front of them. I was a little surprised as most of our mid are defensive minded! Mok's and Sonko just had to deal with ball after ball in front of them, and it was golden boy Wilson who made the biggest balls up that lead to the goal. A little rant I know, But I think theirs better times ahead for Sonko. Dickinson on the other hand....is he really a footballer??
CharlieChimes
I feel a little for Sonko. Yep, he hasn't had a great start..but in particular, the Cardiff game, the back two didn't get any real support from anything in front of them. I was a little surprised as most of our mid are defensive minded! Mok's and Sonko just had to deal with ball after ball in front of them, and it was golden boy Wilson who made the biggest balls up that lead to the goal. A little rant I know, But I think theirs better times ahead for Sonko. Dickinson on the other hand....is he really a footballer??
CharlieChimes
not sure why that posted twice! :)
CharlieChimes
rocha is left footted so dont think he will play right back..
pompeyhussler
Rocha and Kanu signing tomorrow according to Express FM.
Josh Perry
I'm not sure deadline day could be called an anti climax? Otherwise I agree with Josh. I feel we need 10 points from the next 18 and that Coterille will have only that time before the " honey moon" praps better called the limited responsibility period is over. Whilst, as I think Tracy C put it the manager is unsackable- I think that is more to do with contract pay off and that might change around the 15th of the Month. Of course if Cotterille does what i hope we all want and goes on a winning streak, all gets forgotten and he'll probably get the dreaded " manager of the month" award! LoL which will no doubt precede a losing streak.
russellm
you missed out Kanu ... tongue firmly esconced in cheek
jim4pompey
interested to hear Charlie's description - I get a feel that Sonko will be quite good for us - I think we need to remember it's a team game and that quite often what looks like one persons gaff to a fan is really someone elses to the more technically minded.
jim4pompey
 

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