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...And That Is Why We Need A Squad!

...And That Is Why We Need A Squad!
There is a difference between a squad and a team. What Pompey have at the moment is a team. But aren't football clubs meant to have football squads? Perhaps, but not always!

After being eliminated from the League Cup by a league 2 team called Barnet, albeit having a very good manager in Sanchez, Pompey's frailties were all over an empty Fratton Park.

Once again, Steve Cotterill couldn't fill the substitutes bench, and one has to question why the young ones who were given playing time during pre-season were not even sitting down there. This suggests, that like last season, Cotterill wasted a golden opportunity to help the team gel in pre-season, by giving playing time to youngsters he probably never thought of giving them a substitute's role. Why play them in pre-season and then move them aside?

The problems with having such a light team were evident against Barnet. Steve Cotterill had to tinker his 11 time and time again to make something work. The bench was empty, and he had no one who could come on and change the game. For instance, Mokoena played in 3 different roles in 90 minutes.

A lack of numbers will force the manager to use the same players over and over again, giving other managers the chance to learn our game inside out. How on earth Barnet could beat Pompey is beyond me, but it just happened, and it could have been worse! Barnet's match is definitely why we need a squad! And fast.

Written by Pompey Malta.

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  • Writer:Pompey Malta
    Date:Wednesday August 10 2011
    Time: 11:52AM

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    It beggers belief we can't have some kids on the bench, if not for the experience alone. Sometimes we just do need the numbers!!!
    storagematt
    10/08/2011 12:02:00
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    the 'experience' would be fantastic matt, i would love to see it as it could be worth so much!
    they will hardly feel 'part of the club' if they are not even seen as being good enough to 'make up the numbers' will they - williams aside, it seems cotts' stance on kids has not changed in the past 12-months, and that disappoints me...
    can anyway HONESTLY tell me they think any of the kids would have done any worse last night, even if they are not 'good enough!'
    pompeyrug
    10/08/2011 12:41:00
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    maybe its because you have to be registered for the league to play in the league cup and he didn't want the kids registered for the league!
    pompeym@
    10/08/2011 12:53:00
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    If this is so, m@, SC must have known the fact that we may be needing them. By having a 3-men bench, SC is making fun of the club. I just do not know why no one realises this. It is a shame we have to see this happening time and time again. There will be no excuses this season, that is for sure!
    Pompey Malta
    10/08/2011 13:42:00
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    I'm sorry Malta, I went to the game and there is no way we could replace the 7 or so players that needed hauling off.
    russellm
    10/08/2011 13:53:00
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    russell, these same players will be in the starting 11 on Saturday again, no matter what. My point is, that we need a squad so the manager can change around from game to game and maybe throughout the course of a game. You can never change a game with Kanu, Williams and Ashdown on the bench!
    Pompey Malta
    10/08/2011 15:18:00
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    blessing in disguise this is ..get out of the cup, knocked out by small bottom league club,Players get really embarressed by it and beat your reasonably near neighbours in the following saturday league game.
    plymouth graham
    10/08/2011 19:09:00
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