We’ve exchanged questions and answers with the myPompey.com fans’ web site in the last day or two, about tomorrow’s game on the south coast.
Below are the questions from our Newcastle United Blog and the answers we received from the lads at MyPompey.com.
If you’d like to see the questions we got and the answers we gave go here.
Here are some questions the lads at myPompey.com have answered for tomorrow’s game:
1. How do you think Tony Adams is doing so far as a replacement for Harry Redknapp?
In many respects Redknapp was a hard act to follow but there was always a feeling that things weren’t quite as they seemed. The constant police attention was difficult to swallow plus Redknapp’s never ending infatuation with the media wore a little thin after the first few weeks!
You can’t argue with Redknapp’s results other than to say he rode his luck a few times. His attitude often let him down when we played big teams. Always saying we’d be lucky to get a draw which consequently saw the team play poorly, often resulting in a drubbing.
As for Adams, on the whole the majority of fans are pleased with him. He hasn’t had a brilliant start but then again it hasn’t been too bad either. His use of substitutes has been questioned but his attacking style has been welcomed by everyone.
The CEO here summed it up when he said that when Redknapp left they looked around and couldn’t see any candidates more qualified than Adams. Hardly a resounding vote of confidence but nonetheless a realistic assessment of the man and his ability.
2. Which of your players are on form right now?
That’s a tough question. The whole team is playing well although perhaps suffering from Adams experimenting with formations in his new role. Adams has really motivated the team and several players are performing much better than they did under Redknapp. Of course the obvious candidates are Crouch and Defoe, between them scoring almost every match.
The Croatian Kranjcar is back after injury and can turn a game with or without Scott Carson in the opposing goal.
Look out for wing backs Johnson and Belhadj probably the best attacking backs in the country. Although you can judge for yourself.
3. In general are the reports in Portsmouth expecting a home win or in general how do they think Portsmouth will fare against the Magpies?
Pompey is a passionate town. You get the normal mix of those who think we will thrash everybody and others who see Pompey for what they are. A team full of internationals capable of humbling teams like Milan one minute and struggling against WBA the next.
Generally we are confident at home although we see Newcastle for what the are – a sleeping giant. Let’s hope they don’t wake in Portsmouth.
4. Do you have any injuries for the game tomorrow?
The big one is Diarra. Due back in a week or so. Plus Utaka who scored against you at St James’ Park last season. One or two others are struggling but they are squad players.
5. What do you truly expect the score tomorrow to be?
I think you will score but I am hopeful we will score more (sorry Kevin). If we score in the first 10 minutes then 3-1 to us, else a draw.
6. Any other comments on our game tomorrow – which by the way is being televised worldwide?
I think any fair-minded Pompey fan would wish Newcastle well. The Premier League would be a worse place without you. So use the match against Pompey as your last warm up and start winning from next week!
Thanks for the opportunity to answer these questions.
Comments welcome – but keep them polite.