MyPompey Web Site Answers NUFCBLOG Questions


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.



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35 comments so far

  • ELFER

    Dec 13, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Nice, but unfortunately for us it’s a must win now with all the results today. Pompey could live with loosing the game – but we absolutely need to win it!

    Althought I wish them good luck for the rest of the season, but tomorrow we need 3 points! And we will do it, I’m confindent.

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  • Graham

    Dec 13, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Very good insight I think! I wish all the best to Pompy fans who appear to share many of the problems we do!

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  • Christoon

    Dec 13, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #3

    good answers, was nice to be reffered to as a sleeping giant :). if butt and guthrie are fit i feel another draw maybe on the cards, without them i feel a lil less confident, good luck the toon

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #4

    pompey fans seemed to be extremely inteligent polite and passionate so i wish them the best for the season(except for when they play us)

    ed you should do more of these type of articles its great to see what other fans think

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  • Christoon

    Dec 13, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #5

    beyethegreat- completely agree, these articles are great. nice to hear the opinion of rival fans with common sense

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 13, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #6

    last time we did something like this we were heavy winners, hopefully the same again.

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  • Xisco Stu

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #7

    Don’t call it a must-win game! Every time we do that things go wrong.

    It’s a must-lose game 😉

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #8

    christoon

    yeah mate i think it would be great if ed could do more articles with other fans blogs

    p.s is any1 watchin madrid v barca

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  • Piers

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #9

    beyethegreat- absolutely!

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Xisco Stu-

    exactly right a must lose game lol

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  • ksmit

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Brilliant! Wasn’t going to read the article but I’m glad I did. Keep these kind of things coming Ed… except with certain teams (we all know who) because really… we know what certain people will say!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Good thinking – yes – we will definitely lose tomorrow.

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  • lacedaemonian

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #13

    A good feature, Ed.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #14

    piers

    its a tough decision madrid v barca or the x factor lol

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  • Chris

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #15

    Guys,

    It has been a real pleasure exchanging views with Ed.

    You a have a real treasure here, both with the team and this site.

    Looking forward to picking up again when we come to St James.

    Meanwhile the very best of luck and let’s hope Owen gets back in the England team soon!

    chris
    myPompey.com

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #16

    so yeah ed there should defo be more articles like this

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  • 51times

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #17

    I want to watch El Classico but the TV isn’t free. I’ll have to see if there’s a torrent up tomorrow or something.

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #18

    except for the mackems and im not gonna say why because i dont want to ruin the most positive thread for ages

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 13, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Dont worry lad solution to the problem,

    http://www.justin.tv

    Click on sports, then soccer, then there are loads of live streams… hope this helps 🙂

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  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #20

    51 times

    http://www.justin.tv/luchoquirozzzz

    though you have to promise to type nufc now and again to raise awareness of our club lol

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  • ELFER

    Dec 13, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #21

    51times checkout livefooty.doctor-serv.com

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  • Canada willie

    Dec 13, 2008 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #22

    I cannot see how Newcastle can get 43 points by the end of the season. They have 16 from 16 games. With 22 games left we need 27 points to stay up, that 9 wins. We only 3 so far this season.

    When Owen goes this will make it extremely unlikely,

    Kinnear is the most optimistic person on this planet

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 13, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #23

    my post isnt showing!

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 13, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #24
  • beyethegreat

    Dec 13, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #25

    tom4nufc

    i have had the same problem lol the only time they show is when i say my comments arent showing lol

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 13, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #26

    keep seeing the numbers 1-4

    is it a sign?

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  • Piers

    Dec 13, 2008 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Eto just scored

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  • Piers

    Dec 13, 2008 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #28

    And now Messi scored….game over!!

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Nice exchange, Ed. I really enjoyed that.

    1-2 tomorrow? That is, if Kinnear doesn’t go all defensive once we take a lead…

    Anybody have thoughts on playing Duff as a central midfielder?

    He keeps the ball well–rarely gives up possession and passes well too. He’s lost some speed but can still run with the ball a bit.

    Just a thought.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Duff is useless, rather play Lualua.

    We better win tomorrow, Benfica just got knocked out the cup 5-4 on penalties, Reyes had his saved! 🙁

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  • CHUCK

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #31

    You know “Tom Toon” you constantly proclaim the fact you are a judge of talent, yet in saying Duff , who has had a pretty good season sofar, in the opinion of quite a few, to be useless , is really unfair to the man and leaves your judgement in question.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 13, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #32

    I dont proclaim to be anything, I just take a good interest in football.

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  • Ganiyu

    Dec 14, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #33

    I predict a draw.Newcastle would struggle 4 it

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  • fostino

    Dec 14, 2008 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #34

    re: Canada Willie

    27 points from 22 games is defently possible mate, we should still be hoping for top ten finish, where’s the faith…………….i wish us newcastle fans returned to being the 12th man for the team. it has never been so depressing being a newcastle fan!! we need to get back playing to beautiful carefree football, even if that means taking a few chances, look at teams like everton, aston villa for example, they have too have small squads but they can still hold there own. we have the potential to be better then these teams. these teams show faith in their players, and play to their strengths. our style should always be attacking football, this is want the love. too often have newcastle overspent on expensive, overrated and under performing players!! the club needs a good shake-up but its not all doom and gloom………….with our present squad we have one of the best strikeforces in the league with an abundance of quality strikers who all appear fairly fit at the moment. our defence surprise, surprise is also looking solid with the revelation bassong steping up to the mark. our keppers are 1st class and we also have some exciting wingers in nzogbia and jonas and duff showing some signs of his old self. its probably our CM’s that are lacking so why not play 4-3-3, an already teasted and fairly successful formation for the next few weeks, i.e.

    Given
    beye colo bassong(based on form takes the middle) taylor
    jonas butt Nzogbia
    owen
    viduka martins

    owen shown he can do a job in the hole
    and i would put barton in for butt when he returns to action

    p.s. lua lua should also be given a chance if we need a player to change a game

    i think to play an effective 4-4-2, we need an effective midfielder that can run the show and pull the strings, at the moment we don’t have that, barton has the potential but he may blossom with another effective midfield presence. this should be our top priority in the transfer market, although i doudt much cash will be splashed with ashley at the helm. we then need attacking full backs for an effective 4-4-2 formation. beye is top notch but L.B. is a problem, if only N,Zogbia could defend better and enrique could be more consistant. this is our second essential signing. i think colo, taylor nd bassong are solid in the middle of defence, perhaps an experienced vetern like sol campbell could still come in and cement the defence with his experience and presence. we should remeber tozer and kadar are up and comers. we also need cover at right back, in case the fans favourite beye is out. back-up is a big problem, playing players out of position should always be avoided, especially in defence.

    players that need to go to free up the wage bill are cacapa, edgar, ( wont make it at newcastle at this stage), smith (just hasnt worked for him at newcastle unfortunatly, its a shame he wouldnt develop into a keane-like midfielder) possibly ameobi(despite his recent heroics, i dont think he’s very reliabale) or xisco….xisco especially would generate some funds, but i dont think he’s been given the chance yet to truely prove himself. carrol, the local lad should be loaned out for experience.

    butt too hasnt too long left in the tank and is prone to carelessly giving the ball away and geremi has also struggled to hold down a place in the team, however i think his verstatility should warrent a stay in the squad. duff too i imagine is a highly paid player who dispite recent form has not given newcastle enough, perhaps he should be replaced with a newer model…..lets not forget about N’zogbia either, its about time he stepped up and consistantly performed to his ability………he could nail down his spot on the wing. arron Lennon would be a nice replacement for duff with jonas alternating from left to right wing to accomodate the team.

    my suggestions for players: ive watched L.Diarra alot and he is class. sol campbell for experience at the back. w.bridge at L.B (if only), and possibly some unknown R.B for cover.

    if viduka goes then gudjohnson would be a good replacement.
    if owen goes then defoe as replacement, however defoe perhaps is too similar to martins??
    i think another C.M. should also be bought to eventuall replace butt, a proven defensive midfielder like sissoko would be sweet. with sissoko, Diarra, Barton, Geremi or a newly reformed smith, jonas, nzogbia, lennon, lua lua in the middle we would have a formiddable midfield for the future…..i suppose there would be no harm in butt hanging around either as a reliable back-up with vast experience

    my realistic dream team

    given

    beye taylor colo bridge

    jonas Diarra Barton Nzogbia

    owen viduka

    ….back-up team

    harper

    (R.B) Campbell bassong enrique

    lennon sissoko smith(maybe the Gonzalez kid could be ood) lua lua or duff

    martins ameobi or xisco

    then there’s froster, krul, kadar, tozer, geremi, butt, range, spearr etc ……………this is where our scouting system needs to continue on and recruit some top young talent….this tactic will bear fruit in a few years.

    anyways thank you to those that took the time to read this, Rant over!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #35

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