Date: 16th November 2008 at 11:42am
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Tony Adams was pleased with a point after the 0-0 draw with West Ham yesterday and had plenty to say after the game.

Adams on the point
‘I’m disappointed we didn’t come away with all three points – I thought we created enough chances to have won the game. We certainly played well enough.’

I think that it is fair to say that we did create the better chances, even if West Ham did hit the bar. I would have been delighted with all 3pts, but cannot say I am bitterly disappointed with just the 1!

Adams on Defoe
‘Jermain had some fantastic chances. On another day he could have got a hat-trick but he’s a magnificent finisher and I’m pleased he’s in a Portsmouth shirt.

‘I just said to him I thought he was trying too hard to prove something to his former club.’

He has been out of form recently, and this started before the change in management. The ‘news’ that broke about the police enquiry business into his transfer to Pompey probably goes some way to explaining why his mind may have been elsewhere recently… If we keep giving the fella chances he will take them, unfortunately he could not do that yesterday but there you go – maybe he was trying too hard…

Adams on Rob Green
‘Their goalkeeper was magnificent. He pulled off some great saves.’

I have always been a fan of his, and when we were linked to him a couple of year’s back I would have been more than happy to see him sign. He again made some fine saves, and is again unlucky to be overlooked by England but as good as his saves can be he still makes too many mistakes – and these mistakes are often punished, hence why they are remembered – and does not command his area like some, which is probably why he is not in the setup…

Adams on going in the right direction
‘We’re moving in the right direction. I’m just glad they are with me – they’re 100 per cent with me – I’m very proud of them and if that continues then I’ll still be here.

‘If we put performances in like we did today then we’ll get results and I’m delighted with today’s performance.’

I was not at the game, so it is hard to comment too much but it seemed like we played ok. Other views that I have had are no so favourable, but I reserve judgement until I am able to see us again in the games coming up.

I think it is too early to judge him one way or the other, but I have been quietly impressed with things so far – things seems to be falling into place, we will know just how well after the string of home games we have coming up and I would expect to win both the league ones, something against Milan in the uefa cup is not out of the question either!

Adams on life as a manager
‘I’m enjoying it; I’m loving it and I want a match day every day.’

I am backing the fella, backing him completely – maybe things will not work out, but I think that he is ready for management but just needs to do a little more to improve his ‘in game’ tactics to be able to change things during the course of a game. It is not all about how you start a game, and what you do at half time – being able to change things during play is also a key component and getting this right is needed.

To be fair to him though, and not wishing to keep harping back to him but he is the most recent to compare to, I really do not think that Harry Redknapp would have made any tactical changes during the game yesterday to have won it either!

Adams on defence
‘The best form of defence is to attack and when you’re used to playing with the likes of Thierry Henry and Ian Wright then the ball’s up the other end and you don’t have to defend too much – but I must admit I do love keeping clean sheets.’

If you do not concede you will not lose game will you, leave the back door open and you will eventually get robbed! So keeping it tight is what we need to do, even more so away from home when our chances ‘should’, and usually are, at a premium.

I think it is becoming quite apparent that we are setting our stall out to keep it tight at the back away from home, we are not going gun-ho and the 3-5-2, or maybe even 4-3-3 formations could be a thing of the past under him. A solid 4-4-2 or, and against the ‘bigger sides’, 4-5-1 is likely to be deployed with defensive priorities the number one thing.

I am not saying this is going to be a ‘negative’ approach, but surely keeping it tight and picking up a point minimum is the aim for an away game – so is this such a bad thing.

Rugs final thoughts!
I have made thoughts throughout following what was said, but I will just summarise what I think now…

– I was not at the game, so it is hard to comment too much but it seemed like we played ok and 4pts from the last 6pts available – all on the road – suits me to be honest!

– 6pts from the next 6pts available – both at home – will be my target as with all due respect to Hull and Blackburn these are both sides that we should be beating at Fratton! So if we can make it 10pts from 12 that would be a very good return, and a return I would be more than pleased with.

– Again, without being at the game it is hard to comment, but I was content, maybe a little frustrated chances were not taken – but sometimes it goes that way, but content with a point. I am not saying that we should not go into games thinking, maybe even expecting to win, but maybe last season’s away form has left us expecting too much? A point away is something that most will take prior to a game, so is it really so bad…


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