The question doubting Portsmouth’s survival will soon become an old joke. Portsmouth does not need to worry anymore about the drop – Pompey are safe.
Playing on Monday night, against doomed Sunderland is no longer a do or die. If Bolton manage to win against Hull or if Newcastle do not get the three points, Pompey will be playing a different match on Monday, and they will do, as it has become a habit for the Tigers to lose, especially away from home.
Will Portsmouth play a very familiar 4-5-1 which Hart and Kidd have been playing so far or will they play a 4-3-3 and go for it? So many fans have been critical of Hart saying that Portsmouth are playing boring defensive football. But this has ensured Pompey’s safety. True, one can say that at times, Pompey fans were being tortured watching their side defend for long stretches, but Hart came in to do a job and has almost done it, that of keeping Pompey in the Premier League.
It is very likely that Portsmouth will once again play a 4-5-1 formation but with a different mentality: an attacking mentality. Hart will be managing this team for the last time this season at home, and having failed to impress in the last four games he will seek the opportunity to play attractive football with the hope that if he won’t be given the job next year, or if he will turn it down, he will be remembered nicely. I am sure that the fans, no matter how much they argued about his approach towards play, will respect him forever.
Written by Pompey Malta.
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