Date: 1st December 2008 at 12:52pm
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Davis wants his place back!
After finally breaking his goalscoring drought, when scoring the winner against Blackburn yesterday, Sean Davis, whilst admitting he was happy to score has expressed a disappointment at having ‘lost his place in the side’ recently.

I think that he must be the fella from the midfield that I most hope we can sell each summer, not that I want him to leave – if I had to pick a midfielder each summer to go, that seems like he could go, he is the one… He is also the fella that I am usually most pleased did stay – with this being the case for the last couple of seasons! And he has again come in again this season and done a job.

To be honest, I thought he missed out against Milan due to illness? He but was fit enough to take a place on the bench. He came on in that game, and of course came on against Blackburn – but to say he has ‘lost a place in the team’ is a little untrue really.

He will most likely be back in against Wolfsburg, although that said despite areas of his game failing to live up to the requirement I feel we need Papa Bouba Diop has done a decent job recently – and his effort against Blackburn that lead to our winner was a blockbuster that shows he can do it – and Richard Hughes has also come in and done a job.

Diop, Hughes and Davis maybe not exactly be the ‘star names’ in midfield that would be a first choice pick, have done a job when asked so with them – and not forgetting Arnold Mvuemba – we do still have names capable of doing a job… and they are hungry for this, which will only help us. If someone comes in, if they do the business they deserve to stay in.

He has also voiced his concern about his future, but insists that he wants to stay at Pompey beyond the end of his contract – which expires in the summer. Time will tell…

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Kaboul’s pleas to teammates
Younes Kaboul, who I feel has really started to show what a talent he is, has urged his teammates to stay at Fratton for the remainder of this season – at least…

This is of course something that we all want, and winning games will help – some comes down to financial matters as well of course, but if we are doing the business on the pitch this will encourage players to stay.

As far as financial matters go, I can again only say that none of us actually really know what the score is do we, so again lets just keep positive and keep enjoying it, lets worry about tomorrow – not literally tomorrow – ‘if’/’when’ it comes…

As for Kaboul, as said I think he is doing the business and I have been impressed with him and seem to have a fine future ahead of him. He has been a fantastic leader for us, and still organises the defence as we need it to be but I feel Sol Campbell’s time with the club is coming to an end – maybe sooner, rather than later as well… The Frenchman will help soften this blow though!

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Niko – we got our ‘reward’ for Milan
Niko Kranjcar has said that our win over Blackburn was ‘reward’ for our showing against Milan.

The Croatian came on at half time and played his part in helping us to the 3pts yesterday – the throughball to Jermain Defoe for our second goal was that bit of quality creativity that the midfield has lacked – a win that I had no doubt, apart from when it was 2-2, would come as I had told several that it would.

‘Reward’ for our showing against Milan, and to be fair performances as a whole under Tony Adams, is fair to say I feel…

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Adams pleased with cup draw
Our FA cup defence starts with a home game against Bristol City, and Tony Adams is pleased with this draw, with him predicting a good game: ‘it’s great to have a home tie. It should be a decent game.’

I think it is fair to say that the vast majority, if not all of us, would be pleased to start our defence with a home tie – and a home tie against a lower league opponent is a bonus, is it not?

Thoughts on all the above please guys…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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