Date: 27th August 2007 at 10:14am
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This nations press build up players, praise them way beyond their actual abilities, as well as handing out all manor of hype, but love nothing more than bringing people, clubs or country back down from grace, usually 10 times as quickly!

They love it when people fail and love being able to twist the knife – kicking people when they are down. They are doing exactly this with Paul Robinson.

I truly believe that David James is, and has been for the past year the best keeper in England, so deserves to be England’s no.1 again, but the way the press are hounding and treating Robinson is absolutely shocking. They are scrutinising his every move, even questioning his part in United’s goal yesterday.

Nani claimed the goal, although the thought that it came off Carlos Tevez’ s head could see it credited to him, but either way he is being slaughtered for conceding. I am no keeper and do not know much about the art of keeping, but how he can be blamed for that goal I do not know – if being ultra critical maybe he was too far off his line, I don’t know?

It is not just Robinson getting it though, James’ so called ‘howler’ in front of the England boss when he ‘let Frank Lampard’s effort squirm under his body’ has also come under very close inspection.

Yep, James may be more than a little disappointed that he did not save it, but he has exceptionally high standards anyway, but as ‘howlers’ go the press have become increasingly desperate have they not if they really believe that is as worthy of a top drawer ‘howler’ as they are suggesting.

The press are having a field day now, they have built up James – because he was not in, now that he is back in the England fold they have started the case against him not to be the no.1 and will love nothing more but to knock him at every chance they get – he is too wise for though, as I would guess Robinson is too though?

I think that Robinson is a great keeper, but then again so is James, so in these two alone England have two of the best options you could wish for, so it is not a case of England being short of options as the Sun so brilliantly put it ‘these shores have produced great keepers like Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton.

‘Now it is a case of who is less likely to drop a clanger. After the last week, there will only be smiles in Israel and Russia.

‘Because at the moment, nothing looks right between the sticks’.

If the options available, other than Robinson and James are that bad, maybe they should start a petition to get Clemence or Shilton back then – but no doubt they would soon turn on them if they were back in the frame!

The mentality of this nations press has wound me up no end for years, I used to tolerate it but now as I pay even more attention to it – admittedly because I am probably looking for inspiration for Vital Pompey – it only seems to get worse and worse.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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