Pompey Malta returns with a few musings from Saturday afternoons defeat at Villa and how the number 6 featured so prominently.
Sitting behind Paul Hart this afternoon was Hayden Mullins, and a white number 6 on his shorts was constantly caught up by the cameras. Coincidence? Probably not, it is Premier League record: Played 6 – Lost 6.
Well, once again we have committed suicide; giving away 2 goals to which we had no reply, even if the end of match statistics showed 12 shots on target against their 7. If our strikers are finding it hard to score, they surely aren’t being encouraged by the sloppy defending and not inspired by their captain, a complete waste filling the midfield.
Ben-Haim has kept his pace, showing how far he is from being the man that once showed up in the Bolton shirt by giving Agbonlahor all the time he needed to dispatch past James 2 minutes away from the break. The latter’s anger, after conceding explained it all. Prior to that, Belhadj has continued to invite Hreidarsson back into contention, when he tripped Petrov in a rushed challenge after 34minutes. The sum; 2 players, 2 mistakes, 2 goals conceded makes it up to 6 once again.
Pompey did show moments of nice football, but Friedel was found there in the right time, in the right place over and over again. Luck was not on our side again as all shots gone straight into the big arms of the American. But being unlucky is no longer our excuse.
Paul Hart probably got it wrong once again, opting for Ben-Haim instead of Williamson, and changing Piquionne when he started to get his feet on the ground. Despite this, he seems to ignore the fact that this side needs a leader, a leader who can inspire others by playing football. Mokoena, simply does not do that. Never before, I hoped for Mullins to come on.
But the lad kept on smiling behind Hart, and his number 6 was shining yet another defeat, defeat number 6.
Written by Pompey Malta.
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