Date: 19th November 2017 at 5:23pm
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What a performance we saw from Danny Rose against Southend.

Officially Brett Pitman was named the Man of the Match but it was always my opinion – and that of those I went to the game with – Rose had been the standout Pompey performer at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Rose was here, there and everywhere, from the first minute, and aside from one moment when he really should have released Jamal Lowe, as the Blues looked to catch Southend on the counter, the midfielder virtually did everything right.

It had been decided by Kenny Jackett to overlook Rose for the majority of the season so far, preferring others in place of him. However, the boss brought him back into the side at Blackpool and he retained this in the victory over Southend – surely it’ll be hard for Jackett to drop him again?

He had been a mainstay in the side that won League Two last season but, for whatever reason, it was determined others, who in my opinion are more lightweight than Rose, something some have pointed the finger at him for being, should be selected ahead of him.

Regarding his spell out of the side, Rose understands there’s time when you’ll not play, when he wasn’t this was explained to him by Jackett but he’s obviously very pleased to be back in the starting XI.

‘It’s very pleasing to be on the pitch again because you miss being out there with your friends. There are not many atmospheres at this level like the one you get here, so you want to experience every moment,’ Rose told

Adding: ‘But every player will have that during the course of their career, so all you can do is keep yourself as fit as possible and believe you can make a difference when you’re next needed. The gaffer has been honest with me and the other lads who haven’t been in the team and I’ve just had to remain patient.’

Following a most complete midfield performance, this has proven WHY Rose should be in the side and if he dips out anytime soon I for one would be very surprised.


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One Reply to “That’s why he should be in the team”

  • Rose & Naismith have been overlooked for too many games. KJ lives & dies by his selections but I am very glad to have a defensive midfielder in the team & a creative player. It’s a long season & we need a squad of good players who can come in when needed & make a difference.

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