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Adams Fearful of Slick Swans

Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has admitted he fears Swansea's style of play will cause them problems on Saturday.

The under pressure manager welcomes the South Wales club to Fratton Park as Pompey look to defend the FA Cup they won by beating Cardiff City at Wembley in May.

The former Arsenal centre half has warned his players and fans to be patient, as he expects the Swans to dominate possession on Saturday afternoon.

Adams told the Western Mail:

"Swansea play a 4-3-3 very well. Little Leon Britton is an ex-West Ham player, and they`ve got Darren Pratley from Fulham - good little players there who know how to play their system and know how to pass the ball.'

"They`re a good outfit, who pass the ball very well and have lots of possession.'

"And, hopefully, we won`t get frustrated by the amount of possession Swansea have, because they will have plenty because they can pass it.'

"That`s my fear, that we`ll be all getting frustrated because the fans will be demanding that we turn them over easily.'

"But this is by no means an easy game for us - they are a good side."

"I love the way Roberto`s team play and I love the way he encourages his players to get the ball down and play," he said.

"So it will be tough for us. They beat Reading at the weekend and they play their system very well, pass the ball, keep possession.'

"And there is a tendency to go and chase them - but that`s not a good thing to do. So we`ve got to be a bit patient."


The 3,000 Jacks travelling to Portsmouth will be hoping Adams predictions come true, and the Swans can come away with a famous result.




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Writer: Andy Morgan  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 22 2009

Time: 3:30PM

Your Comments

We will welcome you to Pompey & give you the respect you deserve. We are a Pompey going thru a change so in turn that gives you a chance. Whether youi take it is another thing. Our home form isn't great & an odd goal will probably do it. The last time you were down this way was last season when you played the local non league team Havant & Waterlooville!!!
storagematt
I can see a close, and possibly tense, game. Let's hope it is an enjoyable one. I certainly don't predict a 5-0 scoreline.
UKTony
I think we'll give you a good game and it'll be close, similar to Burnley's efforts against Spurs.
KevinE
no, I DON'T think it will be anything like brurnley against spurs. We havn't conceeded in the fa cup for god knows how long (well, actually a year) (which is a sure sign you will score!), and have been looking to tighten up our defence. This game SHOULD be the perfect oportunity to get another clean sheet (sorry, no disrespect meant) - however, I feel that if we want to SCORE goals ourselves, we may be challenged. If I had to guess now, I would say it will go to a replay, as our home form at the moment - for over a season now - has been fairly rubish.
pompeycarpet
Well I don't agree with any other Pompey fans .. I think we will win quite comfortably .. you've only won 4 away from home in the league this year and have drawn half your games in total - Our home form hasn't been great and we are a team in transition but we are the FA Cup holders and if you think we are gonna give it up .. Think again.. We are going to Wembley again this year!
Chix
If Bristol City could hold you to a 0-0 draw I'm sure we can.
KevinE
on the other hand KevinE - if you struggle to score against birmingham, then you;ll struggle to score against us :-). Bristol were lucky AND we were in a very shakey state. since then, a lot of confidence has been restored, and our luck is changing. having said that, you could still get lucky, we could still play badley, and you could still play out of your skins and beat us. we'll see!
pompeycarpet
Carpet you are too kind - Pompey 3 Swansea 0 - and on the basis that if Bristol City held us to a draw Swansea can.. I'll reply if HAWKs beat you .. then so can we ! - KevinE.. If you do beat us or indeed get a draw I will come back and let you wipe the egg all over my face I promise.. I just can't see it though
Chix
let the football do the talking then boys.. just because you won it last year doesnt mean you will this year.. look who you played in the final for a start and you needed man united to have 10 men before you beat them.. lets see what happens on the day.. the FA cup is full of suprises and theres one right up pompeys street
Gilley07
We will totally out play and out pass Portsmouth it is just whether we can put the ball in the net lets hope Calamity James has one of his funny days? Bit worried about our defending at set pieces especially with bean pole Crouchy still think we can do it UP THE JACKS LETS BE LOUD AND PROUD SATURDAY
taylor2078
don;t worry about defending set peices, we're hopeless at them! To say you'll out play us is a little naiive. we could give you a lot of the ball, but don't be fooled by that, as we are a team that likes to break quickly. we can soak up pressure, jamo is about as calamitous as... well... someone that is the best keeper in the premierhship.... To "need 10 men to eat united" - we were one of about 3 teams that united failed to score against last season (at home, and i'm not sure about away too?).
pompeycarpet
We gave AC Milan a run for their money.
Gandor1
Giley07 - I was agreeing with you about letting the football doing the talking.. until your little prediction at the end.. The FA Cup aint that full of surprises... oh and look who we played? We have no control over the draw we won the cup by winning six cup-ties - who they were against is neither here nor their .. isn't the draw the romantic element of the cup
Chix
b>Play Up Pompey, Pompey Play Up
Chix
 

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