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James looking for shock win

01 May 2009 16:13:52

James looking for shock win

David James feels that Portsmouth could spring a surprise on Saturday when they face Arsenal. Portsmouth are seven points clear of the relegation zone on 38 points and a win would virtually seal their top-flight status for another season. James feels that the two games after Arsenal are more important, but believes they must still try and get a result against the Gunners. "We've got to try and get something from the Arsenal game," said James. "But with Blackburn and Sunderland coming up next there are two sides we actually need to get points from if we want a happy end to the season. "It would be nice to win a home game again because our home form has not been what it should have been." Arsenal will have one eye on their UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg tie with Manchester United so wholesale changes could be made. But James is sure that any Arsenal XI will pose a difficult task. "Whatever side Arsenal put out we know it will be one with a lot of talent and hunger. "They can't win the league so they must now be focused on the second leg of the Champions League and that could be nice for us but it is still going to be tough." James feels his own form has been to a decent standard this year, but feels there is room for improvement - along with the rest of the team, who he feels have become complacent. "My form has been all right but there have been some moments which were not too great. "Last season we had such a high with winning the FA Cup and finishing in a league position (eighth) nobody would have thought possible. "Maybe some players thought this season would be just a continuation of the last one but inevitably the Premier League finds you out if you are not quite up for it and you get punished. "I think we were all a bit guilty of that somewhere down the line." The England stopper admits that Harry Redknapp's departure as manager has had a negative impact on the team, and that replacement Tony Adams was not up to the job. "Harry's departure was a shock and I think what we had built defensively over a couple of seasons was lost for much of the time. "People have criticised my comments about the way things were run (under Adams) but I think they were true." Paul Hart and Brian Kidd have taken over since Adams left and have steered Pompey back on the right track, to the delight of James. "Now Paul and Kiddo have been involved and we are lot stronger defensively than we were. We've become difficult to beat again. Things have been dealt with and put back to basics on the training field. "Next season we need to take a check and learn lessons from what has happened in this one. We are fortunate we have managed to turn things around and are in a much more favourable position with just a few games to go."


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