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Coleman 'frustrated' at defending

Chris Coleman has expressed his frustration at his side's bad defending after the 3-1 defeat to Portsmouth.

With a home game against a struggling but resurgent Portsmouth Coleman expected to take three points.

But despite the win over Chelsea and the draw against Aston Villa and keeping two clean sheets in the process, Coleman felt badly let down as his side crashed 3-1 at the Cottage to Pompey.

Coleman is aware of the cracks in his backline but has so far done little to remedy the problem.

Now though, as it has become an all too apparent problem all season, he has at least been able to stand up and admit that enough is enough.

Condemning his side's defensive display he said: 'That's why we're not in the top ten', was his verdict.

'We can beat anybody, we've shown that, but we can also lose to anybody. To go a goal down in the first minute was very disappointing when we've defended so well in the last two games.

Although there was a wonderful moment for Steed Malbranque with his stunning goal for the equaliser, Coleman believes that the side are not doing enough in games, and the lack of effort seems to be taking it's toll.

'It was a great goal from Steed, a fantastic finish but we defend badly again. We decided to give them a chance from a throw-in on the half way line. There was nothing we could have done about their third goal, but when we got our chances we should have been hitting the back of the net.

'There's light at the end of the tunnel for us and they're scrapping for their lives'.

'You could see that two games ago with us. Up against Chelsea, we'd lost four on the bounce, we had to come out fighting and we did. If you look at the last three fixtures; Chelsea home, Villa away and Portsmouth home, bearing in mind our home form, we're looking at this match as three points.

'We've got Sunderland next. They're poor at home, we can't win away - something will give. If they lose next Saturday, that could be it for them. It will be a tough game and it will be a came where there will be a lot of questions asked of us. The north east is not an easy place to go to if you're not prepared to roll your sleeves up.'

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Writer: Ollie Sheehan Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 2 2006

Time: 11:18PM

Your Comments

wot is wrong with r defence, do they realise they are playing football for Fulham Fc. If they don't want to try they can **** off elsewhere
I am heider
Wouldn't go that far, however, it seems that the lads aren't doign what they are capable of, and on the wages they are ona nd with the trust that Cookie ha sput in them, they don't deserve to wear the badge.
Ollie Sheehan
i reckon i could be a site journalist on here. Ollie Sheehan obviously doesn't do enough
He is a good writer and you're comments are rarely helpful or inspiring
Calm down guys, I am good writer and have been ill recently. I will be back on more often, wouldhelp if my net didn't keep crashing as well. I am the best writer ever
Ollie Sheehan
If you look at the quality of our side to yours, there isn't that much difference. Only difference being is that we defend as a team and that our midfield holds it togetehr. Teams that play against you expose you easily coz give them too much space
nice to see you all arguing like we were a month a go
Yeah but they have still done enough, we would like to be mid 30's too with 6 games to go.
i think pompey will do it, still, i would like to see us at least 3 places higher, we are too good a side not to
Ian Scott
One of the core thigns for any club wanting to do better is appetite for success. fulham players seem to think coz they are safe (and that is not a certainty) they can stop trying, bring on the chelsea game spirit, every game!!!
Cookie is god
i disagree with the appetite, we have been inconsistent asll season and pompey are fighting for their lives, defence has let us down time and time again
Coolio is back
I reckon get toure and ferdinand in middle and summer and we be great
Ollie Sheehan
i reckon sign toure and anton and we sorted
Ollie Sheehan
Ollie Sheehan
You lost to our reserves hoho
think youve got every chance of signing toure and ferdinand! if you were playing on your ps2

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