New Portsmouth manager Tony Adams has defended his decision to leave
leading scorer Jermain Defoe on the bench for the 1-0 midweek defeat at
The 25-year-old England international has already scored eight goals
for Pompey this season, but Adams left him out against the Reds to try
and end a run of poor results away from home.He said: "Jermain wasn't dropped, of course not. I will make tactical
decisions, technical decisions and emotional decisions. This time it
was a tactical one.
"I want Jermain to be the top goalscorer for Portsmouth, he will be. I
want him to be top scorer in the league and I think he can.
"But against the league leaders I wanted something different. We have
been getting smashed up away from home, we have lost 3-0 at Braga, 6-0
at Manchester City.
"I felt we needed to be resilient and hard to beat first time out for me. That is why Jermain was rested.
"He took it fine, he is 100 per cent behind me. I have had great support from everybody, but particularly from Jermain Defoe.
"I am a big fan of Jermain, maybe it was crazy to keep him on the bench for so long, but next time out it will be different.
"Next time it may be Peter Crouch left out, who knows. We have Wigan at home on Saturday and maybe they will both play."