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James buoyed by record appearance

David James
Evergreen James kept a clean sheet in his record appearance game

Portsmouth goalkeeper David James was quick to look ahead to playing more games as he celebrated breaking the record for Premier League appearances.

The 38-year-old James made his 536th Premier League appearance in Pompey's 2-0 win against Manchester City to surpass the record set by Gary Speed.

"I'd like to extend the record," said James. "It's about playing in the best league in the world and enjoying it."

"To have a longevity record in the best league in the world is a big plus."


James was equally o quick to urge his team-mates to keep their feet on the ground after Portsmouth recorded their first league win since November under caretaker boss Paul following the sacking of Tony Adams last week.

"We cannot get carried away, we have not done anything today that has surpassed anything we have done in the past," said the Portsmouth keeper.

"We have just got back to being a boring 2-0 winning side and we are happy with that."

James believes Portsmouth lost their way during Tony Adams's reign, which lasted just 16 games.

"We seemed to lack a lot of the basic stuff," said James.

It is not for me to to choose who the manager is but I have a hell of a lot of respect for Kiddo

James on Brian Kidd

"We were a side last season that did not expect to score a lot of goals so we knew we had to keep clean sheets - and when we did score we knew we had to hold on to it. But we lost that earlier in the season and it is difficult to get back into things."

James also praised the work of Hart's assistant Brian Kidd.

"Kidd just constantly talks about football, about how to improve," said James.

"He was talking about striker Andy Cole this morning and how he improved at Manchester United and you just think 'this guy loves it'. When someone is like that they can only help other people.

"It was important we had that because the belief had gone somewhere down the line.

"It is not for me to to choose who the manager is but I have a hell of a lot of respect for Kiddo from the time I worked with him at England and I've known Harty through the Portsmouth Academy.

"If it takes a little time to appoint a decent manager, I think the club are in decent hands in the meantime."

But James reiterated his desire to see former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson take over at Fratton Park.

"I have a lot of respect for Sven. As good as Sven is he knows his limitations and that why he appoints people to help him out who have the qualities that are needed."

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see also
Hart focuses on caretaker duties
14 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
James completes Portsmouth move
11 Aug 06 |  Man City
Pompey's James urges wage change
20 Apr 07 |  Portsmouth
James signs extended Pompey deal
11 May 07 |  Portsmouth
James confident for season start
16 Jun 08 |  Portsmouth
Redknapp defends goalkeeper James
25 Sep 08 |  Portsmouth
James pledges Portsmouth loyalty
13 Nov 08 |  Portsmouth
Adams defends James over mistake
04 Dec 08 |  Portsmouth
Eriksson receives Mexico support
12 Feb 09 |  Portsmouth
Portsmouth 2-0 Man City
14 Feb 09 |  Premier League

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