Portsmouth boss Adams defends James after stunning gaffe

Portsmouth boss Tony Adams defended goalkeeper David James after their UEFA Cup elimination at the hands of Wolfsburg.

Portsmouth boss Tony Adams defended goalkeeper David James after their UEFA Cup elimination at the hands of Wolfsburg.

With the south-coast club and Wolfsburg deadlocked after a thrilling four-goal first-half, James attempted to dribble around Zvjezdan Misimovic but succeeded only in gifting the ball to the Bosnian, who rolled it into the net.

With Braga winning at Heerenveen, even a draw at the Volkswagen Arena would not have left Pompey with a chance of progressing from Group E, but James' calamitous error with 16 minutes remaining summed up a heart-breaking night as they crashed 3-2.

After seeing James bounce back to save a late spot-kick from Misimovic, Adams said: "He's a fantastic keeper.

"He saved a penalty, set up the first goal - he's a great keeper and I have every faith in him and love him to bits.

"He's been in the game a long time and there's nothing I can say to him."

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