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Double boost for Pompey

We have been handed a potential double boost ahead of the FA cup game with Preston this weekend, as Sylvain Distin and Dave Nugent are both looking as if they will be fit and available to start.

Distin has missed the last couple of games with a hamstring problem, while Nugent had undergone a hernia operation after the win over Plymouth, but just a few weeks later - by the time the game arrives - he is looking as though he will be fit to start against his former side.

Harry Redknapp is already hinting that cup specialist Nugent could start this game, either way with Jermain Defoe cup tied it is highly likely that he could be needed to play some part.

The enigma that is John Utaka has also revealed that he is relishing the challenge that he is facing to get back in the side - so hopefully this will see him hungry to take a chance should it arise, and in all fairness he did seem up for it when he came on at the weekend.


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 12 2008

Time: 5:45PM

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******** play Utaka up front.
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12/02/2008 17:55:00

Can't see why we need to rush both back. PNE will make a fight of it but we should have enough to nick it. Utaka, Baros & Kanu, start with 2 of the 3 & bring the other one on later.
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12/02/2008 18:15:00

we should rest nugent till he is fully fit.i would play kanu and baros up front.
stfc ballboy
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12/02/2008 18:24:00

utaka looked great when he finaly came on against derby. baros hasnt looked confident at all - so could probably do with a boost in the fa cup game. nugent - why not play him? utaka on the bench is ok, as he is still a great impact player. good to see distin back, and if he starts, it would let him re-settle into his position without as much threat,...
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12/02/2008 18:44:00

Distin & Nugent - Play both I say if for nothing else but to get their fitness levels up ... Id start with Baros & Nugent up front and have Utaka back on the right ... it is only Preston after all and although we can afford to be complacent .. it s only Preston afterall !! ... If we can't/don't beat them we don't deserve to progress
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12/02/2008 19:08:00

i agree with you Chix, start thenm both to help their fitness levels - if nuge isnt up to it 'arry wont risk him...
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12/02/2008 19:51:00

We need to win this game, as we should want to get to the Cup Final, too often in the past we have been really laid back about Cup games. Blackburn this season was another example of how poor we can be in these types of competitions, i hope that Harry really gives it a go and picks a strong team.
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12/02/2008 20:37:00

Nugent plays - no confidence in winning. Utaka up front, with Crunchie!
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12/02/2008 21:19:00

Nuge should play against old mates, strikers always seem to score against old clubs, its only Taylor who doesn't like it!
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12/02/2008 21:53:00

Cant wait for Distin to come back, if fit enough, agree, play him for match fitness. Bet I end up with less votes than Kanu in the pol!! Great poll that one chix!....vote for me, vote fore me! lol
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12/02/2008 22:32:00

I agree with most comments made. Even if they don't start at least have them on the bench and give them a decent time on the pitch. Will Muntari be available?
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13/02/2008 00:35:00

I don't mind who plays as long as we progress and don't get a big gun in the quarters as we usually do...
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13/02/2008 01:30:00

Too true Gray... a easy path to meet Scummers in the final at Wembley !!..
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13/02/2008 07:35:00

Spot on Gray; I'd start with Kanu and Nugent up front; Baros on the bench to come on with 20 mins left....when we're 2-0 ahead
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13/02/2008 07:57:00

nugent and utaka up front! or we go back to 4-5-1 as we usually do away, with utaka wide right, diarra muntari diop in middle, kranjcar far left with nugent up top. its likely...
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13/02/2008 08:16:00

i think that we should start with 2 up front - but as others have said as much as i would like to see nuge start just winning and getting a step closer to wembley is the main thing...
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13/02/2008 09:02:00

I'd like to see Utaka and Baros up front - we have to use the squad else we get stuck in one formation like we did before Christmas...
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13/02/2008 09:14:00

Think. Beat Scum in the Final and Scum relegated. Great excuse for a street party!
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13/02/2008 10:16:00

How about Kanu and Baros up front, it would give Baros a chance to show us what he can do, then krunchie, muntari, diarra, utaka, behind, and lets spank them.
pompey batswing
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13/02/2008 10:49:00

No I don't want scum to reach the quarters let alone the final.
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13/02/2008 11:11:00

auntwallop if what you say happens it will be more than a street party!! But I go with Matt and will be cheering Bresto Rovers in the carrot crunchers derby.
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13/02/2008 13:39:00

tbh i will only be bothered with what we do...
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13/02/2008 21:25:00

utaka is not a winger play him upfront and you will see what he can do.
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13/02/2008 23:11:00

We all have varying opinions on the players and team formation we should use. I await with interest as to HR's seections and plan as he rarely agree with us. I am fully expecting one week he will have James as a striker just to fool us all.
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14/02/2008 04:54:00

jamo played as a striker for citeh on the final day of the season a couple of years back didnt he... pearce took off and outfield player to bring on their sub keeper and put him up front as they were desperately searching for a goal to get them into europe...
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14/02/2008 09:15:00


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