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Teams - Everton v Pompey

This is the Everton line up:

Tim Howard
Tony Hibbert
Joseph Yobo
Phil Jagielka
Joleon Lescott
Leon Osman
Phil Neville
Lee Carsley
Steven Pienaar
Tim Cahill
Yakubu


Substitutes
Stefan Wessels
Leighton Baines
Andrew Johnson
James Vaughan
Victor Anichebe


Only one change was made from the victory over Sunderland last weekend, Milan Baros dropped to the bench in place of Kanu - who made such an impact when he came on in that game.

So we line up like this:

David James
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Sylvain Distin
Hermann Hreidarsson
Sulley Muntari
Papa Bouba Diop
Lassana Diarra
Niko Kranjcar
Jermain Defoe
Kanu


Substitutes
Jamie Ashdown
Lauren
Milan Baros
John Utaka
Sean Davis


For those of you not at the game, if you are listening on the radio - or however you are keeping up with events - why not make a few comments below as the game unfolds so we can share our thoughts...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 2 2008

Time: 3:46PM

Your Comments

Play up Pompey, Pompey play up!!!
pompey4me
HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'ARRY.
pompey4me
Great to see 'arry's interview saying Defoe not an up front on his own type, it will be interesting to see the Big man with the Little one from the start. Not gonna be a lot of width today. Diop on the right of the diamond midfield.
pompey4me
On my own then??
pompey4me
hello 4me!"
Gleams
Jeez. 50 seconds.....oh my god
pompey4me
11 mins and Pompey look clueless so far
paultsmouth
what the hell was going on... in a 'funny way' everton taking the lead 'might' not be a bad thing if you get what i mean... clearly i would rather this didnt happen of course...
pompeyrug
that goal was 8 seconds of football, and we kicked off!
paultsmouth
Diop is officially worse at shooting than Quashie!
paultsmouth
he makes quashie look good...
pompeyrug
Pompey are still playing like they have for the last 2 months, Everton look more like scoring again than we do
paultsmouth
i think sol was alittle lucky there wasnt he...
pompeyrug
Pompey look por so far. Pains me to say but Diop needs to make way for Utaka, Diop just can tplay on ther rright.
pompey4me
agree paul.
pompeyrug
Sol looks very shaky lately, why is that?
pompey4me
i think we could see utaka on at half time tbh...
pompeyrug
dont know mate, time is catching up with him - which maybe is worrying him and playing on his mind too much?
pompeyrug
We looky shaky in general on free-kicks, I think we are missing someone being bang in form, our form player at the moment is James, need an outfield player to find some inspiration
paultsmouth
Remember Redknapp saying we need to play through Diarra? Well someone needs to tell the players that he is in white and in the middle
paultsmouth
Why the long ball all the time? get playing small passess through Diarra.
pompey4me
Well, I agree with 'arry then,. But, why does it never get communicated onto the pitch?
pompey4me
Defending is awful, and Distin gets booked for sneezing on someone, we look like being on the end of a hiding unless something happens soon
paultsmouth
were absolutely shocking at the moment - lucky to only be 1-0 down and they 'might' hav had a penalty...
pompeyrug
might? lol. arm round lescott so he can't jump, should have been given! No suprise it wasn't though, we haven't had one in over 12 months in the league
EvertonMike
i was putting emphasis in the fact that is probably 'should' have been given!
pompeyrug
get in there...
pompeyrug
Get in yeahhh. Johnsons or defoe??
pompey4me
Get in! Thats why we signed him!
paultsmouth
johnson's goal isnt it...
pompeyrug
Jonno or Defoe?
paultsmouth
If Defoe never went for it, it wouldn't have gone in, that will do for me
paultsmouth
YESSS!!! GET IN SON. bloody hell, I was fearing the worst, what a legend, get in!!!
Gleams
Pen... never. If it wasnt a free kick earlier when Lescott held his arm to stop him jumping, it wasnt a pen. Consistency, I can live with that.
pompey4me
How a goal can lift a side...
paultsmouth
we look much better now...
pompeyrug
2-1 were gonna win 2-1
pompey4me
No width tho. I think football is easier played with width.
pompey4me
good call paul, it wouldnt have gone in but for the run and swing of the foot - im happy for him to have it, altho johnson is in my fantasy football team...
pompeyrug
Doesn't Diarra get up well for a little geezer?
paultsmouth
Defoe is in my predictions, get off its his!
paultsmouth
H/t I'll take that
paultsmouth
...yep, defoe is also in my predictions so im happy either way :-)
pompeyrug
Yep i'll take that, think we need to go conventional 442 tho, even tho that will mean Utaka on at right mid.
pompey4me
2-1 is what i said we would do, im more than happy at 1-1 so far, particularly after how poor we were for about 37 minutes...
pompeyrug
Also think we miss Sean Davis. Dont know how we could fit him in tho.
pompey4me
2 stellas down for me......where's chix?
pompey4me
good point, where is Chixy...
pompeyrug
and carpet, he's normally on.
pompey4me
1-1 is a lot better then 0-0 in my books, everton havent conceded in 2008 apart from one one goal, if harry can work his magic, then who knows.
Gleams
never used to like JD at Spurs, but I love him now!!
ChrisW
certainly defoe's goal for me...
pompeyrug
ive always liked defoe... bakes is at work at the moment, but 'might' be around for the 2nd half, ive had to text him to keep him updated with the 1st half...
pompeyrug
Always been a Defoeist me...and rug!
pompey4me
everyones calling it his, 3 in 4 thats pretty damn impressive!
Gleams
can someone tell me, why do people put cut up carrots in food?
Gleams
can't stand em Gleams
ChrisW
DEFOES GOAL, WELL DONE LADS GOOD SIGNING YOU GOT FROM US HOPE YOU AND DEFOE DO WELL!!!!
darrenn17
I know, just eating some lasagne my mum left me and theres loads of them, its like playing a game of minesweeper in my mouth!!
Gleams
Gleams, you been smoking funy stuff or something??
pompey4me
cheers darrenn - in terms of a goalscoring striker i reckon that defoe is the best in the league, all-round play wise no - but still very good, goalscoring wise none better...
pompeyrug
Ta darrenn17, we are beginning a Defoe love affair down here.
pompey4me
i new it would happen we sell our best goal scoring and get a spanking 4-1 and we are struggling to score now!! then he scores 3 in 4 for you. JERMAIN DEFOEEE!!!
darrenn17
second half predictions guys? 2-1 to Pompey from me,
ChrisW
no just dont like carrots....
Gleams
ive said 2-1 win before the game with defoe and hermann scoring too...
pompeyrug
that was my prediction, but Defoe and Lassie
ChrisW
Carrots are ok, it's sweetcorn that gets me.....no matter how much you chew it, it's still whole when you see it again, if you know what i mean.
pompey4me
No subs then.
pompey4me
Spose that was a pen then evertonmike?
pompey4me
you lot are random with your carrots and sweetcorn conversations, but ye carrots are worse, there ******** scary how orange they are lol!!!
darrenn17
Yes Pompey4me, blatent again. I miss penalties, i can't remember what they feel like
EvertonMike
Just the half time banter lol!
pompey4me
lol, PUP
Gleams
the 1st could've been given, that never... yep it is a bit random the conversation on veggies isnt it :-)
pompeyrug
Cahill about to head it, and he just pushes him away? Why is that never going to be given?
EvertonMike
Kanu's doing well today, I've always said he's better up front in a pair.
pompey4me
it was never a pen mike...
pompeyrug
im tottenham boy, and its not a pen mike
darrenn17
Mike, thought you were joking.....no way, never a pen, either 1. if you think they were, you are wearing your toffee viewing glasses i'm afraid.
pompey4me
Thanks for explaining so well pompeyrug, lol! I'm not going to bother arguing with you about it anyway, whether it was or wasn't, they'd never give it to us
EvertonMike
tbh mike i dont even think i would be claiming that if it was us on the other end on it... the 1st half one maybe, not the 2nd half one...
pompeyrug
Penalty!!!
pompey4me
Surely, distin upended by neville!!
pompey4me
kanu really is having another good one today isnt he.
pompeyrug
Yep R\ug, it's cos he's got a strike partner.
pompey4me
exactly...
pompeyrug
that was never a pen either.
pompeyrug
Nope. no chance.
pompey4me
Glen's been magnificent so far today.
pompey4me
hes immense
Gleams
Crikey, these fans are desperate for a pen arent they, anything, no matter how small.
pompey4me
my worry is if they keep crying for them the ref 'might' crack...
pompeyrug
damn it...
pompeyrug
Good goal that. OK, i've seen enough about us to come back today. PUP
pompey4me
Englands no.1.....what a header!
pompey4me
Just told the wife Utaka for Kanu..lets see
pompey4me
everytime the ball is in the box they are appealing... that was a great header from jamo!
pompeyrug
utaka for bouba diop...
pompeyrug
Ok Diop gone, lets see if Utaka can fly
pompey4me
Has Andy (everton) Gray *****ed anyone else off as much as me today? I don't hate him as much as most people, although after today I'm ready to change my mind.
poot_evans
the crowd is being ironic now rug lol. we know we don't get them. Should be a cracking finale this
EvertonMike
just got home. have i missed much?
pompeycarpet
feed the yak, feed the yak, feed the yak and he will.... 18 for the season, can he reach 30? maybe we're still in eruope
EvertonMike
bad times :(
darrenn17
Yak is the difference, that goal was so similar to the one he scored for us at Everton about 4 years ago
paultsmouth
Christ, Campbell looks like an old man....wasnt it obvious Yak would cut inside him, I called it before he did it.
pompey4me
3 poxy 1. Balls!!
poot_evans
you need to feed the ball along the GROUND to defoe if you want goals
darrenn17
Campbell been really poor today, which i am suprised at, thought he'd been decent since he went to you
EvertonMike
Be honest, Andy Johnson has been the difference, like Kanu last week he's changed the game.
pompey4me
He has mike, but he aint been right since xmas, dont know whats up.
pompey4me
Campbell obviously never read my comments on the Yak feature, I pointed out then how he loves to cut in from the left, he always has done
paultsmouth
were gonna draw 3-3...
pompeyrug
AJ's a great outlet yes, if he just ran with his head up he'd be a fantastic player
EvertonMike
Moyes substitution has changed the game, 'arry's hasnt.
pompey4me
I hope some of you have seen today, why i rate pienaar so highly.
EvertonMike
Might be controversial to some of you, but Muntari and Diarra aint working, in fact Munners has been poor.
pompey4me
Is it because of his hairstyle mike??
pompey4me
muntari has been poor... pienaar has been good i'll give you that, dont think he's been great today tho.
pompeyrug
muntari and Lassie is the same as lamps and SteveG - don't work
ChrisW
I thought Johnson has been all over pienaar today. Especially the first half.
poot_evans
Lassie just doesnt seem the same player as he was when munners was at the anc.
pompey4me
Happy mothers day!!
pompey4me
All over - now begins the football sulk! Football? What's that??!
poot_evans
poot, you new here? havnt seen you before. Anyways, hello.
pompey4me
Think Kanu tired, although magnificent in the first half.
pompey4me
Diop aint a right mid. time to try Davis with Diarra, Munners Left, Krunchie right, Utaka up top?
pompey4me
By the way......4 stellas! Well someone's gotta do it, chix isnt here.
pompey4me
anybody got Harry's number? I want to ask him why the truck he played 6' 5" IKEA on the right wing.
ChrisW
this was Moyes 3 - HR 1, very little fault with the players -
ChrisW
Think the right team won today on the performance to be honest.
pompey4me
Kanu and Diop (again) poor. Beat by a better team who look to have a far better shape. How many saves did how Howard have to make!
Pompey Bluto
Only 1, and he didnt!
pompey4me
Hello Pompey4me. Longtime reader, first time posting. Thought it was about time I contributed. It also took the pressure and pain of watching us at times today. I'm hoping this loss will kick the players into playing well for the rest of the season - we've been riding our luck since Christmas. If the players want european football they've got to pull their finger out!
poot_evans
Bluto, Diop was poor, but he wasnt bought to play right mid, was he!
pompey4me
Well, it's good you posted then poot. get stuck in, dont forget to pop over to the main forum and contribute on there too. It's just a shame they lost today isnt it? Been relying on Jamo since xmas, havnt we! well, even super man couldnt do it today. Campbell looks completely out of sorts, doesnt he! Need to buck our ideas up for next weeks trip to man u! Anyway, welcome on board and get stuck in.
pompey4me
Fair point pompey4me. Just don't rate the fella so easy scapegoat! Apart from the Chelsea game when was the last time we actually played well?
Pompey Bluto
Yep, what I dont get is the fella is what, 6"5-6"6, and is crap in the air! Thpught his touch was great when he arrived, but there is no evidence of that now!
pompey4me
It's Amdy Faye all over again. A great start and then we see him for the player he really is, i.e. crap.
Pompey Bluto
good to see you finally posting Pompey Bluto - remember i know where you live :-) agreed tho cheslki was the last time - and also 1st for a long time - we played well...
pompeyrug
also welcome poot_evans, glad to see that you have made that leap from reading to contributor.
pompeyrug
I tell you what has p*ssed me off today. Our tactics made the Yak look better than JD which is not the case. How the truck can HR open ack before the match that JD's arrival has caused us formation problems? Jesus Christ, it's not as though HR inherrited the friggin team from Perrin now is it? Same story when half the team went on a summer holiday to Ghana. Frattonaussie reckons HR has a twin brother - well today it must have been his 12 year old nephew that picked the team. Very poor. Our defining game of the season and we made Everton look 'big 4' with us mid table... oh sorry, I just checked and that's how the league looks tonight.
ChrisW
Yes Chris, I love 'arry, but find it impossible to defend much of what you say above. Bluto, didnt I used to see your name as a journo on the site?
pompey4me
We had to score when we were on top after half time that is what cost us the game. Nuff said I think.
eastneydave
How to play Diarra, Muntari & Diop? I can't see why Arnold Mmwambaiwamabi (can't spell) but you know, play right side. He look good against Man U & Chelsea. It will settle down soon, we shouldn't crucify them. Clubs like scum, Charlton, Fulham all got carried away with the hype & wanted more. Look where they are now?
storagematt
yes Arnie is the forgotten man - looks classy to me, agree with you Matt
ChrisW
Simply CANNOT be worse than playing Diop out there. Yep, give Arnie a go then.
pompey4me
So EvertonMike wasn't far off with his prediction (3-0) afterall everton looked a good team and for large parts of the game bossed the midfield whereas we couldn't get the ball to Defoe... The johnson subsitution was an inspired piece of work by Moyes and what ultimately won them the game ...Thought Yak took his goals well and seems to be in a rich vein of form at the mo .. hope he keeps it up for them and they go on to grab 4th just to break the monopoly
Chix
with all respects to EvertonMike, 3-0 was an unrealistic a scoreline as City beating United a few weeks back. I don't buy HR's the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests, but on the other hand I don't see Everton as 9 points better than PFC or for that matter the best team in league behind the current top 3. What I will concede is that Moyes is currently doing a better job than HR and I feel sorry for our players when they are left as exposed as they were by a mixture of transfer folly and consequentially innapropriate formation.
ChrisW
 

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