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Bristol City V Pompey - Match Day Live

Bristol City V Pompey - Match Day Live

Ashton Gate on a wet Tuesday in January is a far cry from a sunny Wembley in the middle of May but it is a necessary destination for a Pompey team trying to maintain their grasp on the trophy they won by defeating Cardiff last Spring.

Despite both teams spurning opportunities to progress, the first encounter between the current cup holders and the red half of Bristol ended goalless at Fratton Park ten days ago. This time however it is winner take all with the victors facing the prospect of home tie and potential banana skin against Histon in the fourth round should the non-leaguers defeat Swansea City.

Pre-match team news favoured the championship side. Bristol City manager Gary Johnson had towering centre back Jamie McCombe at his disposal following his recovery from stomach and pelvic injuries. Top scorer Nicky Maynard is also due a return after missing the first game with a calf problem. Winger Michael McIndoe was returning to fitness, while utility player Brian Wilson and left-back Jamie McAllister are also pushing for recalls. In fact Ivan Sproule is the Robins' only doubt as he struggled to shake off an ankle injury.

Pompey on the other hand are depleted, particularly in midfield. Diarra has gone to Real Madrid, Richard Hughes and Papa Bouba Diop are long term absentees and the in-form Sean Davis failed to report to training on Monday following a weekend stomach bug. Croation Niko Kranjcar is the only first choice midfielder available to Adams so Arnold Mvuemba and Marc Wilson were expecting to be asked to sit in the middle in a bid to protect a back four who, with the exception of the last two games, has looked decidedly shaky all season. Elsewhere the returning Younes Kaboul, Glen Johnson and John Utaka at least provided Adams with a few options for his starting XI.


Pompey

David James
Johnson
Campbell
Distin
Belhadj
Nugent
Wilson
Kaboul
Krancjar
Traore
Crouch

Begovic
Utaka
Little
Kanu
Pamarot
Mvuemba
Hermanm



Bristol City

Basso
Orr
Carey
McCombe
Fontaine
Johnson
Skuse,
Elliott,
Sproule
Styvar
Maynard.

McAllister
McIndoe,
Adebola,
Wilson
Williams,
John,
Henderson



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Writer:Chix
Date:Tuesday January 13 2009
Time: 7:04PM

Comments

0
wilson, kaboul, kranjcar in the middle. Mvuemba not even on the bench?!
pompeycarpet
13/01/2009 19:26:00
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In between watching it on Sultana and drinking beer, i'll try to add a few hopefully positive comments. Being as nobody took me up on my offer for all round Pentons for Sultana, beer, wine and spirits...I'll manfully try to deplete the stocks!!!
pentonpompey
13/01/2009 19:27:00
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Hi ya fellas - I'm trying to get a link - Think I've got one now but does anybody know the City team..? Back in a mo !
Chix
13/01/2009 19:29:00
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The real BIG surprise is that Arnold does not start!!
eastneydave
13/01/2009 19:29:00
0
you almost had me there chix $- not listing all our subs! (pamerot and mvuemba on the bench...
pompeycarpet
13/01/2009 19:31:00
0
City: Basso; Orr, Carey, McCombe, Fontaine; Johnson, Skuse, Elliott, Sproule, Styvar, Maynard. Subs: McAllister, McIndoe, Adebola, Wilson, Williams, John, Henderson.
eastneydave
13/01/2009 19:31:00
0
only fit centre mid only on the bench!!!!! 4-5-1 with kranjcar behind crouch i guess, with wilson and kaboul as dms? anywho, speak afetr the game!
jbaker
13/01/2009 19:37:00
0
Cheers Fellas - Vital link and team sheet updated - I've been having a nightmare - I think I've got a link for the game on my PC but at the mo it seems to be a German Game - With the Quay commentary !
Chix
13/01/2009 19:43:00
0
Setanta pick the questions don't they? So Joe Jordan, why have Pompey struggled lately? "Well, me and my mates *****ed off up to London and didn't come back!"
paultsmouth
13/01/2009 19:44:00
0
Looks like Kaboul in midfield, hasn't worked so far has it?
paultsmouth
13/01/2009 19:45:00
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