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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 13 2009

Time: 7:04PM

Your Comments

wilson, kaboul, kranjcar in the middle. Mvuemba not even on the bench?!
pompeycarpet
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
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
The real BIG surprise is that Arnold does not start!!
eastneydave
you almost had me there chix $- not listing all our subs! (pamerot and mvuemba on the bench...
pompeycarpet
City: Basso; Orr, Carey, McCombe, Fontaine; Johnson, Skuse, Elliott, Sproule, Styvar, Maynard. Subs: McAllister, McIndoe, Adebola, Wilson, Williams, John, Henderson.
eastneydave
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
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
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
Looks like Kaboul in midfield, hasn't worked so far has it?
paultsmouth
Umm - I can see the logic and maybe Tony doesn't think Arnie is up for it - Come on you blues - lets battle hard for OUR cup !
Chix
Here we go! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
traore! unlucky...
pompeycarpet
Great strike by Armand - More of those please
Chix
Armand my man, good effort
pentonpompey
my how we've missed traore and johnson!!!
pompeycarpet
I think I've been making comments on the wrong thread .. nowonder nobody has responded ! - Great strike by Armand !
Chix
bradley orr seems to be a weak link for them...
pompeycarpet
Bradley or who Carps ! and yeah we have missed Johnno but don't understand why Armand hasn't been picked !
Chix
Johnno looking strong.
eastneydave
Cracking ball from Bellend
pentonpompey
Orr chix... two R's! Johnnos looking good, but possibly getting forward too much? Traore has been missed - and its great to see kranjcar in the middle too.
pompeycarpet
Johnno looking good and Nugent full of running too
Chix
I just wish Niko would release the ball a bit quicker..
Chix
Wilson looks ponderous tonight!
pentonpompey
campbell seems to be reading the game VERY well too - he's picking out every pass!
pompeycarpet
Good work and great pass by Kranjcar .. shame Crouchy has Quashies boots on !
Chix
Got to admit we seem up for it tonight
pentonpompey
Yeah agree Penton they do seem to be working hard - Oh got the text by the way - I know for def (if we win) by Saturday but take it a def now to be honest ... You'll have the second best seat in the house ... Mine being the first .. ***** panic in the box .. BC corner
Chix
phew!
pompeycarpet
Great save Jamo .. Concentrate at the back fellas please - either you all go or all don't not half and half !!! - It's sloopy - Sort it SOLid
Chix
swansea score... come on histon!
pompeycarpet
Cheers Chix, Oh how i'm up for that!!!
pentonpompey
We seem a touch predictable
pentonpompey
Swansea are 1-0 up ! (22 mins)
Chix
Bristol corner
pentonpompey
We're letting them into this
pentonpompey
No prob Pents - You were first on my list this time around .. ***** every time I speak to you they go close ... phew !
Chix
NUGE you tisser !
Chix
Hit the post twice in an minute - We were letting them in but seem to be getting back on top - Ouch Johnno that was high - Yellow card !
Chix
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
eastneydave
it was coming!
pompeycarpet
GOAL What a great counter attack Well done Crouch started and ended the move - Well done Armand too - The Cup Holders are looking good value !
Chix
come on now - lets get another one!
pompeycarpet
Great save (again) Jameo but we need to deal with their crosses and set pieces !
Chix
It;ll be interesting to see if after the half time team we shut up shop and settle for 1-0 or go for the killer second goal - This will test Tonys strategy .. My opinion .. go for the second !
Chix
Kaboul Booked for handball
Chix
jamoooo! lets not fall asleep now!
pompeycarpet
They are causing at problems at the back .. that free kick was well worked - we don't seem alert enough in the middle of our box (Sol & Dist)
Chix
Kaboul booked for dissent chix
pompeycarpet
Got to go for the second!
pentonpompey
Cheers carps - That makes more sense ! 1-0 up at half time and Swansea 2-0 on Histon !
Chix
Not a bad 45, just need to be more alert at their set pieces
pentonpompey
great half - possibly a bit open at the back, and we could have been punished by a premiership team. Freekicks look VERY dodgy...
pompeycarpet
No could have Carps...Would have! But hey! you have to play who your given on the day. We'll worry about Prem attacks on the Weekend!
pentonpompey
will we? I thought we were playing another championship team...
pompeycarpet
Ha Ha Carps, how I hope you're not made to eat your words!
pentonpompey
Here we go second half - No changes - COME ON YOU BLUES
Chix
Christ!!! how bad are we at set pieces?????
pentonpompey
concerning belhadj is being beaten 1v1 so many times - when he first signed, he was very good with them! Even more concerning is set peices. Last season, we barely conceeded from them. this season, we're struggling!
pompeycarpet
crouchyyyyyyyyy!
pompeycarpet
how could you miss that?!?!
pompeycarpet
CROUCHY!!!!!! Jesus Christ!
pentonpompey
pamerot or hreiderson to come on for belhadj soon maybe? he's having a poor game.
pompeycarpet
Wilson u topper!! he's looking lost AGAIN!!!!
pentonpompey
Cant see, only hear on the Quay, but whats Belhadj doing
pompeyyong
Positioning play is awful form Belhadj .. not that much better from Campbell or Dist to be honest Yong - We are letting them back in it - I just SO do not agree with this sit on a 1-0 lead tactic of Tony Adams - It's far too risky unless we are 100% concrete at the back and we are not !
Chix
bringing on utaka - thats positive! I don't think tony set us up to defend, I just think we've been playing ourselves into trouble this half.
pompeycarpet
Stern John.. Scummer ...Scummer ...Scummer ...Scummer ...
Chix
bristol city bringing on a forward (I think). that should releive some pressure on our midfield!
pompeycarpet
Yeah prob agree Carps although It might be useful to stem their flow we have nobaidy to do it.. we miss Davis and Hughes..
Chix
Distin and Champbell look like they have never met...
Chix
why do we keep making niko take corners? he's hopeless at them!
pompeycarpet
Bloody one nil the Arsenal!! Christ sake Tone get your act together!!
pentonpompey
15 minutes to go and we have taken a sleeping pill - If Bristol throw everything at us we aint gonna survive - I don't like these tactics - ATTACK !
Chix
tacktics? I think we have serious fitness problems! I don't think we're choosing to play badley chix, we just are!
pompeycarpet
dear o dear, who is the championship team? ....Ms Penton comment
pentonpompey
We are living very dangerously - Come on blues get a grip - we are so unorganised - where is the leadership on the pitch SOL CAMPBELL ?
Chix
How is the lovely Ms P ?
Chix
Belhadj should have wrapped it up !
Chix
Very well...but only if we win!! Otherwise there will be a lot of tension in this household
pentonpompey
Swansea just missed a pen - Still 2-0
Chix
Histin have scored 1-2 Come on Histon - Come on Pompey. Tension Penton is that a codeword for something else ?
Chix
I was about to say I don't see histon getting back into that one... still think swansea should win. shame.
pompeycarpet
5 mins to go and Bristol throwing everything at us .. but don't worry Kanu is coming on !! - Just Hang on Pompey FFS
Chix
traore off? I thought belhadj would be the better option to take off. Still, herman is very strong at defending set peices...
pompeycarpet
wahey! here we come 4th round!
pompeycarpet
I have been told to make it clear that this is Ms P replying, so I have no idea what you are implying Chix :-o. Someone is now very happy now pompey have scored. Yippee!!!
pentonpompey
Oh no Kanu has sat down - its Hermann for Armand - Distin just got away with handball - counter attack ................ Wemberlee. Krancjcar 2-0!! - Wemberlee Wemberlee Wemberlee Wemberlee
Chix
oh god!
pompeycarpet
Penalty to Bristol with a minute to go .....Maynard.... Great save Jamo !
Chix
JAMOOOOOOOO!
pompeycarpet
oh kanu should have wrapped it up!
pompeycarpet
Surely we have it in the bag now - There's only stoppage time to go .... Kanu on .... When was the last time we conceded a goal in the FA Cup..... nearly very nearly a year ago ... Bring on Swansea !
Chix
Plenty of tension I reckon Pents...
Chix
Now I can breath again, PHEW!
pompeyyong
phew.
pompeycarpet
Full time bring on the Swansea ... phew that was tight I'm off for a fag .. back in a mo !
Chix
Great result, reminded me of Pompey before Defoe signed, keep it tight and hit on the break
paultsmouth
Yippee! I was here all the time keeping quiet!
Gandor1
Sounds like an old Redknapp match - we played terrible but still won!
Gandor1
I'm not sure my nerves can stand that every week ! - Tell you what though if we don't get a grip on set pieces at the back we are gonna struggle in the premiership .... It's gonna be a long hard Spring chaps !
Chix
Agreed Chix; we are in for a tough spring. We're just not up to it! Nowt in that 90mins convinced me otherwise! Glad we're through as you would expect; but it doesn't mask our shortcomings
pentonpompey
Banana skin out of the way, now lets sign a couple of players and steady the ship. I'd try my utmost to prise Fernandes from Valencia.
stillthewhizz
Nah the likes of Villa Chelsea Man U and Arsenal to name just a few we have coming up are gonna muller us unless we sure up a bit - Also tonight a quick player alongside Crouch (somebody like.. say Defoe).. would have had a hatful.. Crouchy is good don't get me wrong but the poor bloke can't be expected to do it all ..
Chix
"We always looked likely to win - Bristol City had some good spells but we were always dangerous on the break and we deserved to go through. We showed tonight that we are committed to the manager. We all want to work for him and get results for him - the biggest proof of that is that we are in the next round." Portsmouth striker Peter Crouch shows his support for under-pressure boss Tony Adams after holders Pompey move into the fourth round. (From the BBC Sport website)
Pompey Half Pint
Sounds good to me!
Pompey Half Pint
Whizz - I've just come from posting on the 'Five' article the Fernandes bandwagon has been gaining pace today .. lets hope it comes off ..
Chix
Ive just signed barton on fifa. brilliant alongside davis :p
Gleams
xhix - if we had had a quick player next to crouch - say defoe - we would have got nowhere, as we wouldnt have had a midfield to speak of! we needed that extra man, or we would have been hammered.
pompeycarpet
Second half in pub. great cup game and the right result. Swansea lost to Havamt and Waterlooville last season Pompey this? Let's hope so.
eastneydave
That is fantastic that you beat city in the cup so you can go ferver and bay some new players and hopeful win the cup now you have just beat the city in the cup.
lil blackpoolgas
 

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