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Pennant blow for Pompey

Ahead of he crucial, aren't they all, meeting with Everton at the weekend Pompey have been handed a blow with the news that the so far impressive loanee Jermaine Pennant has been ruled out through injury...

The winger had to limp out of the game with Boro last weekend after only 30-odd minutes, and it did not look good then.

We will certainly miss him as has been fairly lively on the whole and has certainly offered a threat with his willingness to get onto the ball and run with it. He has also worked well with Glen Johnson and offered him protection defensively, something that not everyone might associate with the wingers game, so this is another setback in that regard!

With him out it is a no brainer, it has to be Dave Nugent switching back to the right hand side to cover for him...

We cannot of course turn to John Utaka as he almost certainly will not put in a shift - I would love us to be able to but we just cannot afford to be putting him out of the right for him not to do his defensive duties, some might argue offensive duties too! Nadir Belhadj has shown that the right sided role is not really for him as he looks to come inside far too much and is much less effective going forward on his right hand side, so it has to mean putting Nugent back out on the right - where he has done a fine job when asked to be fair - and then we bring Belhadj in on the left, although Armand Traore could be an option too, but having not even made the bench at the weekend this would seem unlikely?

In an ideal world, well, maybe not ideal world, but my world I would go back to 4-4-2 and put Nugent up top with Peter Crouch, whack Marc Wilson on the right in front of Johnson - as I still see this as a partnership that is more than workable as interchanging is possible and we know that the young Irishman has a peach of a delivery on him - get Sean Davis or Angelos Basinas in alongside Niko Kranjcar in the middle of the park, even though the Croatian might not offer the defensive help that could be needed, and then of course Belhadj or Traore on the left - thank you and good night...

So my 'ideal 11' would be this in a 4-4-2



Alas, of course I am not the manager and it is easy to do this from the sidelines. To be honest, although I know we do have to play it safe my thinking is that we are playing it 'too safe.'

Even so, in all reality it is most likely that we are going to look something more like this...



Whatever, all I know is we cannot afford be beaten, this is a 'must not lose game' and as it is a home game becomes an almost 'must win'. Without Pennant this becomes more tricky, but by no means does this mean we cannot do it!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 20 2009

Time: 3:59PM

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If it was up to me Rug your 442 is how I'd play it. Basinas over Davis and Belhadj over Traore for me. We are at home, play 442 and go for a win. But it isn't gonna be that way, we know that, so if we can sneak a goal and get in front, lets just hope we can hold it this time, no more dropping back to deep. That's not playing safe it's suicidal. It's a shame about Pennant because he's a good threat for us, but that's the way the cookie crumbles and we've got to get on with it. I still feel we can pull this off by a goal so here's hoping PUP....
cornypomp
If it was up to me Rug your 442 is how I'd play it. Basinas over Davis and Belhadj over Traore for me. We are at home, play 442 and go for a win. But it isn't gonna be that way, we know that, so if we can sneak a goal and get in front, lets just hope we can hold it this time, no more dropping back to deep. That's not playing safe it's suicidal. It's a shame about Pennant because he's a good threat for us, but that's the way the cookie crumbles and we've got to get on with it. I still feel we can pull this off by a goal so here's hoping PUP....
cornypomp
Yes it is a blow, lets hope it doesn't shake the players' confidence, and whatever team we see out there tomorrow do the job. If we're unlucky to lose to Chelski, then Everton should be do-able?
tracyc
Yes it is a blow, lets hope it doesn't shake the players' confidence, and whatever team we see out there tomorrow do the job. If we're unlucky to lose to Chelski, then Everton should be do-able?
tracyc
Shame to lose JP & after last week's hash on the substitutions, I trust Hart can pick a team to compete against a good Everton team.
storagematt
Shame to lose JP & after last week's hash on the substitutions, I trust Hart can pick a team to compete against a good Everton team.
storagematt
Have to say, I always feel safe when JP is on the ball so I shall miss him. But as Matt says, we still have a players left to match Everton, Hart just has to pick them.
Gandor1
Have to say, I always feel safe when JP is on the ball so I shall miss him. But as Matt says, we still have a players left to match Everton, Hart just has to pick them.
Gandor1
Agreed Pennant has done well but all sides miss good players and cover for them. It gives someone else a chance to prove themselves. Tony Adams never really got us firing so Mr Hart please don't Fart !!
pompeygray
Agreed Pennant has done well but all sides miss good players and cover for them. It gives someone else a chance to prove themselves. Tony Adams never really got us firing so Mr Hart please don't Fart !!
pompeygray
 

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