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Full house for Hart

That is quite literally the case, in as much as the KC will be greeted by a full house of both travelling Pompey fans and a full sell out for the home side, but the full house I refer to for Paul Hart is the full house of players he can select from!

Apart from those that were already injured, after the international break we have no fresh injury concerns and Jermaine Pennant is back, which is another plus for us.

So, this is how we lined up last time...



I would not expect many changes, the unfortunate man to drop out will probably be Younes Kaboul as Glen Johnson will most likely revert back to his best position at right back with Pennant, who as I have said before has worked well with the England man, coming back in.

For me, this is how we will line up tomorrow...



I would love to see young Pele on the bench, with it 'possibly' a toss up between him and Angelos Basinas, as although of course technically Richard Hughes does not have the ability the Greek does he offers qualities we will look to - so do we need both of these players? So, I think I would go for Pele on the bench ahead of the Greek captain...

Another 'sneaky' feeling I have is that Theo Gekas might find his way onto the bench - again we have come out and said he has a part to play, international appearances and a goal this week would have helped so if we have him we might as well use him.

Like Owenspompey said, he might have been outspoken but it is better to be outspoken 'wanting' to play! Too many others that are not, or where not before leaving, and were/still are happy to just get the money - so that fine line between confidence and arrogance might have been the line the striker was treading, and maybe not quite as much in the arrogance stakes as some might have thought. He is hungry to play, is that really a bad thing!

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Eriksson sacked

As I am sure we all know now, and many of us have discussed this at great lengths in the forums, Sven Goran Eriksson has been sacked by Mexico. I could not let this pass without mentioning something on the front pages could I, so here goes...

Everything about us at the moment says 'he cannot and will not come here' but Chix remains convinced, maybe I am foolish to cling to this but this is what is keeping me just about clinging onto this thread! Could his appointment be the catalyst to a new owner coming in - he is a big fish, who has a lot of contacts so could some of these be the ones that took over, so would appointing him be ideal to get us sold? Would they, or he, come in for the right reasons though - is this a risk we cannot afford to take?

Then again 'if' we seriously were that interested in getting him back along when he was in charge of Mexico, but the 'compensation payout' put us off, without this now needed what should be any different? Or was he just a 'big fish' that we were 'linking' ourselves to with no real intention of ever seriously appointing him - as I say, all things, bar the appointment of Brian Kidd, point towards no deal.

Well, 'if' we wanted him we now have the chance to get him, assuming he would have even came here anyway - so lets see what we do.

Whatever though, for me we carry on as we are until the end of the season. Paul Hart was, and has been, good enough for us until now so I feel we should honour the arrangement we have and keep him until the summer, then we ought to let him go back to his day job. We 'will' stay up so lets just carry on as we are - more upheaval, even if unlikely, is not something we need at this stage is it.

Again that 'if' factor, but if Eriksson seriously wanted to come here, and we seriously wanted him - which seems highly unlikely to happen - then he would wait another couple of months, have some time off and spend some of his 'hard earned' cash and then come in. Something tells me though that as the Swede is not exactly 'honourable', so even 'if' we were to 'shake hands on something' if something else came along he would have no qualms about going elsewhere...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 3 2009

Time: 10:08AM

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I think spot on with the line up Rug, although it is pretty much a no brainer if I am honest. Pele on the bench would greta after the stunner he scored against Fulham last week in the ressies.
I really hope Sven does not come here. I am happy with what we have got at the moment.
sneakay
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03/04/2009 10:26:00

I think spot on with the line up Rug, although it is pretty much a no brainer if I am honest. Pele on the bench would greta after the stunner he scored against Fulham last week in the ressies.
I really hope Sven does not come here. I am happy with what we have got at the moment.
sneakay
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03/04/2009 10:26:00

yep, selection was a no brainer, totally agree - i just like doing the teamsheets lol!
i would like sven, but at the same time i wouldnt - club wise, and even internationally with england to be fair - he has a fantastic record, but is a slime ball! everything says we cannot afford and will not get him but 'if' we really did want him back along, as i say something i suspect was never 'really' going to happen, then we wont ever have a better chance seen as he is out of work...
pompeyrug
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03/04/2009 10:38:00

yep, selection was a no brainer, totally agree - i just like doing the teamsheets lol!
i would like sven, but at the same time i wouldnt - club wise, and even internationally with england to be fair - he has a fantastic record, but is a slime ball! everything says we cannot afford and will not get him but 'if' we really did want him back along, as i say something i suspect was never 'really' going to happen, then we wont ever have a better chance seen as he is out of work...
pompeyrug
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03/04/2009 10:38:00

Yeah agree that will probably be the line up, although I would like to see Basinas in for Mullins. As good a job as Hart has done, I still have this suspision that Kidd was brought in to team up with Sven again for the styart of next season. As you point out, with him being sacked now, there is no compensation pay out. Not many Prem clubs out there other than us at the moment that would be rushing to get him either I suspect.
blarmy
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03/04/2009 11:56:00

Yeah agree that will probably be the line up, although I would like to see Basinas in for Mullins. As good a job as Hart has done, I still have this suspision that Kidd was brought in to team up with Sven again for the styart of next season. As you point out, with him being sacked now, there is no compensation pay out. Not many Prem clubs out there other than us at the moment that would be rushing to get him either I suspect.
blarmy
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03/04/2009 11:56:00

This game is shaping up as a Cup Final. Can we really overtake Hull finally, 1-1 is in my crystal ball but even that has been wrong more often than not. That said I think we have a side capable of beating the only side with more home defeats than ourselves.
pompeygray
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03/04/2009 12:15:00

This game is shaping up as a Cup Final. Can we really overtake Hull finally, 1-1 is in my crystal ball but even that has been wrong more often than not. That said I think we have a side capable of beating the only side with more home defeats than ourselves.
pompeygray
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03/04/2009 12:15:00

I for one am willing to listen carefully to what Chix says after his Mysteic Meg stint over Barcodeman
hammersmithblue
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03/04/2009 19:57:00

I for one am willing to listen carefully to what Chix says after his Mysteic Meg stint over Barcodeman
hammersmithblue
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03/04/2009 19:57:00

well he is sticking to the 'sven will arrive' so do we believe him, hmm...
pompeyrug
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03/04/2009 21:49:00

well he is sticking to the 'sven will arrive' so do we believe him, hmm...
pompeyrug
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03/04/2009 21:49:00

Still worried by the limited creation in midfield. Not scoring many away from home! Hopefully Pennant will get some balls into the danger zone & Nugent finds his scoring touch again.
storagematt
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04/04/2009 18:52:00

Still worried by the limited creation in midfield. Not scoring many away from home! Hopefully Pennant will get some balls into the danger zone & Nugent finds his scoring touch again.
storagematt
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