James' injury gives Begovic a chance
When the teams came through and there was no place for David James some were surprised, others were not...some had already heard of a rumoured neck injury to the Pompey and England no.1, and that was the injury kept him out last night, but another injury will keep him out for longer...
James has also been carrying a shoulder injury for a while with it now decided that he will have an operation on this to correct the problem so he will be fit for the start of next season - this means he will miss our final game of the season at Wigan along with England's next two world cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan and Andorra next month.
His injury however opened the door for someone else, most would have expected Jamie Ashdown to have stepped in to be the no.1 for Pompey, seen as he has some experience, but it was Asmir Begovic that was tasked with this against Sunderland last night and he did ok.
The young Canadian, who has always been one that has been highly rated but sometimes not so by the teams he has been loaned to, made some good saves - in particular a save with his legs in the 1st half, also keeping out a couple of efforts in the 2nd, which, without doing him an injustice were straight at him when Kenwyne Jones should have done better.
Begovic did not seem to be that keen on coming for crosses, as on just about every Sunderland corner he remained rooted, but all in all he will be happy with his evenings work and will most likely be the man between the sticks at Wigan this weekend too.
It was good to see the guy given a game, but the omission of Ashdown will probably signal the end to his Pompey career for sure this summer I would suspect - you cannot judge too much from one outing, but Begovic looks ok, but one thing that is certain is, I do not think he is any James - well not yet anyway - so I will be glad to have him back fully fit next season.
Maybe we can give the Canadian a few games in the cup games we play?
PLAY UP POMPEY!