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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?


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 19 2009

Time: 8:43AM

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i thought he played a 'blinder'. ok i have my pompey tinted glasses on. i dont think he could have done much about the goal ... sol screwed that up. if you were being hyper critical you could say he should have moved across the goal as the cross came in to give himself a better position. whilst i didnt notice he didnt come out for corners, they never really threatened from them so I think it was sensible rather than doing irrational moves. he pulled off some great saves ... i dont think ashdown would have saved them! he looked pretty comfortable and Im pretty chuffed to have him in the team. if we are to become a tight expenditure team ... id hope jamo could give some more tips to bego and that bego could one day take over the jamo reigns on much lower wages!
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19/05/2009 08:59:00

Bit of a dracula but I put that down to nerves. A more clinical side than Sunderland would have put 4 or 5 past him. You're right, Ashdown must be thinking "what's next"
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19/05/2009 09:10:00

begovic had a deecent game, like i said, and i do not want to do him a discredit but had ashdown let in any of the saves he made i would hav been surprised - jones finishes on the whole were poor, had they not been straight at him he might have been more torubled...
this debut will do him good, and hopefully he can be more seriously tested on sunday.
ashdown will be sold in the summer, of that i now have no doubt.
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19/05/2009 09:23:00

If ashdown is sold, is it likely we will sign Joe Lewis from Peterborough?
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19/05/2009 09:30:00

I agree with Pessimist, i was very impressed with the lad, and dont agree that a "Better" team would have put 4 or 5 past him.
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19/05/2009 10:17:00

That article summed up what i was gonna say in one.
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19/05/2009 22:37:00


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