Portsmouth - A double hat-trick?
UK time is: 22:38:56
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

A double hat-trick?

Pompey are going for a double hat-trick tomorrow!

A win would complete a hat-trick of wins on the spin, whereas another cleansheet will mean a hat-trick of cleansheets...

First and foremost I would take the win against Palace, even if this meant an end to our run of not conceding a goal.

September, October time would have been the last time that we won 3, or more, games on the spin - although when we last keep 3 successive cleansheets I have no idea?

It seems like years!

Whilst Palace will not be easy, and you would have to think that whoever wins this game is 'pretty safe' as far as relegation goes, there should be no reason why we should not continue our good run and pick up all 3pts at Fratton.

Defensively we have got to build on what we have started to do recently, and the best way to do this is by again retaining that same back 4.

So, I do hope that Steve Cotterill again resists the temptation of bringing Aaron Mokoena back into the defence.

With Liam Lawrence seemingly destined to miss this game he will 'probably' come in and play in midfield, although I must say that we would be better served bringing Boss Hogg back into the equation and leaving one of the other loanees that we have out of the squad.

Moko once again showed that he is not a midfielder when he came on for Lawro on Saturday so it is down to Cotterill to prove that he is strong enough to a) refrain from bringing him back into the back 4 and b) he is not afraid to make him sit on the bench again.

It would be nice to complete a double hat-trick tomorrow, although I would settle for just having one half of it and winning!

If we keep a cleansheet too what a bonus that will be eh...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

  • Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Palace.

    Join the Vital Pompey Debate

    Trust

  • Frippy's Virtual Bookies - latest update and place your bets!




    Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



    Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

  • The Journalist

    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Monday February 21 2011

    Time: 4:19PM

    Your Comments (oldest first)

    Change to most recent first
    I disagree. Halford isn't a central defender in my opinion. looks like he wants to come forward all the time and is better at that. Mokoena and Rocha was how we fnished last season. They were pretty strong. Especially in the FA cup. Cotterill is so bloody minded that he wont do it though.
    brucey_main
    Report Abuse
    21/02/2011 16:38:00

    i agree that halford is not a central defender, so i would - but not now - change this down the line. the only way you will get a settled defence is by keeping things as they are.
    it might be a fluke that we have had back to back cleansheets with this set-up, but as the saying goes if it aint broke dont fix it...
    pompeyrug
    Report Abuse
    21/02/2011 16:42:00

    I agree too fellas, no problem with Moks playing centreback and Halford or DeLaet pushed upfield - this would make a lot more sense to me than to play Moks in midfield like Sat, where he is, lets face it, hopeless. It's all down to how fit the midfielders or attackers are though, Nugent and Lawrence could do with a rest by the looks of things, but not if Moks is going in the middle!
    pompeyweller
    Report Abuse
    21/02/2011 17:05:00

    i disagree, i absolutely do not want Mok the Weak playing CB - have we learned nothing? . Keep the back four as is. Hopefully Lawrence is fit and Hogg can play if he isn't; personally i think he got a game because Hogg was suspended. for me, Mok's ideal position is left ...... in the changing room. Ive met Mok and no doubt he s a nice guy but too many times we have had to watch him arguing with real defenders who know what they are doing and then get himself caught out.
    russellm
    Report Abuse
    21/02/2011 18:02:00

    Gotta agree with Russell there. Mok is a makeshift defender and we need clean sheets not more bookings! Still fancy we might have to settle for a draw tomorrow but we owe Palace one after the defeat at Selhurst.
    eastneydave
    Report Abuse
    21/02/2011 18:45:00

     

    Have Your Say

    Log in...
    with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    2015/16 opponents now known (Monday May 25 2015)

    On this day in history...23rd May (Saturday May 23 2015)

    Wallace opts for Wolves (Thursday May 21 2015)

    Archived Portsmouth Articles

    List All Vital Pompey Articles
    Have your say
    Click here to suggest an article
    Click here to suggest a poll
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    Vital Members League (view all)

    1. pompeyrug 92
    2. Et_tu_Pompeii 52
    3. Pompeytim 39
    4. storagematt 21
    5. Emsworthianblue 19
    6. Copnor43 19
    7. eastneydave 19
    8. mslorna48 18
    9. bhhardinge 12
    10. Jimsmithswig 11

    League Results (view all)

    League Table (view table)

    Team P W D L GD Pts
    13. Oxford 46 15 16 15 1 61
    14. Dag & Red 46 17 8 21 -1 59
    15. Wimbledon 46 14 16 16 -6 58
    16. Portsmouth 46 14 15 17 -2 57
    17. Accrington 46 15 11 20 -19 56
    18. York 46 11 19 16 -5 52
    19. Cambridge 46 13 12 21 -5 51

    Breaking League News

    Hartlepool Know 2015-16 Opponents
    Hartlepool : 25/05/2015 20:18:00
    Stevenage Know 2015-16 Opponents
    Stevenage : 25/05/2015 20:13:01
    Mansfield Know 2015-16 Opponents
    Mansfield : 25/05/2015 20:11:00
    Exeter Know 2015-16 Opponents
    Exeter : 25/05/2015 20:10:00
    Southend Know 2015-16 Opponents
    Southend : 25/05/2015 19:57:00

    Current Site Poll (view all polls)

    Is Cook the right man?
    Suggested By:  pompeyrug
    Yep, ticks the right boxes 80%
    Nope, not what we needed 5%
    Unsure...too soon to say 9%
    Maybe, I'm quietly confident though 6%