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Pompey draw as LuaLua is injured

Pompey draw as LuaLua is injured

Oxford United 0
Pompey 0

Pompey were tonight held to a 0-0 draw against former Boss Jim Smith`s Conference side Oxford United, thanks in no small part to their Goalkeeper Billy Turley who pulled off some decent saves.

More importantly for Pompey though was the injury to Lomana LuaLua that saw him substituted on 33 minutes with an ankle problem. First thoughts were it could be ankle ligament damage, but this would be mere speculation. One thing that is for sure he`ll face a race against time to be fit for Blackburn on August 19th.

Dean Kiely was forced to make the games first save keeping out a tame effort from Robert Duffy, brother of Pompey`s Welsh International Richard.

Former Pompey player Matt Day was forced to cut out Noe Pamarot`s dangerous looking cross as Matty Taylor looked to get on the end of it.

On 33 minutes LuaLua picked up his injury as he attempted to score from another dangerous cross, this time from Taylor. He could only find the side netting as he collided with Turley. He would then limp off the field to be replaced by Frank Songo`o.

Shortly after the LuaLua injury Turley had to be alert, quickly rushing out of goal to prevent Sveotslav Todorov possibly putting Pompey one up.

Richard Hughes had the next Pompey chance but his volley, following a one-two with Andy O`Brien was off the target, sailing over the bar.

Songo`o, who seemed to be quite involved in the game for a period created the first real opening of the second half, his right wing cross headed over by Taylor. Dejan Stefanovic then narrowly missed the target, just sending his headed effort over from another Songo`o cross from the right.

Another move would involve Songo`o who combined well with Todorov to create another chance for Taylor but Turley again saved his effort.

With little overall created by Oxford a good save was needed by Kiely on 81 minutes to deny Gavin Johnson following a good run down the left.

Pompey`s final chance of the game fell to Todorov from a Taylor pass but he was unable to get his effort on target.

The match marked a debut for free transfer signing David Thompson, who lasted 67 minutes and was also watched by Juan Vargas as his proposed switch to Fratton Park nears a conclusion.

The main worry though will be the injury to LuaLua and how serious it will actually be. Only time will tell but until we know all we can do is keep our fingers crossed. This will increase Pompey`s need for more striking options. Preston`s David Nugent and Nigerian Kanu are a couple of names reported linked with the club in recent times.

Dean Kiely
Noe Pamarot
Linvoy Primus
Andy O'Brien
Dejan Stefanovic
David Thompson (Marc Wilson 67)
Sean Davis
Richard Hughes
Matty Taylor
Lomana Lualua (Frank Songo'o 33)
Svetoslav Todorov


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday August 4 2006
Time: 11:36PM

Comments

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not the best of results but hey its only pre season, that isnt good news about lua lua
green giant 12
05/08/2006 00:01:00
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Result maybe not great but I'm more worried about LuaLua. I'm not sure how serious the injury is, it may be nothing? Or am I just hoping this!?! I wasn't at the game so I don't have a clue what happended so it is all mere speculation at the moment. Hopefully we'll find out more in the next day or so?
pompeyrug
05/08/2006 00:19:00
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Green giant you are right, Pompeyrug, im not sure i have just got back from the same game as you, string of saves?, i was sat pretty much as close to the halfway line as pompey fans in row k seat 45 were allowed and i must be honest i saw lots of balls going... into the car park, into the side netting, into touch, into the possession of a bunch of banana skins, and into their keepers arms but rarely did Turley looked troubled. Worryingly a man who did look troubled was not a Turley but a Toddy, seems to me the previous speculation around him has unsetteld him, he a couple of sitters. Otherwise the defence is still a worry,Paramot was well Paramot, Stefanovic was continuaklly caught out, Matty Taylor tried, tired got frustrated but kept at it. I was surprised to see in fact our main threat came from Songoo, he may be worth keeping. Crowd were a bit gloomy till Westwood tried the fence climbing thing. nice little stadium, but £16 was a bit steep for that
russellm
05/08/2006 00:23:00
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That's the thing with pre-season I have to work with reports I can find, sometimes they are misleading but I have to base mine on them, I have no other option. Working tonight meant I had no way of following the game at all. When the season begins I can report them as I see/hear them. Anyway it says decent saves ;) I may have put string of saves at first but when reading various reports I soon changed this...
pompeyrug
05/08/2006 00:31:00
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Yeah that'll teach me for going through newsnow, your report didnt show so i didnt know you hadnt been to the game. My girlfreind pronounced and annoyingly i think she summed us up. "watching Pompey tonight is like watching Tim Henman play tennis, no OOOMPHH !!!. But as i said Toddy was a worry, he spent half the evening looking like he wanted to cry. Songoo looked quite effective, some good running, some good passing. i have to admit i'd written him off. Taylor tried to take it on but he kept running into Davis. Hughes was so so and i was surpised we didnt see Mornar.
russellm
05/08/2006 00:41:00
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It's only pre-season, time for things to get much worse:-))
merlin
05/08/2006 00:44:00
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Man it must have been bad for her to compare the game to watching Tim Heman, we all know what that is like! I don't get to go to many games anymore, just can't afford it. Songo'o has played a fair bit in pre-season, would be good to see the promise that he came to us with. Growing up in a youth set-up with Messi and Fabregas has to mean you can't be too bad!!! Maybe his Pompey career isn't over just yet, but then again wouldn't Perrin have signed him!?!?
pompeyrug
05/08/2006 01:04:00
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if you were Songo'o where would you take your chances, EPL or La Championate for about 50% of your current salary, he got a good round of applause from the 798 strong blue army and apparently his name has changed from Songwho'o to Frank.
russellm
05/08/2006 01:16:00
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I dont think this article quite highlights what happened in this game. Perhaps if you read the OUFC articles/comments and possible the fans forum, only 10-15 minutes you can get two different sides and merge the two together. Personally I enjoyed the match (as an Oxford fan). We look far better and stronger than last season. Of course it is only a friendly but I am sure there will be a bit of concern, espically from your first half (which I think was dominated by OUFC). Second half you guys looked much more lively and as already commented, missed a large number of sitters! £16 pounds is a bit of a rip off, Ive had to pay £14 for each of the three home friendilies in the cheap end! However we are now heavily controlled by the wage cap, 30% of turnover which means prices are the same as a normal season matchday. This game and the Man United game on Tuesday will allow us next season (as its done on last seasons finances) an extra 1 or 2 players!
edruddick
05/08/2006 02:52:00
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One of the conclusions we can draw from this game is that when we miss O'Neill, Mendes and Benjani we struggle alot. Wonder what Juan Vargas thought of it ???
StuartM
05/08/2006 07:18:00
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