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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 4 2006

Time: 11:36PM

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not the best of results but hey its only pre season, that isnt good news about lua lua
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05/08/2006 00:01:00

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?
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05/08/2006 00:19:00

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
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05/08/2006 00:23:00

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...
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05/08/2006 00:31:00

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.
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05/08/2006 00:41:00

It's only pre-season, time for things to get much worse:-))
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05/08/2006 00:44:00

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!?!?
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05/08/2006 01:04:00

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.
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05/08/2006 01:16:00

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!
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05/08/2006 02:52:00

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 ???
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05/08/2006 07:18:00

its quite worrying about Lua! does anybody have any news about how bad the injury is?? we are absolutely in need of at least 2 new strikers!(even if their backup strikers to benji & lua)..did we not try to get Benni McCarthy in for about 6 mil in Jan??...& now he signs for Blackburn for a reported 3mil!!!!!!!! what the hell are we doing wrong??
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05/08/2006 08:28:00

edruddick, im not sure where you think you dominated the game, but your article hi lites one big thing, OUFC are playing decent pre season opposition i.e. you are playing challenging teams, teams you are going to want to prove your self against Pompey & Man U, and with all respect to your selves Pompey are not. conference teams are not going to raise the passon. Stuart M your point was glaringly obvious to those of us who were there. Charliechimes raises a good point and once again i think it comes down to the stadium and facilities.
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05/08/2006 09:44:00

Dominated as in you guys didnt touch the ball for the first 15 minutes! So possession wise! Not sure about the rest of your sentence... sorry just dont understand it. And of course we are not a premiership side and I expect you will be much sharper for the start next week. You may be interested in this clip of Lua-Lua. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ljq0cWolF4
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05/08/2006 12:41:00

well i guess you had your yellow tinted glasses on for the 1st 15 minutes, cant find or havent heard one serious report not even from OUFC that agrees with you, but your pre-season is definetly better arranged than ours. I'm not sure i'll bother with the clip, but i guess its probably LuaLua injured and if so thats why you'll stay in the conference.
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05/08/2006 14:25:00

(Should read they should expect to beat Oxford obviously....)
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05/08/2006 16:24:00

Now the season is getting close, there's various causes for concern (not least our comedy results against 'lesser' opposition). More signings needed to at least boost the numbers in a rather thin squad. More signings of quality needed. When (if?) the signings are eventually made they'll need time to bed in like our last batch in January. Come on, surely even our reserves would expect not to beat the Oxford!
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05/08/2006 16:24:00

Now we know we have to attract a decent striker to the club if Lua Lua is injured. Kanu isn't the answer and i'm not sure about Anelka but he would attract other big names to the club.
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05/08/2006 16:27:00

i dont think anybody had considered your bedding in point nelson, but can you see Anelka coming? no fit ground, no training facilities, so unless Fenerbache are assuming we are going to panic and offer a massive amount i can't see it happening. & today L'equipe TV says Lens are fed up with our club attitude so the Emana move is now off. There is still nearly three weeks and it's not panic time but given the fragility of our defence and LuaLua's injury it is starting to looka bit more concerning now.
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05/08/2006 16:50:00

Hi 2 all. Back from a weeks hols & back to the real world. What the **** has happened or is it a case of nothing has. Sod the result here, we need some serious wake up calls or any illusions of a top ten place will be swept away by early Sept.
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05/08/2006 18:02:00

Welcome back storagematt bet you are glad to be back! We should have at least one signing this week? Juan Vargas should complete his move, but no matter how good he is, or thinks he is he'll not get us into the top half or top 10 alone. Come on Pompey PLEASE bring us some new talent this week, we're running out of time...
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06/08/2006 00:12:00

haha... I love it "russellm." Your post is hiraclous. Why dont you go to the match or ask people what the match was like before telling me I was wearing "yellow tinted glasses." And just for the record there are dozens of match reports that agree that we completely dominated the first 15 minutes and Portsmouth hardly touched the ball.
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06/08/2006 00:58:00

i did go to the match, couldnt find one & serious site that agreed with you, not even your own clubs site, now thats hiraduos
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06/08/2006 07:22:00

I must admit I was a bit suprised to see Benni McCarthy sign for Blackburn without even a hint of a rumour that Pompey were interested. Maybe it tells us that when Harry Rednapp says "This is my final offer" (i.e. which he probably did in January) he actually means it and goes off the player "forever". It seems to be that way also with Achille Emana and Olivier Thomert (who seemed to have played well for Lens today by the way). It's a shame as they looked to be very good players.
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06/08/2006 08:02:00

If they don't want to come first time round... Can be case of us sometimes cutting the nose off...
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06/08/2006 21:59:00

0-0 versus conference side Oxford. Oh well I suppose the scoreline is not the only thing we have in common with them....I would suggest the ground and toilets would be of similar quality. Great pre-season Pompey you should be proud of not beating sides like Havant, Southend and Oxford. What chance against the big boys ? This bunch of current players is no better than any squad we have had in the last 3 seasons.....meaning what are our true expectations...bottom 3 I have to say at present.
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07/08/2006 04:04:00

Fortunately Watford, Reading and Sheff Utd haven't bought much quality either, then there's Villa's problems etc. Still a chance to stay up ! We are staying up, we are staying up !
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07/08/2006 07:32:00


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