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Pompey V Watford

OLD FOES AT NEW LEVEL

Watford roll into Fratton come Saturday, a regular fixture ten years ago, but this time the stakes are a lot higher, in seasons past it used to be a mid-table meeting in the then Division 1, but now it`s the Premiership. Who could have forecast that back then?

Watford proved their worth last season, gaining promotion impressively over better equipped sides, a bit like ourselves when we charged up the table when highly un-fancied. The last time we met the Hornets stuffed us in the League cup after we had high hopes of progressing, so anyone looking at this as home banker had better look again.

Marlon King is missing long term after impressing last season, and so far goals have been hard to come by, just the nine so far in twelve premiership matches.

Ben Foster will be between the sticks at one end and England rival Jamo at the other, both will be hoping to show McClaren who is top dog, but you can bet your life the England supremo
will again be absent at Fratton, why change the habits that he and Sven before him stick to so well.

Glen Johnson will be sorely missed at right back again, if he ever pulls on the Pompey shirt again remains to be seen, but to be fair I thought Pamarot deputised ably against Fulham and hopefully can take a leap forward in his quest for the defensive slot. Gary O`neil looks a doubt, although he is starting light training again. If he is unfit, Kranjcar will be hoping for a rare starting place after again impressing for Croatia in Israel. Benjani is also still struggling with a niggle, as is Cole, last weeks goal hero, so both will probably feature on the bench.

So Lua Lua up front again? He still remains an enigma, when on form he can be devastating, when he is not, he is frustrating and infuriating in equal measures, and it seems bizarre that after a couple of seasons as a cult hero, a few fans would like to see the back of him.

Saturday will prove a lot to Pompey fans, we win and maybe we can look to sitting in the European spots, lose or draw and it will show we still have a very long way to go. No disrespect to Watford but teams like themselves should be brushed aside by European qualifying sides, as if you look at the table, Wigan stand out as the only team in the top ten we have actually beaten.

So, come Saturday night will it be eyes to Europe or eyes down, its up to you Pompey


Play up Pompey!

Paul




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Date:Friday November 17 2006

Time: 7:05PM

Your Comments

Home win - no doubt about it!
merlin
Though I was very glad to see Watford gain the play off win to stop 'Dirty' Leeds coming up, no mercy for tomorrow. Let's hope all this rain will allow us to play them off the park. And hope again we turn the chances into goals. We should have enough even without a fully fit first team. Home win.
storagematt
"In seasons past it used to be a mid-table meeting in the then Division 1" Don't make me laugh, Pompey were never a mid-table team in Div 1. Apart from our promotion year we struggled like F*ck to stay in Div 1. What season did you watch us become a mid table team with Watford, Vital
nelson
Reading are a much better equiped team at staying in the Premiership than Sheff Utd & Watford. I can see a 3 nil hiding for Watford. Thay don't play with flare like Reading do and we destroyed them at Fratton Park with a great performance.
nelson
Plus we owe then a hiding for dumping us out of the cup at Vicarage Road when we had Monsuier Perrin at the helm
nelson
Certainly won't me a gimme match. I looked into the crystal ball and once again it told me a 2-1 result with a late Watford consolation. On looking closer it tells me that an O.G. comes up but not sure at what end. Dejan ?
pompeygray
I can see a 3-0 scoreline to Pompey but i'd take a 1-0 win even the goal can be scored by Watford in there own net as long as we win.
nelson
Don't give a rats arse what the scoreline is so long as we end up getting three points! Anything less and those passports people might have started dusting down may as well be put back on top of the wardrobe to gather more dust! It's not going to be an easy game (as I've said before you don't get them in the top flight) but no disrespect to Watford on paper we won't get many "easier" games at home this season, its got to be three points...
pompeyrug
Yeah - Point 1 We must score more goals. Point 2 We must defend like we did earlier in the season. Point 3 Lua Lua must pass the ball to someone else to score. There you have it 3 points already....
pompeygray
I always feel we are going to score now, so if we keep a cleansheet we'll win for sure... Getting LuaLua to pass will be he hardest thing...
pompeyrug
Re LuaLua pompeyrug you are right, Im not sure what reception he will receive as now he's gone to the papers this morning saying the "fans are driving him out". Now this always happens when he is playing badly or not starting. Although if the stories about fans saying they were glad his child died are true then that is disgusting.
russellm
So we choke on a bit of humble pie but the final result is important. Awful performance. Missed Matty, Gary & Beni. Team didn't gel. Heaven help with the next 5 games if we don't buck up.
storagematt
lua wants a move, all that stuff about his kid seems a bit extreme, i certainly haven't heard anything like it
paultsmouth
Well he scored the late winner so I guess Villain to Hero. I really don't understand his psychology sometimes, he never seems happy, has a miserable disposition and cries poor everytime he's not in a starring role. I say to him buck up or shift out. There's no room for whingers in this Pompey team.
pompeygray
stakes were too high for watford as the popey bandwagon keeps a rolling on..........
ernshaw
If that is true that things have been said about his dead son then those "fans" should be ashamed of themselves. It will be all to easy for LuaLua to use that though wouldn't it, not that I'm saying he is lying. But its seems as though the fans getting on his back (and quite rightly from the Fulham showing!) upset him, but if he was sat where we were and we were doing what he does he'd do exactly the same and have a go. If anyone has said anything about his dead son they are animals...
pompeyrug
Does anyone know what site Lua Lua logs on to because I don't know one pompey fan who doesn't think it's disgusting what is being said on these message boards.
nelson
I don't know, and if people say things like that don't want to know...
pompeyrug
I couldnt find it either Nelson, at the moment i dont believe it. Perhapse i am just cynical when it comes to LuaLua. I think he needs to work harder than just 1 penalty. Anybody know what is going on with Manuel wonderboy, i know he was at Portugal mid week and i am not convinced of a deal with Man U but he does seem to be less obvious these days.
russellm
 

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