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Your Strike Partnership

After the entire Pompey strike force only managed 3 league goals between them in over 13 matches (until Kanu`s goal against City on Saturday), many were beginning to wonder just which striking partnership was going to be more successful. At the start of the season, Kanu was the leading scorer in the Premiership until mid-October. He was in partnership with Benjani for the majority of the time, a partnership that looked to have been quite formidable. But injuries and typical Redknapp "fine tuning" meant the goals started to dry up; even the much travelled Andrew Cole - the second highest goalscorer in the history of the Premiership - appeared to have lost his touch. The hard working and charismatic Fratton favourite Benjani never stops running but managing to put the ball into the net is something that has largely eluded him.

So what was the answer? Who would have in your opinion provided the best alternative up front for Pompey? Many will never forget the rampant and cavalier performance of Lualua as he destroyed local rivals Southampton two seasons ago. Many will also remember the goal scoring exploits of Svetoslav Todorov in the old First Division, whose goals at the end of last season also helped to complete that amazing relegation escape.

So the poll eventually showed who you felt was the ideal pairing up front. Naturally this is only a mere representation and does not mean that it is an absolute presentation of every Pompey supporter. It does though reflect how many felt over the way the goals have dried up, the results are as follows:

Benjani & Todorov - 39%

Kanu & Benjani - 16%

Cole & Kanu - 13%

Cole & Benjani - 10%

Lualua & Todorov - 9%

13% of those voted did not feel that any of the above were suitable as a partnership, sadly none of them commented on who they would have preferred to have seen.

On Saturday, Kanu came off the bench and scored the winner in the match against Manchester City, this was the fourth goal scored by our strikers in 14 matches. Some could argue that at least the goals are going in, even if they are from the midfield or defence. But it has to be recognised that the role of a striker is to score goals and with matches now fast running out, any hope of a place in Europe will surely require a bigger input from the strike force at Pompey.

That said, this has been an amazing season and many of us would have been more than delighted to have found ourselves not only safe from relegation at this point in the season - but also very proud to be sitting quite comfortably in 7th spot in what is regarded as the best league in the world. Just look at the clubs below us - Newcastle, Everton, Tottenham, Aston Villa and of course, Manchester City.

Many thanks to all those who voted.

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

Date:Monday February 12 2007
Time: 11:47AM

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Awesome season for you guys - well done!
12/02/2007 14:21:00
i don't think toddy will play for pompey again
12/02/2007 15:22:00
I agree VPA, it would be real Roy of the Rovers stuff if he played, kept his place and score a ton of goals. Not going to happen though.
12/02/2007 18:49:00
not when harry has brought in kanu, cole, benjy an lua all on big money
12/02/2007 19:52:00
been saying that since he went to Wigan, he (Toddy) was gutted at oxford when he found out harry had tried to off him, he wont play unless we have a major injury crisis.
12/02/2007 20:35:00
everyone will always love toddy, but his day has passed unless all the other strikers go down injured
12/02/2007 20:49:00
Sadly Toddy may be off to play for the Karachi Fox scum.
12/02/2007 22:06:00
Great to see the applause and chants of toddy toddy toddy toddy todorov as he walked past at half time.
12/02/2007 23:36:00
Sad to say that he won't be here much longer I feel. Links with Leicester City seem to be in abundance and let's face it he deserves more than he's getting here.

Thanks for everything Toddy, if you do go then good luck but please don't so a dirty and start bad mouthing us when you've gone, you would lose so much respect if you did.
13/02/2007 00:39:00
He will probably bad mouth Redknapp and to a degree I can understand but there isn't room for sentament in the game is there... The only way I'll lose respect for him is if he slags of the side (the whole thing, just the forwards would be expected) or fans which to be honest I can't see him doing, why would he... LuaLua and Benjani is still the partnership for me... What are the chances of Berlin maybe coming in next season, scored a hat trick in the reserves the other week didn't he. If we can secure a UEFA Cup place with a few games to play (I know asking a lot) maybe he might get a run out towards the end of this season...
13/02/2007 09:34:00
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