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Toast 6#26 - No Cherry aid for Pompey

Toast 6#26 - No Cherry aid for Pompey


Another game, another defeat and so the season goes on; waiting, just waiting for the takeover to take place or liquidation to happen. Nine straight defeats and umpteen games without a win have left Pompey twenty one points from safety with just fifteen games left. That of course allows for the ten point deduction on exiting administration. Pompey must face reality that if they are to survive they will need to start rebuilding for the Football League basement.

Guy made six changes bringing in new signings Patrick Agyemang, John Akide and Therry Racon to take the tally of players used this season past the fifty mark - have any club ever used that many after just two thirds of the season? Back too came Dan Butler, Ricardo Rocha and ex Cherry Shaun Cooper.

Reports suggest that the changes failed to make any difference against their inform hosts. It was more a case of when rather than if Bournemouth would score. It did in fact take two second half strikes to break Pompey`s brittle resolve and allow the Cherries to push on towards what will be at the very least a play-off spot. Eddie Howe has certainly done a magnificent job since returning 'home` from Burnley.

So where to Pompey go now? They have their full set of twenty players now and some cynics perhaps would say that it is certainly quantity over quality; I will reserve judgement until I have seen the new recruits play when Carlisle visit next Saturday. Guy was happy though saying "We didn`t have a lot of time to work with the new guys on the training field, but they all came in and worked really hard. It`s going to take while, but I think people can see already that they`re going to be a big plus for us."

Before Carlisle the Blues face the long trip to Hartlepool on Tuesday --any Pompey fan who makes that trip really does deserve a medal!! That and you will miss your pancakes too.

The week just gone

Quite an eventful week in the life of PFC and let me touch on a few pieces of it here. It started with a late winner for Scunthorpe at Glanford Park on Tuesday in front of just 2,500 fans.

The next day news breaks that Keith Harris - former Football League chairman - had launched a late, late bid to buy the club with a series Pompey backers. This shocked the football world and all manner rumours were circulating surrounding stories that Balram Chainrai was involved.

Thursday sees the Football League tell administrator PKF that it is Trust or bust when it come to Pompey and no other bid will be considered. The Trust also say that they have increased their bid for Fratton Park to an undisclosed amount.

The week ends with news that Chainrai determined to get his money back has changed tact and will now sue CSI owner Vladimir Antonov for £18m. Will this mean he will allow the Trust to buy at their valuation? Hopefully Thursday will reveal that.

Finally I spend Friday night with some disgruntled Pompey employees who talk of the problem they are having including a number of stewards leaving and unwelcome guests in the boardroom. Maybe one day I will tell their full story.

Match fixing

The player at the centre of football fixing scandal has admitted that had he joined Pompey it would never have happened to him.

Debrechen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic told the Telegraph "In 2007-08, I had some chance to go to Portsmouth, I had some very big offer to go but I said, 'No, I`ll stay to play in the Champions League and maybe next summer go`.
"It was a mistake because I got this punishment. Maybe, if I had gone there, who knows?"

Poleksic later received a phone call from a criminal gang asking him to help fix the Champions League games with Fiorentina and later Liverpool. Is there no story in football at the moment that does not have some link back to Fratton Park?

Goal!!

You can vote for the Pompey goal of 2012! Yes we did score some great goals last year and the club have short listed these five -
GOAL 1: Erik Huseklepp v Peterborough (28/01/12)
Striker sealed a 3-0 away triumph by cutting inside from the left and curling a beautiful strike into the bottom corner.

GOAL 2: David Norris v Birmingham (20/03/12)
A quick free-kick was played to the midfielder, who swivelled and smashed home an unstoppable shot.

GOAL 3: Chris Maguire v Southampton (07/04/12)
There did not appear to be any danger for Southampton when the on-loan striker received the ball wide on the left, but he conjured up a magical strike that arrowed straight into the top corner.

GOAL 4: David Norris v Southampton (07/04/12)
Pompey were heading for a derby defeat until Norris volleyed home from the edge of the box deep into stoppage-time.

GOAL 5: Brian Howard v Bournemouth (04/09/12)
Midfielder helped Pompey progress in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy by running at the Bournemouth defence, moving the ball onto his left foot and curling an exquisite finish round Shwan Jalal and into the net.

This is all part of the Football League search to find the Mitre Goal of the Year for 2012. You can vote by email to communicate@pompeyfc.co.uk - with 'Goal of the Year` as the subject. Alternatively, tweet your choice to @officialpompey using the hashtag #pompeygoal.

Voting closes tomorrow 11February at 17:00 GMT. Which of the two goals at St Mary`s will you vote for?

Kids stuff

Pompey Academy will host Bristol Rovers in the semi-finals of the Football League Youth Alliance Cup. The match will be played on Saturday, February 16 (11am kick-off).

The Blues reached the last four courtesy of a 5-1 thrashing of MK Dons last Saturday. Bristol Rovers progressed with a 2-0 victory over Cheltenham on Tuesday afternoon. The other semi-final in the southern section of the competition will see Northampton host either Southend or Watford.

and finally...

A snippet from Sky Sports who understand a number of Scottish Premier League sides are tracking former Portsmouth defender Calum Angus Anyone remember him?

PUP



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

Writer:eastneydave
Date:Sunday February 10 2013
Time: 1:00AM

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You lot have probably got it worse than we did, but it is possible to work up from the basement of the football league ,(no offence, but you are going down). Good luck to you lot, probably will be sometime before we play you in a league game again and i will look forward to it. - a cherries fan.
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