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The Pompey wrap

The Pompey wrap

Back from a few days away, mentally recharged if not physically, I thought I could do a bit of a wrap-up of what is going on today in the world of Pompey...

Craddock injury update

Earlier this week eastneydave told us how Tom Craddock had suffered another setback in an injury ravaged start to his Pompey career so far - a couple of weeks out was expected.

To be fair this was much better than the initial diagnoses, which could have been cruciate ligament damage, as that would have been long-term!

Surprisingly though it has now been revealed that the striker could, in fact maybe will, be available this weekend for the trip to Burton.

A start is not something I would have expected anyway, he would have last weekend by all accounts at Cheltenham but as it happens I think that the starting attacking line-up in that game worked well and, fitness permitting, will be the way we go this weekend against Burton.

Another option in Craddock, if fit enough, would not go a miss but given his injury problems, and those before he signed, I think it would be wise to take things very carefully.

Ringing the changes

The above, with Cheltenham mentioned, bring me onto the next point...

Much was said about the negativity seemingly deployed by Pompey in the closing 15-20-minutes by Pompey, negativity that invited too much pressure onto our defence that could not be withstood, as it has not all season.

That treble change was cited an even great reason as to why we could not see out the win, and had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

The lid has been lifted on this with it revealed that Patrick Agyemang was, well Agyemang like. He gave his all but ran out of steam and had to come off but a slight knock and sickness, respectively, to Ricky Holmes and Andy Barcham - who has also been praised for his early season form, and rightly so - were behind them having to go off.

Otherwise they would have stayed on and a greater attacking intent shown, would we have seen out the game though?

Striking arrival?

Speaking of attacking intent Pompey are looking at former Charlton striker Chris Dickson.

I know the name, and know that he had big expectations of him when he was with Charlton. A decent spell with Gillingham just enhanced this but it was not to be for him. The past few years have been spent abroad with him playing champions league and Europa league football with Greek club, most recently being in China.

He has turned out in a development game for us this week, if he will be signed remains to be seen though as interest is being shown by Warsaw. That is the Warsaw in Poland, not Walsall in league one!

If within the budget and an option that can see some genuine intent brought from the bench then perhaps we could do worse - that said maybe a loan move for a premier league or championship player could be the way to go if we are looking to boost our attacking options.

Loans are not everyone's cup of tea, and using what we have is preferable, but like I say that could be the better road to go down as opposed to bringing in another player of a contract that might not prove be what we are looking for, or need?

Better value cuppa

Speaking of 'cups of tea' Pompey now offer a brew that is among the cheapest in our division.

Contrary to The News' article, which suggested Pompey provided the cheapest cuppa in league two the club does offer one among the cheapest - the article confirmed that was the case, so a somewhat misleading headline then, alas we all do it with what we write at times!

Anyway, £1 for a brew is what we charge. Seems, from what I have known getting a takeaway cuppa, decent value for money.

I quite fancy a tea now so I think I will...

Fleetwood and York tickets

Oh, and finally some ticket news.

The next home game, and only home game this month, is against Fleetwood on Saturday week. Tickets for this are now on general sale.

Following that we will play York, with tickets for that game - we have been allocated 2000 tickets - going on sale to season ticket holders on Monday, with a general sale then kicking in next Wednesday.


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Date:Thursday September 12 2013
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