Date:Sunday October 6 2013
Bondz N`Gala popped up twice in the Rochdale box in the second half with carbon copy headers to complete a comfortable Pompey victory yesterday afternoon.
Guy rang the changes and in came Trevor Carson for his debut along with John Marquis, Therry Racon, Joe Devera and Sherlock Holmes. The result was an emphatic and good all round performance with all areas of the team putting in a good shift.
One who stood out for me was Johnny Ertl who seemed to have lost the spark that impressed last term and led the side by example chasing and harrying everything and getting the team moving forward. Next to Ertl the returning Racon was a revelation and gave a performance likened by a fan near me as a cut price Lassana Diarra and I could see what he meant.
Therry, who has been training alone, was at his tigerish best showing he wanted the ball and when he had got it he was not giving it up; showed a good level of fitness too before being replaced by Romain Padovani with twenty minutes left. Marquis looked good up front in the first half but faded later.
The game started well and both sides looked to play some nice football although it was punctuated by the referee`s whistle too often. Mid way through Jed Wallace picked up a loose ball in the box and slammed an unstoppable shot past Dale keeper Lillis. Then in the second period N`Gala took over with his two firm headers both from Holmes corners. Dale did not learn as Sonny Bradley made the dummy run and Bondz ghosted it behind him to apply the finish.
The crowd of over 15,000 showed the fans are still behind the side and they have to keep their foot on the gas. A trip to Oxford on Tuesday in the JPL is followed by a trip to Devon on Saturday for a 12:15 kick off live on Sky. Two results there please.
As a footnote on his 30th birthday Shaun Cooper had to be happy warming the bench all afternoon.
Quite a surprising week we have had since the farce at Kit Kat Crescent! With some fans calling for the manager`s head there is action at Fratton Park. All of a sudden the doors are flung open and new players flood in!!
Gavin Mahon may be thirty six but he can help in the short term with his experience mostly gained in the London area. Gavin has been looking for a club since leaving Notts Co and has made over 500 appearances his making his league debut for Hereford United over seventeen years ago.
Therry Racon is back after demanding too much when contracts were being handed out. Presumably he has lowered his sights after being left unemployed since being released by Millwall at the end of last term. Therry impressed last season and fans were unhappy when he failed to return but that was tempered when they discovered he wanted £2,000 a week.
Racon swoop says the News! Not too much competition says Toast
Then the goalkeeping crisis is addressed with the arrival of Bury stopper Trevor Carson - son of Frank!! According to rumours he was allowed to switch as Bury were struggling to pay his wages.
The move of the Legend upstairs appears not to have been as friendly as was originally thought and with the defence a problem at present they need all the specialist help they can get.
Is this the last throw of the dice for Guy?
The club have announced they are to check you have the right ticket by watching fans enter the ground and asking you to prove you are a certain age!! Don`t fiddle YOUR club after all upgrade only £5 per match.
The Pompey shop will open next Thursday after such a long wait. The wait is due to the elongated legal wranglings with previous supplier Kappa and eventually they have been settled. The shop will be an important source of income to the club especially with Christmas around the corner. All three kits will be in stock and new ranges are due to follow in the weeks and months to come.
Vital Cheers me up
Last Saturday with Toast written and published and the day almost done I was feeling rather melancholy. The reason of course was the debacle at the York that afternoon.
But there was Vital Pompey to lift me from my squalor. No not one of Chix`s brilliant competitions or a witty comment from Tim but the on this day feature from pompeyrama. The reason was a game on 28 September 1963 a full fifty years ago!
That was the day I experienced my first derby match. A couple of years ago I wrote up my recollections of that sunny autumn day at Fratton Park, sadly of course there are no match reports around from those days so it had to be from memory.
It was a bright sunny late September afternoon when I took my place on the Milton End terrace. The ground was packed with just under 30,000 present and Pompey kicked off towards the Milton goal. Ron Saunders and Brian Lewis put Pompey 2-0 up very early in the game - twenty minutes or so - but in trying to prevent the second goal visiting keeper Ron Reynolds dislocated his shoulder. It was in fact an injury that would end his career.
Unfortunately for Southampton that was the final season without substitutes and it meant wing half Cliff Huxford had to go in goal and they were down to ten men. Pompey pressed forward but could not add to their tally in the hour that remained but the crowd were more than happy with the win and the two points - it was their first home league win of the season at the fifth attempt. Memory tells me that Huxford did make couple of good saves too.
A few other facts that come to mind - Saunders would score thirty three league goals that season his last before he was sold to Watford the following August. Ron Reynolds the unfortunate keeper was one of the first professional footballers to have worn contact lenses.
That game made left back Roy Lunniss a Pompey hero after the rough treatment he dealt out on England winger Terry Paine.
The next Fratton Park league win over our rivals was a long way away - March 2004 - in fact it was the only league win in a seventy eight year period stretching back to 1926!
Right that is me done off for a fag with Jack Wilshere!! I will miss Chix`s party as the son has his birthday party - hope you had a good time Chix and thanks to penton for that great picture.
Date:Sunday October 6 2013
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