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Pompey 0-0 Man City

The great league form continued last week against the barcodes, today we returned to Fortress Fratton with Man City the visitors.

Noe Pamarot retained his place despite Hermann Hreidarsson being fit, who took a place on the bench. David Nugent returned to the squad, however there was a surprise sprung with Kanu selected in Papa Bouba Diop's enforced suspended absence - Pedro Mendes was expected to come in, what this meant in terms of formation I was not sure at first... but it did look like basically 2 up front.

Both sides had a couple of very good chances, with the woodwork denying us twice, once in either half as for the 2nd home game running we had to 'settle' for a 0-0 draw.

The Match
The afternoon started with a minutes silence in remembrance to the brave that served this country, with this being respected impeccably.

Pompey made a good start and had three chances in the opening 90 seconds, firstly John Utaka's trickery saw him turn onto his left foot to deliver to Niko Kranjcar, but he headed over. Kanu then forced Joe Hart into a save at his near post and from the resulting corner Sean Davis shot over.

We were in control for the opening of the game, but City came back into the half, but neither side had any real chances until Glen Johnson saw a 20 odd yarder safely claimed by Hart on 20 minutes.

But for a fantastic Richard Dunne clearance Kranjcar would have been in on the end of Kanu's flick at the end of a fine Pompey move.

Another surging Johnson run looked to have broken down, until he won the ball back to get into the area only to see his effort hit the bar, but only after a fantastic save from Hart, who tipped it onto the bar.

The best chance City had in the half fell to Darius Vassell who was brilliantly denied by David James when through one on one - but the flag was already up for offside so it would not have counted anyway.

Good work from Kranjcar saw him easily beat Vedran Corluka before getting his shot away from the edge of the area. This effort went wide, but a corner was given - wrongly so - from which Noe Pamarot headed over.

City ended the half with their best chance - Martin Petrov, unmarked on the edge of the area shot straight at James, who claimed safely.

Harry Redknapp made a change at half time with Matty Taylor coming on for Utaka.

Pompey started with most the possession early in the 2nd half, but 5 minutes into it City really should have taken the lead. A quick break saw Stephen Ireland play Petrov through with a cracking ball, he in turn put in a great pass across the face of the box that was crying out for Vassell to finish, but he got it all wrong and we escaped.

The possession was good for Pompey but this was not really being turned into a real chances.

With just under 30 minutes to play Kanu pulled up with a problem so David Nugent was called over. Whilst waiting to make the change Taylor headed wide - then Nugent came on, could this be his chance...

As the game wore on and we tried to push on more for the winner City were able to break and one such break saw Elano have a fine chance but he shot straight at James who stood up well nonetheless, saving again soon after from Petrov, but again comfortably.

When it is not going your way it does not go your way does it, as Nugent found out. His shot, which probably would have been saved fairly easily by Hart took a deflection and with him beaten the inside of the post denied him - typical...

The last chance for Pompey came when Johnson again came forward and he picked up Nugent's layoff. It was another good chance, but as with the 1st half he was denied by Hart.

Micah Richards did head wide for City right at the end as for the 2nd league match running we had to be content with a 0-0 draw.

Match Summary
City came to do a job, defend well and look to get something on the break and the got the job done - something that we will see a lot of from visiting sides this season.

We might have put them under quite a bit of pressure at times but in all honesty the real clear cut chances were few and far between and it was not - overall - the performance that most were expecting...

When Nugent came on I was praying he would get a break - with it being my thinking that an injury or something similar could give him this chance and so it proved today - but when you are out of luck, something that might go your way to kick start things always goes against you.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Goals
Pompey 0
Man City 0

David James
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Sylvain Distin
Noe Pamarot
John Utaka (Matty Taylor 45)
Sean Davis
Sulley Muntari
Niko Kranjcar
Kanu (David Nugent 63)
Benjani


Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
Pedro Mendes
Hermann Hreidarsson


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 11 2007

Time: 10:35PM

Your Comments

not the usual match report format i know - but that wouldn't work... so anyway, here you go fellas...
pompeyrug
I like coming to your part of VitalFootball - your articles are always nicely formatted and there are little to none grammar errors. Great work Pompey!
RussianHammer
cheers mate, nice of your to say - we aim to please here :-)
pompeyrug
just watching the 'highlights' of the match again on motd 2 - why, oh why couldnt have one of johnson's - who had a fantastic game - chances have fallen on his right foot, instead of both on his left!
pompeyrug
Fair play to you pompeyrug. A solid account of the game. Coming off the back of our Chelskigate nightmare we now have three clean sheets to build on, which none of us would have expected, but gladly taken after that 6-niller! See you in Europe?
Johnny Baguette
cheers mate... see us in europe? i hope so mate!
pompeyrug
Doesn't make sense does it (0-0, 7-4, 0-0, 0-0). It looks like a baseball game. Who wants to bet on a 0-0 v Everton ? after a fine win at Birmingham....
pompeygray
It was a really good game to watch, for the first half an hour Pompey were amazing, the passing & movement was virtually spot on and some of the flicks from Krunchie and Kanu were sublime, City weren't in the game....but as they started to creep back into it they showed how good they can be and started to ask a few questions especially on the break. Every Pompey player played well Kanu started to fade just before his injury, Benji worked so hard for the first hour he was spent by 70 minutes Dist, Sol, (everybody in fact) played their part ... and poor old Nugent - That shot screamed on to the post ... he'll be gutted... but for the first time he showed his is an inteligent player (less headless chicken, more considered running) Nugent will score soon I'm 100% convinved of it - all in all disappointed we didn't win but the performance was worth the enterace fee in itself ..... See you in Europe City?.... yeah I think we will
Chix
Portsmouth out of luck, geat work Pompey... Niko and Vedran Corluka played very good, they are ready for match against England I have ticket for the match agaist Eng. in London and with plane ticket in my pocket i'm 100% ready for spectacle
andycroat28
We played well in parts, but they looked dangerous on the break didnt they. Nugent looked sharp, and i am sure he will get his goal soon, maybe the break has come at the right time as Benjy and Sylvain to name but two looked a little weary.
Owenspompey
A good game between 2 very good sides. If only Pompey could have scored one of their chances we could have won, so only slightly disappointed. Nuge wasn't the only player to miss, so shouldn't take stick over it - it was one of those days when the ball just wouldn't go in the net. Curious - our away form is currently better than at the Fortress, how did that happen?
tracyc
andycroat28, enjoy the game mate - im sure that you will, but hopefully we can both be smiling come full time :-) i agree Owenspompey, sometimes the break comes at the wrong time but in this instance i think a couple of weeks break for most, a game or two extra for some - which wont be bad - is a good thing... im looking forward to the brum game, i think we will win that and then im in town for the everton game - along with my bro, graham and geoff again, along with my sister-in-law - and we all know what happened when this band went to the fortress to watch us take on reading...
pompeyrug
i think this is something we will have to get used to tracyc - teams will come to the fortress being more than happy with going away with a draw... we just need to be patient and work the opening and when it does hope we get the luck and dont see keepers play blinders against us.
pompeyrug
Yes only a point and City showed they wanted that by wasting time in the first half. Yes we need the break and by the time the next home game comes round Everton we will be unbeaten at home for nine months. Now that is a fortress.
eastneydave
we are a fortress, but this may sound very stupid, but the game against west ham were played with floodlights, mabye we need new ones! every week they become rustier and rusiter
PompeyGleamer
9 months! keep this up, and helski will have to be careull about there record! it does seem like teams are now taking us a lot more seriosly at home - but this does have a flip side, that whenever we go to an away game, they all play very open, and we have the advantage. 1 point at fratton is 1 point gained, whoever you are.
pompeycarpet
england croatia: patritism makes me want us o qualify for euro 2008 - sence tells me i want mcclaren out as quickly as possible, so we can start building for a SUCSESSFUL world cup campeign. anyway...i look forward to meeting city in the uefa cup final next season...
pompeycarpet
I share that dilemma pompeycarpet - I want McLaren out, but do feel not qualifying is too high a price to pay. Can't handle the thought that we won't clarify and he won't get the sack either! Nooo! Lets hope that Krunchy has a poor game next Wednesday.
tracyc
ermmm, yes, i think it is worth seeing mclaren gettin sacked, i mean, we wouldnt win it anyawy if we do get through, although it would be gutting to see us woddling around whilst teams like russia are in! o well, concentrating on the world snooker championships at that time anyway, if its on!
PompeyGleamer
chances are we wouldnt win euro 2008 even if we do make it - despite no doubt being 'one of the favourites' - but as much as i want the spineless one out i would never really say i hope we dont qualify and mean it, i may say it in jest or anger but the thought of us not making it really saddens me...
pompeyrug
Just watched Match of the Day 2 on Tele for the first time and coulldn't believe the guests weren't 'allowed' to even speak about Pompey this week... Gavin Peacosk said ''ve ggot nothing to say about the Bolton Boro game at all (indicating how boring it was) but the Pompey Man City game looked good and the City defence.... Adrian Childes interupts him and says anyway back to the Boro Bolton game !!! - When are we (and City in this instance) going to get the recognition we deserve ! - It was a crackin game played out but two sides that on this form must surely contest the European places even though neither of then scored...
Chix
i didnt bother to watch it, i just taped it, i dont like the way they concentrate wholey on the top four, and never give us the credit we derserve!
PompeyGleamer
i usually prefer motd2 as i generally find it 'fairer' on all teams, but this time Chix ir right adrian chiles - who i do like - was quick to skip past us... maybe he was under pressure to wrap things up tho?
pompeyrug
its not just that, wat really got be going was taht when the game agasnt reading happened. 11 goals is a prem record, so they had to show it first, but what annoued me was that they didnt anaylisis the match, linkear said, if alan analysed the match, we would be hear for a month! and moved on, i was angry, whats the point of having two liverpool fans as pundits, all they do is talk the big four, hansen and lawro! and alan hansens column is only on the top four and lawros predictions are alsways wrong! get them out!!
PompeyGleamer
dissapointing, really thought this game would have a few goals, thought you'd collect the 3 points too
SMOKIEJACK
more frustrating than disappointing tbh... i wasnt expecting a 0-0, 1st ever 0-0 in the premier league between the 2 teams i think?
pompeyrug
 

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