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Sunderland
Craig Gordon
Dean Whitehead
Nyron Nosworthy
Johnny Evans
Danny Collins
Anthony Stokes
Liam Miller
Dwight Yorke
Kieron Richardson
Kenwyne Jones
Daryl Murphy


Substitutes
Marton Fulop
Paul McShane
Grant Leadbitter
Andrew Cole
Roy O'Donovan


Pompey
David James
Noe Pamarot
Sylvain Distin
Sol Campbell
Hermann Hreidarsson
Dave Nugent
Arnold Mvuemba
Pedro Mendes
Richard Hughes
Niko Kranjcar
Benjani


Substitutes
Asmir Begovic
Lauren
Djimi Traore
Franck Songo'o
Marc Wilson


The teams are out and Johnson hasn't made it, Pamarot will switch to right-back, Lauren is stuck on the bench, but Nugent gets his hallowed after start.

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Date:Sunday January 13 2008

Time: 1:16PM

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Songo'o on the bench, Taylor obviously right out of the picture, Johnson still out
paultsmouth
No Taylor? Shame, but i'm reigned to him going now.
pompey4me
Just in case you didnt know, paultsmouth would like you to know jones played for southampton!
pompey4me
No Kanu, Nugent to start, that's what weve been asking for, now lets see how it goes.
pompey4me
What's the formation going to be? Benji up front or on the right?
pompey4me
Cheers 4me, I wasn't aware!
paultsmouth
Surprised Lauren never started at Right -back
paultsmouth
happy with line up, is it 4-5-1 or 4-4-2?
Grey
Looks like 4-5-1 unless mvuemba plays on the right. got the log-in sorted then Grey!
pompey4me
4-3-3
paultsmouth
ye, didnt see the log on section down on the side!! listen to the radio on PFC TV, not bad, just listening to nuge, he seems optimistic, like I said happy with the team, would of liked to see johnson and davis in the line up though
Grey
both injured. Surprised Matty is nowhere to be seen.
pompey4me
hows sky chix?
Grey
no its 451 - benjani on the right.. although he'll naturall drfit inside ... Nugent starting ... Come on Nuge .. Prove yourself.. Play up Pompey..
Chix
First 10 mins and all will be clear, can our counter atteack work without the Africans?
paultsmouth
ive been thinking that as well paul, doubt it, but our players, on paper are superior, lets get an early goal.....come on nugget!!
Grey
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pompey4me
Everybody stay here Rug is deleting the other thread .. confused ? no worries ... Here wr go fellas were off..
Chix
I hate listening to the radio, can never picture it....get anxious when sunderland attack.
Grey
yep grey, rubbish that innit!
pompey4me
is the game on radio five live?
Grey
dunno bud, i'm watching sky
pompey4me
ye, its on the BBC website, radio five live, prefer it to the quay.
Grey
Nugent looks busy.. early on.. good sign
Chix
deleted the other one - and just put the colourful teams in pauls - hope that was ok mate? i didnt realise that you were doing it mate...
pompeyrug
I thought you were unable to acces a computer mate, didn't mean to steal your thunder!
paultsmouth
Sunderland look shaky at the back...
paultsmouth
not at all mate - thanks for doing it, your a legend... i cant watch the poxy game, ive got to listen to it - gutted!
pompeyrug
Bloody close!
paultsmouth
Looking at the telly it's def 4-3-3 when we are forward..HOW DID BENNY MISS THAT
Chix
seem to be lacking something today.....a slow lnely carthorse up front!!!! eh!
pompey4me
Should be one up, benji didnt score just so my prediction would be spot on!
pompey4me
nice ine for me.. on the replay benny shot wasn't actually that easy .. could have scored though
Chix
benji, deary me, good signs, i think that carthouse would of buried that, if he was on the pitch, at this point in the game, hes still in the dressing rooms tieing his laces.
Grey
Nuge hesitated a bit could've shot earlier.. but we seem to be finding him well... Krunchie playing just off him
Chix
Yes good signs on the break.
eastneydave
...and smoking his joint Grey
Chix
ye, sunderland look shaky, if we can contain the pressue, we should be fine
Grey
yes, smoking his foot long joint, thats the only way he can play other 30 minutes.
Grey
Just realised they have the money grabber on the bench... I think I dislike him more last year than I do old Lazy bones this... Money grabbing ********..
Chix
those lazy ********s that i am staying with have cost me watching this game... the pub down the road isnt showing the game! what sort of pub is that eh!
pompeyrug
is that a certain andrew 'the mercenary' cole... i cant stand the fella mate...
pompeyrug
Good shot Niko .. good movement by Arnie too .. although he looks a yard or second of the pace to me...
Chix
looks like pedro is using that bottle you gave him for christmas, chix.
pompey4me
Keeper lucky with that save from Niko.
eastneydave
paul, you are still ok to do this report tho right mate? by time time the game ends they should be up - so i will then have to get on the computer...
pompeyrug
Gutted for you Rug.....mercenary yep that was the word I was looking for .. I hate him.. always have..
Chix
where r u then rug? are you back in pompey?
pompey4me
20 minutes gone, look average, we need more pace.
Grey
Yep Pedro 's doing ok 4me.. If only he could get back to his past form... He's awesome when on form... Think he needs a 30 yarder to boost his confidence.. Today would be good..
Chix
Just thought, i had Matty down to scorfe today, so thats my prediction wrong!
pompey4me
frustrating to listen to, we really need to start putting sunderland under consitent pressure, nad not wait for counter attacking oppurtunites.
Grey
We knocking around ok Grey but with little end product.. Arnie and Hermann not on top of their game... but all is ok so far... Sol & Dist are bossing the back but Pamarot and Hermann could be got at if we anit careful..
Chix
Dist blunder nearly let them in... Murphy should have done better..
Chix
yep ive not made a secret of my 'dislike' for 'andrew' cole... its a yearly tradition that when one of my friends mum goes away on holiday each january he comes round to look after the house, so i come round and stay - have a bit of break, chill out and basically drink really :-) with no sky sports, no sign of him - and another fella staying for the weekend - looking like getting up, with the pub no good and me not a driver im confined to my room the laptop... its frustrating, and things sound frustrating.... and right on cue we go behind!!!
pompeyrug
why didnt jamo come?
pompey4me
*****e... Sol just stopped and let Jones in who payed in Richardson.. we were asleep .. That one is def done to Solid..
Chix
we'll come back... sol didnt help out much tho did he from the sounds of it tho?
pompeyrug
Yep, sol stopped, but i think jamo was odds on to claim that on the edgge of his box.
pompey4me
..or def down to Solid.. Jones is now giving Solid probs and Richardson is in acres... Hughsies needs to pick up Richardson more.. and Solid neds to get Jones back in his pocket..
Chix
the worrying thing is they seem threatening and could score again... even more worrying tho is we dont seem to have much on the bench to change things... personally i would give songo'o a go...
pompeyrug
We need to cut off the supply to the scummer.. virtually every ball is directed to him... We are missing Sulley & diop..
Chix
in a 4-4-2 eh rug.
pompey4me
Sunderland are defending really deep and inviting us on..
Chix
Krunchie, the game is to get the ball over the first man, not to put it on his head.
pompey4me
not now there not chix, herman had nothiung there, kieron done him rotten.
pompey4me
Richardson skinned.. Hermann ... left him for dead..
Chix
need matty out left.
pompey4me
well we need a threat on now... coming back from 2-0 down isnt impossible but its looking tough now... yep i would think we need benji alongside nuge...
pompeyrug
We need more.. it's not good enough.. We need a goal early on in the second.. otherwise it's curtains... if we get one they might shake a little...
Chix
I'm off for my pie..
Chix
bringing lauren on will give paramount more protection, but will we have the threat coming forward... fortune favors he brave - maybe a brave decision would be to bring lauren on for paramount and also songo'o - for an attacking threat - for a midfielder, putting benji up top with nuge?
pompeyrug
Lack of pace, lack of bite, thats just the defence, Nugent is isolated and Benji wasted out wide, midfield are struggling to string two passes together, Redknapp needs to work his magic half time, for sure
paultsmouth
got to do something.
pompey4me
No problem doing the report though Rug
paultsmouth
The stats say if Sunderland go in front, they win
paultsmouth
cheers paul... stats come to an end sometimes :-) well ive said what i would do, lets see what 'arry does...
pompeyrug
Agree with bringin Lauren on Rug.. prob for Arnie as he's not been that great even when the scores were level... We need a spark and I can't see where its gonna come from.. unless we go 442 and Nico plays a little more inside... We need a quick response otherwise its gonna be a drab second half...
Chix
Looking at the goals, the first was Campbell commiting the cardinal sin of not playing to the whistle, the second was Benji giving it away in midfield and Hermann being stripped for pace, Pompey are still hitting the first man with every cross, and to be frank look short of attacking threat, its like watching them at Fratton
paultsmouth
So many missing, really missing Glen & Sean too. That's it for Matty then. Before the game, I thought we would do well do get nil- nil with line up & nothing on the bench. Now we need a little miracle.
storagematt
Goal attempts were 8 & 4 to them in the first half.. says a lot.. we need move movement.. up front..and in midfield too..
Chix
No subs yet then..
Chix
Benji in the middle?? Looks like it
pompey4me
well at least weve gone 4-4-2...
pompeyrug
come on you lot. even the back 4 look out of sorts
pompey4me
long ball from us last couple of games....why??
pompey4me
back four look like they have never played together.. Sunderland are winning everything...
Chix
were not looking like doing much are we... we need a spark.
pompeyrug
more like it - now lets build on this...
pompeyrug
looking better... Sunderland are sitting deep again.. and inviting us on.. As long as we don't get hit on the break...
Chix
why didnt you pass it benji... good defending tho in fairness.
pompeyrug
Benji Shoooot!!!!
paultsmouth
Hughesie miskick....... Benjani miss.... Richardson hits the bar.. There's goals in this game.. Mendes and Nico need to put their shotting boots on..
Chix
i think this is why richardson could have been a good signing... we can still get something.
pompeyrug
Gutted to say it, but Nugent is nowhere near it
paultsmouth
We've woken up.. Come on boys.. lets get on back and worry them..
Chix
but he aint getting any balls.
pompey4me
1 goal and they will need nappies on
paultsmouth
Mendes now on four bookings...
Chix
yes... come on franck!
pompeyrug
get Song'o'o'o on, at least go for it
paultsmouth
oh there he is!
paultsmouth
Rug gets his wish Songo for Arnie.. lets see what he can do..
Chix
in fairnes to nuge - altho im not watching so its tough - he can only do what he can, with limited supply he cant do much... i hope that songo'o can show the form that i have seen him the few times that i have - he can score too!
pompeyrug
yep im happy, give him the ball and lets see what he can do...
pompeyrug
come on fellas 20 mins left... we need something now
pompeyrug
corner to the back post and it causes probs
paultsmouth
They are sitting deep again... still 20 to go... I'm going for a fag.... when I come back we'd have pulled on back..
Chix
not the performance that i was expecting today... still clucthing to straws but its not looking likely now is it? we might as well give marc wilson a run out hadnt we...
pompeyrug
either that or everybody else would have had enough and desserted me....
Chix
I thought we'd have much more to give today.
pompey4me
oh sorry ruf thought you had gone... Yep why not give him ten whats to lose ??
Chix
i thought we would be right up for it - but we havent... credit to sunderland tho too i guess.
pompeyrug
ruf has gone, rug is still here... just :-)
pompeyrug
Do we miss the Africans ?... Do we miss Davis... Do we need a creative midfielder... Do we need a striker or two... Do we need a right good rollicking after this performance...
Chix
yes to most - not all - but most i would say mate...
pompeyrug
certainally have missed Diop and Muntari.
pompey4me
yep weve missed those 2 for sure... how has my man songo'o done then fellas?
pompeyrug
Too many seem to have bad games all in the same game. Worst i've seen the back 4 this year, my stand out player of the season so far distin has looked a shadow of his normal self.
pompey4me
he's not really had the ball
pompey4me
We could be down to 9th tonight and with West Ham two points below us with a game in hand... Top ten finish... on this performance Id take it now..
Chix
yep, thats the way it sounds... really disappointed by this - i know ive already said this, but i was expecting so much more...
pompeyrug
Songo'o looks lively in a drab team... more on the game than Arnie but then he was fresher... but So was Arnie to start with... On this game I'd have Franck over Arnie..
Chix
I think Derby are def down now (if not already) and Fulham now in deep piles of it ... 5 points adrift...
Chix
so would we say he is worth giving a go against derby and maybe plymouth? hopefully the injury to distin isnt too bad, as that is the last thing we need...
pompeyrug
Way below the expected standard today.
pompey4me
Very Poor ... I say Sack the Manager ;)
Chix
well thats is fellas - poor, not what i was expecting or hoping for at all... well played sunderland tho.
pompeyrug
Have to say i've been banging on about giving Nugent time on the pitch, well he got a start today and didnt use it. The jury is still out on him for me, must do better to stay in the team. Always think we miss Matty's passion, but now am certain he is going.
pompey4me
hopefully we can bring a couple of players in this week - we already needed them, i think that we showed more than we need them...
pompeyrug
chix, dont even go there!
pompey4me
If it's him or Arnie I'd say yes... 4 defeats in our last six fellas.. .. We need to start picking up points (wins) at home ..Sunderland now have 18 points from home games compared to our 12...
Chix
the line is 'he is injured' but that seems to convienient...
pompeyrug
What on earth was that? A very depleted team with no effort or desire. I knew that if GJ wasn't playing we wouldn't create any chances. I'm not even going to talk about Chicken McNugget. We need players urgently.
stillthewhizz
right fellas ive gotta crack on, drinking to be done - if anyone has any articles they want publishing this week remember send them to me and i will get them on when i go online - i have one from NorthStandDan which i will add later tonight, or tomorrow morning, which is well worth a read.
pompeyrug
in all fairness, depleated team but still a team that 'should' have been good enough to have got something... as said i didnt see the game, so i cant comment on nuge, but he didnt seem to get the supply?
pompeyrug
Its a depleted team we knew we would have in January since August, the defence was uncharacteristcally off today, midfield was second to the tackle and forwards isolated, but Benji could have had a hat-trick if he could have hit the target, the only time he acheived that it was straight into the keepers hands
paultsmouth
Exactly Paul we created chances and didn't take them. Sunderland wanted it more than we did too. Kranjcar tried to create but to no avail. Why was Msndes sitting in front of the back four? Surely that has to be Hughes' role. Yes we need new signings quick and do we give Nugent another chance against Derby? I always have a bad feeling about going to Sunderland and now I know why.
eastneydave
Chicken McNugget I like that Stillthewizz... I agree with Rug that he didn't get much service but any forward worth their salt knows that if you are not getting the ball you should drop off ten yards and go pick it up yourself.. I sit on the fence re Nugent for a little while longer .. but I am (not for the first time) wondering it he can do it at this level now.. although i still want him to come good..
Chix
I am a bit tired of seing people complaining about Kanu as if he was a parasite. So you really believe a manager who has 30 years of experience will have a player on the field just for the seek of it? Kanu and thats my personal opinion is the player who can connect the middfield to the attack, and If I am not mistaken a lots of goals this season have been set up by the man.
bongosamy
I have never questioned Kanu's ability just he's a luxury for us when the chips are down. Nugent's an overpriced McDonalds Crappy Meal. He can't jump, his balance is abysmal and he gets outstrengthed by what looks like some of the Premier Leagues poorest defences. Excuse me, I am just getting a bit of anger out because in reality he isn't the source of our troubles at the moment and truthfully I'd like Chicken McNugget to do well.
stillthewhizz
Benji looked off colour, missing his mates. Hard work ain't enough without class, time to wake up Nugent & smell the coffee. No other talent in midfield to help Niko. Difficult to bring 4-5 non regulars & expect us not to notice. A good time to play us, no doubt Derby can't wait.
storagematt
bongo, i have always said that kanu has more ability on the ball than i've ever ween before, but he cant run the line on his own in a 4-5-1. The guy just wont (he's gone past cant) run. I think he is magic with the ball, but that doesnt suit how we are being set up lately.
pompey4me
cant help noticing there were 100 posts less this week without me here!
pompeycarpet
FA cup run!
Grey
grey - the way we are playing, i cant see many other ways of getting into europe. getting to the final of the FA cup would seem like quite a coup!
pompeycarpet
stillthewhizz & pompey4me, I understand what you are saying, but to me Kanu is a "fata morgana" a mirage if you want. You think he is asleep but as soon as he gets the ball something happens. if you play 4-5-1 obviously Kanu by himself is not a good idea, although with his back to the goalkeeper he is the best what portsmouth has to offer. Now benjani plays, which is very good, but you leave Kanu on the bench. Now in this forum everyone wants benjani and Nugent up front. And who is going to link the defence/midfield with the attack, muntari papa diop, yes maybe but none of them has the eye nor the passing skills of Kanu. Porstmouth has ended at its highest last years with Kanu top scorer and people are still asking for him to be on the bench...for me it is difficult to understand. Kanu as the second striker is magic, he is the Link.
bongosamy
yes bongo, as the 2nd striker, so perhaps you also see the same problem with the formation then? If we play Kanu, it cant be in a 4-5-1. And the ball HAS to be played in to his feet, not resorting to long ball as has been in evidence lately.
pompey4me
To be fair bongo, Kanu is not the issue because he's half way across the world and won't be back for a while. I know Nugent doesn't work, I've already said that, but to be fair there's nothing wrong with wanting the lad to succeed. I know, and I think the majority of Pompey fans do too, that he's not going to cut the mustard but we'll all get behind him and cheer him on as long as he's wearing a Pompey shirt.
stillthewhizz
Bongo.. Welcome to the site, not seen you on here before.. i was gonna respond to your earlier 'Fed up with Kanu branded a parasite' quote but time passed and I never had the chance to do so.Whether it's 451 or 442 Kanu to me has been a waste of a shirt for for about over a year now.. It's no secret that I think the guy is well past his sell by date and a key reason our scoring rate at home is so poor.. I've nothing against the guy personally it's just that when he plays Pompey resort to hoffing the ball forward - If it reaches Kanu he can (admitedly) hold it up and (sometimes) play a world class pass to put somebody into space but it's all too inconsitent and sporadic .. as for him being responsible for the majority of goals this season.. I'm not so sure and as for being the top scorer last season.. well yep he was but how many goals did he score after xmas? (he just ran out of steam) Of course I'll always get behind the fella when he wearing a Pompey shirt and of course Harry picks the side .. but the strike force at the club at the minute (including Benjani) is just not good enough... Hey.. I've prattled on long enough and I know we'll not see eye to eye on this but as one who complained about Kanu earlier in this thread I just wanted a right of reply to your comment... No doubt our paths will cross on the site again and I look forward to that .. You seem about as passionate about Pompey as I am.. In fact that goes for the majority of people the site... Play up Pompey :)
Chix
Chix, I respect your opinion, and thanks for the reply, I guess harry must see something in him that we dont see..........
bongosamy
in a 4-4-2 situation, with kanu putting some effort in, then yes, he can potentiall be one of our best players. his controll of the ball, range of passing, and distribution are excellent. unfortunatly, his concentration is apalling - and his will to work equally bad. at the beggining and end of last season, he was a truly outstanding player - but for the vast majority of it, he couldnt care less. the same goes for this season - against blackburn, it was his magic that one us the match - but then in other, more recent games, he has looked out of place, and barely touched the ball. whatevr happens though, we must respect harrys decision.
pompeycarpet
as said in another thread - welcome bongosamy firstly - kanu has bags of ability but is wasted in an 4-5-1 formation, he is too old, slow and lets be honest 'lazy' - he always has been - to play that lone striker role... he needs to have someone alongside him in a 4-4-2 role to be affective, when he is played as the lone man all the bad parts of his game are highlighted too much and they detract from the positivies... the fella is a genius, he just has to be used in the right way.
pompeyrug
Totally right rug. Kanu would be best used in a free role - to create havoc where he sees fit. He is certainly clever enough to do that.
eastneydave
Just not fit enough to get there!
pompey4me
 

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