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What made you support Plymouth mate?
I was born in Plymouth so it's only natural to support your hometown team, plus we do seem a bit different to other teams - a different name, we play in green and are cut-off from the rest of the country.

I live just outside of Plymouth - and have for about 20 years - now, so I know that the way Ian Holloway left to join Leicester and Milan Mandaric wasn't really perceived very well - what are your thoughts on the fella and his departure?
It wasn't just his leaving Argyle that angered the fans, although it was a shock, but it was the manner in which Holloway left. He kept preaching about loyalty and "in it" for the long haul and then just left!

His departure has ruined Argyle's season, we were on course for a play-off position but with all the disruption and players leaving we are free falling down the league.

Paul 'scummer' Sturrock has returned. He did a fantastic job first time round how are things being portrayed at your end this time so far?
After the shock waves of Holloway leaving had died down, Argyle needed a steady hand and Sturrock was an excellent choice. He will set down some long term plans but I think our play-off hopes have gone for this season.

How do you rate how your season is going? Will the fine start - when promotion looked possible - fade away into nothingness or can he kick start things again?
Up to when Holloway left we were having a fine season. It appears that Sturrock has given up on this season and is building for next season with so many new players coming in. That's a pity really, we may never get another chance.

What about Pompey, have you seen much of us this season - if so how well do think we can do?
I've only seen highlights of your games on the smug Match of the Day programme.

Portsmouth look a strong, athletic and physical side but you also play some good football and it's good to see one of the so-called lesser teams near the top of the table.

Who is the Plymouth danger man that Pompey should watch?
That would be telling! But there's Peter Halmosi our Hungarian winger, then there's David Norris if he hasn't left the club by Saturday. Also look out for our strikers Easter and Fallon and at set pieces there's our Beast Timar and his centre back partner Seip. So pretty much the whole team!

If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
Well the obvious answer is Benjani, goal scorers are worth their weight in gold.

Go on - who is going to win and carry on the quest for FA cup glory, Pompey or Plymouth?
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Questions answered by Paul Williams from Vital Plymouth.


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Date:Friday January 25 2008

Time: 8:00AM

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Nice one Paul... but your failure to answer the final question could be seen as a sign of worry ;) Easter & Fallon are pretty good I hear and could cause us a few probs at the back at times .. but I think the biggest threat we have to deal with is ourselves... If the team that lost to Sunderland turn up you could make the 5th Round, but if the team that beat Derby last saturday appear then you need to be worried ..especially as Benjani was on fire and this week Nugent has a point to prove too ... Good Luck though and I hope it's a good match.. with the right result.. 4-0 Pompey !! Benjani & Nugent two each ;)
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25/01/2008 09:25:00

yep, another good set of answers as always. im really looking forward to the game, will be able to have plenty of banter with people when the 'locals' hopefully in the coming days after we have 'hopefully' won :-) its going to be a crackin' day out and i also reckon a good game, but fancy us to win 3-0 or 3-1...
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25/01/2008 09:45:00

by the way fellas my answers to the vital plymouth editors questions are now on in his Pompey v Argyle: Battle Of The Ports article... to see them click here.
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25/01/2008 09:48:00

We shouldn't really underestimate them & of course we all expect Pompey to win. However these one off games throw up some mis-matches, lets hope any surprises are performed by Bury.
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25/01/2008 11:26:00

Good stuff Paul- have you seen that the referee for the game between the countries two Naval ports is A Marriner!! No it is true. FA do have a sense of humour after all.
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25/01/2008 12:21:00

... It is Paul Mariner ?.. He played for both clubs didn't he ?... Maybe , just maybe (If I pull my finger out) he'll form part of an article that i'm writing tonight ;)
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25/01/2008 12:46:00

i reckon that this week, the team and harry will have been concentrating on bulding for the man u and chelsea games. players will be rested, or told not to extend themselvs, and so it wouldnt surprise me if we lost - hence im going for a scrappy 0-1. that said, i have never seen pompey loose, so it will probably be 0-0...but then again, ill stick to us loosing, its a safer bet (well, sort of...not really)
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25/01/2008 17:24:00

like to see sturrocks barmy army beat you lot but just carnt see it 4-1 to the pompey
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25/01/2008 21:23:00

were taking this game very seriously carpet - we wont make whole sale changes, hence we will not lose... or at least shouldnt. yep, we will have an eye on united and chelski but not enough to blow a chance of a majot trophy over it...
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25/01/2008 23:46:00

...i/you/we hope. i just dont think we will give it the same attention as other games!
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26/01/2008 10:28:00

but we won... well played to plymouth and their fan, who were fantasti, on the way up - who we spoke to - at the game, and after the game - again the ones we spoke to.
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