Vital Football

Pompey v Mackems

Pompey
vs.
Sunderland

Fratton

23/208

15:00

Back to the cut and thrust of premiership football for Pompey, we need a win to stay in touch with the Euro spots, Sunderland need one to stay out of touch with the relegation ones.

Vital Quotes:

Harry Redknapp has been praising up Kenwyne Jones this week, the big West Indian was certainly a handful at the Stadium of Light, he gave Campbell a torrid time.

Pompey Team News:

No new injury worries for Pompey, Nugent is still sidelined but looks Ipswich bound anyway. James has got off the toilet and should be fit to start, Ashdown is waiting in the wings.

Player to watch: Defoe

Benjani has departed and its over to Defoe to supply us with our goalscoring thrills, a European spot we want and its the England man with the responsibility to fire us there.

Sunderland Team News:

Richardson won't be available to score this time thankfully, a hamstring has him sidelined. Higginbotham and Liam Miller also look like dipping out.

Player to watch: Jones

Goes without saying really, the ex-saint will be in for stick, Campbell and Distin know what to expect this time, so if we stop him we should stop Sunderland.

Match Facts & Stats

2-0 last month, time to turn the tables?

Match Prediction:

We owe them one, can we do it though? Place a guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Euro rivals Everton at Goodison next Sunday


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Saturday February 23 2008
Time: 12:56PM

Comments

0
Home win - no problems! 3-0?
merlin
23/02/2008 15:16:00
0
no problems, and home win...just a shame we couldnt have scored more. commentators said sunderland deserved a point, but how can any team who fails to get a single shot on target deserve get a point?
pompeycarpet
23/02/2008 17:03:00
0
There were problems merlin. However we didn't need a magician to win, just a DEFOE penalty. Yes it is good when you win without playing well. Mind you Sunderland's away record is atrocious.
pompeygray
23/02/2008 17:05:00
0
We need to start playing well though. Not since Chelsea have we managed that!!
eastneydave
23/02/2008 17:41:00
0
we played well against chelsea, arsenal, and then you have to go back as far as newcastle for a really good performance!
jbaker
23/02/2008 18:55:00
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Performance was average at best but on the bright side we got the three points and showed a few signs of flair at times... Carps Sunderland did not deserve a point at all they shut up shop and played 4-5-1 and didn't even look to get forward ... good to see a fair number of Vital members (and friends & family) in the Brewers beforehand Me, Rug, Eastneydave, Linvoy4England, pompey4me, steaming. storagematt,... have I forgotten anybody ??? Oh and PE-TER-MAR-IN-ELLO on the pitch at half time too.. to be honest that made my day ... My idol as a kid... So a few beers and three points and a step nearer Europe ... performance apart.. job done ..
Chix
23/02/2008 19:13:00
0
chix, had to laugh when Kanu came on! I can see you and your Bro from where I sit, But....you have to admit, the team looked better when he came on, if you dont admit that, you Have to admit It was 0-0 before Kanu, and 1-0 with Kanu!! Crap game, so i'm trying to think of the positives!!
pompey4me
23/02/2008 19:27:00
0
Good to see you all again, we are a social bunch arent we! Yes chix, you forgot Sam, my boy....but he hasnt forgot the promise you made him!! Hope that wasnt a stella moment. Could work out expensive for you. lol
pompey4me
23/02/2008 19:29:00
0
baros was ****. that was why when kanu came on we looked better, it was like having an extra man on the field. but then, defoe wasnt much better...well, untill kanu came on, but maybe that could have been because sunderland opened up after the goal... either way, when kranjcar got the ball, i said we would get a penalty - it was almost identical to when he got the penalty against reading. i dont think he dived, but he forced the foul...
pompeycarpet
23/02/2008 21:48:00
0
Bit harsh on Baros imo carps, I thought the guy ran and ran. Lets be honest, the front 2 were not getting much service. why oh why oh why oh why can no player at Pompey beat the bloody front man from a dead ball situation?
pompey4me
23/02/2008 22:16:00
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