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Pompey v Bristol City

Bristol City

Fratton Park



Pompey enter 2009 in the comfortable surroundings of the FA Cup, as holders Pompey will be considered a giantkilling if we lose, and that is what is on Gary Johnsons agenda.

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Pompey ended 2008 a year in which we hit new heights on a very flat note, Diarra left after being our top performer all year, Defoe has thrown his toys out the pram in hope of a move, and HR left the club in search of bigger things (his words)

Tony Adams will get the chance to name his first FA cup squad with one hand firmly tied behind his back, injury to midfield has left us decimated, and Defoe has an 'illness'.
I'm really starting to feel for big Tony, not matter which way he turns he takes another kick in the balls for the pains of being Pompey manager.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey may be tempted to give a start to Martin Crainie at right-back, he has returned after another loan spell and gives competition to a spot where Glen Johnson is still absent.
This in turn may give Marc Wilson a chance in midfield, he is an option in a place where we are desperately short of numbers, Sean Davis will start, but Mvuemba is the only other option after Diop and Hughes both limped out last Sunday.

Traore may start again with he and Belhadj looking to rediscover their dynamic duo partnership, and Crouch may just get Nugent upfront for company.

Player to watch: James

Jamo is having his first real sticky patch for Pompey, his decision making has been awry all season, but now he has started to drop and flap at regulation crosses, hopefully Mr.Coles has worked his magic on the training ground.

Bristol City Team News:

Dele Adebola has returned to the squad after a dead leg, and may partner on-loan Stern John who has extended his stay until the end of the season. Maynard has been in rich form though and may keep Adebola on the bench.
A certain Mr.Elliott will be in midfield, he has alledgedly caught Pompeys eye, and if so will be out to shine.

Player to watch: Elliott

Got to be Marvin Elliott really, the ex-Millwall man is supposedly on Pompeys hit list, where better to prove he is up to it than at Fratton park?

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey have played Bristol twice in the FA cup, and we are yet to come out on top, losing both games after replays.

Match Prediction:

Pompey have a lot to prove to the fans right now, ineptitude in the last two home games hasn't sat well with the Pompey faithful, and hopefully the lure of hoilding onto our first pot in years will be enough to lift them.

Next Fixtures:

Man City at home

Date:Friday January 2 2009
Time: 7:09PM

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Come on Pompey, give us something to cheer about!
02/01/2009 19:11:00
Even with Crainie back,Ashdown out, Defoe sick gives us only 16 fit players unless some training like Johnson can make it back.
02/01/2009 19:30:00
Not going to be an easy fixture despite what's gone on lately .. expect to see a 4-5-1 and a very defensive display... but if it means we go through and (even better) keep a clean sheet then I'll take that now... Imagine the papers if the 'crisis cup holders' get knocked out by 'lowly' opposition... doesn't bear thinking about.. Play up Pompey !
02/01/2009 20:17:00
isn't it wonderful? despite having all those injury worries... not ONCE have we had a "bear bones" speach! no excuses from tony, he just gets on with the job!
02/01/2009 20:52:00
To true Carpet fair play to the man
02/01/2009 21:01:00
Having, like so many witnessed that great day in may, I certainly do not want to witness an embarassing defeat at the first hurdle as holders. It won't be easy, they are in good form, we ain't. I will be taking my 12 year old daughter to her first ever competitive match, some 34+ years after mine. So I will have to mind my language, so for her, mine & all our sakes, let hope we feckin win.
02/01/2009 22:48:00
Can A Traore play as an Arsenal player
plymouth graham
03/01/2009 00:09:00
yes, I doubt that arsenal will have included in the loan that he CAN't play in the FA cup... so theres no reason why he shouldnt play! Please please please can we not get knocked out! the embarisment!
03/01/2009 00:13:00
Have faith fellas .. We'll be fine and hopefully this'll be the game that kick starts our season... The signs were there against Arsenal and with everybody pulling in the same direction we'll get through..
03/01/2009 09:17:00
without defoe - im going for a 1-0 ... WIN! ... crounchy far post header! no real money on this though. in all fairness it really could go either way. i would just prefer no replay though.
03/01/2009 10:54:00
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