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Pompey vs. Bristol City

Fratton Park

3/01/09

15:00

Pompey v Bristol City

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.

Vital Quotes:

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




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 2 2009

Time: 7:09PM

Your Comments

Come on Pompey, give us something to cheer about!
paultsmouth
Even with Crainie back,Ashdown out, Defoe sick gives us only 16 fit players unless some training like Johnson can make it back.
pompeyyong
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 !
Chix
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!
pompeycarpet
To true Carpet fair play to the man
pompeyyong
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.
storagematt
Can A Traore play as an Arsenal player
plymouth graham
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!
pompeycarpet
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..
Chix
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.
pompey--pessimist
we will win today!
pompeyrug
i have faith...
pompeyrug
Thay is what we all need at the moment - FAITH!!
eastneydave
Can't get the Quay or the carp that is PFC TV to work at the mo
pentonpompey
Got it! PUP!!!!
pentonpompey
Well we sound flat and lacking in imagination at the moment!
pentonpompey
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
pentonpompey
Where is our creativity?
pentonpompey
For feck sake, Nugent on the wing when we had Little on the bench???? What is Adams thinking off??? Why not 4-4-2 in the Second half?
pentonpompey
Been talking to yourself then pp. Bore draw it sure was!!
eastneydave
The BBC report describes it as a lively game with plenty of chances.
eastneydave
Dave! I seem to spend most of my life talking to myself!!
pentonpompey
Quay seems to be full of people asking questions about TA's tactical nous again!...
pentonpompey
If there's one reason to get rid of Adams, it would be because he's lost the dressing room already.
stillthewhizz
why not go 4-4-2 when we needed a goal late on? why not stick traore on? also, the match fact is very worrying atm.
jbaker
actually... I'm pleased with a clean sheet. It's what we needed after having conceeded so many goals so far this season (more already than in the whole of last season!) - we needed the confidence boast that we COULD still keep a clean sheet.
pompeycarpet
and not to mention the number of games we have thrown away in the last 10 minutes under tony adams when we've been trying to win it. I'm not surprised he didnt change formation then!
pompeycarpet
Carpet I applaud you for your optimism. Misguided perhaps but refreshing nonetheless.
stillthewhizz
I'm still backing Adams to sort it out, I thought he got it wrong today and should certainly have changed the system at some point. That said he's shown today the Arsenal influence, keep a clean sheet first then worry about the goals. just far to negative a set up for lower league opposition imo. There was a rumour at the Park that City have offered 18 million and Benjani for Defoe if thats the case then snatch their hands off.
Steve C
steve - if that's the case, then OI wouldn't be surprised to hear that Peter Storrie has been arrested for attempting to bite Mark Hughes' hands off. Stillthewhizz - we needed a clean sheet after being so c*** the last 5 games!
pompeycarpet
*won not one.
stillthewhizz
Well i'd rather we one 7-6 than drew 0-0 but I see your point, especially when we've got a meeting with Man City soon.
stillthewhizz
I'm more happy having drawn 0-0 than I would have been if we had won 7-6. I think then we would certainly be questioning our defence! On a brighter not, it's now been 535 minutes since we conceeded in the FA cup... lets hope we can build on THAT at least!
pompeycarpet
according to skysports we could be after dindane
stfc ballboy
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