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Fulham vs. Pompey

Craven Cottage

31/1/09

15:00

Fulham V Pompey

Pompey take on what must be our nearest rivals in the Premiership, both in terms of size and destination.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey have ended another week of topsy-turvy transfer activity the same way they started it, with no more points on the board.
Mullins and Pele have entered the asylum, Mullins is straight into the fray, but Pele looks like having to impress on the training ground and reserves before being risked in the cauldron of the Prem.

Tony Adams has stated he wants players that can step straight into the team, this apparently ruled out Saviola, he also talks of confidence in the race for survival, well points breed confidence and Pompey could do with 1 or 3 right now.

Fulham Team News:

Fulham will be without Jimmy Bullard who has gone North to Hull, this will leave Murphy as the man they look to for creative inspiration.
Our old striker Kamara remains absent with a buggered knee, and Clint Dempsey has been standing in up front as a striker, well he found the net okay at Fratton.
Bobby Zamora found the net last week also, his finish belied his recent barren spell and he will be hoping to add to his total.

Player to watch: Dempsey

The Yank scored a cracker at Fratton to pinch a point earlier in the campaign, he always looks likely against us, so Pompey beware.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey have a doubt over Sol Campbell, he came off on Tuesday but was ably deputised by Younes Kaboul, and we will have no qualms in asking him to do so again.

Mullins and Davis look favourites to supply the engine room again, hopefully Davis has fixed his sat-nav and can find his own players this week!
Crouch has spoken of his fondness for a partner up front, Kanu did the duties last week, but they never really complemented each other and Nugent may get another chance, that or Utaka may get another chance to turn a cameo into an epic.

Player to watch: Crouch

Crouch has carried us in terms of goals, the next highest scorer has 2, so who else to supply the goals.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey won 2-0 last year, two quick fire goals in the second half from Benjani and Hreidarsson doing the damage, and then of course they turned us over at Fratton to stay up.

Ref Watch:

Ronald 'leafy' Lane

Match Prediction:

Can Pompey break their cycle of doom, can Fulham keep up their impressive home record? Stick you effort here.

Next Fixtures:

Liverpool up next at fratton, a team that draws more often than Rolf Harris lately




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Date:Friday January 30 2009

Time: 6:14PM

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Anyone going?
paultsmouth
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30/01/2009 21:50:00

Massive game tomorrow, Come on Pompey.
pompey4me
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30/01/2009 22:07:00

Me, looking forward to it,its always a good time there.
pompeyyong
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30/01/2009 22:09:00

Not going, painting all day, emulsion not art. Have done well there in the past but this is now. This was TA first game after 'he' left & we threw that game away & not much has changed since. Minimum return is a point or we go down further. This is one of those 'easier' games where we have to get points.
storagematt
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30/01/2009 22:10:00

First time I've missed this one in about 4 years, always seem to play quite well ther, so I have high hopes once more!
paultsmouth
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30/01/2009 22:13:00

I'm not going, but I'd love for us to get a result. We always do alright at the Craven, points are a must, but the Premiership as a whole has been completely unpredictable this season, I've suspended all personal betting until next season!!
PFCGino
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30/01/2009 22:52:00

Come on boys a nice kick start to survival happening here. Time to be counted, win ugly, win beautifully, smash the goals in and survive the pressure.
stillthewhizz
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30/01/2009 23:04:00

Got to be three points today...NOTHING less!......PUP!!!!
pentonpompey
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31/01/2009 08:03:00

it's a big game - but it's still only 3 points. if we loose, it isn;t the end of the world, but it would be great if we won!
pompeycarpet
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31/01/2009 10:00:00

wish i was going but it was spurs or fulham for me - and spurs won for obvious reasons...
pompeyrug
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31/01/2009 10:06:00

a massive, massive game today, looking at the fixtures we have coming up we need something today - defeat and the chances are we drop into the bottom 3 come the end of the weekend, and it will be tough to get out... a point is a must, 3pts would be a major boost ahead of the liverpool game.
pompeyrug
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31/01/2009 10:07:00

Same reasons for not going as me Rug, had to be Spurs, wish I was financially afluent though!
paultsmouth
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31/01/2009 10:17:00

when i win the lottery i will make sure we all get to go to fulham next season...
pompeyrug
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31/01/2009 10:21:00

 

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