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Pompey vs. Liverpool

Fratton park



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Pompey v 'Pool

Pompey welcome title chasers Liverpool to Fratton tomorrow night, both teams need some sort of result for different reasons, Liverpool to stay on Man U's tails, and Pompey to keep our heads above the grey relegation waters.

Vital Quotes:

The transfer window has shut at last, but all the talk about Adams' future will rumble on, until we win at least! Pompey have publicly come out to defend their manager after tabloid speculation that Curbishley had been approached to succeed him.

Benitez is getting quirkier by the minute himself, both managers seem a bit nuts, so should enjoy each others company in the boardroom later.

The window saw us grab a couple of Greeks to fire us up the table, last time we tried this was during a spectacularly unspectacular period in the club, Zajec signing anyone with a Greek passport or kebab in their hand, but Basinas has real pedigree, even if he is clocking on a bit, Gekas has an impressive scoring record at the highest level, so a few from him between now and May won't go amiss.

Pompey Team News:

Sol Campbell looks likely to return to the line-up, not a moment to soon either with Kaboul picking up another ankle injury, the good thing is that Sol seems to rise to the occasion against the bigger clubs, he will need to be on top form tomorrow.
Nugent has been promised a start by Adams, Pompey fans have certainly warmed to the scouser, his tireless running and eagerness has gone down well with the Fratton faithful and he has been rewarded witha couple of overdue goals at last.
Pennant is a definite no-no, league rules have denied him the chance to fart in Benitezs' face, and his workrate will be missed. Utaka may well get a start, Adams likes something about him and his last couple of cameos have certainly been an approvement.

Belhadj is available again after his red mist moment against Villa, I don't know if Adams will chance him at left-back though, he may well replace the strangely ineffective Traore on the wing though.

Basinas I feel will step straight into the side, I can't see his experience be signed to sit on the bench, Adams has declared he is the replacement for Mendes, so a couple of 30 yarders please mate!

Gekas should make the bench at least, his lack of games probably denying him a starting spot.

Player to watch: Nugent

Our Scouser will be out to get one over his compatriots, especially as an Evertonian. He also feels he deserves his spot in the line up at last and will be out to keep it.

Liverpool Team News:

Gerrard is the biggest absentee for Liverpool, his hamstring has sidelined him for a month or so, but strangely he has a stinker at Fratton normally, so is this a bad thing?

Torres is another who may miss out, hamstring trouble has sidelined him already this season, and he maybe rested tomorrow, although Benitez may chance him as he will be loathe to be without both his talismans.

Alonso is supposedly carrying a knock as well, how serious is unclear.
Lucas obviouly dips out and should be replaced by Mascherenho.

Player to watch: Riera

I like the look of this bloke, he plays like a proper winger and could well test Johnson if on form.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey have pulled off a couple of wins against Liverpool at Fratton in the Prem, another tomorrow would make nice reading in Sundays papers.

Ref Watch:

Eli Morling (8 tomorrow!)

Match Prediction:

Liverpool a draw specialists at the moment, but Pompey are undefeated in a week, so whats the outcome gonna be? Have a pop here.

Next Fixtures:

Man City next up at Fratton next Saturday

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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 6 2009

Time: 7:39PM

Your Comments

Tide has got to turn!!!
do us a favour lads and beat this lot, heavily!
Nice to see it Merlin, a win is well overdue, against any bugger!
I have a really good feeling about this one!!!!
I would just love it if we beat them!!! Now who said that?
We need to do ourselves a favour Merlin ... And I'm sure we will
plymouth graham
If we are going to play them at a time that suits us, it is now. The fans are ready to back the lads on the pitch, we are hopeful!
I'd love a win - but I won't be disappointed with a draw. It IS Liverpool, after all.
PS: Paultsmouth, I shouldn't savour what the Sunday Papers might say about us having a win over Pool. I can see the headlines now: "Pompey save face and scrape past a crocked and tired Liverpool". Pompey papers on Monday would make a nice read though.
i have a good feeling about today - yep i know i say this most games, but i really do this time! without gerrard, the absolute heartbeat of the liverpool side we have a massive chance. throw potentially missing torres and alonso too, and we could be laughing
happy birthdat to eli too!
Very much agree, our time to take advantage of someone else's misfortune. The players are talking about a seige mentality, now for the action.
This is the time for Action.. Play Up Pompey, Pompey Play Up
we should get a draw at least, hopefully even a win, although like many, i wont be disappointed if we don't.
Hopefully they been practicing offside trap this wk, cant afford to get caught on the break again. Fingers Crossed!
Oh I really do hope we can pull something out of the hat this time! A draw would be nice, a win would be fantastic!! Lets just defend properly for a change.
Liverpool have rested Torres and other, strange decisions from Rafa. Let's get at them from the kick off - the crowd will be so important tonight.
Anyone here listening on the Quay?
Yer I am Squee, sounds like it's been a bit of a tense start.
Too right Zav, I've fallen off my chair twice already!
Been a slow start for us, Basinas has looked alright and Nuge troublesome but we are really missing Pennant.
Oh and Davis' work effort looks to be inspiring us, he may not be there technically right now but the team is starting to look like they have some belief.
Play up Pompey! Rafa the baffler has done it with the line-up again... Good game so far! I'm cheering you on, keep up the good work!! :)
Welcome back Niko!
NUGENT!!!! 1-nil
YAYAYYYYAY!! Good ball from Crouchie!
Nuggett's fully arrived!
Careless Crouch. BOLL0X!
Webb you ********! That wasn't in any way a ******** hand ball!
The ref didn't make the stupid back-pass - can't blame him.
I would take a draw, hold on pompey!!!
Well it looked to me as if James got it with his chest. I could be wrong, but it did look suspicious.
Oh and Torres is getting set to go on.
Thank you Reina!!!!
2-1 come on boys!
James - what are you doing? 2-2....*****!
Sylvain Distin is atrocious. He makes Campbell look young.
I don't know about blaming James it is almost all Distin. TA has full right to be *****ed.
f*** it! Threw it away.
Distin needs to be dropped. I would rather see Wilson in the back now.
I feel SO BAD for you guys, your boys played well but the mistakes cost you dear!! :(
**** off! That is just stupid.
Defeat from the jaws of victory.
How do we recover from this? At this point it would have been better if we got beat 2-0 or 3-0 this has to have to be destructive to the guys.
It's bloody happened for the Scousers and yet again they'll gain some momentum back. *****!!
We need to learn how to defend.
I don't know, two of the goals were directly Distin's fault. He is atrocious!
Well that is a severe understatement.
Shocking stuff. We should have won that - it was there for the taking. Dreadful defending.
Not that it counts for anything now, but around the 54th minute, I thought it's a handball with Agger. But Webb blew the other one, he's blind again.
1-0 - excited 1-1 - angry with the situation 2-1 - nervously excited 2-2 - despondent 2-3 - absolutely LIVID! adams learn how to use your substitutes .. the defence looked absolutely nackered in the last ten minutes, i could see that, we were closing down stupidly and we got what we deserved unfortunately. at 2-1 we would be out of the relegation area, at 2-2 its acceptable to get a draw, but 2-3 ... thats even worse than 0-1. im sorry to say this. but i think david james needs to be sidelined. not sure what to do about the defence. just rather f'd off tbh. bring in curbishly and lots of 0-0!!!!!!! ARGH...ASUDOUASBAS DIASDYBUASHDBV LASBJHD LASHDGA LSJKDHA JKLDH ASD!
Well Curbishley wouldn't help because it is a problem with personnel not the tactics. They looked alright but I think Distin and Campbell can't keep up anymore. Kaboul looked garbage last game and we desperately need a new CB.
We should have been able to identify this and worked with it over the window.
wa ... 100% agree ... i thought CB was a priority not 256 midfielders! weve got to give the young bloods a go!
Is Wilson healthy yet?
RUBBISH !!!! distin was ok then he missed que the ball.What the hell was Crouch doing why didnt he just put it out for a throw.Adams you gotta go you only put kranjcar on why not put gekas on ?? ADAMS OUT ADAMS OUT !!!! useless. decent manager needed !! martinez anyone ??
stfc ballboy
well i hate to say it but i said we needed a new centre back and not a striker when gekas signed i also said nuge would come good but thats beside the point. we played well today and ok we lost, we lost to the title contenders you can;t be too unhappy with that really, and if we play like that against pretty much anyone outside the top 4 we'll be absolutly fine and i'll put money on that. very disappointed but even more hopeful for the season
Ballboy: Martinez is the first decent name that I have heard suggested, but I really doubt that he would come to us at this point. And Distin was atrocious...he missed his tackles, he didn't mark Torres for the third goal, his anticipation was for the most part poor. I really have always liked the man but he seems to age a year every week.
Tough luck Pompey fans. You played well and deserved something from the game. Good luck the rest of the season.
Thank you John Doe, I thought so too.
at 2-2 i would have taken nugent off and put on another midfielder to shore it up. shocking managerial decision. absolutely critical, more experienced manager would have done it, hell I WOULD HAVE DONE IT. at 2-2 TA kicked his chair big time, so why didnt he DO anything about it. bad bad bad. playing the "pessimist as a chairman" game, TA you now need to get 4/6 to survive the chop!
we need someone with experience for this dog fight give that person until end of season.But i agree with mostly all of you a centre back is needed.Wilson is to young for this yet he will have no chance against cisse + jones , Berbatov / rooney / tevez. Campbell has good experience but he is starting to go and distin is falling every game. Personally i reckon hermann in the middle with armand traore at left back. P.S never use pamarot he is the worst
stfc ballboy
Two bad mistakes and NO luck. Sorry to keep harping about luck but I thought it was turning until the last 10 minutes. Still we have been in worse messes and need to stick together to get throught it!! Play up Pompey!!
If pompey will be able to get Avram Grant, the manager who lead Chelsea for their first ever CL final, it'll be damn good. Why the hell Chelsea let him go, he was a great manager for their side, much much better than scolari, one of the best managers in europe last year.
When we went up 2-1 things should have been switched around. Plus I think that Gekas should have at least been given a go...hopefully he will not take this as a statement to his worth.
grant had a good team in chelsea though, this pompey team ... not sure all the players have the heart for it!!! i think we would benefit indefinitely from not going gung ho every match. time for 4-5-1 DEFENSIVE!!!
Dont suppose you want old saggy red faced Harry back?
Kind thought but no thanks!!
No we don't
Heartbreaking! I really thought we were going to win! When we were 2-1 up with a bit 10 minutes to go, it really felt like it did at ManU in the cup last year. Not for long though. Pretty good atmosphere at the Fortre.. um I mean the Park, considering though, I really think people are trying to back the lads.
Choked isn't a fair enough description
Oh come on Pessimist.; I know buggerall about it, but remember when we closed down a few weeks ago after a lead, people were saying "Oh no, we shouldn't have shut up shop so soon". And as for some players not having the heart for it. Like who? What the hell do you want? Blood? Some of those players were literally slinging their bodies at the ball. I thought Jamo was heroic. Sorry, I don't know a lot about football, but I know what I saw.
no one, and i mean no one, not even the most anti TA fan can blame him for this defeat - and if they are i serious challenge them... we can go one of two ways now - take massive, massive heart from this and want to get that win against citeh that will breed confidence and see more follow or we cave in and throw in the towel!
we must, and i mean must beat citeh, anything else and its unacceptable.
it wasn't TA's fault this time, you cant really say it was. Again, we were unlucky, we didn't deserve to lose, but he still has 2 more games in my mind...

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