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Stoke vs. Pompey

Britannia Stadium

21/2/09

15:00

Stoke V Pompey

Pompey make the trip to the Potteries tomorrow, in what may well turn out to be a relegation clash, got to admit when the fixtures were printed in July I didn't think I would nbe typing that!

Vital Quotes:

Pompey's managerless men will be looking to keep up their 100% record under caretaker Hart, okay it is only one game old, but it is 100% in the win margin so far!
Stoke earned the 'hard to beat' tag earlier in the campaign, but like many others this season the wins have dried up along with the goals, in fact it is form very similar to that at Fratton park until last week.

Hart and Kidd have made an immediate impact so far, back to basics seems to be their motto, and they are not short of support from the playing staff it seems. One thing of note from last weeks win against Man City was the return of some passion on the pitch, we certainly won our fair share of tackles and second balls, something that will need to be to the fore again tomorrow, as Stoke will be scrapping for everything as well.

Stoke Team News:

Sidibe is fit after a longer abscence tan he would have liked, he may be joined in the ranks by Danny Higginbotham, well known to us on the South Coast.
Etherington and Delap are both banned, the latter caused problems earlier in the seaon at fratton with his launches into the box, so we won't miss him, likewise Fuller who netted on the day from one of said throws, he has just returned to full training after popping a shoulder.

Player to watch: Beattie

Another ex-thing who certainly developed a taste for goals against Pompey whilst at our beloved rivals, his form has been good whilst Stoke have struggled as he re-adjusts to life in the fast lane after a prolonged abscence in the lower leagues.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey should be able to field an unchanged team if desired, although Traore, Kaboul and Thomas are all pushing for a squad place after injury.
Got to think that Hart will name an unchanged squad though, wins are at a premium this season and he won't want to tinker with a winning formula until suspension or injury necessitates it.

Player to watch: Nugent

I reckon he will enjoy the physical battle aginst Stoke and hopefully will come out on top.

Match Facts & Stats

Earlir this season will be remembered for Crouch's over head kick and Fullers header from a Delap exocet, only Crouchie can repeat the feat tomorrow.

Ref Watch:

Arthur Pewtey

Match Prediction:

Can Pompey reproduce the away form of last season, or will Stoke ease their relegation worries? Hedge a guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Chelsea at Fratton for our usual 2 or 3 nil defeat




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 20 2009

Time: 8:05PM

Your Comments

Stoke are a very indiscplined side, we should rattle their cages, quiet the home fans & take our chances. Make sure scummer Beattie doesn't score & come home with 3 points. Sorted then!
storagematt
Yep...i've got a good feeling about tomorrow, i don't know why but i have. So don't let us down lads, three points in the bag please and i'll be well happy..
cornypomp
this will be a real test - 'if' we come away with 3pts, altho we are not out of he woods i think we are very much peering through to the otherside...
we will win tomorrow, and im just gutted i cannot be there, really wanted to do stoke this season!
pompeyrug
PUP!
Gandor1
Scummers and rejects .. I'll take a point now but I do have a sneaky feeling about this one... Come on you blues.
Chix
Play like last week and we should get something, could be a game of who wants it the most, we have more quality but need to match it in desire
paultsmouth
just put my tenner on us to win, and i havent said goodbye to it this weekend, off to the game now PUP,PPU
russellm
Chix get off 666 posts or you could send us to the depths of hell 'ol mate...I pray that Pompey win and that's not the little devil inside of me.
pompeygray
Same line up as last week confirmed, Kaboul back on the bench
paultsmouth
Really really want a win today - its so crucial. I know Stoke are desperate for the win as well, but we've just turned a new corner, and have new confidence. Lets be honest, we have a better team as well. So we should do it, shouldn't we.
tracyc
Done PompeyGray .. Didn't realise I was on the Devils number !!
Chix
So much for keeping that scummer cvnt Beattie quiet. I hate that guy.
storagematt
 

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