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Pompey vs. Everton

Fratton

21/3/09

12:45am

On Sky

Pompey v Toffees

Pompey have had a little dabble with the bottom 3, we didn't like it too much to be fair, so a result today against Europe chasing Everton is paramount.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Hart has had to fend off both Gekas and the Greek national manager this week, gekas feels he should be in the first team squad without having to prove himself in the reserves, while his manager at National level agrees with him. This one has 'Ben Sahar' written all over it, and you must wonder if the Greek goal-getter will ever feature in the blue of Pompey.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey are definitely without Pennant this afternoon, a calf strain picked up at 'boro last week has curtailed his efforts, his hard running will be missed and will probably be replaced by Belhadj. One system change this may offer will be a switch for Nugent, he has patrolled the left inside forward position of late, and may switch sides to accomodate the left-footed Algerian.

The only other change that may be mooted could Basinas for Mullins, but Mullins had his best game since joining us from West Ham last week, so should hold down his place.

Player to watch: Nugent

Everton are his boyhood heroes, he pined for a move there before joining ourselves, so the best way to prove them wrong would be by adding to his goals tally against Liverpool based sides.

Everton Team News:

Everton are jinxed in the striking ranks this season, Yakubu has been absent since the early days of the season, while Vaughan and Anichibe have joined him in the long term stakes.

Cahill could make a surprise return to the side though, his calf injury has proved not as serious as first thought, and the half-kangaroo legged one may make the match after all.
Louis Saha has finally returned to full fitness though, and he and the on-loan Jo may make up a two-pronged attack.

Player to watch: Skreech Powers

Fellaini may have gone for a David James no-no haircut with the corn crops, but he has really come to the fore this season, he is providing the engine room, and although susceptible to a booking or two, is one of the first names on the sheet.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey tore Everton apart at Goodison earlier in the season, our counter-attacking football was at its best, but those days have been few and far between since, so a touch of de-ja-vu wouldn't go amiss.

Ref Watch:

Mike Thecoolperson (London town)

Match Prediction:

Pompey need a result, but win, lose or draw? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

A trip to Hull and back




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 21 2009

Time: 9:09AM

Your Comments

Feeling a bit bullish this morning, so a Pompey win it must be!
paultsmouth
Feeling a bit bullish this morning, so a Pompey win it must be!
paultsmouth
Am looking forward to it - can't wait! Tried to sleep in to make the morning shorter but couldn't. PUP!
Gandor1
Am looking forward to it - can't wait! Tried to sleep in to make the morning shorter but couldn't. PUP!
Gandor1
love the skreech reference paul, i was worrying i was the only one who would have known 'saved by the bell' and just how much fellaini is like him...
big game, crackin' day, its going to be our day...altho i say that every week lol! 2-1 pompey.
pompeyrug
love the skreech reference paul, i was worrying i was the only one who would have known 'saved by the bell' and just how much fellaini is like him...
big game, crackin' day, its going to be our day...altho i say that every week lol! 2-1 pompey.
pompeyrug
PS: Paul Hart had to fend off more than Gekas and the Greek National Manager. He reckoned at the meeting, that everyone except Nana Miskouri had phoned him. I thought that was hilarious and Mr G is now doing a wonderful impression of Nana Miskouri talking to Hart about a nice little Greek boy who came from the Islands to .......blah blah blah
Gandor1
PS: Paul Hart had to fend off more than Gekas and the Greek National Manager. He reckoned at the meeting, that everyone except Nana Miskouri had phoned him. I thought that was hilarious and Mr G is now doing a wonderful impression of Nana Miskouri talking to Hart about a nice little Greek boy who came from the Islands to .......blah blah blah
Gandor1
This game has the potential outcome of giving us the big shot in the arm and reason for positive thinking for the rest of the season or drag us into negative thinking relegation strategy. For me this game has the importance of a Cup Final, one which I hope Paul Hart installs in them. I am still thinking 1-0 but my crystal ball looks a little cloudy today. Go you good thing Crouchie, nail the buggers.
pompeygray
This game has the potential outcome of giving us the big shot in the arm and reason for positive thinking for the rest of the season or drag us into negative thinking relegation strategy. For me this game has the importance of a Cup Final, one which I hope Paul Hart installs in them. I am still thinking 1-0 but my crystal ball looks a little cloudy today. Go you good thing Crouchie, nail the buggers.
pompeygray
Ohhhhh Nuge! so close.. I really like this Crouch Nugent partnership. All the players are doin well and the crowd sound great! cmon Lads!
nodster
Ohhhhh Nuge! so close.. I really like this Crouch Nugent partnership. All the players are doin well and the crowd sound great! cmon Lads!
nodster
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! PETER CROUCH I LOVE YOU!!! well done Kanu ;)
nodster
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! PETER CROUCH I LOVE YOU!!! well done Kanu ;)
nodster
CCOOMMEEE ONNN CROUCH!!!
MFFP
After that heartbreak result against Middlesborough i think this is a game that could determine your season - three points for me.
Thaibluefan
CCOOMMEEE ONNN CROUCH!!!
MFFP
After that heartbreak result against Middlesborough i think this is a game that could determine your season - three points for me.
Thaibluefan
YESS!! We Won!! We didn't throw it away in the last few minutes!! We Are 15th!
MFFP
YESS!! We Won!! We didn't throw it away in the last few minutes!! We Are 15th!
MFFP
Yippeeeeeee! Started brightly, settled down to a lively pace and then slowly had the stuffing knocked out of them - THAT WAS JUST THE EVERTON FANS!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic game and wonderful atmosphere -talk about a twelth man - thats us! Bring on Hull - I think I'm going!
Gandor1
Yippeeeeeee! Started brightly, settled down to a lively pace and then slowly had the stuffing knocked out of them - THAT WAS JUST THE EVERTON FANS!!!!!!!!!!! Fantastic game and wonderful atmosphere -talk about a twelth man - thats us! Bring on Hull - I think I'm going!
Gandor1
nodster, There is no Nugent/Crouch partnership, Nugent was playing left midfield again. He did however get up and down all the time he was on, and supported Crouch whenever he could.
pompey4me
nodster, There is no Nugent/Crouch partnership, Nugent was playing left midfield again. He did however get up and down all the time he was on, and supported Crouch whenever he could.
pompey4me
YESS! 3 very valuable points, fantastic team effort, especially Crouchie, now he's found his scoring boots again! (OK they were headers, figure of speech) Mr Cappello will have to pick him now. Now we can relax and watch everyone else's results this afternoon. Gandor, there's no stopping you now you've been away is there - Middlesbrough, now Hull!
tracyc
YESS! 3 very valuable points, fantastic team effort, especially Crouchie, now he's found his scoring boots again! (OK they were headers, figure of speech) Mr Cappello will have to pick him now. Now we can relax and watch everyone else's results this afternoon. Gandor, there's no stopping you now you've been away is there - Middlesbrough, now Hull!
tracyc
Great stuff indeed.
eastneydave
Great stuff indeed.
eastneydave
That's made my day. Pompey win. Sunshine and a couple of jars of Guinness. Perfect.....I'm purring like a cat.
cornypomp
That's made my day. Pompey win. Sunshine and a couple of jars of Guinness. Perfect.....I'm purring like a cat.
cornypomp
If only Herman could have got away with punching Fellaini's lights out at some point would have been perfect. How annoying were Fellaini and Pienaar? Bloke behind me in South Stand shouted at crap ref "Why did you stop takin' your tablets?"
hammersmithblue
If only Herman could have got away with punching Fellaini's lights out at some point would have been perfect. How annoying were Fellaini and Pienaar? Bloke behind me in South Stand shouted at crap ref "Why did you stop takin' your tablets?"
hammersmithblue
dodgy start but yippeee
plymouth graham
dodgy start but yippeee
plymouth graham
And did anyone get any footage of Nelson abseiling off the Fratton end? And was it really the usual Nelson or a Marine in a dog costume? And, come to that, is there one Nelson or do a bunch of people take it in turns? Perhaps it could be a job for Gekas to get him on the picth now and then.
hammersmithblue
And did anyone get any footage of Nelson abseiling off the Fratton end? And was it really the usual Nelson or a Marine in a dog costume? And, come to that, is there one Nelson or do a bunch of people take it in turns? Perhaps it could be a job for Gekas to get him on the picth now and then.
hammersmithblue
 

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