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Pompey look to keep it tight against Baggies

Pompey
vs.
West Brom

Fratton

11/4/09

15:00

Pompey face another side sitting amongst them at the foot of the table, this time its West Brom who are rooted to the foot of the table.

Vital Quotes:

Brom though have refused to shift from their ideals of passing football, very comendable but its not reaping the benefits right now and is in total contrast to Paul Brom though have refused to shift from their ideals of passing football, very comendable but its not reaping the benefits right now and is in total contrast to Paul Brom though have refused to shift from their ideals of passing football, very comendable but its not reaping the benefits right now and is in total contrast to Paul Hart's 'Dog's of war' siege mentality.

Hart is definitely laying his cards firmly on the table, its a clean sheet first, anything else is a bonus, but is this the right tactics to play against a team suspect at the back?

I'm not going to knock Paul Hart and Brian Kidd in any way, they got Pompey believing in themselves again after Tony Adams' ill-fated tenure, I just feel safety could of come a bit quicker if we had been a bit more cavalier at times against teams on the ropes such as Stoke, 'Boro and Hull where we drew when another 6 points so easily could of been in the bag right now.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey lose Glen Johnson after his disgraceful sending off last week, the way he took the Hull man out by running within 5 yards of him should of meant a lifetime ban.
This however should see Kaboul remain at right-back with Pennant re-claiming his right wing spot, a change many expected last week after the loanee's impressive start to his Pompey career.
Sean Davis will be absent again with his gashed knee, this will probably mean another start for Richard Hughes with Basinas left on the bench once more, while Hughes never lets us down, both he and Mullins have a limited game, neither will provide a killer pass but both provide solid cover in the middle.

Player to watch: Kranjcar

Niko is the main playmaker of the side, so with a limited amount of attack minded players in the middle the onus will be on the Croat to provide the balls for the strike force, and up his game from last weeks lacklustre performance.

West Brom Team News:

Meite may return after sitting it out since the disaster between Ivory Coast and Malawi, he is said to be fine now and should come in to bolster a wobbly defence.

Player to watch: Carson

Hopefully Carson will be the busiest man on the pitch today, Jamo's England rival will need to be solid to get the Baggies anything.

Match Facts & Stats

Looking into the stats for this match it was like looking at Pompey's away record against most top flight teams, did you know they haven't beaten us at Fratton since 1958? That was against a team ready to fall from grace in the top tier and not return for another 30 years, so hopefully not an omen!!

Ref Watch:

Neville Staples (rough-on-the-neck)

Match Prediction:

Got to be win today hasn't it? Not expecting pretty football, but although some people are saying its not a 'must win' I disagree and a win today would leave Pompey looking up rather than over their shoulders, hedge your guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Bolton at Fratton once more


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Saturday April 11 2009
Time: 10:46AM

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Comments

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Not going today as I'm up North in London, my dad is going though and the last game he saw was the 3-0 win against Blackburn on kanu's debut, before that the wins against Bolton and Leeds in our Premiership debut season, pick omens out of that one!
paultsmouth
11/04/2009 10:48:00
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Not going today as I'm up North in London, my dad is going though and the last game he saw was the 3-0 win against Blackburn on kanu's debut, before that the wins against Bolton and Leeds in our Premiership debut season, pick omens out of that one!
paultsmouth
11/04/2009 10:48:00
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A must win, nothing less. Don't care how but a must win. WBA & 'Boro are probably down!!! How else??? If we are to avoid the dreaded drop we have to win this game. Forever Pompey!
storagematt
11/04/2009 10:59:00
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A must win, nothing less. Don't care how but a must win. WBA & 'Boro are probably down!!! How else??? If we are to avoid the dreaded drop we have to win this game. Forever Pompey!
storagematt
11/04/2009 10:59:00
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All of the above, but you don't get 3 points for just turning up.
pompeygray
11/04/2009 13:18:00
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All of the above, but you don't get 3 points for just turning up.
pompeygray
11/04/2009 13:18:00
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Matt you are right. It is an absolute must win. No two ways about it. Not only the points, but morale, pride, everything.
Gandor1
11/04/2009 13:22:00
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Matt you are right. It is an absolute must win. No two ways about it. Not only the points, but morale, pride, everything.
Gandor1
11/04/2009 13:22:00
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Matt 100% agree with you. Will be really disappointed with anything other than 3 points.
PFCGino
11/04/2009 14:09:00
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Matt 100% agree with you. Will be really disappointed with anything other than 3 points.
PFCGino
11/04/2009 14:09:00
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