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Pompey vs. West Brom

Fratton

11/4/09

15:00

Pompey look to keep it tight against Baggies

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




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 11 2009

Time: 10:46AM

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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
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11/04/2009 10:48:00

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
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11/04/2009 10:48:00

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
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11/04/2009 10:59:00

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
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11/04/2009 10:59:00

All of the above, but you don't get 3 points for just turning up.
pompeygray
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11/04/2009 13:18:00

All of the above, but you don't get 3 points for just turning up.
pompeygray
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11/04/2009 13:18:00

Matt you are right. It is an absolute must win. No two ways about it. Not only the points, but morale, pride, everything.
Gandor1
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11/04/2009 13:22:00

Matt you are right. It is an absolute must win. No two ways about it. Not only the points, but morale, pride, everything.
Gandor1
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11/04/2009 13:22:00

Matt 100% agree with you. Will be really disappointed with anything other than 3 points.
PFCGino
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11/04/2009 14:09:00

Matt 100% agree with you. Will be really disappointed with anything other than 3 points.
PFCGino
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11/04/2009 14:09:00

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS NIKO GET IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kranjcar19
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11/04/2009 16:30:00

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS NIKO GET IN !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kranjcar19
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11/04/2009 16:30:00

Am very grumpy at the moment. Paul Hart, what ARE you doing??
hammersmithblue
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11/04/2009 17:26:00

Am very grumpy at the moment. Paul Hart, what ARE you doing??
hammersmithblue
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11/04/2009 17:26:00

I don't beleeeeeeve it!
Gandor1
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11/04/2009 17:35:00

I don't beleeeeeeve it!
Gandor1
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11/04/2009 17:35:00

not happy at all - i think the only thing stopping me from going into 'a rant' is the fact that i am staying with family at the moment so its gonna be kind of rude if i swan off for football, come back and then disappear for hours on end onto the computer...again...
we tossed away 2pts today, they were ours for the taking - looks like we have a TA situation all over again? players saying how happy they were, then fractions started and it looks like fractions 'might' have started again...i hope jamo was just frustrated for the one game and doesnt think sod this im off in the summer!
time to take a break, chill out and relax for a bit, will be back later to hopefully publish the match report, written by someone new this week.
pompeyrug
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11/04/2009 18:20:00

not happy at all - i think the only thing stopping me from going into 'a rant' is the fact that i am staying with family at the moment so its gonna be kind of rude if i swan off for football, come back and then disappear for hours on end onto the computer...again...
we tossed away 2pts today, they were ours for the taking - looks like we have a TA situation all over again? players saying how happy they were, then fractions started and it looks like fractions 'might' have started again...i hope jamo was just frustrated for the one game and doesnt think sod this im off in the summer!
time to take a break, chill out and relax for a bit, will be back later to hopefully publish the match report, written by someone new this week.
pompeyrug
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11/04/2009 18:20:00

ermmm....Play Basinas, some Idea of going forward!! Then play 2 up top, a natural lefty on the left wing, 4-4-2, sorry Niko no room for ya....SIMPLES!!
pompey4me
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11/04/2009 18:35:00

ermmm....Play Basinas, some Idea of going forward!! Then play 2 up top, a natural lefty on the left wing, 4-4-2, sorry Niko no room for ya....SIMPLES!!
pompey4me
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11/04/2009 18:35:00

I honestly never understood why people thought Paul Hart was such an improvement. To me we're playing no better than most of the rest of the season. On the plus side, there's really no need to have a rant or to worry because Boro, The Geordies, The Mackems and BBurn are all in self-destruct mode anyway. So we'll probably stay up without really doing anything. Which might be just as well.
PhilTaglia
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11/04/2009 19:15:00

I honestly never understood why people thought Paul Hart was such an improvement. To me we're playing no better than most of the rest of the season. On the plus side, there's really no need to have a rant or to worry because Boro, The Geordies, The Mackems and BBurn are all in self-destruct mode anyway. So we'll probably stay up without really doing anything. Which might be just as well.
PhilTaglia
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11/04/2009 19:15:00

'kin 'ell!
tracyc
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11/04/2009 19:43:00

'kin 'ell!
tracyc
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11/04/2009 19:43:00

to be fair i thought kranjcar was fantastic today, and he put in alot of effort too - he was all over he shop...
pompeyrug
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11/04/2009 20:12:00

to be fair i thought kranjcar was fantastic today, and he put in alot of effort too - he was all over he shop...
pompeyrug
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11/04/2009 20:12:00

 

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