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Pompey vs. Bolton

Fratton

18/4/09

15:00

Pompey look to trot on to safety

Bolton are next through the Pompey revolving doors, their safety is pretty much assured and Pompey can take a giant step to joining them with 3 priceless points.
Matt Taylor makes his first trip home also, he is still missed by many and his form is surely worthy of some form of England recognition.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Hart is making no apologies for his Pompey formations, he has taken a very safety first view of the squad and can certainly not be compared to 'tinkerman' Ranieri with his team selections!
Pompey's football may not be at its free-flowing best right now, but the points are trickling in after a mid-season slump under the previous regime, and obviously survival is paramount before out-and-out entertainment, maybe when safety is assured the shackles will come off and we can have a peek to the future?

Matty Taylor makes a homecoming and has stated that Pompey have enough about them to survive, I really feel he didn't want to move North 15 months ago, and its one of the worst pieces of business the man with more twitches than Wurzel Gummidge produced in his time at the club.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey should be able to welcome back Sean Davis back from injury, and also Glen Johnson from his ban, Younes Kaboul feels he will be the man to make way for Jonno's return, but Hart has a tendency to stay loyal to those who have their hands on the shirts, and Pennant must be under as much threat as the Frenchman.
Davis you would hope would bounce straight back into midfield, he averages a goal a season for Pompey, but still contains more of an attacking threat than both the defensive playbreakers Hughes and Mullins.
Gekas may get another chance from the bench after impressing in his 10 second cameo last week.

Player to watch: Campbell

Pompey are always spoken of by commentators as a 'big' team, but since Diop has been injured our ariel threat and prowress has dwindled and Bolton will provide a greater ariel threat, so campbell need to be at his imposing best to deal with Davies and all.

Bolton Team News:

Bolton may well stay loyal to the team that bundled in 3 goals in the last part of the Chelsea match last week, the man with best name in football Shittu is the biggest doubt with an ankle knock.
Ex-blues Taylor and O'Brien should start, both scoring last week, but the other score Basham will have to do it from the bench again.

Player to watch: Taylor

He and Davies provide the main threats, Taylor has score 10 so far this season and is the 3rd highest scoring english midfielder this season.

Match Facts & Stats

A defeat at the Reebok earlier in the season came after we achieved the double over the trotters last term, but all the scorers from those games look doubtful to score for Pompey this time (Diarra, Taylor, Kanu and Utaka)

Ref Watch:

Sir Horace Gentleman

Match Prediction:

If relegation safety resembled a marathon, Bolton would have the royal box to go, Pompey would on about 22 miles and be the bloke dehydrating and staggering in a rhino suit, but can we overtake Jimmy Saville tomorrow? hedge a bet here.

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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 17 2009

Time: 10:15PM

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it will be a releif not having to watch mullins and hughes attempting to play in a premiership midfield...
pompeycarpet
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17/04/2009 22:42:00

it will be a releif not having to watch mullins and hughes attempting to play in a premiership midfield...
pompeycarpet
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17/04/2009 22:42:00

well, you at least hope this is the case carpet...
crackin' preview paul, altho thats always the case. they always make me smile, or chukle to myself 'more twitches than wurzel gummige', classic.
feeling nervous about the game, we would take a big step to safety with 3pts!
pompeyrug
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17/04/2009 23:25:00

well, you at least hope this is the case carpet...
crackin' preview paul, altho thats always the case. they always make me smile, or chukle to myself 'more twitches than wurzel gummige', classic.
feeling nervous about the game, we would take a big step to safety with 3pts!
pompeyrug
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17/04/2009 23:25:00

More than that Rug!..Gekas impressing on his 10 second debut did it for me!....
pentonpompey
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17/04/2009 23:39:00

More than that Rug!..Gekas impressing on his 10 second debut did it for me!....
pentonpompey
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17/04/2009 23:39:00

altho 'If relegation safety resembled a marathon, Bolton would have the royal box to go, Pompey would on about 22 miles and be the bloke dehydrating and staggering in a rhino suit, but can we overtake Jimmy Saville tomorrow?' was classic too...
pompeyrug
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18/04/2009 00:14:00

altho 'If relegation safety resembled a marathon, Bolton would have the royal box to go, Pompey would on about 22 miles and be the bloke dehydrating and staggering in a rhino suit, but can we overtake Jimmy Saville tomorrow?' was classic too...
pompeyrug
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18/04/2009 00:14:00

If this relegation safety battle resembled a bowl of food, I would be on about my fifth spoonful of Tapioca with another 20 spoonfuls to go. It is so bloody slow and painful!
Gandor1
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18/04/2009 01:49:00

If this relegation safety battle resembled a bowl of food, I would be on about my fifth spoonful of Tapioca with another 20 spoonfuls to go. It is so bloody slow and painful!
Gandor1
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18/04/2009 01:49:00

Must say Paul I reckon we have the best ref all season today he's not one of those 'Streotypes' or 'Monkey Man' who 'Do nothing' or stand there with a 'Blank Expression' on his face.. A loss today could make Fratton a 'Ghost Town' next season and win however could see a 'Dawning of a new era' ;)
Chix
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18/04/2009 08:08:00

Must say Paul I reckon we have the best ref all season today he's not one of those 'Streotypes' or 'Monkey Man' who 'Do nothing' or stand there with a 'Blank Expression' on his face.. A loss today could make Fratton a 'Ghost Town' next season and win however could see a 'Dawning of a new era' ;)
Chix
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18/04/2009 08:08:00

Good stuff Paul - big game they all are but this is winnable.
eastneydave
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18/04/2009 08:12:00

Good stuff Paul - big game they all are but this is winnable.
eastneydave
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18/04/2009 08:12:00

I wonder if Gekas will get 20 seconds this time? I hope Pennant doesn't make way for Kaboul - we need Pennant. Good to have him as well as Johnson, potentially a quite attacking pairing there. Each game is so crucial now, real nailbiting time. I would like to see Basinas and Davis in midfield, and Gekas, if not starting, then at least playing a half - or half an hour! Perhaps we could start 451 and then change to 442? But that's what I'd do, what PH does remains to be seen.
tracyc
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18/04/2009 09:31:00

I wonder if Gekas will get 20 seconds this time? I hope Pennant doesn't make way for Kaboul - we need Pennant. Good to have him as well as Johnson, potentially a quite attacking pairing there. Each game is so crucial now, real nailbiting time. I would like to see Basinas and Davis in midfield, and Gekas, if not starting, then at least playing a half - or half an hour! Perhaps we could start 451 and then change to 442? But that's what I'd do, what PH does remains to be seen.
tracyc
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18/04/2009 09:31:00

Paul Hart will play it safe I am sure, don't see Basinas starting again this season unless their is an injury crisis, Chix as long as the ref is no little bitch i'm happy!
paultsmouth
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18/04/2009 09:39:00

Paul Hart will play it safe I am sure, don't see Basinas starting again this season unless their is an injury crisis, Chix as long as the ref is no little bitch i'm happy!
paultsmouth
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18/04/2009 09:39:00

Thought I'd have a look at what our relegation rivals are doing this weekend, because like it or not, our survival is going to depend on them failing. Boro v Fulham, the cottagers have had a great season but are now 9 points off a euro league place, so I hope they are still pushing for it and haven't given up on it. Stoke v Blackburn - I'd either like a draw, or for Stoke to win and be allowed to pull away to safety while pushing Blackburn further in it. Sunderland v Hull, this is another one like Stoke/Blackburn, probably a draw is the best result for us there. Sunday ManC v West Brom (c'mon Citeh) and Spuds v Newcastle .We want Jamie's dad to win and depress the geordies that even their latest messiah isn't go to save them. If they start winning, they'll get confident and might start to pull themselves up, which we really don't want seeing as we're going to play them soon. We want them downhearted - and further in the poo.
tracyc
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18/04/2009 09:49:00

Thought I'd have a look at what our relegation rivals are doing this weekend, because like it or not, our survival is going to depend on them failing. Boro v Fulham, the cottagers have had a great season but are now 9 points off a euro league place, so I hope they are still pushing for it and haven't given up on it. Stoke v Blackburn - I'd either like a draw, or for Stoke to win and be allowed to pull away to safety while pushing Blackburn further in it. Sunderland v Hull, this is another one like Stoke/Blackburn, probably a draw is the best result for us there. Sunday ManC v West Brom (c'mon Citeh) and Spuds v Newcastle .We want Jamie's dad to win and depress the geordies that even their latest messiah isn't go to save them. If they start winning, they'll get confident and might start to pull themselves up, which we really don't want seeing as we're going to play them soon. We want them downhearted - and further in the poo.
tracyc
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18/04/2009 09:49:00

I cant beleive ppl are givin Hart stick for not playing fnacy flowing footy.. the chiefs got us the points and we're looking like staying up and that has to be the most importantthing right now. I rekon we will get one over the wanderers tonight.. 2-1 but look out for Mattys long bomb!
nodster
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18/04/2009 10:24:00

I cant beleive ppl are givin Hart stick for not playing fnacy flowing footy.. the chiefs got us the points and we're looking like staying up and that has to be the most importantthing right now. I rekon we will get one over the wanderers tonight.. 2-1 but look out for Mattys long bomb!
nodster
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18/04/2009 10:24:00

huge game, after last weeks dissapointment theres more pressure on todays match. Davis might have an extra spring in his step if he wants to impress ginger gary, but fingers crossed, this could be the 3 points to ensure prem survival!
Gleams
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18/04/2009 11:32:00

huge game, after last weeks dissapointment theres more pressure on todays match. Davis might have an extra spring in his step if he wants to impress ginger gary, but fingers crossed, this could be the 3 points to ensure prem survival!
Gleams
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18/04/2009 11:32:00

We must take something from this game, ideally a win. We have some tough games ahead & that pathetic point from WBA didn't help. All those around us are playing each other which will add to the mix of fun come 5pm.
storagematt
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18/04/2009 11:49:00

Oh Nodster - it all sounds good on paper, but you want to be here watching it. It is soooooo painful! Needs must I suppose, but don't ask me not to complain! I read somewhere that Bolton are coming here for a draw - so thats alright then - its going to be even more boring! By the by, I am very pleased someone has mentioned the referee. Does the Fratton End realise that every time they diss the Ref (and that is every match lately), the ref has it in for us? It has been absolutely blatant lately, and the look on these Refs faces is positively gleeful. So I hope before they start calling the Ref a Wubbleyoo, they will think about the consequences on the pitch.
Gandor1
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18/04/2009 11:49:00

We must take something from this game, ideally a win. We have some tough games ahead & that pathetic point from WBA didn't help. All those around us are playing each other which will add to the mix of fun come 5pm.
storagematt
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18/04/2009 11:49:00

Oh Nodster - it all sounds good on paper, but you want to be here watching it. It is soooooo painful! Needs must I suppose, but don't ask me not to complain! I read somewhere that Bolton are coming here for a draw - so thats alright then - its going to be even more boring! By the by, I am very pleased someone has mentioned the referee. Does the Fratton End realise that every time they diss the Ref (and that is every match lately), the ref has it in for us? It has been absolutely blatant lately, and the look on these Refs faces is positively gleeful. So I hope before they start calling the Ref a Wubbleyoo, they will think about the consequences on the pitch.
Gandor1
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18/04/2009 11:49:00

"Wubbleyoo" is brilliant Gands. I will encourage the kids at school to use that.
hammersmithblue
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18/04/2009 13:20:00

"Wubbleyoo" is brilliant Gands. I will encourage the kids at school to use that.
hammersmithblue
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18/04/2009 13:20:00

gekas/basinas not even on bench ... hart is a moron if we lose!
pompey--pessimist
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18/04/2009 15:03:00

gekas/basinas not even on bench ... hart is a moron if we lose!
pompey--pessimist
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18/04/2009 15:03:00

this has got 0-0 written all over it .... lets wait and see!
pompey--pessimist
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18/04/2009 16:10:00

this has got 0-0 written all over it .... lets wait and see!
pompey--pessimist
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18/04/2009 16:10:00

and thats what using substitutes does! ... lesson learnt? well done pompey :)
pompey--pessimist
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18/04/2009 17:09:00

and thats what using substitutes does! ... lesson learnt? well done pompey :)
pompey--pessimist
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18/04/2009 17:09:00

Pleasantly surprised - very very pleasantly surprised. And to think, I nearly never went!
Gandor1
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18/04/2009 17:30:00

Pleasantly surprised - very very pleasantly surprised. And to think, I nearly never went!
Gandor1
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18/04/2009 17:30:00

Hart got it right I'm afraid. Solid base and good football going forward, it should have been three or four really. Bolton were a very poor side.
eastneydave
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18/04/2009 18:40:00

Hart got it right I'm afraid. Solid base and good football going forward, it should have been three or four really. Bolton were a very poor side.
eastneydave
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18/04/2009 18:40:00

 

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