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Pompey vs. Woolwich

Fratton

2/5/09

15:00

Pompey v Arsenal

Pompey make a welcome return to Saturday football, and in doing so we are playing the roles of 'the adverts', you know there is an epic film on and then you are watching a little girl with a nervous twitch advertising chocolate, well Pompey have this role, stepping inbetween Arsenal's 2 legs with Man u.

Vital Quotes:

Nigel Winterburn says we can do it, Arsene Wenger probably couldn't care less if we did, but will the management have the courage to attack what will be a weakened if still talented Arsenal from the off?
Arsenal have the privelage along with Chelsea of being the only sides we cannot beat in the Premiership, generally we lose or draw, mainly lose, sometimes its taken a primadonna referee in his last match as official to deny us, sometimes it took a Robert Pires swallow dive, but the fact remains we cannot beat Arsenal in the Premiership. In fact you have to go back to 1958 for any kind of win at all!
One omen on our side however is the amount of hoodoos from the 50's we have smashed in the last couple of years, obviously this was the last time we were a power in the top league, but some of those ghosts have been exorcised.

The home games are coming to a close now though, only Sunderland remain, and for all the talk and denials, after this weekend Pompey will be virtually safe, win, lose or draw, so how about it Hart and Kiddo, maybe we can go out all guns blazing and play for a win?

Pompey Team News:

Kaboul is fit to return, but although he was in great form until his injury against Everton, it has been very much a case of if you are in possesion of a blue shirt and we don't lose, you keep the blue shirt, quite a comendable management ploy really, although some may disagree.
Pennant impressed last week at Newcastle after coming on in the second half for Nugent, but poor old Nuge is playing more of a team role at the moment, he is sacrificing some of his attacking instincts to do a more defensive role on the right or left, and is generally run into the ground after about 70 minutes.

Player to watch: Campbell

Still revered in North London (well one part) he will be right up for this one against some old mates.

Woolwich Team News:

Christ knows who Wenger will play, its obvious this game is more of an irritant with the big one on Wednesday, Arshavin will feature no doubt, he is ineligable for the Champions league, Eboue may play also after playing more of a bit part role of late.
In defence Silvestre has done a groin and won't be risked, likewise Eduardo and Van Persie up front.

Player to watch: Fabregas

Simply whether he plays or not could be crucial to the outcome, Ramsey or Wilshire maybe more likely to start, but after missing a large chunk of the season with a knee injury.

Match Facts & Stats

See above, we are due a win

Ref Watch:

Cathal Smythe

Match Prediction:

Can we tame the cubs, or are we getting short shrift once more? guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn in the north




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 1 2009

Time: 10:03PM

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We are deffo due an afternoon in the sun absolutely tearing a team to pieces. Not sure this will be it. But, hey, let's hope.
hammersmithblue
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01/05/2009 22:26:00

We are deffo due an afternoon in the sun absolutely tearing a team to pieces. Not sure this will be it. But, hey, let's hope.
hammersmithblue
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01/05/2009 22:26:00

not sure if sitting between arsenals two legs is a good thing or not... but if there football (attractive...) is anything to go by, it's probably a good thing.
pompeycarpet
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01/05/2009 22:32:00

not sure if sitting between arsenals two legs is a good thing or not... but if there football (attractive...) is anything to go by, it's probably a good thing.
pompeycarpet
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01/05/2009 22:32:00

Its a good time to be playing Arsenal. I'm not sure whether Cesc will feature. 4th place is pretty much done and dusted, so there's nothing to play for in the League. I expect quite a few of the kids to start (Ramsey, Vela, Bendtner) and some experience (Toure at CB). So its a good opportunity for Pompey to take some points off Arsenal. Best of luck for the game!
prits
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01/05/2009 22:56:00

Its a good time to be playing Arsenal. I'm not sure whether Cesc will feature. 4th place is pretty much done and dusted, so there's nothing to play for in the League. I expect quite a few of the kids to start (Ramsey, Vela, Bendtner) and some experience (Toure at CB). So its a good opportunity for Pompey to take some points off Arsenal. Best of luck for the game!
prits
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01/05/2009 22:56:00

really up for this one now, not expecting a win - that is not to say i am expecting a defeat not expecting to win - but have this sneaky feeling we might just end the 50-year wait...
pompeyrug
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01/05/2009 23:07:00

really up for this one now, not expecting a win - that is not to say i am expecting a defeat not expecting to win - but have this sneaky feeling we might just end the 50-year wait...
pompeyrug
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01/05/2009 23:07:00

If we don't give the ball away too much we've got a chance, which makes me think we should bring in Basinas, but with their youth and passing style I edge back towards Mullins as Basinas looks knackered after about 60 mins. Bring it on!
Pompeyscum
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01/05/2009 23:30:00

If we don't give the ball away too much we've got a chance, which makes me think we should bring in Basinas, but with their youth and passing style I edge back towards Mullins as Basinas looks knackered after about 60 mins. Bring it on!
Pompeyscum
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01/05/2009 23:30:00

Surely we can throw caution to the wind for this game and have a go?
Gandor1
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01/05/2009 23:42:00

Surely we can throw caution to the wind for this game and have a go?
Gandor1
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01/05/2009 23:42:00

451 - You know it makes sense .. A team are there for the taking... we will settle for a point.. Paul Hart's objective is to keep us up .. doesn't mentioning winning anywhere or attacking come to that.. A draw I'm sure.. but I'd like to be surprised with a win... I'm just looking forward to seeing the referee to be honest ..he co-wrote one of my most favourite songs in the whole wide world ever... always played in 'our house' ..
Chix
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02/05/2009 07:55:00

451 - You know it makes sense .. A team are there for the taking... we will settle for a point.. Paul Hart's objective is to keep us up .. doesn't mentioning winning anywhere or attacking come to that.. A draw I'm sure.. but I'd like to be surprised with a win... I'm just looking forward to seeing the referee to be honest ..he co-wrote one of my most favourite songs in the whole wide world ever... always played in 'our house' ..
Chix
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02/05/2009 07:55:00

Your money's safe with the Woolwich!......... Good Morning!
Chix
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02/05/2009 08:01:00

Your money's safe with the Woolwich!......... Good Morning!
Chix
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02/05/2009 08:01:00

Morning chaps. A bit if a soft spot for the Arsenal (my dad's team). Obvious admiration for the quality of players of the years. However, sod all that when we are playing them. Thankfully this ain't a must, must win for us & thankfully it ain't a must, must win for them! Glad to go with an open mind & enjoy a good game. See ya at the Milton Arms.
storagematt
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02/05/2009 09:57:00

Morning chaps. A bit if a soft spot for the Arsenal (my dad's team). Obvious admiration for the quality of players of the years. However, sod all that when we are playing them. Thankfully this ain't a must, must win for us & thankfully it ain't a must, must win for them! Glad to go with an open mind & enjoy a good game. See ya at the Milton Arms.
storagematt
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02/05/2009 09:57:00

I shall be down in the Milton End this afternoon (probably be in the Good Companion for a good while before though!). I think you're gonna beat us today, our mind will absolutely be on other things and Pompey are due a win over us. I'd rather you did it now than next season, best of luck anyways.
Little Dutch
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02/05/2009 10:01:00

I shall be down in the Milton End this afternoon (probably be in the Good Companion for a good while before though!). I think you're gonna beat us today, our mind will absolutely be on other things and Pompey are due a win over us. I'd rather you did it now than next season, best of luck anyways.
Little Dutch
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02/05/2009 10:01:00

Looking forward to the game, the sun's shining. If we don't win - oh well - if we do, fantastic! I quite fancy us to nick it as well.
tracyc
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02/05/2009 10:22:00

Looking forward to the game, the sun's shining. If we don't win - oh well - if we do, fantastic! I quite fancy us to nick it as well.
tracyc
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02/05/2009 10:22:00

Definitely chance for a good result here..they'll be concentrating on the manyoo match and if their defence is anything like the one that turned up in the Liverpool match (4-4)..there's goals there for the taking!
jonathanl50
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02/05/2009 10:27:00

Definitely chance for a good result here..they'll be concentrating on the manyoo match and if their defence is anything like the one that turned up in the Liverpool match (4-4)..there's goals there for the taking!
jonathanl50
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02/05/2009 10:27:00

Feeling optimistic all of a sudden....
paultsmouth
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02/05/2009 13:09:00

Feeling optimistic all of a sudden....
paultsmouth
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02/05/2009 13:09:00

Pennant starts but johnson misses out :( so pamarot plays i would of put craine in instead of pamarot
stfc ballboy
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02/05/2009 14:26:00

Pennant starts but johnson misses out :( so pamarot plays i would of put craine in instead of pamarot
stfc ballboy
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02/05/2009 14:26:00

Hey, I'm happy that you guys have become more solid and moved up the table since Hart stepped in (er, unfortunately, for Tony Adams). You'll defo be safe! It may seem that we have very little to play for in the league but I hope we won't repeat the boring 0-0 last time we went to Fratton Park. (Or was that 2006? Anyway, you know what I mean.) Good luck for the rest of the season! Hope you guys send Hull/Blackburn down! :)
GoonerLou
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02/05/2009 14:29:00

Hey, I'm happy that you guys have become more solid and moved up the table since Hart stepped in (er, unfortunately, for Tony Adams). You'll defo be safe! It may seem that we have very little to play for in the league but I hope we won't repeat the boring 0-0 last time we went to Fratton Park. (Or was that 2006? Anyway, you know what I mean.) Good luck for the rest of the season! Hope you guys send Hull/Blackburn down! :)
GoonerLou
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02/05/2009 14:29:00

Hey player to watch isn't Cesc, more like Arshavin! ;)
GoonerLou
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02/05/2009 14:33:00

Hey player to watch isn't Cesc, more like Arshavin! ;)
GoonerLou
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02/05/2009 14:33:00

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!! Arsenal B team controlling the game.. Mullins is a load of #$%*, at least Blackburn are losing...
nodster
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02/05/2009 16:15:00

WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!! Arsenal B team controlling the game.. Mullins is a load of #$%*, at least Blackburn are losing...
nodster
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02/05/2009 16:15:00

Tough luck guys. You'll be safe, see you again next season! :)
GoonerLou
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02/05/2009 17:02:00

Tough luck guys. You'll be safe, see you again next season! :)
GoonerLou
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02/05/2009 17:02:00

Just the result and performance I expected, to be honest. On the plus side though, I can see every single side below us losing this weekend, so I don't see any need to worry.
PhilTaglia
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02/05/2009 17:08:00

Just the result and performance I expected, to be honest. On the plus side though, I can see every single side below us losing this weekend, so I don't see any need to worry.
PhilTaglia
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02/05/2009 17:08:00

Big plops! What a bummer of a game
hammersmithblue
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02/05/2009 21:15:00

Big plops! What a bummer of a game
hammersmithblue
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02/05/2009 21:15:00

What a load of plop!!! If I'd stayed there till xmas we'd be 76,007-0 down! That was embarrassing!
pentonpompey
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02/05/2009 21:22:00

What a load of plop!!! If I'd stayed there till xmas we'd be 76,007-0 down! That was embarrassing!
pentonpompey
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02/05/2009 21:22:00

At least I had a slab of my mum's fruit cake in a bit of tin foil which made half time less unbearable. My god, they played Status Quo before the game - are there NO standards??
hammersmithblue
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02/05/2009 21:45:00

At least I had a slab of my mum's fruit cake in a bit of tin foil which made half time less unbearable. My god, they played Status Quo before the game - are there NO standards??
hammersmithblue
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02/05/2009 21:45:00

And if it's true about Arshavin trying to protect Davis, he's a better man than most are, Gunga Din.
hammersmithblue
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02/05/2009 21:46:00

And if it's true about Arshavin trying to protect Davis, he's a better man than most are, Gunga Din.
hammersmithblue
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02/05/2009 21:46:00

Watched it on the box, gunners gave us enough chances to affect the score very disappointed we didn't take them up on there kindness. Crouch, Utaka I am still scratching my head that you didn't score. Can't say much else just disappointment
race
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02/05/2009 22:05:00

Watched it on the box, gunners gave us enough chances to affect the score very disappointed we didn't take them up on there kindness. Crouch, Utaka I am still scratching my head that you didn't score. Can't say much else just disappointment
race
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02/05/2009 22:05:00

Interested in what vital members at the game thought?
race
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02/05/2009 22:10:00

Interested in what vital members at the game thought?
race
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02/05/2009 22:10:00

could have gone to the game. pleased I didn't in the end.
pompeycarpet
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03/05/2009 00:21:00

could have gone to the game. pleased I didn't in the end.
pompeycarpet
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03/05/2009 00:21:00

 

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