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Blackburn vs. Pompey

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Pompey v Blackburn

This time last year Pompey were sucumbing to Fulham in preparation for our FA cup final, nothing so glamourous this time out, a sort of relegation battle with Blackburn awaits, although both teams are on the edge of safety if not mathematically so.

Vital Quotes:

Sam Allardyce has declared that Rovers are going all out for the win, just what you expect you're home team to do really, I suppose he is making this statement to pacify the home fans, and maybe make Paul Hart field a defensive side once more.

Kanu is the man saying Pompey should be a bit more 'expansive', but if we have Hughes and Mullins together once more, we won't really have the tools to do so.

Blackburn Team News:

Rovers may well have Samba as an emergency striker once more, Santa Cruz and Roberts are both crocked, and Benni McCarthy is the only out and out striker in contention, Derbyshire having gone out on loan.
David Dunn remains one of the more injury prone players around, and he is joined by Emerton and long term Steven Reid.

Player to watch: McCarthy

The onus is on Benjani's mate to get the goals, and he seems to be very hit or miss this season.

Pompey Team News:

Hopefull Glen Johnson will regain full fitness in time for the game, Pamarot is suspended, Wilson hamstrung and Kaboul is still carrying another thigh strain, if all fail to make the team, a young youth team player called Linvoy Primus may be forced into the fray.
Nugent may well come back into the side, probably in the wide role he unselfishly works rather than partnering Crouch, but you never know!

Player to watch: James

Played like Shrek's faithful sidekick last week, needs to bounce back quick.

Match Facts & Stats

Tony Adams picked up a rare win against Rovers at home, Pompey edging a 5 goal game, but generally Blackburn run us close in all games, winning nine more than us since the war.

Ref Watch:

Terry Hall (Coventry-on-Manchester)

Match Prediction:

Not normally many draws between us, but neither side wants to lose, hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Nice Monday nighter against Sunderland to conclude our home fixtures

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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 8 2009

Time: 9:08PM

Your Comments

Bored of the boring stuff now, time to attack!
score draw for me 2-2!
They say a week is a long time in football, well the last 12 months have seemed an eternity!!! Our attitude as set by the manager will determine the game. No matter what we hope, we expect the ugly, hard to beat stuff!
8-4 win, and it will be the first and last time we get to see the "blue arrows" operating down the right, left, and through the middle!
The minute I hear the line up it will be - here we go again........yawn yawn and then I will wake up and we will have lost.
0-0 dull draw
Will be close tomoro home advantage i think might be the difference.
I think playing Samba up front plays to our defensive strengths but Tugay will be desperate to go out on a bang. If James can play a blinder then we could nick it with a Herman header from a corner
I think it will be close to be honest and u maybe right about Samba playin up front......but do u realise how big this guy is??? Seriously u could stand Campbell on top of Distin n be a couple of inches off!!! ha ha We'll see!!!
Samba is a giant, but that doesn't make a goal machine, Crouch is proper tall but not prolific
just about to leave now...still not confident tbh, but hope im wrong - please, please, please at least show intent and sign on 'expansive' football - if nothing else do not play mullins at right back!
Hoping safety is made today, It might not be exciting.played out for the draw by both sides. Hart will keep it tight in first half will only open out if we are behind in score. Late goals will make it 2-2 I rekon.
Awful 1st half. Carry on in the 2nd & we'll get stuffed. Need to bring 2 upfront.
4FS. No changes at HT!
storagematt least mullins didnt play at right back... unfortunately he did play!

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