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Time for closure

Wigan
vs.
Pompey

JJB

24/5/09

15:00

A season which promised so much, yet produced little in terms of results comes to a close this afternoon, Pompey travel to Wigan, a venue where we made our great escape 3 years back.

Vital Quotes:

08-09 was full of promise, we were in Europe for the first time, we held the FA cup, we had an all-England strike force, one of the top midfielders in the Premiership and a man about to cement the England right spot his own in front of the nations number 1 'keeper.
We had the darling of Croatian football and our owner seemed flush.
Come November however, and the brown stuff was everywhere, our talismanic leader had departed to a 'big club' our main goalscorer wanted to join him, and Real Madrid had come knocking for our jewel in the crown, a season that promised so much was stuck in a rut and as the credit crunch bit, Pompey slipped into a familiar routine.
Big Tony came into the hot seat, he was covered in bad luck and inexperience, and came to an unfortunate end.
Relegation became a real option, but Paul Hart and Brian Kidd came in, went back to basics and here we are, lower mid table with the possibilty of 12th spot to finish.
A season in a chapter.

Wigan Team News:

Wigan have gone into cruise control since hitting the 40 point mark, they could have challenged for Europe a while back, but in the time honoured tradition of Charlton fell away with 10 games to go.
Valencia has been the main man for Wigan this season, while Bruce admits he cannot hang onto the Ecquador man, a hamstring has denied him a farewell from his adoring public.
Serial injury man Kirkland has another back strain, Scharner a sore knee, and Zaki has returned home after looking the part for three quarters of the season.
Steve Bruce will be glad to see the back of the season now, but will hope his charges can produce a display for the fans and one of the best chairman in the top flight in Dave Whelan.

Player to watch: N'Zogbia

Always looked good with Newcastle and now performing his wing-play at Wigan

Pompey Team News:

Pompey have no Jamo after his operation, he is joined on the sidelines by David Nugent who is to have another hernia operation.
With a takeover on the horizon or just below it, our future is as clouy as Victorian London, if no-one comes in, players will depart, that is certain, if someone does come in we may well be able to hang onto the likes of Crouch and Johnson, but until that moment arrives, today could be a farewell for half the team.

Player to watch: Johnson

Could be a farewell from our multi-player of the season, if fit of course, he is our prize asset now and again time will tell.

Match Facts & Stats

Happy ground for obvious reasons, and only 2 defeats in all, the most recent being a 1-0 reverse 2 years ago.

Ref Watch:

Martyn Hickin (Chixalbury)

Match Prediction:

Last chance for Pompey points, but where will the league points go? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Burnley at Home?


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Sunday May 24 2009
Time: 11:08AM

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Comments

0
Hard to feel pessimistic or optimistic right now, roll on June!
paultsmouth
24/05/2009 11:12:00
0
Chixalbury ! Is that next to .... Morlingsville, Taylorton or Carterhampton ?
Chix
24/05/2009 13:51:00
0
Was gonna do a 'Match Day Live' but given most are at the game, watching Newcastle or having a BBQ .. Shall we just do it here ?..


I'll post teams here and those of us that are around can add the odd comment if we wish..



Play Up Pompey,
Chix
24/05/2009 13:55:00
0
Yep, can't say I'll be sorry to see the back end of this year for lots of reasons. Even tho I had seen the cut throat way they got rid of Benji, I just was not ready for what Slobber chops did to us. It made me realise there was a real nasty side to football. I suppose, to be grown up about it, where there is a lot of money involved, there is no room for sentiment. However, the Milan night and the welcome Linvoy Primus got last week and the home game before, has shown me that there is an upside as well, and I suppose it is this that makes Pompey a Club and not a business - to us fans, anyway. As a jcl, I am still trying to reconcile the two sides of football and I have found that very difficult this season, with all that has happened to us. However, that sentence could be the start of a very lively new thread and is not really for here. So, I want to sleep for the next three months and wake up with a new Owner, a new Manager, the same team we have now, minus Utaka et al, plus 2 first class midfielders and another striker, oh alright then, and possibly another one in defence. Nighty night all!
Gandor1
24/05/2009 14:05:00
0
We posted at the same time Chix, I'll stay up for the match then!
Gandor1
24/05/2009 14:08:00
0
Well I am sitting here in front of the telly watching the England one day international having watched Scunnie beat Millwall (shame, eh!) and waiting for Jeff's Survival Sunday prog to start on Sky. Just need to get Quay going on the old laptop and a bag of crisps opened and willbe completely set up for the afternoon.
hammersmithblue
24/05/2009 15:54:00
0
Davis out. Poo
hammersmithblue
24/05/2009 16:04:00
0
Davis missing probably to stop Michael Brown kicking him again, again.
NorfolknBlue
24/05/2009 16:09:00
0
No Jonners either?!
NorfolknBlue
24/05/2009 16:09:00
0
and Belhadj - they've all got a virus apparently
hammersmithblue
24/05/2009 16:13:00
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