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Wigan vs. Pompey

JJB

24/5/09

15:00

Time for closure

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?




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 24 2009

Time: 11:08AM

Your Comments

Hard to feel pessimistic or optimistic right now, roll on June!
paultsmouth
Chixalbury ! Is that next to .... Morlingsville, Taylorton or Carterhampton ?
Chix
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
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
We posted at the same time Chix, I'll stay up for the match then!
Gandor1
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
Davis out. Poo
hammersmithblue
Davis missing probably to stop Michael Brown kicking him again, again.
NorfolknBlue
No Jonners either?!
NorfolknBlue
and Belhadj - they've all got a virus apparently
hammersmithblue
Wonder if Jonno and Davis will depart sooner than we thought?
paultsmouth
hurrah, Spuds one down. Stay out of Europe, Floppychops!
hammersmithblue
Herman! What are you dong boy....nearly got sent off then.
hammersmithblue
we've been crap today, glad I'm not watching it
hammersmithblue
Hi all, wots going on - has anyone scored yet?
Gandor1
No one there? best go put the radio on then - that'll be a first.....
Gandor1
it's 0-1,it's dire, we've gone on holiday a little early but no-one really cares despite the 1m that could come from finishing a bit higher..oh well.
hammersmithblue
ah well Spuds getting squished by Bindippers which is pleasing
hammersmithblue
Sounded dreadful on the radio when I finallymanaged to tune in. No wonder you all went missing!
Gandor1
Very disapppointing - especially on The Quay's last match. Only good thing is Newcastle went down.
tracyc
The team were rubbish AGAIN!! The supporters all 3,000 of us were great AGAIN!! Please let us move on from the debacle of this season, get a decent manager, ship out the players who want to go and bring in some talent, not Blackburn squad players,What is that about? who made that decision?
Owenspompey
glad to see the back of htis poxy season - another day, well basically one full and 2 half days 'wasted' for that pile of *****e... had to leave my place to stay at my brothers satyurday night as couldnbt get to exeter for the 9.15 meet today, have to stay here again tonight as couldnt get hom when i returned...
altho, to be fair, i say wasted, the football aside ive had another cracking day out and a good weekend... glad this season is done, ive had enough of pompey now tho and for that reason cannot even be motivated to make another train journey for the kanu game tomorrow...yep, i know its a good cause and it will be a 'celebration' but cannot bring myself to do it, would rather just donate a tenner to his charity tbh!
'funny' that johnson and davis both 'fell ill' for this game...
pompeyrug
hart, who will get the job and probably be sacked by christmas mnade that job Owens, and a ***** poor one it is too if you ask me - but a sign of what is to come and who will leave!
pompeyrug
 

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