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Pompey vs. Hereford

Fratton

25/8/09

19:45

Must win? Damn Right!

Pompey will be looking to get their season off and running of sorts tonight, Hereford are the opposition and will probably come with Giant-killing aspirations after dispatching Charlton in the first round.

Vital Quotes:

Pompey need a win, any sort of win, a comfortable win is preferable, but if we scrape it it will do.
Hereford are hardly setting the world alight in league 2, 2 draws and 2 defeats is their record so far, but Pompey can top that with 3 defeats of their own.
Leyton Orient springs to mind with this fixture, it was back in January 2002 when we famously got stuffed 4-1 at home, any repeat would not go down favourably with an already frustrated and disgruntled Fratton faithful.

Pompey have not met Hereford since 1983 in any form of football, and have only lost once in a total of 9 meetings, this was in this very competition.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will no doubt field a weakened side (if it can get any weaker) James won't be chanced for certain, so take your pick from Niemi/Begovic/Ashdown as stand-in.
Marc Wilson is another doubt after limping out of the Arsenal defeat, Piquionne also is carrying a slight knock.
Nugent may well get a run out, if he can pop a couple in it could be the knock on the door Paul Hart needs.
Richard Hughes will likely figure, as may Joel Ward and Cowans-Hall.

Player to watch: Basinas

Hart obviously doesn't hold faith in the Greek, but if he can pass it around tonight he may well get more of a look in on Sunday.

Hereford Team News:

Ryan Valentine has completed a one match ban so should return at Left-back, while Bristol City loanees Plummer and Jackson have both been cleared to play.
Glen Southam got a cut to the head in Saturdays game, but should make the line-up.

Player to watch: Bartlett

Hopefully the Bulls keeper will be the busiest man on the pitch

Match Facts & Stats

Played 9,Won 6, lost 1

Ref Watch:

Arthur Pewtey

Next Fixtures:

Man City at Fratton on the box next Sunday




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 25 2009

Time: 4:34PM

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Dead right Paul a must win. No Europe this so a run in the League Cup will be a good thing all round. 1-0 will do.
eastneydave
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25/08/2009 16:48:00

Must win indeed, for many reasons. One reason being so the damn redtops won't have any more ammunition to throw at us in reports! A good way to end and escape from the recent bull****. I think Niemi is injured, probably Begovic in goal.
.Andrew.
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25/08/2009 17:23:00

Paul Hart will find a couple of plates coming his way if Basinas doesn't start.
stillthewhizz
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25/08/2009 18:19:00

MATCH PREDICTIONS anyone?? 2-0 Pompey
footy_fans
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25/08/2009 18:22:00

We've got to knock a few goals past these, but a win is vital.
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 18:38:00

Anything other than a win is unthinkable!
tracyc
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25/08/2009 18:44:00

4-nil Pompey.
NinjaTim
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25/08/2009 18:46:00

3-0. Nugent with 2, Cowan-Hall with 1. PUP
moley2
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25/08/2009 18:56:00

2-0 utaka and kanu
ruffcider
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25/08/2009 18:59:00

Team News... Begovic, Vanden Borre, Kaboul, Mokoena, Ward, Utaka, Basinas, Hughes, Kranjcar, Belhadj, Piquonne.
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 19:05:00

how negative another 4-5-1 formation we are the next leeds mark my words . tommy smith what a joke
Football_Casual
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25/08/2009 19:08:00

Our bench is: Ashdown, Nugent, Kanu, Mullins, Richie, Hurst, Mahoto
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 19:20:00

No Distin - with all the transfer rumours about today what do we read into that?
eastneydave
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25/08/2009 19:22:00

Distin has a nasty gash on his insole according to Hart. They must think I was born yesterday.
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 19:30:00

arr **** that's not good, oh well say bye bye to distin.
pompeym@
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25/08/2009 19:41:00

More or less than 10,000 there tonight? I'm gonna say less.
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 19:43:00

Andrew.............Niemi went away for an operation as far as I know! no-body apparently realised this!! a great buy for the club ay?? just what was needed............... not! when we've already got 3 keepers................................
woweepompey
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25/08/2009 20:00:00

1 up that will do me...well done Freddy
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 20:10:00

Bloody hell, utaka ka ka 2-0
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 20:12:00

2-0. Utaka
moley2
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25/08/2009 20:13:00

welcome moley, I thought i was talking to myself
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 20:14:00

Nope, got the quay on and checking newsnow for anymore info on the takeover, will it be announced 2moz?
moley2
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25/08/2009 20:29:00

Well a good start then. More goals please they may be almost bottom of Div 4 or whatever they call it now but goals are good for the confidence.
eastneydave
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25/08/2009 20:30:00

3-0 Krunchie
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 20:32:00

Kranjcar 3-0!!! Can we play u every week, lol.
moley2
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25/08/2009 20:32:00

Niko - 3-0
eastneydave
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25/08/2009 20:35:00

Good performance so far, seems we are passing the ball well, hope confidence stays high for Sunday.
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 20:40:00

Job done, but I still i can't help worry a little, we sound disorganised and lacking at times. And our Belgian friend sounds as pants as he did on his debut...bit of a faux pas their me thinks. Glad freddie and Uslacker scored though!
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 20:41:00

Both Freddy and Utaka have got bags of pace which has to be utilised in the premier league, could be a proper handful as a partnership.
moley2
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25/08/2009 20:44:00

If Utaka pulls his finger out, I must stress!!!!
moley2
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25/08/2009 20:51:00

Nugent on, Utaka off
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 20:52:00

Come on Hughsey 4-0, we want 5, we want 5!!!!
moley2
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25/08/2009 21:04:00

Four up, and Mr Hughes gets it....Blimey
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 21:05:00

Nice one derrrrrso u plank, never a penalty!!!
moley2
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25/08/2009 21:07:00

4-1
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 21:08:00

Is anyone else updating 2nite apart from us Penton? Is everyone at the game?
moley2
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25/08/2009 21:19:00

Let's all laugh at scummers.
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 21:27:00

Sorry Moley my bally comp crashed, don't tell me it's now 4-5!?!
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 21:32:00

Nope still 4-1, should have been alot more, if only nugent could get the ball out from under his feet when through on goal!!!
moley2
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25/08/2009 21:39:00

Still can't get on Quay!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 21:41:00

Job done, well played all round and fully deserved the victory. 3 points on Sunday and takeover away from being a stable club.
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 21:41:00

Well I am now online and very glad to see that we can score goals! Who has sounded like they played well and who has sounded awful?
sneakay
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25/08/2009 21:44:00

Here's hoping Frippy, hopefully we'll take confidence from 2nites performance into sundays game and get something out of it. Plus point Joel Ward looked good coming in for Distin, maybe another one to watch, may well be playing if reports are true and Sylvain is off.
moley2
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25/08/2009 21:44:00

Van den Boring is awful, I think that might be a dudd signing unless he is just short of match fitness. Trouble is you haven't got time to wait for him now the season has already started. Belhadj did well again.
moley2
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25/08/2009 21:47:00

As I said Moley I lost the Quay, Did Van Den Boring sound as bad as I thought in the 1st half?
pentonpompey
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25/08/2009 21:52:00

All we need to do now is take this new found confidence to FP sunday, and stuff those damn Citeh billionaires! Lol.
.Andrew.
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25/08/2009 21:58:00

Yeah he looks a poor player, jury is definately out on him, I would prefer Kaboul playing at RB bot that leaves us short in central defence, especially if Distin leaves.
moley2
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25/08/2009 22:06:00

Anyone know if there are any highlights anywhere on the box tonight?
PompeyFrippy
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25/08/2009 22:21:00

Wonderful. Mokoena was captaining the side? Is that true guys? How come not Hughes.
Pompey Malta
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25/08/2009 23:09:00

Mahoto was better in midfield than hughes (aside from his *fluke* goal), mokoena and basinas!
pompeycarpet
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25/08/2009 23:44:00

Highlights are being shown on a loop on Sky Sports News. And i think all the highlights from all the games are on tomorrow night, one either ITV1 or BBC 1.
.Andrew.
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25/08/2009 23:49:00

I thought Nugent was AWFUL. Quite embarrassing. Two kiddies near me chanting "Nugget off, Nugget off!" At least I think that's what they were saying. Though Basinas did ok for an old geezer. At times when we were getting especially ropey in the middle (and you know who you are Richard Hughes), he managed to impose a bit of control and slow things down for regrouping.
hammersmithblue
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26/08/2009 10:46:00

 

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