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Pompey vs. Bolton

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12/9/09

15:00

Pompey v Bolton

Pompey meet Bolton and something has to give. Both teams are pointless, so someone if not both will gain something out of the match.
Pompey have a few new faces available after a frenetic transfer burst at the close of the window, but how many will make the side?

Vital Quotes:

Pompey are making all the right noises, the Milton end has sold out, kids for a quid has helped, and we should be in for our biggest crowd of the season, the apathy shown by the more fairweather fans testament to Pompey's turmoil of recent months.
Zat Knight has called the game 'must win' for Bolton, so if he echoes his managers inbtentions, we should at least be in for an open game.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey could field an almost completely new side, Kranjcar has jumped ship, but has been replaced by O'Hara, this should see a square peg in a hole of the right shape for a change, and also up the workrate on the left.
The Prince has made the same journey as his former Spurs team mate, he is still a bit of an unknown quantity really, but he promises a more attacking style and if we are to believe those at vitalSpurs is a bit of a loose cannon.
Mike Williamson has joined old team mate Smith, if he steps straight in remains to be seen, Ben haim should feature.
Mokoena may well step back into midfield, Hughes looking the most likely to dip out.
Piquionne should have stepped up another gear in fitness terms, he has endeared himself thus far with his work ethic, a few goals will seal the deal.
Smith may get another chance on the right, but Webber will have the bench at best.
Hassan Yebda has apparently impressed in training, so maybe Hart will opt for him in an all new midfield.
One familiar face should return though, James is fit!

Player to watch: O'Hara

I really rate the bloke, he has hunger and will put his foot in, the left hand side of midfield has been wanting so far this season, maybe our loanee will give it the fillip it needs.

Bolton Team News:

Bolton are in the brown muddy stuff as well, although not as prominent in the transfer activity as Pompey, they have signed Klasnic, the phlegmy one looking for his debut after featuring on wednesday at Wembley.
Elmander picked up a knock for Sweden, he should be fit though, but absence guaranteed goes to Sean Davis, our old boy getting himself banned last time out after the defeat to Liverpool.

Player to watch: Kevin Davies

He is the fulcrum of their attack, if he can be kept under wraps the goals will be hard to find.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey have won 3 of the last 4 meetings, Kanu featuring in the goals.

Ref Watch:

Lord Flash-heart(woof)

Match Prediction:

A duck must be broken, but which way? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

It gets no easier, a trip to Villa




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 11 2009

Time: 9:47PM

Your Comments

anything is a must!
paultsmouth
Bring em on !!! the Park will be rocking . With a team of players for one reason or another are looking to prove a thing or two I can see us doing one over the trotters . PUP
Harfin
cannot wait for this game, been looking forward to it since before the citeh game! we will do 'em tomorrow, i feel - crazy i know - a few goals...
pompeyrug
Come on Pompey!! Seems the park has finally sold out this season, well the Milton end certainally has...unfortunately not with me in it, first time in a few years I've not been to a home game with my family. BUT... Come on Pompey some GOOD players have signed, Brown looks a good signing for us, O'hara is a good player, what could the Prince do??? 2 up front maybe, thats been a while! I feel a win comin on!!
pompey4me
I can't wait either. Should be fantastic!
Gandor1
Really excited about tomorrow, hopefully we'll see a team play with the same attitude that left us after the AC Milan game last year. I think we've got a mid-table/upper mid-table and could have an alright midfield but I'm still worried about our lack of quality up front. I hope Utaka continues building on his performances.
stillthewhizz
My unofficial pub report; I'm staying over in town tonight and a tour of the pubs I get a really positive buzz. Attitudes in pompey pubs ate about winning tomorrow but all seem to feel this must be rewarded with actions on the pitch. Generally all feel this is Harts team, they want him to succeed and he has no excuses; people want him to win - but here's the crunch; they want it in style!
russellm
My bruv in law and I visited about 7 pubs starting in the Talbot and finishing in the wine vaults all to bring that pub feeling journalism to you! The sacrifices I made to bring that info to VP.
russellm
Russellm .. On behalf of all at Vit\l Pompey .. I thank you .. The sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.. if you add the Connaught to your list Saturday lunchtime I'll buy ya a pint !
Chix
Up the Pompei.... NoT!
JT_daniel
Hey, JT, I'm taking offence, now.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Just hope the expectations can be met. Remember these players have very little or no team games together. Bolton are a team familiar with each other. Just hope it doesn't go flat.
storagematt
It will be anything but flat Matt, too many of our players will be up for it. Hope so anyway.
Gandor1
no utaka in the squad?
pompeycarpet
james, borre, kaboul, ben haim, belhadj, mokeona, beotang, o'hara, brown, smith, piq.
footy_fans
1-1
footy_fans
1-2 Matty taylor with a penalty. belhadj poor defending gives away a penalty, also, ben haim is involved somehow>->
footy_fans
Belhadj looks really poor defensively and going forward, but we do look dangerous on set pieces. That's the biggest up-side I have seen so far as we are struggling to make anything happen offensively (we seem to panic in the final third).
pompeywa
2 each
footy_fans
2-3 with one minute of normal time left (4 added minutes)
footy_fans
FT. Pompey lose 2-3. Bolton take all 3 points, Quay reckon one was offside, but still we lost..
footy_fans
F**king S**t, Hart out, sorry the guy hasn't got a clue, belhadj can no longer be risked at leftbc he's too much of a liability. And why the hell did he bring O'Hara off when he was our most creative player putting in decent crosses, answer to try and go for the draw!!!! I knew it would backfire and we shouldn't expect anymore from him whilst he's incharge. UTTER RUBBISH!!!
moley2
Garbage...all i can think to say of the way the game panned out. Had lots of opportunities to put Bolton under duress and never looked entirely convincing Thought that the outside backs were both exposed way too many times, at fault for one goal each, O'Hara and Boateng were promising but Tommy Smith doesn't look up to playing at this level.
pompeywa
Normally I wouldn't agree with you moley, but it has come to that point. We don't look promising going forward or solid at the back, I am not exactly sure what he is bringing to the table.
pompeywa
just got back from the game, and i have to say i agree 110% with moley. If he keeps going the way he is, we are royally ****ed. Im sure, among other supporters, i'd be upset if Hart is still in charge by christmas. We still don't have an Assistant Manager do we?! Absolute ****ing joke. COME ON!! NEEDS SORTING OUT, CLEARLY. pup
.Andrew.
Normally I wouldn't say it pompeywa, it has just got to that point where the club needs someone who's more creative with the play otherwise we're going to be seeing alot more of what happened today. If we're gonna go down, which I really hope we don't, then I'd rather it was by playing attacking football with atleast 2 upfront at home. Why not play Utaka and freddy up there, they both have bags of pace to atleast un settle defenders and would probably score or win penalties from it. My problem with Hart now is that I just don't see him doing that so I would rather have a manager who will play 442.
moley2
I fully agree, and the worst part about it is while I do feel we had an inadequate squad in the first couple of games the one we played today had more than enough quality to tear apart a very below average Bolton side. That said we should have been able to win against both Birmingham and Fulham. I can't think of any excuse not to play a 4-4-2 today or a 4-5-1 that flexes into a 4-3-3. Tactically inept and obviously his "success" last season was more based on Kidd than himself.
pompeywa
Oh dear - I don't know what to say. That was dreadful - where do we go from here?
Gandor1
I agree pompeywa, who was always on the touchline barking orders? Brian Kidd, never Hart he just sat there and took the plaudits if we won and when we stayed up. I've just said to a mate that our squad isn't as bad as people such as the sky sports news panel would have you beleive it's just how they are being organised. Of course it's nothing like the squad we had a few months ago but it's not the worst in the league either. I give Hart no more than 3 more games! I worry if we have a tranfer budget in jan and Hart is still here then he'll end up signing Steve Claridge on a 4 year contract and rave on about how he wanted him when at Forest!!!
moley2
Yeah, I actually don't think we have that bad of a squad right now. It is better than the squad that we had when we first came up, for example. And we also know that Bolton, Birmingham, Wolves, Burnley and perhaps a couple of others have worse squads then our own. Maybe Paul Hart does good training sessions, and has good organization outside of game days but the fact of the matter is that he is not a game day manager. He desperately has needed an assistant all season, it was a mistake making him permanent, he should be interim then back down to academy manager.
pompeywa
What the hell is going on with that midfield? How many central midfielders are we playing? And don't tell me any of them were wingers because that was down to our strikers Smith & Piquionne, who were out on the right and left respectively. You can see there is the basis of a side to be had out of these players but Hart just doesn't seem to get the system right. We have to hope and pray that Dindane is the real deal or else we're in real trouble.
stillthewhizz
im still in the pub and universal feeling is the ref made a cock up but not before our manager made a compltet fuq up! apparently ( i didnt hear being in the talbot) he when asked by the quay changed his reasoning on the Ohara sub, 1st saying it was tactical not wanting to let a goal in then aid the boy was tired; the kid looked fine to me. alsso some are saying Hart was abusive to fans but i didnt hear that from the nth stand either. sorry if my iphone cant spell
russellm
abussive to fans? i couldnt say - and whilst it is not on at the same time there are only so many times you can be called a ******** *****er etc. by these so fans, at the end of the day if you cannot take it you should not dish it out...
tend to agree that we have the basis of a 'decent' side, but the balance was nowhere near right - we attacked better today but had no width at all, as usual it seemed the guys that you want putting the balls away are supplying the crosses...
as far as sacking hart goes, who exactly is going to come in and replace him? answer me this and then i could see the sense in sacking him... clearly tho we cannot let this go on forever!
pompeyrug
And that Rug is an Oxymoron. We can't let him stay in charge and yet no one on no money will take us on...Also it can't be good for moral; getting rid of Hart, and neither can Hart staying on!
pentonpompey
Management needs a change, players are good enough to keep us up. i actually feel sorry for the players..
footy_fans
I say bring in Steve Coppell or Avram Grant. 2 completely different managers, that i think could both do a great job. O'hara being taken off today was just foolish.
.Andrew.
For a bunch of blokes that have barely had a chance to even learn each other's names, I honestly think that they showed promise. They had the confidence to play a load of first touch football, stormed forward (do you even understand what either of those things means, Mullins??) although of course without the experience to anticipate each other's style of play, this often left us a bit vulnerable at the back. The main thing is that to turn players into a team you need a top manager. We haven't got one. We must get one soon. I saw some really exciting stuff at the Park today and good to see VDB bedding in a bit better but giving these men to Hart is like taking them to Beachy Head and chucking them off. At least these guys wearing the shirts that belong morally to all us fans actually played as if they were TRYING and that's all I ask, really.
hammersmithblue
Well said HSB. After my initial disappointment, I realise that what you are saying is true. They never stopped running for us.
Gandor1
 

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