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Pompey v Lupines

Wolves
vs.
Pompey

Molineux

3/10/09

15:00

Did anyone ever read Peter Nash's Striker in 'the Sun'?
For those that did, it finished suddenly because the writer was lost for creative inspiration, he felt his storylines were getting a bit at far out.
Well Nashie my old son, you should of looked no further than Fratton park, swap Warbury for Pompey and you had cartoon gold!
I do wonder if this was the route Striker was taking, the last we saw of it a rich arab was arriving to buy a club on its knees after being run into the ground by a former owner, sound familiar?

Anyway, apart from the latest episode of Frattonenders, Pompey were looking to build on a much improved performance against Everton, the passion and endeavour were there, the finish and ultimately luck, were not.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Hart and Peter Storrie have both spoken of being 'firefighters' this week, a nice analogy, a one if it were to be true would see Fratton ablaze.
Just when you think Pompey have turned a corner, another chapter opens up and Pompey indulge in another dip on a footballing rollercoaster.

Mick McCarthy doesn't have all the off-field drama to contend with, but he has noted that the match is an early six-pointer, both teams recognising their situations in the Premier league.

Wolves Team News:

Castillo popped a hamstring in last weeks thumping by Sunderland a should be replaced by Kightly.
Doyle will be on the wing to highlight what Pompey could of had if they had more than 2' and 6 to rub together.
Iwelumo may return to the squad after injury to boost the attacking options.

Player to watch: Mancienne

The on-loan Chelsea man is seen as one of England's greatest defending prospects, Pompey will need to find a way past him to register a first point.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will probably look no further than the team that performed admirably, although fruitlessly last week.
The most at risk must be Mokoena, Yebeda is pushing hard for his spot, and Hart may well go for his greater power in the centre.
Piquionne was dumped from the squad last week, but 2 goals in a midweek reserve outing should at least see him make the bench.

Player to watch: Boateng

Spurs fans will wonder what all the fuss is about, but the Prince has a looked a great prospect so far and Pompey will be looking to him to inspire us.

Match Facts & Stats

It's 5 years since we've met, but 6 and a half since a goal between these 2 old stalwarts of the second tier of football.

Ref Watch:

Cathal Smythe

Match Prediction:

You have to go back to 1997 with a Paul Hall goal to find the last time Pompey won at Wolves, how do you think we will fare today? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Spurs at Fratton in two weeks, will floppy chops be there?


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Saturday October 3 2009
Time: 9:18AM

Comments

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Bloody good article Paul. Anybody else noticed that Mr Storrie; who has been complaining about the owner not using the official site; seems to have developed a hot line to ESPN recently? Has anybody wondered why the man who last week " runs the club on the day to day basis" was shocked that money hadn't arrived in time to make payment? I did some checking on this and pay companies need confirmation from a finance house 24 hrs in advance to make payment; so Teflon Pete must have known in advance so why didn't he let the news out in a controlled manner? My mistake he did! In an exclusive leak to the mail and ESPN. We probably need a new owner and I would suggest a new chairman. I am 70 down but have just put a tenner on us to win! LoL perhapse I should have lent it to SAF
russellm
03/10/2009 10:28:00
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I starting to think that all the adversity might somehow galvanise Pompey, I really think we can pinch it today
paultsmouth
03/10/2009 10:54:00
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I think you're right Paul, and there's a strong away crowd to cheer them on.
tracyc
03/10/2009 12:42:00
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Mancienne is very overrated.. Very.
footy_fans
03/10/2009 12:46:00
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