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Pompey vs. Burnley

Fratton

4/12/09

12:45

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Pompey v Burnley

Pompey end another turbulent week with a match at home to a side about successful away, as we are in general.
Pompey like to build up to a game by not playing the players/sacking the manager/changing hands, absolutely brilliant organisation.

Vital Quotes:

Anyone used to read Roy of the Rovers in the '80's? If you did you will be familiar with a team called Durrell's Palace, they were a skint side in a run down stadium trying to make their way, sound familiar?

Pompey tried to beat the survival drum once more after crashing out of the league cup to Villa, the drum is strarting to dull behind the off-field troubles though, it doesn't matter what the manager says, there is always a nice little bit of dirt that can drown it out, most of it Pompey's own doing.

Tomorrow's encounter has been described by Boateng as a 'must win', no doubt he has had a look at the fixtures and noticed that points look thin on the ground for a while, he has also indicated he would like to chip in with 10-12 goals, I reckon if he did he would be top scorer!

What worries me most is a little stat I throw up this time of year, every year. Pompey are awful in December, not just a theory but one that EastneyDave actually did a chart of a couple of years back, we are honestly hopeless in the Christmas month.

Pompey Team News:

Janice Kaboul is on a one match ban, this seems to hint that Vanden Borre may well come in on the right after being one of the few who did himself justice on tuesday, this would see Ben Haim switch to the centre with Wilson. Finnan is also near fitness, but I think we will go for the Belgian's more attacking instincts.
O'Hara and Boateng will step straight back in to the centre of midfield, but will Grant go all out and play 4-3-3? If so, Smith may get a recall in a three pronged attack, Pompey don't tend to keep many clean sheets, so we may as well try and outscore the opposition!

David James is another who make it, but will Grant risk him?

Player to watch: Boateng

Our starman is up for the battle, and if he wants 12 goals for the season, tomorrow is a fine place to start!

Burnley Team News:

Caldwell is on a ban after his dismissal last week, this enforces the first change in Burnley line up for 8 matches. Bikey looks favourite to drop back into defence with McDonald slipping into his spot.

David Nugent is ineligble for the game, shame, he could never score at Fratton anyway!

Player to watch: Eagles

The winger is flying at the moment, he scored last week at West Ham and will need to be closely monitored on the day.

Match Facts & Stats

The Jam were the band of the moment last time Burnley beat Pompey, we beat them in the league cup last season as well, the goalscorer on the day though will be watching from the stands, and hoping the clarets win!

Ref Watch:

Silverton Hutchison

Match Prediction:

Can Pompey give us fans some hope? or is tomorrow another nail into a rotting coffin? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Sunderland oop North




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 4 2009

Time: 8:38PM

Your Comments

The photo above is just a little reminder of the spirit we need from now on
paultsmouth
It was the season before that you beat us.Our last match against Portsmouth was in the Carling Cup competition. The match was played at Turf Moor in September 2007 and sadly for the Clarets we were knocked out losing 1-0 with the goal ironically scored by David Nugent!
turfmanphil
Did any one see the WC draw on BBC today? Immediately after the groups were announced by the horrible people, Linekar asked Motson what he thought of the teams and he mentioned that there are two Pompey players on the Algerian side. That's nice to know that you give an aging, old crusty football commentator a subject on the WC in 2010 and he talks about Portsmouth somehow.
Lysimachus
hey that'd be a first they've said something even remotely positive about us lysimachus lol
pompeym@
theirs two pompey players who play for them so thats an easy 3 points..
pompeyhussler
Better than Onion Koroman anyway.
Lysimachus
Its great that he mentened them.
PompeyFcMad
Make or break time. It's all about the Avram tomorrow. Can he cut it? He certainly came across well in his interviews today, mentioning his wealth of experience. Can he get the players in the right mindset to close a game out?
Pompeyscum
Agree Scum we need to win this one that's for sure and it is in Avrams hand to motivate the players
Chix
Jeez Paul .. You dug deep for the Ref this week.. Silverton Hutchnson indeed ... The Coventry Automtics if I'm not wrong..
Chix
I should be more confident than I am about today's game, because of everything that's gone on lately I really don't feel confident about anything anymore. But I'm really really really hoping we can win!
tracyc
I'm hoping the match today will show our desire to get out of the mess we are in. This match is more important to us than Burnley. Let's hope that a combination of Burnley's poor away record and our need to win gives us the victory we so badly want. Losing.....I can't even go there. PUP....PPU....Come on you Blues. WE AIN'T DOWN YET..
cornypomp
Paul - don't remind me of the December form figures I did a couple of year ago. It took me ages and the results were awful! Still as corny says WE AIN'T DOWN YET..well not quite.
eastneydave
If we can't beat Burnley .. We need to elect to go down before Christmas on voluntary bases - and face the "shame" of championship football
GoldenBoot
Just checked records and we got only one point on December last season and only one in January too!! Both came away from home at WBA and Spuds.
eastneydave
if we beat burnley, we could be off the bottom of the table. it's not all bad!
pompeycarpet
Just want register my full support for Avram Grant, I wanted him to be our manager since Adams was fired and I'm so happy we have this underated football guru running our team. If its not too late in Jan .. AG will bring in some real quality.
GoldenBoot
PLAY UP POMPEY!!!....Here we go!
pentonpompey
Anyone else around?
pentonpompey
Corny here Penton......listening on Quay. Can't understand KPB out on the left. We're living bloody dangerously at the moment. What is Dindane playing at?
cornypomp
Hiya corny, I'm watching on Iraqgoals, we're crap, Dindanes crap our defence is crap........
pentonpompey
Can't understand us playing 4-5-1.... today, making it too easy for Burnley's defence.
cornypomp
They have this i'm afraid, our games shot to pieces by the look of it mate!
pentonpompey
Our confidence is gone, we look frustrated, we have no shape or composure. We're not keeping hold of the ball...Apart from that it's going to plan...Ha ha
pentonpompey
Penalty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PRAY
cornypomp
Pathetic....absolutely Pathetic. It's goodnight nurse I reckon!!
cornypomp
My fricking mother could have scored that!!!!
pentonpompey
What an earth has gone wrong Penton.....this is a must win at HOME against BURNLEY FFS......not bloody Chelski!!!
cornypomp
Difference is Corny they have had 4 v.good chances, ours are snatched. They really should br up by now, forget the non existent penalty. Hermann dived!
pentonpompey
Well... Burnley must fancy their chances at the moment, and if we don't buck up Begovic will be picking one out of the back of the net....
cornypomp
Truth is Corny...WE ARE DOWN...We can't score, and we all know what happens when you struggle to do that!
pentonpompey
Roll on half time...I'm dripping in sweat at the moment, my nerves are shot.
cornypomp
Well if we can't pull this game off Penton we deserve all we get
cornypomp
Thank God for that I need a cuppa. Sounds like the crowd are booing, shows the tension.
cornypomp
Corny, i'm sorry to be so negative, But we are awful! And to think I very nearly went down today
pentonpompey
Bring back Paul Hart at least we could say we played some good stuff, first half has been awful.
Steve C
Grant has got to change things at half time, go 4-4-2 or we are screwed. God I thought Hart was crap with his tactics, what the hell is Grant playing at.
cornypomp
To be Honest Steve, I've been thinking this half, why did we get rid? I was at the Manure game, we did nothing more than PH would have done. We were pants against Villa, and today we go 4-5-1...FFS!
pentonpompey
Sorry Corny didn't read yours...Don't feel bad mate!
pentonpompey
Heres to playing better in the second half than we have done in Grant previous two games!
pentonpompey
The crowd...What there is has been fantastic!
pentonpompey
Paul Hart had the players performing well, admittedly his luck was awful but we at least looked as if we had the potential to win games.
Steve C
Thank you Begovic....thank you!!!!!
cornypomp
Good save Bego!!
pentonpompey
Kanu on.....someone to aim at least. Let's hope he can work a bit of magic. Come on Pomey....let's have yah
cornypomp
Begovic again.....the guy is keeping us in it.
cornypomp
Another good save Beggo
pentonpompey
Yes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.Yes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Yes>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>HERMAN I LOVE YOU
cornypomp
HERMAN that is.......
cornypomp
OOOOOOOOOOh you beauty Hermannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
pentonpompey
Oh.....I thought you meant me Corny!
pentonpompey
Our defense from set pieces is crap, no wonder we've shipped goals this season
pentonpompey
Get away with yah!!!!!
cornypomp
Definitely missing Kaboul......KPB missed a sitter, Kanu is the difference in this half for sure.. Just hope we don't give away a soft one now.
cornypomp
I just don't see the difference between PH and AG?! we get one and sit back!!! FFS!!!
pentonpompey
Dangerous...bloody dangerous. Inviting them on to us is crazy..
cornypomp
Mirage is there I do believe? And that is the guy I saw last week as well
pentonpompey
I take it all back.....Dindane is fantastic.....YES>>>>>>>>>>>>
cornypomp
There is a GOD!!!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
Yeah!!!! I've just been converted....lol
cornypomp
Win ugly I say...Burnley all of a sudden look beaten!
pentonpompey
Yeah....don't mind Ugly Penton...I can do ugly....
cornypomp
Thank the Lord for that Corny!...By the way are we technically off the bottom for the first time???
pentonpompey
Thank God for that.....well done you Blues..PUP We needed that Penton. Sunderland next, a point will do. Got to improve though. Maybe, just maybe there's a slim chance.
cornypomp
Hey you Blues fans......WE ARE NOT BOTTOM, SAY WE ARE NOT BOTTOM!!
pentonpompey
We do seem to have got religion all of a sudden Penton...PRAISE THE LORD!!!!! off the bottom for a couple of hours depending on the Wolves score.
cornypomp
Do you realise Penton, there's still a chance to grab a Champions League spot.
cornypomp
Do you know Corny, I'm off to get more beer, be back in a bit...I am now in a good mood!!!!
pentonpompey
what a game! what a win! bring on sunderland!!!
pompeycarpet
Yep....it's certainly raised my spirits. Just gonna nip around to the supermarket and get some beers to celebrate..PUP
cornypomp
Well - AG has 100% success in the league(if we won't count his first day of duty). It's not that bad, doesn't it?!
alonrose
It's crap from what I saw...But we were ugly and got three points!...But make no mistake, we will be murdered by anyone better, and those we have a plenty before the New Year! We will be adrift by Jan 1st!...sorry to be gloomy about a win, i'm just being a realist...Sod it i'm having another beer!
pentonpompey
Wolves 1-0 up against Bolton.....
cornypomp
Not last in the table anymore - yipi kay yay. The use of kanu exactly in the right time was brilliant and that's what win for pompey the game.
alonrose
Now it's all up to bloton and the outcome from this really far from easy december schedule.
alonrose
bolton vs wigan - draw is the better outcome.
alonrose
Manure are doing us a favour. I can't make my mind up whether I want Wolves to win draw or lose...I guess a draw is best, but we'll still be bottom.
pentonpompey
*wolves
alonrose
I reckon a draw would be best Penton...but Wolves are 1-0 up at the moment....difficult one.
cornypomp
I definatly don't want wolves to win. if they lose, it's a confidence boast for the team, as we won't be bottom of the table! But if they draw, that's less points for our rivals.
pompeycarpet
I definatly don't want wolves to win. if they lose, it's a confidence boast for the team, as we won't be bottom of the table! But if they draw, that's less points for our rivals.
pompeycarpet
I'm not sure what I want for the best...................Just everyone except us to lose every week...Can that happen?
pentonpompey
If things stay as they are...Bolton are 2 points above with a game in hand and Wolves will be 3 points above, same games played.
cornypomp
That's stuffed it Wolves 2-0 now....
cornypomp
Yep thats us bottom again!...Oh balls! the same happened when we beat Wigan, I thought we were off the bottom only for results to go against us! Do you know? I can see Megson going.
pentonpompey
Well Man U have stuffed WH anyway...so that holds them down. We're still 4 points off safety though. God! this gonna be tough.
cornypomp
Yeah....I reckon you could be right about Megson...Bolton, another team who seem to have fallen apart this season
cornypomp
Not all bad - if wolves win, so bolton lose points. Birmingham leads against wigan. aston villa beat hull. manu beat the ham. so pompey did today, anyway what so ever huge step upwards. if pompey will win in the next game, so we're back on track.
alonrose
penton and corny thanks for keeping yourselves entertained this afternoon - it was better than the game believe me!!
eastneydave
Well I must admit Dave, the first half sounded dire. I was on the point of slitting my throat. Still 3 points and back to within 4 of safety although still propping up the table....could have been a lot worse PUP
cornypomp
 

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