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Cov vs. Pompey

Rico Suave stadium

12/1/10

19:45

On Sky

Cov v Pompey

Pompey make the trip to the Midlands to take on Coventry after failing to see off the Championship side at Fratton 10 days ago, Villa are very genourously letting us train there in preperation.

Vital Quotes:

Something must have gone wrong somewhere in Medialand, Pompey are due to play a match and no new financial bombshells have been unearthed!

Avram garant is very aware of the threat proved by a Coventry side who have silently crept up the Championship table under Chris Coleman, Saturday saw them see of Barnsley 3-1 in a rare fixture amongst the blizzards, he spoke to press and said 'This is the FA Cup and anything can happen in a one-off game - just look at Leeds winning at Manchester United.

'I was very impressed with Coventry. They are well organised and caused us problems.

'They are on a good run of form and will fancy their chances in front of their own fans.

'But we need to concentrate on our game and make sure we perform to the best of our ability on the night.

'I am confident that we have the quality in the team to get the result and move into the next round of the competition.''

Cov Team News:

Gunarsson is a slight doubt after limping off with a dead leg in Satrurdays win, while Kieran Westwood has returned between the lolly sticks after limping out of Pompey's first encounter.

Player to watch: Westwood

Not Pompey's bell ringer, but the 'keeper who along with Konstantopoulos kept Pompey at bay at Fratton.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey are without there African contingent, but Richard Hughes is expected to have shaken off his hamstring tweak, while there is a rumour that David James may be fit! But will he replace an in-form Begovic?
Danny Webber is pushing for a rare outing up front with Piquionne.

Player to watch: Boateng

Our German/Ghanaian international is our talisman, another good one please Buster.

Match Facts & Stats

1-1 at Fratton, Boateng cancelling out Bell's opener.

Ref Watch:

James Newell Osterberg, Jr.

Next Fixtures:

Brum at home




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 11 2010

Time: 8:03PM

Your Comments

After all the off field rubbish, its nice to have a match to look forward to. Not going to be able to make it up there, but I am really looking forward to getting home from work, kicking up my heels with a pizza and a tin of Fosters and watching the Pompey game on the telly. (Its on ITV4 in case anyone doesn't know).
tracyc
if ken can get off his drive tomorrow then we will be there, if not i will watch it here at my brothers on the box - so, win win either way as far as watching goes, altho you can NEVER beat being there can you...
pompeyrug
Hope Coventry beat you lot as it means an easier travel to their ground for the next round!
GazJohnson
Oh Hell, big day tomorrow then? Bills paid, embargo lifted AND
gandor1
(sorry) we beat Coventry! Yippeee! (My cat is trying to type).
gandor1
I've heard some bad news, Portsmouth in financial meltdown? No! Chris the taffy prat Coleman fibbing off against Pompey like he did when he was in a big league? No! Much worse - our new reporter Axe a story Mokoena is fit to play! We are stuffed. Speking of gobbing off hope James doesn't get picked over Begovic; that wouldn't be fair!
russellm
i like webber, and up top with freddy might work..utaka will probably start..he must do something soon. back four should be the same i rekon
plymouth graham
Time to put things off the pitch if just for a few hours. Will be glued to ITV4 with a bottle of red. Here's hoping to a good win & some warm cheer in these very cold times.
storagematt
kaboul not playing. why do i take that as very very bad news. for more than just tonight... also, Sowah on the bench. who?
pompeycarpet
Mokeona plays, which is bad news, even worse he replaces Kaboul. Have we sold Kaboul. Begovic in goal, no Steve Finnan, who wants to leave anyway. A very youthful bench. Sign of the times!!!
storagematt
Anyone else around?
pentonpompey
The Quay said Kaboul has an "infected big toe". When Matty Taylor left it was called a backache. Don't know if Jamo is not ready yet, or is being not-cup tied - but happy to see Big Beg in goal anyway. We only have 6 on the bench - don't we have a youth team to choose from? Mokoena playing is bad news though.
tracyc
Glad i've got plenty of beer in; I might need it!!!
pentonpompey
Thats 3 times now they've said it wouldn't be a shock if Pompey get beaten! Enough already, its got annoying now.
tracyc
I've not heard one positive statement about us all day...I am very very tired of the whole thing!
pentonpompey
Corny here....not feeling too good tonight, got an infected big toe!
cornypomp
i'll say it now...We're on a hiding to nothing tonight. can't pass, no shape, can't keep the ball, first touch awful...apart from that...ok ;-)
pentonpompey
Hi Corny, i've got infected ears from all the ship i've heard today!
pentonpompey
2 corners.....we're all over em!
cornypomp
The most positive thing I've heard about Pompey today was Chris Coleman's pre-match interview!
tracyc
Hi Penton....tomorrow's the day we'll know what the tossers at the EPL have in store for us
cornypomp
I don't believe they just said that!..."it's far from hopeless for Pompey, only 4pts from safety"...Jeez someone has actually had a look at the table and not just the balance sheet!
pentonpompey
Who's that next to Storrie and Jacob? Looked like Michael McIntyre. But then I guess the current board are a bunch of comedians!
tracyc
I guess you guys are watching the TV?
cornypomp
Tracy; you're right about Colemans interview< at least he was complimentary!
pentonpompey
Oh Flux
pentonpompey
Oh for FFS!
tracyc
What a goal!!!!!!
pentonpompey
One down...grrrrrrrrr....*********
cornypomp
Can see the protest going ahead Saturday sadly at this rate!
pentonpompey
Lets be fair! the side we put out tonight would struggle in the fizzy, Birmingham are going to murder us!!...That's not sour grapes it's reality!
pentonpompey
The Prince and Freddie look to be elsewhere tonight...Prince looks totally peed off!
pentonpompey
Oh how i wish I could argue with that comment, Penton, but I've got nothing . . .
tracyc
It's sad to see us struggling like this....feels like we're second best. Still, keep the faith eh!
cornypomp
I'm trying Corny...Honestly i am! but Mother Threasa would struggle to keep faith here
pentonpompey
I wonder if Rug & Ken made it to the game - Rug's not here, so I guess he's there?
tracyc
In fairness...Both teams are poor!!...It's a very poor game.
pentonpompey
When they've shown the crowd Tracy ive been looking but no luck as yet
pentonpompey
Oh handbags! Boatengs not going to be sent off is he?
tracyc
Ah - no, thats OK then.
tracyc
Rug is there.
eastneydave
Diop the wardrobe....more like a a bloody vanity unit!!!!
cornypomp
My optimistic assessment; Defence in disarray!, midfield lost! Toothless up front! and NO-ONE looks up for tonight! Sort it out Avram!!!!!!
pentonpompey
I wonder if pressing 'refresh, after posting means you post again?
tracyc
Evening Dave
pentonpompey
Shoot that was close!!!!
pentonpompey
No - obviously not. where did they get 4 minutes from?
tracyc
Is my assessment far off folks?
pentonpompey
Basinas must give us something else....And God forbid even bloody Utaka!!!
pentonpompey
Boy am I glad I didn't go! I remember when watching Pompey play was an enjoyable experience. C'mon Pompey!
tracyc
Pretty spot on Penton....no width, trying to play through the middle to an isolated Freddy. Go 442 for FSake. Our mid field is dire....need a beer.
cornypomp
Evening Penton - just popping out but thought I would say hello to all. Prince v Cov at the moment.
eastneydave
Evening Dave, think you've got it just about right there....Prince goes SOLO!!!!!
cornypomp
This is not how you play when you want to pull off a great escape. There's just not enough ooomph.
tracyc
Jeez! we get more atmosphere at Whitchurch United in the Wessex League on a Tuesday!
pentonpompey
I told you the Prince wasn't up for this!!
pentonpompey
The Prince seems to be carrying a knock. and as he's the only player we've got, it seems, up for it or not, that's a worry.
tracyc
What is it with Boetang tonight? fine when he's doing ok, lose the ball and he's either sulking or limping!!
pentonpompey
Prince limped off and Utaka on. Groan!
tracyc
Bring on Utaka....he'll save us. Get Diop off, the blokes a waste of space....Who the F*** is in charge?
cornypomp
Is the worst thing that could happen now for this sorry spectacle to drag on into extra time?
tracyc
Basinas?!?!
tracyc
we've actually been looking a bit brighter since Utaka came on.
tracyc
Come on Pompey let's get something out of this...
cornypomp
We do look at least like we can pass the ball more than once! at least Westwood is keeping that bloody bell going!!!!!
pentonpompey
Where's the master tactician everybody was praising a few weeks back?
PFCblue
Blue - that was when he had a few more options.
tracyc
Sat on his boat in Falmouth.....Blue!!
cornypomp
We look much better now...Thank the Lord!
pentonpompey
Evening Blue
pentonpompey
Hope it's well stocked Corny. Have you been snowed in?
PFCblue
Nah.....snow's gone down here Blue. Just blowing a gale. Come on Pompey....
cornypomp
Evening Penton. Your comment above - we did that, once.
PFCblue
C'mon Pompey - we can get something here!
tracyc
Damn! Just lost my connection to FoxSports vis P2P4U. I bet we'll score 2 goals now.
PFCblue
Time is ticking away.....get shot of Diop in this window for sure.
cornypomp
Hahaha Blue you are sooooo right!
pentonpompey
Blue...I bet we don't! and Corny i so agree with that...For a man 6'5" he spends alot of time on his arse!
pentonpompey
It's back, but not the 2 goals. In fact with that chance we should be 2 down.
PFCblue
He should have been subbed in the first half, waste of space.
cornypomp
OH YES!!! Own goal - who cares?
tracyc
1-1 own goal PUP
PFCblue
Holy Moses....there is a GOD....I'm a believer!!!!!
cornypomp
Get in!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
I take back what I said about extra time before!
tracyc
What pathetic defending - and not an attacker in sight!
PFCblue
Oh! Almost at the last there!
tracyc
What a shower of poop!
pentonpompey
The thing about Diop is he was actually getting pretty good before he got injured. Hasn't got it back though. If I want to try to be nice to him I'd say maybe he needs a few more games?
tracyc
For all you doubters of UTAKA. He changed the game when he came on, as too has Basinas. Quality footballers! We will go on to win this now! Give the ball players a chance FFS!
veccccio
How much of that beer have you got through Penton?
PFCblue
Vecccio, lets be fair! i would make a difference against this shower! If they were in the Prem we'd be off the bottom that's for sure!
pentonpompey
He's laid out on the floor at the moment Blue.....
cornypomp
Lots Blue! i'm now on a chaser as well!!!
pentonpompey
Hope this doesn't go to penalties, I've just remembered our track record at taking them!
tracyc
What odds penalties???
pentonpompey
Ha ha ha, ur right I think Penton
veccccio
Lovely cross in from Basinas! he sure can cross a ball!
pentonpompey
Basinas is gonna get 45 minutes in....bet he wasn't reckoning on that.
cornypomp
How many times has bloody Freddy been off-side
cornypomp
The fans there are vociferous and behind the team as usual - even when we were losing.
PFCblue
He'll be after a bonus!
pentonpompey
What a cracking own goal that was!
tracyc
At least when they're caught offside it means they're on the attack.
tracyc
god this is painful! we are looking better now though
nodster
That's true Tracy! even if it's coming to nothing, it's progress!
pentonpompey
oh!
tracyc
i rekon the only way were gonna score is another own goal
nodster
what was the last outcome of a pompey penalty shoot out?
nodster
Why did Webber go inside??
pentonpompey
What was the outcome of Avram Grant's last penalty shoot out? (Oh Utaka!)
tracyc
Utaka you Topper!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
Oh Utaka...Oh Utaka....
cornypomp
They've got to make this pressure count.
PFCblue
Is that why Basinas doesnt play?
tracyc
Come on Pompey last gasp YEsssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
cornypomp
Oh yes yes yes! Mokoena - whod have thought it!
tracyc
You beauties
PFCblue
Moka?????????????????????????/what's happened????????????
cornypomp
GET IN!!!!!!!!!!
pentonpompey
haha yes! the smallest man on the pitch! thats why hes called the axe!
nodster
Bring on Sunderland!
tracyc
I've always said Moka was underated......hee....hee....
cornypomp
Halfway there with my predictions. 2-1 this match, 1-0 against Sunderland ;-)
PFCblue
Phew!!!! That was fricking awful!!!!!!
pentonpompey
Some of you clearly know nothing about football or footballers. If any of you do not recognise that Utaka and Basinas are ball playing footballers then you want your backsides kicking. I hope Utaka and Basinas get the chance to prove themselves, but knowing some of you, I can't see you will give them credit!
veccccio
Well let's hope we don't make it as hard work as this match Blue....I'm worn out.
cornypomp
You even had the experts saying that the subs changed the game! Played in their respective positions, as they were, they caused all sorts of problems. A run of matches and they will make a big impact, sharper finishing and crisper more precise passing. But hey, you all know everything.........lets stick with Hughes and Mullins, 1 up front and a 1 disfunctional 4-5-1. That will make some of you happy.
veccccio
utaka was brilliant - as he should always be if he could be bothered. it's just a shame that it's rare he bothers turning up... but today, he was fantastic.
pompeycarpet
i felt we were awful, i had to eat my hat when AM scored at the death, having slagged him through out.i feel Angelos deserves a chance and Utaka on his day can be excellent....its just that day is abut once a season
plymouth graham
Vecccio! if you look back on this thread to halftime, you'll see i say about bringing on Basinas and God forbid UTAKA!
pentonpompey
Oh and Ps. Carps...Brilliant is not exactly the word i would use for Utaka's performance tonight. Making more of an effort would sum it up nicely i think! and so it bloody should for what he's taken out of the club since he joined!!!!!!
pentonpompey
Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
veccccio
I have always thought Basinas was wasted. If we are playing Mullins and Hughes surely it's worth playing Basinas for 60 mins or so as he's the only midfielder we've got apart now O'Hara has gone who knows how to control midfield...he can't always manage to control it and he may be a bit off the pace but at least he knows how to do it.
hammersmithblue
Basinas made all the difference is passing ability is second to none and he is aware as to where his colleagues are. Must play more often. What a great get out of jail card play that was.
eastneydave
Well said,the obviously very knowledgable eastney dave and hammersmith! Dont forget Utaka guys though ok. He was given man of the match!
veccccio
 

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