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Fulham vs. Potless Pompey

Craven cottage

3/2/10

19:45

Fulham v Pompey

Pompey make what is quite a short trip for them to Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side in a mini form loss patch.

Vital Quotes:

Not far to travel, just as well really, you know what Pompey are like at paying bills right now, and that is the only issue you can find about Pompey right now.
The papers don't mention the football anymore, the football hour on the Quay don't talk about football anymore, in fact I don't talk about football anymore! Just bloody debt!

The only quotes you will get out of Avram Grant right now are ones explaining his disgust and despondency over promises made to him when he decided to step into the miracle worker shoes, the transfer window was only available to him for 4 or 5 days, and even then he could only tempt in a couple of loanees, everyone else ran scared of a club bottom of the league, and bottom of the credit ratings.

Fulham Team News:

Fulham are in the middle of an injury crisis, Shorey and Okaka may have been bought in to bulk up the numbers, but this has been tempered by injuries to Gera, Johnson, Konchesky, Davis, Dempsey and Pantsil, all would have played some part normally and will be missed.

Player to watch: Zamora

I don't think he has had a goalscoring run like this year since his Brighton days, but ever since the Fulham faithful turned on him a little the goals started to flow again. 11 so far, and with second top scorer Dempsey the onus will be on him.

Potless Pompey Team News:

Pompey have had the heart ripped out of their defence with both Kaboul and Begovic departing last week, James has stepped back in between the posts, but only last week Bego was having his best game for Pompey, Ben Haim has replaced Kaboul, but the fan's favourite will take some replacing.

Pompey are boosted somewhat by a return of their African contingent, Belhadj may step straight back in along with Yebda, while Dindane has also returned after appearing to be in the departure lounge.
Brown is joined in the physio's room by Hreidarsson after his achilles injury.

Player to watch: Boateng

He is the last of our 'stars' and to be honest has played quite pony so far this year, needs to start putting in some improvement now he knows he is here until May.

Match Facts & Stats

Zamora scored with arse at Fratton to give us out first defeat in a run of 7.

Ref Watch:

Daniel Azougy (why not? seems to have a hand in everything we do these days)

Match Prediction:

How about a lovely win to cheer us up Pompey? Anyone agree? If so say so here.

Next Fixtures:

A trip up North somewhere inhospitable.




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 2 2010

Time: 10:03PM

Your Comments

we couldnt beat Balham nevermind Fulham !
southportpompey
Reckon you loved Bego more than he loved you judging by his decision!!!! also, if you watch back all the recent matches he wasn't that perfect.................................., unless we can start scoring goals it would seem irrelevant ! still with the current standard of stadium and facilities Pompey will fit better in the Championship anyway Pi>>ed off alias
woweepompey
Nor was jamo, mind not in it and still flapping. Great chance to close some ground this game
russellm
I have every confidence that we can beat Fulham tomorow night. The only real deficit we have is Kaboul is gone. Jamo will cover the loss of Begovic. Most of our African players are back and so is Jamie. So its onwards and upwards and thank the lord for Avram Grant who has not deserted us when many would not blame him for doing so. We don't have much to be thankful for, but we are not down and out yet. So come on, AG is showing us how it should be done - lets follow his example and support our team. PUP!
gandor1
Well providing we survive going into administration, we have to hope we can get a point tonight. Must take the chances that come our way. We have to score because we will probably concede.
storagematt
james,borre,wilson,benhaim,belhadj,utaka,basinas,yebda,ohara, prince,freddy. would go 4,4,2 but think it will be 4,5,1 utaka right and prince left.. subs;ashdown,finnan,dindane,mullins,webber,quincy.
pompeyhussler
What about Rocha Hussler?
PFCblue
I don't think taht Rocha can play tonight. He is still not a Portsmouth player. Maybe for next game, we ll have him and Tosic as well...
Pompey Malta
He's signed for 6 months PM.
PFCblue
Hope its a great game tonight - should be a good crowd, and we really need the win - not just for the points but for the morale boost as well.
tracyc
rocha aint fit yet is he not upto pace for a premiership start is he? SPOSE IT SAYS HE PLAYED 4 CHAMPIONS LEAUGE GAMES THIS SEASON....
pompeyhussler
STARTING LINEUP: james,finnan,benhaim,wilson,belhadj,yebda,basinas,ohara,prince, dindane,freddy,
pompeyhussler
listening on the quay, sounds like we're dominating. fulham fans are already getting frustrated, with their players and the officials. good stuff pompey. PUP
FootyFans
Was there...they were massively weakened with their injuries, we had no real penetration up front (unlike Granty...) and were also a bit leaky at the back (mentioning no names). Belhadj should not be at left back. Can't we use VDB there? He's not the best either but less vulnerable?
hammersmithblue
Sums it all up. Avram Grants tactics ARE all wrong, going to brothels now is the plan????????
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