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Pompey v Bristol City

Bristol City




Two teams at the wrong end of the table do battle again; similarities to the game on Friday can be drawn although the same outcome, at least as the scoreline goes anyway, 'probably', is unlikely, right?

Vital Quotes:

That first league win of the season, a first league win for what seems an age, is - it has to be surely? - a monkey off our back although it is vital that we build on this and a defeat would undo all that good work...

I think expecting a victory, even though in many ways we almost should when it comes to home games - at least expect not to lose, is a bit much but a certain level of expectancy would only be natural. Building on that fantastic win on Friday with another tonight will not only help the confidence even more and see us climb the table once again it will start to put a few more bricks up as 'Fortress Fratton' is rebuilt!

Pompey Team News:

Richard Hughes - suspension - is out again. As harsh as it sounds I am not convinced that this is a bad thing.

Hayden Mullins is 'doubtful' though as he picked up an injury on Friday. Matt Ritchie - concussion - missed Friday but will hopefully be back.

Player to watch: John Utaka

Plenty of people could have been selected but I, and it even surprised me when his name popped into my head, have gone for Utaka.

He has started to cause defenders trouble and his pace, and lets face it - when he wants - ability 'should' be doing this at this level, in fact most levels. He has also started taking more interest in his defensive duties and if we get from him what we did against Sheffield United and Leicester we 'might' even see him get a goal that I think he deserves.

Bristol City Team News:

Steven Caulker signed on loan from Spurs this week and could come straight in to make his debut.

Player to watch: David James

There is no way that any other player would have been selected - Jamo is an icon and we get the chance to say 'goodbye' to him when we could not previously, although I of course hope that we crack a few past him and as much as I would not wish it on him if he dropped a clanger then you have to take what you can get!

Match Facts & Stats

In 48 previous meetings in total Bristol City hold a 20-12 lead, with 16 draws. At Fratton its tied 7-7 lead with 10 draws.

The last meeting came in the FA cup the other year, we were held to a draw at Fratton but won the replay where we put in some of the best counter attacking play that I think I have ever seen us produce.

We last met in the league in the old 1st division, now championship of course, in the 1998/99 season at Fratton when we lost 1-0 - you have to go back to an old 2nd division meeting in the 1991/92 season to find our last league win against them, this was at Fratton when we won 1-0.

Ref Watch:

Serge Pizzornio.

Match Prediction:

We have a chance to really get our season up and running, but will we?

Hedge your bets in the predictions league here.

Next Fixtures:

After this game it is away to Boro at the weekend then we go into another international break.


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Date:Tuesday September 28 2010
Time: 10:15AM


We can't defend so I can you lot winning by at least 2, barring more David James heroics!
28/09/2010 10:33:00
PS - is that Serge from Kasabian reffing tonight?!
28/09/2010 11:08:00
yep, paultsmouth - who usually does the previews - told me he was the ref but couldnt do the game friday as he is a leicester fan :-)
28/09/2010 11:35:00
I hope Utaka starts up front with Kitson. I have always heralded Utak's, if he worked hard, he would be a class apart. Far better than Nuggat. How the hell did Nugg win m.o.m.????? The fact he earns 25k a week is testament to the fact you can be a lucky man to play pro football. But it is like the other plums wee have, Hughes, Donko, Muggins and Ashdown. How p**s poor is Ashdown! His decision making, starting position, crosses......., I thought Alan Knight was bad at crosses, but gee, Ashdown is worse. At least Knighty was a quality shot stopper. Please SC, do not be a part of the plum club tonight. Read more:
28/09/2010 16:28:00
After we beat Reading 7-4 we went six home games without scoring so lest hope for no repeat.
28/09/2010 17:00:00
Sometimes a goal can kick start a player and his confidence comes flooding back. Utaka to score your first and you to put two or three past your old friend James.
SFC Forever
28/09/2010 17:25:00
eat your words, verucca!! soooooooooooo opinionated!! and wrong! seems like two of your plums helped save the day........ expect you are one of those still sad to see James letting goals in despite the fact they were ours! what a team performance!! 3-1 well done boys.............the second of many more wins to come!!!
28/09/2010 22:50:00
Oh dear, "wowee", another plum. Go play with Hughes and nuggat, they have your crayons. Well done Pompey, Cotterill seems to be making me eat my words. I admit I have been sceptical, but well done SC for 2 great results. Big test saturday against boro. Utaka is superb at the mo, Lawrence is great too. What a difference Rocha makes at the back.
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