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Pompey in Fratton farewell for season

Pompey
vs.
Norwich

Fratton park

2/5/11

19:45

On Sky

It's ta-ta to football at Fratton until August, and maybe farewell to a fair few players as well, 6 loan spells have come to a close, as well as a fair few contracts winding up, just who will return in the autumn?

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For Pompey the summer holidays may as well start today, Norwich on the other hand are pushing Cardiff hard for the last promotion spot behing already promoted QPR, points deduction permitting of course!

Pompey are still without new owners as the CSI takeover rumbles on, 2 three day weeks will hardly have helped any paperwork however, so maybe more to come from that department. Graham Farmer's community trust proposal is waiting in the wings if anything falls through, a comforting thought to those who have conversed with him in the forums, he at least is a Pompey fan through and through.

The match will mark a significant moment for the home fans, we witnessed one side completly dismantle a year a go, Steve Cotterill has worked wonders in the meantime with whatever he could get at his disposal, 6 of the players he has bought in will now return to their parent clubs, Halford, de Leat and Hogg have all been big hits at Fratton, Dickinson, Sonko and Cotterill have all had their moments, but in all honestly have probably not hit the heights they would have hoped for.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will close out the season much like they started it, threadbare.
Liam Lawrence is out with a calf injury as is Kitson with a damaged rib, de Laet may be denied a chance to say goodbye to the Fratton fans, again with a sore calf, and Joel Ward is struggling with the same problem.

David Nugent may be making his last appearance in an up and down Fratton stay, he is one of the contracts up at the end of the season, his reaction at the end may speak volumes.
Hreidarsson is another with a contract expiring, he would hope to have done enough to earn another one though, likewise Danny Webber as he has proved lively in his few cameos, a goal would no doubt boost this chances.

Player to watch: Nugent

Had a rollercoaster ride with the Fratton faithfull, his efffort and workrate were never in doubt though, he is capable of some fantastic strikes but has often been let down by lack of composure when found with time to pick his spot.

Norwich Team News:

Norwich are on the brink of a return to the Premiership, their main concern will be Zak Whitbread who limped out at Derby last week, they have also lost Sam Vokes back to Wolves but have Chris Martin vying for a chance to dislodge in form Jackson and captain Holt.

Player to watch: Simeon Jackson

He has scored 2 hat-tricks in a month to push Norwich onwards, he is obviously high on confidence.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey won the reverse fixture 2-0 back in December when we were on a great run, since then our fortunes have slipped slightly while Norwich have made a fine finish to the season, our last defeat at Carrow road was a 1-0 defeat in our promotion season, but we have only played once more since that day 9 years ago!

Ref Watch:

Poly Styrene

Match Prediction:

USPompey fan now has a hat-trick of prediction titles, 3rd and 4th are still acheivable though, so place your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

Scunny in the last of the season


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Monday May 2 2011
Time: 11:44AM

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Comments

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I was saddened to hear about the ref. One of my all-time favourite albums. RIP
wellyit
02/05/2011 11:58:00
0
It is very rare you want to see Pompey lose, but I would quite happily do so today. A Norwich win would give them promotion and for 101 reasons, that would do me over Cardiff. I have a problem with Welsh clubs & would hope neither get into the prem. My brother has made Norwich his home so I would miss the excuse to visit & take in Pompey's away game as I did last December & on a few other occasions. Play up Canaries & fly into the prem.
storagematt
02/05/2011 12:10:00
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Thanks fir the ride again this season PUP
MickTait
02/05/2011 13:23:00
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well i have a celtic bias and woild love to see both Taffs in the prem...Well i have been listening to argyle on the local radio today having earlier been unable to resist bellowing the chimes out of car window at the stripers waling to home park...much top the annoyance of my missus and daughter... Sadly they clinched promotion which means i definately wantBournemouth to win the playoffs now.. tonight i am out fro my daughters 18th B/day family meal, so will catch the game a little later at my mates who has sky.. Cardiff 3 down to boro as i wright
plymouth graham
02/05/2011 17:42:00
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Nice tribute to the Ref, who can forget those teeth and fabulous lyrics. Summit loijke. He's a germ free adolescent Cleanliness is her obsession Cleans her teeth ten times a day Scrub away scrub away scrub away The S.R. AWAY... well that's as I seem to remember. bye bye Poly. Anyway im watching the game in France and I've come to the conclusions, Pompey are dirty, Mok the Weak is mentally deficient and Cot is a bit numpty. I don't count this season but for me Cot has got 6 games grace for the start of next season to prove his worth.
russellm
02/05/2011 20:26:00
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"Graham Farmer's community trust proposal is waiting in the wings if anything falls through".... have i missed something, being down in devon, i know nothing about this
plymouth graham
02/05/2011 22:19:00
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Check out the forums PG, FACT has said so himself! In the Takeover thread
paultsmouth
03/05/2011 07:24:00
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Good luck Norwich, i think you may need it
MickTait
05/05/2011 13:57:00
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