Pompey in Fratton farewell for season
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?
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!
USPompey fan now has a hat-trick of prediction titles, 3rd and 4th are still acheivable though, so place your bets here.
Scunny in the last of the season