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Third time lucky?

Pompey
vs.
Reading

Fratton

16/8/11

19:45

Reading roll into Fratton tomorrow evening, no doubt fancing their chances after an impresive win away to promotion favourites Leicester, that and Pompey's slow start will encourage their fans.

Vital Quotes:

Well Benjani has signed and is available, he has cited a lack of fitness however, hopefully he willl not start on half batteries, that would do his game no favours and make him more susceptible to injury.

Reading puled off somewhat of a shock last weekend, beating Leicester by 2 goals on their turf is no mean feat, Pompey however will probably have in the back of their minds the defeat at the Madjeski last spring, the game was ruined by Rocha's sending off, it was also the end of our play-off push and the catalyst for a fine end of season run by themselves.

Pompey Team News:

Well does Benji start? Kanu is highly unlikely to after playing on saturday, Kitson will probably come straight back in, hopefully in a 4-4-2 after the formation on saturday made us look somewhat one dimensional.

Young Ryan Williams did himself no harm again after his 10 minutes, he looks an asset form the bench so far.

Ricardo Rocha will no doubt be smarting after missing out against Brighton, Mokoena however defended stoutly on the day. Another player eyeing a starting slot will be JHason pearce who is finally legible after suspension.

Player to watch: Benjani

Hardly a difficult choice, he is a hero at Fratton, hopefully his fitness levels are high enough to make a favourable impression.

Reading Team News:

Jay Tabb is available for the first time this season for Reading, he like Pearce for Pompey paid the price for a play-off sending off.

Manset came off at the weekend, this turns out to have been a precautionary measure with him suffering cramp.

Player to watch: Manset

Ok it's only 2 games in, but he has a goal a game record so far, the Frenchman is revelling in his role now Shane Long has departed.

Match Facts & Stats

Everyone remembers the 7-4 game a few years back, Benjani got a hat-trick in that one and Kitson also netted for Reading, almost a year to the day however we drew 1-1 with Ciftci netting our goal only for Jimmy Kebe who had given Carl Dickinson twisted blood to equalise with a couple of minutes remaining.

Ref Watch:

Terry Chimes

Match Prediction:

Plonk you effort here.

Next Fixtures:

away to a meeting with Jamo and his Bristol city side


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Monday August 15 2011
Time: 7:18PM

Comments

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcbYYV64NZw
pompeyhussler
15/08/2011 19:35:00
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcbYYV64NZw
pompeyhussler
15/08/2011 19:35:00
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Just had a little watch hussler, so many deflections!
paultsmouth
15/08/2011 19:47:00
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Just had a little watch hussler, so many deflections!
paultsmouth
15/08/2011 19:47:00
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benji starting tomorrow, another arrival before the game and a 'cheeky announcement' prior to kick-off of another coming in and confidence - among the fans at least - will be quite high.
if we play like we did against brighton at the weekend, but take our chances, i reckon we will get at least a point...
pompeyrug
15/08/2011 20:11:00
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benji starting tomorrow, another arrival before the game and a 'cheeky announcement' prior to kick-off of another coming in and confidence - among the fans at least - will be quite high.
if we play like we did against brighton at the weekend, but take our chances, i reckon we will get at least a point...
pompeyrug
15/08/2011 20:11:00
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Tough one tomorrow. we need abit of luck & to take a few chances. Reading will score but they do give you a few chances. I think we will do well to win, but expect a draw.
storagematt
15/08/2011 21:13:00
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Tough one tomorrow. we need abit of luck & to take a few chances. Reading will score but they do give you a few chances. I think we will do well to win, but expect a draw.
storagematt
15/08/2011 21:13:00
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Not sure what game you watched Saturday Rug? but that was one of the most negative games of football i've ever seen Pompey play! No imagination, No desire, No pace, No-one who wanted the ball, No-one who stepped up to the plate and took control to give us drive and direction. It was quite frankly abject! But if you think thats worth a point then fair play. Having said that; Brighton weren't much better, very average!
pentonpompey
15/08/2011 22:05:00
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Not sure what game you watched Saturday Rug? but that was one of the most negative games of football i've ever seen Pompey play! No imagination, No desire, No pace, No-one who wanted the ball, No-one who stepped up to the plate and took control to give us drive and direction. It was quite frankly abject! But if you think thats worth a point then fair play. Having said that; Brighton weren't much better, very average!
pentonpompey
15/08/2011 22:05:00
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