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Irons v Pompey

West Ham
vs.
Pompey

Boleyn ground

10/9/11

15:00

Pompey and West Ham take their perennial fixture once more, rarely do these two teams to be far apart divisionally wise, shame this time is not the top flight though!

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West Ham are probably the championship equivalent of Man City, like Leicester they have splashed the cash in pursuit of a quick return to the top flight, this though makes them pariahs in some eyes, lots will want them to fall on their faces, all will want their scalp.

At home so far though it has not all gone to plan, an opening day defeat to Cardiff was followed by an entertaining draw with Leeds and defeat to Aldershot in the Carling cup.

Pompey have been ok on the road without being spectacular, 2 points from 2 games a fair reward.

West Ham Team News:

West Ham could change half the team with debutants if Allardyce desired, chances are though Diop will be on the bench, Lansbury looks likely to step into Parkers shoes, Bentley may make the cut and Demel and Baldock will have to bide their time also.

Rob Green looks like making a full recovery after pulling out of the England squad last week.

Player to watch: Lansbury

The hammerheads want a new hero now Parker has departed, Henri Lansbury may well be that man, he has shown glimpses of talent in a few Arsenal cameos, but with England U21's has really shown his worth, both scoring and creating.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey were quiet on deadline day, that's if you discount the debacle in Spain that evening, Mullins has made a return to full training to be in with a shout of playing on familiar turf, Ben haim is nailed on to start at a club that hopefully has a point to prove to.

Up front is where the guessing game starts for Pompey, Benjani is obviously champing at the bit for a 90 minutes, another of couple of weeks at Pompey will have improved his fitness, while Huselkepp had a quiet full debut against Cardiff. Futacs looks worthy of a spot on the bench at least, he seems to have impressed in training and is a big imposing alternative to what we already have.

Player to watch: Pearce

The standard is set very high now, JP looks like a captain in waiting, against West Ham he will have his credentials tested further.

Match Facts & Stats

Pompey's last win against the Thames Ironworks was in 2008, Niko Kranjcar scoring the only goal, as it stands Pompey have only won 3 times there, all in the last 5 years!

Ref Watch:

Rat Scabies

Match Prediction:

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Next Fixtures:

Away to Hull and back


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday September 9 2011
Time: 9:43PM

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Comments

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almost time ladies and gentleman - blind optimism or not, i am not sure but i am feeling 'confident' about today as i prepare to leave.
'if' we go out thinking we can win we can come back with at least a point, if we set out with the sole intention of ONLY getting a point we will lose and 'probably' get battered!
pompeyrug
10/09/2011 08:27:00
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almost time ladies and gentleman - blind optimism or not, i am not sure but i am feeling 'confident' about today as i prepare to leave.
'if' we go out thinking we can win we can come back with at least a point, if we set out with the sole intention of ONLY getting a point we will lose and 'probably' get battered!
pompeyrug
10/09/2011 08:27:00
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Blind optimism - couldn't have put it better myself Rug. See you there! PUP PPU!!!!!
gandor1
10/09/2011 09:39:00
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Blind optimism - couldn't have put it better myself Rug. See you there! PUP PPU!!!!!
gandor1
10/09/2011 09:39:00
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Good the see that the referee has kicked started their home form..
Chix
10/09/2011 16:42:00
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Good the see that the referee has kicked started their home form..
Chix
10/09/2011 16:42:00
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disappointed but at least the match wasnt boring! Met some other Pompey fans at the service station just now who said SC has gone. From SSN apparently. I cant find any verificati6n. Sky. Bbc or os....?
tracyc
10/09/2011 19:34:00
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disappointed but at least the match wasnt boring! Met some other Pompey fans at the service station just now who said SC has gone. From SSN apparently. I cant find any verificati6n. Sky. Bbc or os....?
tracyc
10/09/2011 19:34:00
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