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24/9/11

15:00

Pompey need to turn it on

Pompey head into their 8th league game of the season tomorrow, we average less than a point a game so far, tomorrow is the time to put it right.

Vital Quotes:

Steve Cotterill reckons he can see the hunger in the Pompey side to put the very average start to the season behind them, if he thinks the players are hungry, he ought to take a sideways glance at his fans!

Pompey fans are bit used to some adversity, anyone over 25 remembers the year after year struggle to impose upon a championship/div1/div2 season.
After the riches of the Premier league its back to the pie and mash football we are more than used to, and to be fair that is probably Pompeys level, year after year of lack of foresight from the money men has seen no progress off of the pitch to stabilise what is on it, hopefully CSI are the men with the nous to change all that, early signs are good.

As for the current Pompey outfit, we show flashes of great promise, we have enough experience to suggest we should be more consistent, a very promising display at West Ham was followed by further defeat to Hull, the performances sontrasting greatly though, the only similarities were defeat and indiscipline resulting in red cards.

At home Pompey have not the hit the heights for quite a while, it is a full 12 months since we smashed Leicester 6-1 at home, 11 months since Pompey treated their fans to more than 2 goals in home match, with attendances waining, hardly the stuff to have fans clambering through the turnstiles to return.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will be without Varney for 3 matches, this is partially offset with the return of Lawrence, Huseklepp looks highly likely to play on the left once more as he settles in, while Benjani looks set for an extended run with Kitson crocked for a couple of weeks. Futacs loooks like he is starting to elbow his way into the side soon, he has impressed in training and may get a longer run out this week.

Player to watch: Huseklepp

Had a quite home debut last month but is starting to find his feet, he has obvious talent, tomorrow would be a great time for it to flow in a torrent.

Blackpool Team News:

Blackpool have 'Dad's army ' upfront, Ormerod and Phillips make Kanu look youthful, Bogdanovic is likely to replace the former tomorrow though.

Also available will be Grandin and Crainey who have both recovered form knocks.

Player to watch: Phillips

In the autumn of a goal filled career now, but still has a deadly eye when confronted with two sticks placed 8 yards apart.

Match Facts & Stats

Last time we met in the league was in 1981 back in the old division 3, it was 3-3 on the day, great names like Tait and Rafferty getting on the scoresheet.

Ref Watch:

James Dean Bradfield

Match Prediction:

Place your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

Peterborough on tuesday evening


The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday September 23 2011

Time: 8:04PM

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Scummer Phillips up front,,,always, always, a worry
plymouth graham
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23/09/2011 20:49:00
Scummer Phillips up front,,,always, always, a worry
plymouth graham
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23/09/2011 20:49:00
Easy doings, what 4-0 to us?...........................your right plymouth Phillips is a pain in the arse and we know how that normally works out!, got my fingers crossed for a win, we need one!!! Ill take one nil, that will be fine
NZ_Portsmuff
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23/09/2011 22:17:00
Easy doings, what 4-0 to us?...........................your right plymouth Phillips is a pain in the arse and we know how that normally works out!, got my fingers crossed for a win, we need one!!! Ill take one nil, that will be fine
NZ_Portsmuff
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23/09/2011 22:17:00
I would like to see Fuctas in the starting eleven, rather than be given his usual 5mins of play. He's had time and he apparently looks good in training and with Kitson out let Futacs have a go upfront with Benji. Let's be honest he can't be much of a risk than AWOL Kitson
PompNut
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24/09/2011 07:35:00
I would like to see Fuctas in the starting eleven, rather than be given his usual 5mins of play. He's had time and he apparently looks good in training and with Kitson out let Futacs have a go upfront with Benji. Let's be honest he can't be much of a risk than AWOL Kitson
PompNut
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24/09/2011 07:35:00
AWOL (on the pitch)
PompNut
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24/09/2011 07:36:00
AWOL (on the pitch)
PompNut
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24/09/2011 07:36:00
I just want to be entertained!
paultsmouth
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24/09/2011 09:42:00
I just want to be entertained!
paultsmouth
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24/09/2011 09:42:00
I agree with Pompey nut, I would like to see the giant start, and my gut tells me a good win today..i would like to see the viking have a good game in his own right aswel..
plymouth graham
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24/09/2011 10:56:00
I agree with Pompey nut, I would like to see the giant start, and my gut tells me a good win today..i would like to see the viking have a good game in his own right aswel..
plymouth graham
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24/09/2011 10:56:00
PS.. I THINK THAT WE WILL WIN 3-1. the Giant and Benji to score..and Norris i reckon..scummer P for them.
plymouth graham
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24/09/2011 14:16:00
PS.. I THINK THAT WE WILL WIN 3-1. the Giant and Benji to score..and Norris i reckon..scummer P for them.
plymouth graham
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24/09/2011 14:16:00
get in there, worth the trek down the road to hear the last few minutes!!! woo hoo!
pompeyrug
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24/09/2011 16:57:00
get in there, worth the trek down the road to hear the last few minutes!!! woo hoo!
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