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Portsmouth vs. Millwall

Fratton Park

10th April 2012

7.45pm

Portsmouth v Millwall

That fat lady had cleared her throat and was getting ready to belt out a tune that would signify the end for Pompey, but the 94th minute equaliser on Saturday has given the fans something to cheer about going into our next fixture against Millwall, just 53 hours after David Norris sent the North End of St. Mary's into raptures.

But as far as the football is concerned, anything but a victory against a club that are also considered historical rivals could end any realistic hopes of survival. With Bristol City beating Coventry on Monday, the gap to safety is 9 points, with time rapidly running out to close that gap.

Vital Quotes:

As encouraging as that late goal against 'that lot' was, the point it earned us will pale in comparison in terms of importance to the 3 that are on the line here. With a run in that sees us play Doncaster and Notts Forest, those games could be rendered meaningless if we don't use the confidence gained from the weekend.

Portsmouth Team News:

Michael Appleton should name an unchanged side to the one that played on Saturday, with Ben Haim still struggling with a calf problem. This should see the Blues name another attacking looking bench.

Player to watch: Chris Maguire

After his screamer on Saturday his confidence will be sky-high. Expect to see a few long distance shots from the young Scot.

Millwall Team News:

Darius Henderson has netted 19 times this season, but is unlikely to feature having missed the last few games with a calf injury. Young Spurs loanee Harry Kane looks likely to keep his place after scoring against Hull on Saturday.

Player to watch: Andy Keogh

The 25 year-old Irish international has already scored 6 goals in 13 games since Kenny Jackett signed him from Wolves in January, and with Euro 2012 just around the corner he'll be looking to attract the attention of Giovanni Trapattoni.

Match Facts & Stats

It's been well documented that Pompey have won their last 2 games under the lights at Fratton, whereas The Lions have been quite impressive on their travels, winning 4 and drawing 2 of their last 7 away from The Den.

Ref Watch:

Mark Halsey takes charge of this one.

Match Prediction:

The Pompey players should be as hyperactive as a chocolate filled kid on Easter Sunday, if they can convert this into work rate and grab an early goal I can only see this going one way. 3-1 Pompey.

Next Fixture:

A trip to Doncaster on Saturday, the only team that looks up to us, in terms of the Championship table anyway.




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Date:Monday April 9 2012

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Your Comments

Am looking forward to it. PUP!
gandor1
A must win, no room for error. It won't be easy, Millwall still need the points. Just hoping the crap weather doesn't spoil the match.
storagematt
gonna turn this into the 'forest thread' now...
results on monday did not really help, realistically we HAD to win every game anyway didnt we - even that might not be enough, but what the hell lets go for it!
the weekend must have taken alot, physically and mentally, from the players - i know it did me - but they need another big effort tonight, defeat and that is that...
pompeyrug
Team unchanged and Kitson not on bench!! Benjani takes his place. Off to game now.
eastneydave
all over now-Lg 1 no avoiding it now..probably best..this all shows the tragedy of the lack of investment in the infrastructure when we had the prem income-Redknapp storrie and Gaydamak a poor combination. we may not be back for a while either as we have nothing to build on..however we can recover and re-establish ourselves for a push in a couple of years
plymouth graham
 

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