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Pompey vs. Woolwich

Fratton Park



Fat lady clears her throat

On the only day of the year when all Premiership clubs kick off together, Pompey play host to the gunners looking for a first Premiership win over the North Londoners.

Vital Quotes:

Fabregas has gone to press stating that Pompey will not have it easy over the Gunners as we make a final desperate push for European football, to be fair we wouldn't want it any other way! Pompey have far exceded themselves this season, and the fact we still have something to play for beside Premiership status on the ultimate day of the season is a credit to the side. A highest placing in the leagues for over 50 years is a great achievement, and if we fail in the European quest it must be used as a platform for greater things.

Pompey Team News:

The ex-Arsenal contingent will be slightly lesser than we may have hoped, Lauren has joined Sol Campbell on the treatment bench and will miss a reunion with his old team-mates. Stefanovic also looks likely to dip out once again, but Matt Taylor and Hughes should re-join the squad alongside the fit again Mendes and Todorov.

Player to watch: Kanu

As the only ex-Arsenal player on the pitch, the big Nigerian could be making his last appearance for the blues, so if he really thinks clubs are queuing up for him, he can do himself and us a favour by banging in a long overdue goal.

Woolwich Team News:

Tomas Rosicky looks like joining long term casualtees Henry, Van Persie and Jersey Joe in the stands, but Ljungberg may have shaken off a hamstring strain to play in what many think maybe his last match in red and white.

Player to watch: Baptista

Last chance for the on-loan Real Madrid man to convince Wenger he is worth a permanent deal in a disapointing spell at the Emirates, he was banging in four goals one minute, and the next flattening his own team mates as they ran through on goal!

Match Facts & Stats

Lua scored with his last touch of last season to gain Pompey a point in a game where Sol Campbell bust his nose, no Thierry Henry to run riot this year when so often he has been the difference.

Ref Watch:

Graham Poll, rumoured to be his last top flight match, any controversy in this one?

Match Prediction:

A win for Pompey? Why not, Man U are testimony to what we can do on our own patch, a win is a must if we are to have any hope of Europe, so lets hope a great season doesn't go out with a whimper.

Next Fixtures:

Christ knows, Dorchester probably.

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Date:Friday May 11 2007

Time: 9:12PM

Your Comments

win or bust, or win and still bust!
no Lauren, no Sol means i will keep my tenner in my pocket this week, i get the horrible feeling the teams we need to will lose will do but so will we. I keep musing where is that "wonderfull squad" Our Arry was so infusive about at seasons start.
I think Reading want to avoid Europe, daft as it sounds. They will lose at Blackburn. Villa can get at least a draw at Bolton. That leaves us to win. Maybe just maybe. But if not never mind. To be honest next season will be a lot tougher & this time next year we may not even be close enough to worry about it. Let's get behind the boys & whatever happens rejoice in the best season for over 50 years. PS. and the scummers are not half way to wembley & getting p........... can't say the word. Up the Rams.
hah dorchester
A Fiver says Weymouth.
Havant & Waterlooville
Just heard we are close to signing Mark Viduka.....dont know how true it is , but I think that would be a great signing!
How old is viduka??
Just found out, he's 32, hardly one for the future yet again!
Agree, hardly one for the future but still knows where the goal is and will create for others. He has most, if not all the qualities that Kanu does and more, the more being 15 goals at least a season I would think...
Scum lost at home didn't they, isn't it great... I think we are in for a good game today, and a game Pompey will win... Will a win be enough - who know's, but I have a feeling it may well be as I don't think Bolton or Reading will win? Even if we don't make Europe it's been a great season, and one we can hopefully build on. PLAY UP POMPEY...
wonderfull news about scum, according to the mail viduka is going to sign, the mail says he is 31, further info on the net says Viduka is now free to leave his contract and will come to pompey for a medical next week..... the merry go round is spinning up.
time for the rain coat, Play Up Pompey
Well done Kanu, so good to see you play your last game for us, don't slam the door on the way out!
kanu did more than lua!
I've always liked lua's unpredictability, but this year when he has been fit the ball just seems to bounce off him
TPB the stick Kanu has constantly had to put up with is unfair, he did no less infact probably far more than quite a few today and has done throughout the season... We all knew his style of play and what he was like when he arrived so why is he singled out so much? I still fill he contributed more than you think he did, not just today but throughout the season... Jamo and Sol get a whole load of praise - and rightly so, but Kanu played a far bigger part in our season than he is credited with... If he goes I'll have plenty of thanks for him, if he stays it will be because he has earned the right to stay...
I'm sorry pompeyrug but he has done ***** all since November and we pay to see goals and our players perform - he has done neither and has the cheek to demand a better contract or he's off - well goodbye then Kanu, I'd sooner we have someone who cares more than just to pick up his next undeserved pay cheque.
Don't get me started on Kanu! lets get rid of Andy Cole as well and start next season with some seriously good strikers who are looking to make a name for themselves. Here's some to steer well clear of (which means welcome to pompey), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Robbie Fowler, Marcus Bent, Jon Stead, Darius Henderson, James Beattie, Mark Viduka, Michael Owen. I have been impressed by that Yakubu fellow at Middlesbrough, rattling in the goals.
The Rabbi
Yeah we have worser forwards than Kanu. Lua and Cole should go, and believe me, I would've said the opposite last season. Viduka is much better than Yakubu though.
i think this will be the last time henry is around arsenal...

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