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Blackburn v Pompey


Ewood Park



The big four have left the building, now its another European team to contend with.

Vital Quotes:

2 points gained from our epic run, not a lot, but only Arsenal tore us apart, the rest of the season is supposed to be easier, but Rovers?

Blackburn are under-estimated at best, ignored at your peril. Mark Hughes has assembled a UEFA cup qualifying team, Benni McCarthy was among the top scorers, and beside thursdays shock defeat, they have not suffered a loss this season.

Pompey meanwhile have a solitary win to our name, we are not the best travellers as so many pundits like to remind us, and we don't traditionally fare that well at Ewood, last season going down as one of the poorest performances of the season.

Blackburn Team News:

Blackburn appear to have lost influential captain Ryan Nelsen with a tweaked baconstring, but Samba should be clear to return after concussion.
McCarthy will start, with either Derbyshire or Roberts as company up-front.

Player to watch: McCarthy

Big mates with Benjani, but a little more prolific, stopping the South African will be half the battle

Pompey Team News:

Almost a clean bill of health for Pompey, Lauren is a doubt with illness, but everyone else is vying for a place.
It's a question of what formation we decide on that will form the team, I feel Redknapp will go similar to the Liverpool game, but am willing to stand corrected if proven wrong(hopefully!)

Player to watch: Utaka

I would hope he will fill the right-side slot again, particularly after looking like he was in the Solent on the left, after such a dramatic entrance to the Premiership, it seems churlish to play him out of position now.

Match Facts & Stats

3 bloody nil last year. We were crap from the last ball to the end, and if I recall James even stopped a pen.

Match Prediction:

Draw anyone? A much needed win, or else revert to type and come home with nothing, place your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

Home to Reading next Saturday

Date:Friday September 21 2007
Time: 9:07PM

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Come on Pompey, babies have been conceived and born since we last won away!
21/09/2007 21:15:00
one way of putting it paultsouth! Realsiticly, this weill be a very nhard game, but we need a point - minmum. The playors all seem to think we can get a my prediction is 2-1 blackburn - and thats optimistic. we need to get our season going, but i dont see it happening on sunday.
21/09/2007 21:48:00
I'll take a point now.
21/09/2007 21:53:00
well my nephew was basically conceived and born in that time - so a cracking way of putting it mate :) yep give me a point and i will take it now no questions asked, bit with nelsen out if we can somehow learn how to play away from the fortress maybe, just maybe...
21/09/2007 23:47:00
If things go against us this week-end we will be in the drop zone, despite some decent performances so far. It is a Cup Final for Pompey, the right result we see us charge up the table with winnable games to follow. A defeat will bring out the jangling nerves as each game becomes a scrap.
22/09/2007 00:05:00
chicken Nugget to break his duck in other words pompey win 1-0 david Nugent...comes on near the end as a late sub..the few rovers fans next to the drummers muster an anti preston song by singing to DN "wot-o-waste-o- MoN eeee" ( i used to live in Bolton so i have a smattering of the language and i have to admit i enjoy Gravy on my chips) but a corner form matty tayr comes over gets a slight deflection off a rovers defender only to fall to DN. What do i do he thinks...******** hit it as hard as you can dont look up just hit it says davis that wot i do ..PUNT ..GOAL..."I knew he was a good striker say harry in post match interview@
plymouth graham
22/09/2007 08:44:00
:) you have it all worked out dont you graham - i will settle for it if it works out like that...
22/09/2007 09:48:00
... only thing i didnt like mate was the gravy bit, i dont like gravy full stop, let alone on my chips!
22/09/2007 09:49:00
just had a phone call asking if i wanted to go to the game - which was tempting as my mood and feeling about what we can get out of this game is improving... so tempted as i was, with prices really good i had to say no - no doubt i will regret this!
22/09/2007 12:37:00
I hope you regret it rug...:-)
22/09/2007 14:38:00
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