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Wigan vs. Pompey




Wigan v Pompey

England let us down, but Sol was one of few to come out of it with any credit, can Pompey lift the blues?

Vital Quotes:

Sol is the only slight doubt after his England exploits, Redknapp has admitted the big man aches all over after the plastic farce, but as Lee Dixon pointed out more than once, Campbell loves a massage and will no doubt be looking for Chris Neville (Pompey masseur) to knead him back to rude health.

Pompey will be roared on by three and a half thousand fans, tempted not only by Sacha's genorosity with the travel, but by our resurgent away form.

Wigan Team News:

Wigan have the same worries over their international stars as us, Valencia has flown back from Brazil, Siberski has had a dodgy baconstring Melchiot and Koumas have had thigh and hip knocks.
Sean Davis' bosom buddy Michael Brown will be hoping to resume his light-hearted leg-break attempts with his big mate.

Player to watch: Koumas

Has had another pop at proving he his premiership quality, his time at West Brom was a mixed one, he has undoubted ability but is cursed with being Welsh.

Pompey Team News:

Sol is the only slight doubt, but otherwise its as you were, Tony Adams' Dutch formation is working a treat so far, Davis is shining brightly, and Niko Kranjcar is benefiting from a run in the side, and really showing his quality.

Player to watch: Benjani

In the most prolific form of his Pompey career, okay that wasn't hard after his Ethiopian style droughts, but he is getting that little bit of luck now that confidence seems to bring with it.

Match Facts & Stats

Last season was a low point for Pompey at the JJB, a defeat was well deserved after we arrived with high hopes, the season before however has happier memories attached to it, for Pompey fans and Benjani in particular.

Ref Watch:

Peter Walton (night Johnboy)

Match Prediction:

Will the break have been a chance to recharge batteries, or a chance for the wind to drop from our sails? Place your bets here.

Next Fixtures:

West Ham at Fratton

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 19 2007

Time: 8:44PM

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Come on Pompey get the day off and running before the Rugby!
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19/10/2007 20:47:00

What makes up for the long trip for the squad is the amount of support being brought on. I'd like to see if there are even 3000 Wigan fans present too.
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19/10/2007 20:47:00

Nice one Paul. You are right about the numbers going, I know a lot on their way and none of them of the 'free' coaches. As for Koumas not only Welsh but lazy. Gary Megson the WBA manager at the time told a friend he had never a had a lazier player at any club. Three points please.
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19/10/2007 21:09:00

3-0 away win.
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19/10/2007 21:13:00

2-1 home win...its pompey we are talking about ;-)
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19/10/2007 22:16:00

Carpet .. as always you'll be wrong (hopefully) - It'll be tough for sure and no walk in the park (or the JJB come to that) but I predict a Pompey victory 1-0 with Utaka the scorer - It'll be great to see Benji bag one up there for a number of reasons but I think they'll be too much attention on him from the wigan players (current form) and the goal that saved us (Pompey fans) - Whatever... those that are going have a safe journey and give it some welly for me ...here's hoping for another three points.
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19/10/2007 22:30:00

yep, top stuff as always paultsmouth... 3-1 pompey in this one i reckon.
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19/10/2007 23:12:00

Wigan are probably going to scrap it this season. Man Utd done them over in the 2nd half last start. Pompey will start favourites but it is never hard to win a treble on the road particularly in the top flight. I'm going for a 2-1 win but anything other than defeat will be acceptable.
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20/10/2007 04:21:00

you mean "never easy to win a treble on the road" ;-). and i hope my prediction is as wrong as my other ones!
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20/10/2007 09:20:00

gents my posting is only semi relevant to the article but i just had to spend the 1 and do it. so please all indulge an old man and accept my humblest apologies. I am im in an internet cafe by manchester picadilly and i just had to post the fact that i cant tell you how amazing it is to be at yet another away game without that awfull fear and dread of yet another awfull dreadfull performance. We are walking around manc centre with a big smiles and we have had two play up pompeys already. Now off for a northern breakfast Just brilliant ! PUP
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20/10/2007 10:24:00

comments are always relevant russ :-) the fact that you thought of us and posted a comment makes it all the more revelant... how the times has changed eh mate, the expectation levels are being met by performances on the road too arent they. enjoy the game - that goes for everyone watching or just listening, here's to another 3 point then an england win in the world cup final!
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20/10/2007 11:26:00

Well nearly, i went for the outragous 3-0 & I'll settle for 2-0. Well done the blues. The last time we had tis run of away form was in the Div 1 Championship winning season but this oh so better. Long may it continue.
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20/10/2007 18:12:00

Bring it on blues - I have to keep pinching myslef - It seems that I waiting for something horrible to happen - I can't get out of the headstate that playing as we do we 'belong' in the top six or seven teams in the prem - We have 18 points in the bag fron 10 games that nobody can take away from us and we've still on game left in OCTOBER !
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21/10/2007 08:14:00


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