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Newcastle vs. Pompey

St James'

Sat 03-11-07


Newcastle v Pompey

It is off to Tyneside tomorrow, for the longest journey we have to make in the league this season - at least it is not a midweek game! We rarely come back with anything do we - but things can change...

Vital Quotes:

We were poor against West Ham, but poorer still against Blackburn in the week when the league cup dream ended, so some players, strike that most players that started on Wednesday - and most will again tomorrow - will need to up the ante this time and redeem themselves.

Newcastle Team News:

Abdoulaye Faye (illness) looks likely to return but one time Pompey target Mark Viduka (calf), as seems the norm these days Damien Duff (ankle) and Stephen Carr (hamstring) are out.

Other than that the barcodes are at near full strength.

Player to watch: Milner

I like the fella; he seems to give many defences the run around, so if he turns up on Saturday - which sometimes he does not - we could be in for a tougher than already expected afternoon.

Pompey Team News:

Sulley Muntari (hamstring) and Hermann Hreidarsson (torn groin muscle) missed the league cup debacle and are doubtful again.

Even though he had another poor game Pedro Mendes will most likely keep his place in midfield, but I would not expect Noe Pamarot to fill in for Hreidarsson this time, his selection at left back was a bad choice and it showed, you need that natural left sided player so after an impressive 45 minutes Matty Taylor 'should' fill in if needed.

I doubt many changes will be made, but it is almost nailed on that it will be a lone striker and Kanu might have come in for Benjani had he been fitter, but the chances of him being up to starting a match are slim, so I am happy that Benjani will probably keep his place.

Player to watch: Kranjcar

The fella has been fantastic this season, growing in stature all the time, so the more we can get him on the ball - but show for him this time, unlike Wednesday - the more dangerous he will be, as will we.

Match Facts & Stats

The barcodes has won their last 4 home games, but we have won our last 3 away - so something has got to give... they also have no clean sheets in their last 6 games, while we have had 5 in 6.

The biggest concern though, they are 22 games unbeaten at home against us in the league, winning 16, with the others drawn.

Ref Watch:

Chris Foy

Match Prediction:

I could think of easier places for us to go, but we want to banish the Tyneside demons sooner or later, so why not sooner. A major improvement is also needed from recent performances, so 'arry will demand this, and he 'should' get it...

Give me a point now and I will bite your hand off, but as I am the eternal optimist I will go one further and say we will end our 58 year run without a league win at St James' with a 2-1 victory - agree or disagree put forward your predictions on the game here.


Next Fixtures:

Man City at the Fortress next Sunday.

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 2 2007

Time: 10:52AM

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Kranjcer has been immense, if we involve him, we have a great chance!
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02/11/2007 12:43:00
he looks the business doesnt he - on the train back yesterday i wrote alittle something about him, so i will type this up and publish it soon... i think we have a real superstar in the makings tho and if he can be as heavily involved tomorrow as he was on wednesday - but with more help! - i reckon we could just pinch it 2-1 you know fellas...
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02/11/2007 13:01:00
Score draw. But I want the Pompey to beat the TOON!
Real Deal
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02/11/2007 13:20:00
im not predicting, but i feel we will see a defensive lineout from HR.
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02/11/2007 13:58:00
Jamo is quoted in the News as describing Owen as his 'nemesis' apparently every time they've played against each other, Owen has scored. Lets hope that ends tomorrow. Always a difficult place to go (bit like Fratton Park), anything we do get will be a bonus.
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02/11/2007 14:08:00
its a hard game to predict, if we have a good away following, play well then we are difficult to beat. plus weve been unbeaten away from home 3 games in a row now
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02/11/2007 14:15:00
Good luck anyone who's going, don't forget to take your binoculars it's like watching subbuteo without them, absolutely the worst view for away fans of any ground i've ever been to. Rather go in the upper tier of the away end at loftus road and unless you're in the front row you can't see the goal at that end there.
Steve C
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02/11/2007 16:30:00
We will revert to type and try to hang on for a point, i can see it. I will see any of our fellow Vital Members for a beer in Yates Wine Lodge, another bloody long journey though isnt it?
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02/11/2007 16:46:00
owenspompey, im not old enough to go into the pub!!! Well I am, but whats the point going in without getting alchahol!, steve C is it really that bad???
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02/11/2007 17:12:00
O god!!! away 2 Newcastle, is it that time again!!!! :(:(.....really dont know if I can predict a win this weekend, could def do with Muntari back for this one.....1-1 I recon!
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02/11/2007 17:59:00
At best 1-1. A right graveyard this one. Only been to Newcastle away once, our first season back. We got stuffed 3-0. We were 5hit for the whole match. Had a long week end with a few mates, spent a fortune & we all got food posioning from the B&B. Never again.
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02/11/2007 20:20:00
haha, im just worried about wat steve c is saying, is the stadium bad?
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02/11/2007 23:44:00
I've never been to St. James' (well not the Newcastle one ..been to Exeter a few times) so would be interested to hear Steve C's view too - Maybe Owens can let us know what his experience is like. It's gonna be a tough one fellas and a draw will be a good result 2-2 is my prediction ...
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03/11/2007 06:57:00
hmmm i cant see us conceding that many, newcastles defence are all over the place at the minute though....
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03/11/2007 08:16:00
ahh but exeters one isnt st james' is it - it is st james... ive been to exeter but not newcastle, sunderland was a bad enough journey from my end - newcastle will prob come one day, but not this day...
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03/11/2007 09:31:00
its my birthday, so i have a good feeling about today! so im sticking with my 2-1 win, i can then wash down my chinese with a few crisp glasses of whisky - and enjoy it all the more :-)
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03/11/2007 09:33:00
Well Rug your prediction was wrong it's 3-1 already and only half time I bet you are enjoying it though - This is unbelivable stuff... Pamarot, Muntari & Utaka as well -In the words of Victor Meldrew 'I can't believe it' ... but why am I nervous about us hanging on in the second half...
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03/11/2007 16:26:00
........... and there was feeling nervous - Get in Krunchy .. four one up at Newcastle .. our first win there (well nearly) since 1949 oh my god - I think we really have arrived - Up until today Steve Stone was the only Pompey player to score a goal at St James's Park - Now we've got another four, no five (if you include Solids own goal) - What a day and it's still not over - Oh look out Kanu's on can we get another ....
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03/11/2007 16:35:00
Big Sam said that Pompey was their biggest test yet.. they obviously couldn't live up to it ... 14 minutes left and I am opening another can of Stella ... all I can hear on the commentary is 'Play up Pompey, Pompey Play Up... Ten minutes to go I'm in dreamland.... Unbeaten in seven laegue games ... Come on Pompey let's get another...
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03/11/2007 16:40:00
Lawro said ... "Newcastle have been really good at home ....... I think the greater firepower that Newcastle have, particularly at St James' Park, will give them the advantage here" ....... Yeah right Lawro like we ever though you know what you are talking about .... Five minutes to go ..... So much for 'really good at home" I'd love to see them on a bad day ...
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03/11/2007 16:45:00
It's over we have beaten Newcastle Four ******** One ....
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03/11/2007 16:53:00
Play up Pompey….Pompey play up….. Play up Pompey….Pompey play up….. Play up Pompey….Pompey play up….. Play up Pompey….Pompey play up….. Play up Pompey….Pompey play up…..
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03/11/2007 16:53:00
Harry Redknapp’s Blue & White Army…. Harry Redknapp’s Blue & White Army…. Harry Redknapp’s Blue & White Army…. Harry Redknapp’s Blue & White Army…. Harry Redknapp’s Blue & White Army….
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03/11/2007 16:54:00
We’re all going on a European Tour, a European Tour, a European Tour,…. We’re all going on a European Tour, a European Tour, a European Tour,….
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03/11/2007 16:54:00
And just for Carpet…… We are staying up said, we are staying up… We are staying up said, we are staying up…
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03/11/2007 16:55:00
We've won five on the trot away from home !!!!
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03/11/2007 16:55:00
i said we would win today didnt i - maybe my 2-1 was alittle pessimistic tho :-)
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03/11/2007 17:13:00
Sorry been busy, St James Park is a great ground but they put the away fans up on St Peters seat next to God. I really hated the view when i was there, you honestly cannot read the players names on their shirts you are so far away, it's not a ground i would pay to go to again for that very reason.
Steve C
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03/11/2007 17:46:00
sorry perhaps i should've said st Peters seat nxt to Harry.
Steve C
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03/11/2007 18:45:00
we know what you meant :-)
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04/11/2007 08:42:00
haha, ironic is the fact we played much better in the second half then we did in the first
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04/11/2007 09:20:00
Terible place to watch the game from, but we outsung the barcodes who went very quiet very quickly. Great to see so many familiar faces at the game, long journey but you dont mind when you win do you? Well done everyone and see you all at Fratton next week, bring on the City.
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04/11/2007 11:02:00
we really are going to have to try and arrange a vital pompey gathering at some point - im travelling up for the everton game with plymouth graham and some others, so if i can i would really hope to add to plymouth graham and russellm who i have met and keep in good contact with... there are several of you storagematt, pompey4me, eastneydave, owenspompey, chix - to name but a few that i do have regular email contact with, but if as many of us as possible could meet up at some point that would be great.
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04/11/2007 15:21:00
Owens - (I'm sober again now.. well almost) The noise coming from the Pompey fans on the radio was very loud and very clear .. Sounded like you fellas did as much off the pitch as the team did on it ..... too right mate bring on the City and lets see what Sven's mottly crew think of Fratton
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05/11/2007 00:05:00

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