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Royals v Pompey Royals

Two gutted teams come together tomorrow, Reading after scoring 4 times away from home and still coming away with a whooping, and Pompey after performing so abysmally hosting 'boro.

Vital Quotes:

'pompey are running on empty' that was Harrys summing up on Saturday. How he shuffles the pack only he knows, but after the lacklustre performance at home, something has got to give. I think maybe Kanu will slip to the bench, there is even a shock rumour that Nugent may get a start!

Reading Team News:

Nicky Shorey is battling a bug that kept him out of the Spurs clash, Gunnarsson is in the middle of a 3 match ban, and Duberry and Brown are back in training but doubts for a start.

Player to watch: Hunt

The Irishman is apparently the subject of a Roy Keane bid, but the Royals want to hang on to Petr Cechs first choice as best man, and his determined wing play and strong running will feature heavily tomorrow.

Pompey Team News:

Glen Johnson and Noe are still big doubts, as is Sean Davis. Mendes is expected to be recovered from illness, and Muttley will be hoping to resume in midfield.
The formation we go for is another quandry, the 4-5-1 has been great away from home, but are the players too lethargic to carry it through now?
I expect Taylor to appear at Left-back in place of Hermann and maybe the rare old sight of Nugent up front, whoever plays will have a great chance of stamping a place out in the side for the next few games.

Player to watch: Taylor

Rumours abide that he is off, but if he gets his sought after start will have a great deal to prove, both to Redknapp and any would be suitors, Reading supposedly one.

Match Facts & Stats

7-4 was the score at Fratton, remembered not only as a goalfest, but also as the last time we actually found the net at Fratton!

Match Prediction:

I can't predict my next meal at the moment, but hazard a guess here.

Next Fixtures:

Ipswich in the cup at Portman rd

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 31 2007

Time: 3:04PM

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A 100% improvement is needed
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31/12/2007 15:05:00
More than that I would say because of a very low starting point,
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31/12/2007 17:37:00
massive improvement needed tomorrow - hopefully 'arry will shake things up as much as possible, those that could/should be used are taylor and nuge... if we defend like we can and play as we can then we can win this one, im still not sure on a scoreline but i will of course be going for a pompey win!
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31/12/2007 18:31:00
another who i mentioned somewhere else earlier is mvuemba - i wouldnt be surprised to see him at least on the bench, as he is another option that we could use if others are 'out of juice'...
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31/12/2007 18:35:00
he is good, and has the potential and desire, hopefully to be a lot better then what diop has been. Hoped he starts, hope you contributes, and I hop nugget scores, wiill be over the moon with 3 points and them to having blinders.
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31/12/2007 18:54:00
it wil be 6-6 draw and will go to a tie break, mind you it would be good to get more than one goal wouldnt it? Lets hope that we can get a result and kick start the season again.
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31/12/2007 20:28:00
I think our African friends are already thinking of the sun, time for a big shake up me thinks
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01/01/2008 09:45:00
I agree Penton, but whether we will get it while they are here I just don't know - I've a feeling Harry will stick with what he has done so far until they go .. if nothing else but to not risk injury to the players who will be left behind... I hope I'm wrong though
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01/01/2008 10:11:00
i too agree, but also agree with you too chix - and if not that many changes are made then i would hope it is for the reason you said, to not risk injuries to those that will be left behind, which does make sense but at the same time if they are 'running on empty' we have to have a re-think dont we, nuge looks like a starter today tho, which would be great!
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01/01/2008 10:29:00
Agreed chix, I can't see HR doing it either, but something desperate needs to happen, we're stale, lacking ideas, movement, passion, firepower, imagination the list goes on. Agreed this dip had to come, but it's the lack of belief I see that worries me, we seem to have no plan b. Some one please tell me what was the point of buying Mvumemba in the summer? does he live in England? has he left France? does Harry know we have him?
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01/01/2008 10:30:00
Mvumemba, Songo'o, Wilson the list is endless
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01/01/2008 11:03:00
massive improvement needed, and im not convinced we will get it...
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01/01/2008 11:28:00
Harry has a problem remember when Griffin reported back after the summer and 'arry says to him "what are you doing here Griff"? to which Andy replies "I play for Pompey boss" Harry thought he'd sold him, but he'd only loaned him out, so it's not incomceivable that 'arry, wtih all he's got going on, may have forgotten what players he has at his disposal.
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01/01/2008 11:56:00
oh dear, is that true? i must have missed it...
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01/01/2008 12:08:00
Andy O'Brien also moaned about the way Harry 'forgot' about him. I reckon if the fans get right behind Harry and support him we can lift his spirit and get Pompey firing. We've all got a part to play and work together. I was going to go today but I refused to pay to go see a poor performance - I'm regretting it now,
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01/01/2008 13:00:00
alright lads, this is technically my only home game of the season, lets hope we do well, i cant go back to sixth form with loads of reading fans laughing at me. lets have it pompey!
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01/01/2008 14:08:00
(bad?) news - benjani and utaka starting upfron, nugent still on the bench, with kanu
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01/01/2008 14:29:00
hughes still in the team - no sign of mvuemba, but johnson is back
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01/01/2008 14:30:00

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