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Pompey v Pilgrims

Pompey
vs.
Plymouth

Fratton

29/01/08

15:00

Its being billed as 'Battle of the high seas', 'Battle of the dockyards' to me it is a chance to get to the 5th round for the first time in 4 years.

Vital Quotes:

Our neighbours up the road are justly taking all the headlines this year, no, not the ones 15 miles away, the ones on our own doorstep. H&W are taking 6,000 fans up to Anfield, as the normal crowd is about 500, don't be surprised if their ranks are swelled somewhat by boys in blue.
Plymouth are in the giantkillers shoes this time round, historically Pompey have always been the bigger club, although the last 40 years its been hard to tell!

Pompey Team News:

Big Sol is fit again after last weeks 'back' problems, he should step straight back in, Distin maybe given a breather, but after his recent comments about wanting to play every game, he will have to be forced to sit it out.
Sean Davis may make a return to midfield, he came through a midweek test against West Ham reserves with no reaction.
Harry has promised a strong side tomorrow, he would like a good cup run as well as us fans, so don't expect many diversions from the Premiership line-up.

Player to watch: Nugent

Our cup King, he gets another chance to impress, if the imminent arrival of Milan Baros wasn't enough, another blank week would add to the pressure.

Plymouth Team News:

Chris Clark who arrived from Aberdeen last week, may make an immediate bow, fellow new signings MacLean and Mackie are cup-tied.

Player to watch: Ebanks-Blake

Sounds like an aristocrat, but has being banging them in rather regularly this season, Pompey's defence cannot take him lightly.

Match Facts & Stats

Games between the two 'local' rivals are few and far between lately, Pompey have the upper hand in general, but Plymouth made the 5th round last year, only then Premiership Watford stopping their progress.

Match Prediction:

Pompey must win, mustn't they? A big shock would be in store if we don't, but this IS the F.A cup!

Next Fixtures:

After our cup exploits, Pompey can relax with a stroll upto Old Trafford on Wednesday.


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Friday January 25 2008
Time: 10:56PM

Comments

0
I suppose Sylvan E wotsit blake would be one to watch ..if you were watching Wolves. Im glad you put local in inverted commas mate i have t make the 3.5 hour car journey. cheers paulmouth fro the article
plymouth graham
25/01/2008 23:20:00
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yep, living in 'this' neck of the words we know all about ebanks-blake and wolves 'stole' hime for 1.5m didnt they... shafted good and proper argyle were then, the poxy curse of 'teh contract release clause'... it going to be quite a day, im looking forward to it - obviously my report will be abit late tomorrow, if it even makes tomorrow at all? but i will get it on as soon as i can.
pompeyrug
25/01/2008 23:37:00
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Good research from me then!
paultsmouth
25/01/2008 23:43:00
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Safe journey down fellas - See you in the Brewers hopefully and then on to watch a victorious display against the Pilgrims... I can see Wembley in my nostrils already.. or is that curry ?
Chix
26/01/2008 06:57:00
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well fellas im off to meet graham in a minute - those that are going enjoy the game, those that are listening likewise... and those that are meeting us at the brewers mines a pint of their finest - cheapest - whisky :-)
pompeyrug
26/01/2008 07:37:00
0
home win for me this one!
merlin
26/01/2008 08:52:00
0
Should be a cracker. I'll be in the North Terrace for this one. Swapping my ususal position in the Fratton End. The last time I was in the North Terrace was about 15 years ago.
storagematt
26/01/2008 09:13:00
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Matt - I did that for the Boro game... if you are in North Stand Upper .. I wish you luck .. it's awful.. enjoy anyway I'm sure it won't matter when Pompey romp home ;)
Chix
26/01/2008 09:16:00
0
hope we do have a great game, although typicly, me being there, itll be dull as ever!
pompeycarpet
26/01/2008 10:25:00
0
Just win baby, just win, it doent have to pretty or sexy, just win.
Owenspompey
26/01/2008 11:02:00
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