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Oxford 1-2 Pompey

1 - 2

Kassam Stadium

Mon 04-08-08, 7.45pm



Our penultimate pre-season friendly saw us go to Oxford tonight, with a fairly strong starting 11 sent out - most of which you would expect to start the charity shield, if not the opening game of the season. It was a decent run out and we came away with a fairly comfortable 2-1 win.

The Match
Our starting 11 was:

David James
Martin Craine
Sylvain Distin
Djimi Traore
Pedro Mendes
Niko Kranjcar
Papa Bouba Diop
Peter Crouch
Jermain Defoe

After starting sluggishly we then came into the game, but not before Oxford went close themselves with us then having several chances with Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch both testing the Oxford keeper Ben Hinchcliffe. Then Papa Bouba Diop got in behind the defence but he could not take his chance.

The deadlock was broken on 30 minutes when a couple of unlikely sources combined. Djimi Traore put in a fine cross - which in fairness he had a few times already - with this met by Bouba Diop who made no mistake to finish very well, yep the Senegalese man scored!

We took a while to get going, and did not have it all our own way but we sounded ok in the 1st half and looked to be going in 1-0 up at half time until a late goal from Defoe when he finished really well following what sounded like a fantastic surge through midfield by Lassana Diarra, so 2-0 Pompey at half time.

Oxford made plenty of changes at the break, 9 in fact with Pompey bringing 1 of the 4 that were named on the bench on as Jean Francois Christophe came on for Lauren.

The 2nd half did not really see much goalmouth action although David James did have to make a decent save around midway through the half.

Cramp got the better of Diarra, at least it was hoped it was only cramp, which saw trialist Manuel Rodriguez brought on to play in defence, which from the sounds of it he did not impress at all...

It was not really much of a spectacle in the 2nd half although Niko Kranjcar did go close, with Defoe quite lucky to get away with not being sent off as he took a swing at an Oxford player who had caught him late. Sensible referring saw him stay on the pitch.

Bouba Diop could, and maybe should have scored a second in the final 10 minutes after another good move got him in but his effort was saved by Jake Coles.

Oxford got a consolation in the last minute with poor defending from Rodriguez with him losing his man and Alex Fisher made no mistake.

Pompey 2 - Papa Bouba Diop 30, Jermain Defoe 44
Oxford 1 - Alex Fisher 90

Match Summary
It is difficult to judge too much on this game as I was only able to listen to it, besides you cannot get that much from pre-season, which is mainly to build up fitness levels and get prepared for the season.

Djimi Traore, who still has no name on his shirt on squad number sounded as though he did ok though which he must be given great credit for - but it is probably far too late for him to have any future with Pompey although you never know...

Only a few days now and we have the charity shield, this is when we know the season really is here!


Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Date:Monday August 4 2008
Time: 10:06PM


Krancjar and Diarra (first half) sounded good, Crouch n Defoe continue to look promising but in all honesty didnt sound like the best match!
04/08/2008 22:13:00
u serious papa bouba diop scored ? lol nah glad to see him score and defoe is on fire he scored loads of goals for us in pre season.Traore sounded alright on the game but hope that trailist dont play he sounded poor ! glad to see another win now hopefully it carry on to the community shield and the season .
stfc ballboy
04/08/2008 22:16:00
Some jump this will be. From Oxford to mancs then chelski then the mancs again!!!
04/08/2008 22:20:00
diop scored, and traore set him up? what is this world coming to?!
04/08/2008 23:37:00
congratilations :D:D
04/08/2008 23:52:00
I was at the game tonight and although you deserved the win, Oxford gave you a very good run for your money. also you should consider that Oxford made 9 changes at half time basically playing a reserve team incliding 4 teenagers and at times looked the better side. To be fair to portsmouth they could have had a at leasy 2, possibly 3 first half goals, but for the excellent goalkeeping of Ben Hinchcliffe. but United could also had two the other end once when grazing to post and the second with a defensive mix up with a ball inches from crossing the line.. I would say that Pompey played the game with a couple of gears to spare and you were up against a side I delieve will win the Blue sq this season as they are a very good side at that level..
05/08/2008 00:43:00
when are we going to start having tougher pre season training. Last year we had the tounament in Hong Kong, this year we have had one tough game(united) which we lost. The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, United and even Tottenham, have had strong opposition in pre season, and TBF they are stuffing them all royally. I mean Chelsea 5 Milan 0 not a good omen for the start of the season. I don't want to be negative, but with Muntari leaving, and the lack of transfer activity(considering we got in to europe'tv money' and won the FA cup) I am surprised at the lack of money spent on the team this close season. I understand that we are going ahead with a training ground and new stadium, but the extra influx of cash from potential European game sponsorship/advertising payouts, plus FA cup run money, and the sale of Muntari, we should be in a position to spend surely. Fulham/Tottenham/Blackburn are spending a darn sight more than us. Although Fulham have been mugged a bit.LOL. Yes, Shorey/Kaboul could be good signings. But apart from crunchie, we lack a little vision and passing technique in the side. We need a creative midfielder(in a scholes mould) and we need another winger. I say try and get Lennon on loan. Tottenham have an abundance of midfielders, and with Bentley signing he is down the pecking order. He plays on the left, and on the right, so would be great opportunity to have someone interchange with Crunchie every now and then. I am sure HR has something up his sleeve, and I would not be surprised if there is something coming from inter on loan as part of the Muntari deal(I am sure there is a little more to that deal you know). Anyway, sorry for the rant, just my views.
05/08/2008 03:16:00
I agree to some extent about tougher pre season games but it is a delicate balancing act. All players need some game time to get fit and to practice moves. The later is difficult against better opponents. Clubs like Sunderland have gone all out in pre season matches and now pay the price with Keiren Richardson likely to be out for the season. Was it worth the risk this early. Also with a lot of matches this season burn out is a factor for players. We have a tough strart to the season with games we are likely to lose or just get a point. Do we go it super hard and super fit and still come away with little other than some injuries or do we virtually concede those games so we aren't a spent force after January. We have had some lean weeks in the past 2 seasons due to injury and burn out. Should we be making it worse with a tough pre season? I think this is a case where Harry is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
05/08/2008 06:44:00
Manuel Rodriguez wasn't he president of Chile !
05/08/2008 08:10:00
You have to love the trialist, who is HR gonna find next, the lithuanian cantona? lol
05/08/2008 08:17:00
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