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Pompey 0-1 Man United

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Man United


Mond 26th

Attendance: 20,540


As the two teams walked out on the pitch, I and the other Pompey fans at the ground had great expectations of a point or a win against man united. I was looking forward to seeing Armand Traore make his debut, with Kranjcar missing out through injury.

Pompey started the game brilliantly, with Diop seeing his hard low driven shot fizz past the post, with Edwin Van Der Sar well beaten. With the Fratton faithful responding to some terrific passing by Pompey, the game looked promising.

The solid defence of Johnson, Campbell, Kaboul and Distin looked like it would be hard to score against.

Some inconsistent refereeing by an obvious Red Devil fan, Chris Foy booked Diop for a tackle that barely warranted a foul, but decided to let john O'Shea hack down Defoe when the break was on, only to give a free kick and not a caution.

The Man United goal came in the 32nd minute when a Patrice Evra low cross was bundled in by Darren Fletcher, with a wicked deflection off Campbell and despite Distin's effort to stop the ball, it crossed the line. The Pompey fans responded quickly and urged their team forward, only for Pompey to struggle for the remainder of the half.

The incident with Pompey John at half time did not help Pompey in any way at all, with the pathetic actions of the stewards who banned him from playing his bugle and drum. Also, telling someone they will be ejected if they stand up in a game is wrong, as most fans stand up in excitement when something good happens.

Pompey didn't really get going in the 2nd half until the introduction of Jerome Thomas, replacing Traore. Thomas took a few minutes to get going but eventually did when his shot from 25 yards was well saved by the keeper. This was followed by a similar effort from Diop who had his shooting boots on when his effort was again well dealt with by the keeper.

The introduction of Utaka late on in the game did not help Pompey's cause or his own, with him barely touching the ball and making little impact.

All in all, some good midfield work by the likes of Diarra, Davis, Traore and Diop was undone by a lack of communication between Diop and Johnson when both let Evra run straight in behind them. Poor service to Crouch and Defoe meant they didn't get one decent chance between them all game.

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Date:Tuesday August 26 2008
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thanks for volunteering and doing this pompeyhaz - appreciated.
no matter what anyone says, and what the reports over the net say i still think we played well enough to warrant a point - at least - last night, but if you cannot create openings you will not score will you... we will get it right tho im sure.
26/08/2008 20:52:00
TBH if you don't create chances you don't deserve anything any game no matter what you do inbetween IMO
26/08/2008 21:08:00
well done Haz, I didn't think we played too badly, much better than we did last week. Harry has been having a tweak here and there. I thought the second half suffered from not having our 12th man and ManU fans had it all their own way with their dreadful monotonous chantings.
26/08/2008 21:57:00
Nice write up haz. Described all the points that we needed to know.
27/08/2008 09:48:00
Good article haz. Inconsistent refereeing is probably an understatement. Foy had a very poor game and was rated at 3 or 4 in the national press. Did Crouch foul Scholes? The free kick led to United's goal so it was a key decision.
27/08/2008 11:18:00
Well done Haz. Good point, Dave, about the referee - another dubious performance to go alongside his decision to send off the mascot Billy The Badger at Fulham v Villa - although I don't think that cost Fulham the match!
27/08/2008 11:59:00
Good report. So far i have been dissapointed with c+d up front. defoe doesn't look like he has a clue what he is meant to be doing. Liked the look of a.traore, lightning quick and has a strong tackle. I think our main problem is the lack of creativity in midfield, nothing was happening and we badly miss mendes IMO. however, the bonus was diop's performance, so far so good from him. Got to agree about the ref, the amount of late decisions was unbeleiveable!!
27/08/2008 12:58:00
great article haz. we played well and definitely deserved at least a point, but at the same time we didnt create enough to warrant a win - but neither did they. the 3-5-2 formation worked well, but as we only had 2 wide players rather than the usual 4, from last year, we werent getting the right balls in to crouch. unless we can have players in attacking roles down the wing, then we wont get the right sort of deliveries for crouch.
27/08/2008 13:38:00
be fair pompeygrant, Defoe and Crouch had absolutely nothing to work with, we will see more of the same untill we start to deliver usefull balls to them. There was hardly a decent ball for Crouch to knock down in the game. if he he doesn't get those sort of balls then Defoe won't be able to feed on the bits. Strikers start to wander looking for the ball when the midfield aren't delivering it to them. To single Defoe out as not having a clue is unfair, it wouldn't have mattered where he was because the ball wasn't ever going to get there.
Steve C
27/08/2008 15:56:00
Steve C- i agree with you, that is why i mentioned the lack of creativity from the midfield, i was attempting to say that this is why defoe and crouch looked poor.
27/08/2008 17:39:00
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