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Pompey 2 - Spurs 0


Sun 28-09-08, 1.30pm

Attendance: 20352

Pompey 2-0 Spurs

Trouble for two-point Tottenham as Pompey grab deserved win

Bottom of the table Tottenham Hotspur were the visitors to "The Furnace" Fratton Park this afternoon as Portsmouth looked to turn around a bad run of form, having conceded ten goals in the last two games.

There were multiple key talking points before the game, as Portsmouth recalled several fit-again players. Lassana Diarra, Armand Traore, Jermain Defoe and Sol Campbell all returned having been absent for the midweek Carling Cup defeat to last year's finalists. There was also a first start for Glen Little, in a switch that finally completed the highly anticipated and aptly named "Glen-Glen" combination down the right side. For the visitors, Matthew Dawson, Gilberto and David Bentley replaced Ledley King, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.

Other topics on the lips of the Fratton Faithful were naturally Glen Johnson's new hairstyle, the absence of John Westwood and of course, the fact that John Utaka has seemingly given his tangerine boots to Noe Pamarot.

Spurs kicked off in the scorching sunshine, with Jermain Defoe out to prove to the Londoner's that they made a mistake in selling him. And it wasn't long before the England striker had the ball in the net, nicely latching onto a Peter Crouch flick-on and calmly burying the ball beyond Gomes, before realising that he had just strayed offside.

The next passage of play was dominated by the home side, with Richard Hughes twice having fantastic volleys saved by the impressive Gomes, the first of which was a ferocious sliding effort from outside the area, that unfortunately swung nicely for the Tottenham keeper.

Minutes later Pompey should have had a penalty, with Lassana Diarra working his magic from a throw-in near the corner flag, only to be dragged away from the ball by a white shirt. Fortunately for the home side, the ball was only cleared as far as Johnson, who won a free kick in a good position. From the resulting set-piece, Glen Little whipped in a tricky cross that appeared to strike Jermaine Jenas' arm. This time the referee did award Portsmouth the penalty that they deserved, and Jermain Defoe gladly stepped up to bury the ball into the bottom corner of the net, despite the best attempts of Gomes.

There was just enough time before the break for Spurs to finally put pressure on the leaky Portsmouth defence, but the home team managed to hold strong and go into half-time with a deserved lead.

Juande Ramos' side were very poor in the first half, and had it not been for Gomes, Pompey could have been 3 or 4 goals to the good. The Tottenham manager clearly thought the same, as he decided to bring on Aaron Lennon for the ineffective Gilberto. The long-term Portsmouth target didn't look at his physical best; I think it is fair to say that he had let himself go a bit. Unfit or not, Lennon was still very fast, and his pace down the left caused Pompey all sorts of problems, and it seemed only a matter of time until Spurs drew level.

At the other end Pompey weren't sitting back, with Belhadj and Traore linking up nicely to cross a few decent balls into the box, unfortunately they never troubled Gomes. Glen Little, who had been very disappointing in the first half (then again, it's not like Utaka would have done much better), came inside a lot more often, and showed some nice touches before he was replaced by the aforementioned John Utaka (now sporting green boots).

Tottenham were still coming forward, with the Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko playing like a different man to that of the first half. Spurs won several free kicks in dangerous positions, but luckily for Portsmouth nothing came of them. Lassana Diarra, usually Pompey's star player, had been marshalling the midfield like usual, but this time he was being quite reckless with his challenges, and having been booked in the first half, it was the general consensus amongst the fans sitting around me that he should be taken off before disaster struck.

Lennon was still causing Glen Johnson trouble, and from another mazy run we crossed the ball into the box, only for Diarra to block it with his hand. Luckily the referee didn't see it, and Spurs only got a corner for their troubles. No doubt the "Right Result" will be in touch soon to let us know that the score should have been 2-1!

Upfront for Portsmouth, Peter Crouch had been winning the ball all afternoon, and he started a move with a nice flick onto his fellow strike partner. Defoe then turned nicely, before setting up Armand Traore to release a furious strike at goal. For once Gomes was unable to hold the shot, and Peter Crouch was on hand to finish off a move that he created, for his first goal in front of the Fratton faithful for many a year.

The second goal seemed to kill off any Tottenham fight back, and in fact it was Portsmouth who looked most likely to score, with Traore repeatedly getting beyond his marker. Diarra then picked p the ball on the left wing and went on the attack, only to put the ball a little too far in front of him, which resulted in the Frenchman diving in at the feet of Matt Dawson. Despite not getting the man, it was a reckless challenge and he had been given about eight separate "last warnings", so it was only fair that he was dismissed. The sending off meant that Harry pulled off Defoe and stuck on Younes Kaboul for the last five minutes.

Tottenham couldn't reduce the deficit, in a result that leaves hem rooted to the foot of the table. Portsmouth moved up to mid-table, and despite having won three and lost three, I'm sure pentonpompey will be quick to point out that from the corresponding fixtures from last season, we only gained one point, so we are eight points better off overall. I won't mention goal difference.

Star Player
I'm not too sure whether I'm allowed to choose an opposition player, as Gomes was sublime (albeit slightly eccentric), and kept Spurs in the game. He came close to the penalty and bad defending let Crouch in for the second, so he pretty much had a blameless game. As far as Portsmouth are concerned, Armand Traore and Peter Crouch stuck out for me. This was by far Crouch's best game this season, he won the ball in the air plenty of times, wasn't bad at all on the ground and even defended competently when needed. Whether or not this had anything to do with Fabio being in the crowd, I'm not sure. Traore was up and down the wing all day and deserved the assist. It was a great team performance, but in my opinion these players proved themselves the most today. Defoe was great as always, Belhadj slid in and tried tricks, Hughes did his job and got a few pile drivers in too, and Jamo was never troubled.

A special mention goes to Younes Kaboul, who touched the ball twice. With his first touch he over hit a simple pass for a throw in, and with his second touch he ran in unnecessarily and tackled John Utaka.

Next up for Portsmouth is Guimaraes in the Uefa Cup, or Uefa Europa League or whatever they want to call it. With the European hangover out of the way, we should have our confidence back. We have a healthy lead, and if we score once then they need to score four times. Good luck to all those travelling to watch the game, I'll be thinking of you when I'm tucked up nicely in bed at half 11 on Thursday.

Next at Fratton Park is Stoke City a week today. The Potters have a tactic that they will no doubt employ, and as the all will be mostly in the air hopefully we won't miss Lassana too much! Everyone needs to make sure that we make ex-Scummer Rory Delap feel welcome.

And finally, the sweepstake for what colour boots John Utaka will wear is being organised over the next few hours...


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Date:Sunday September 28 2008

Time: 4:17PM

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Good result i knew i should ave put a bet on us to win with defoe + crouch scoring.Glad defoe scored proved that ramos + spurs should have played him more often.Now we moved on up 6 places hopefully that is the direction we will be moving on in
stfc ballboy
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28/09/2008 16:40:00

Well the day just gets better and better. ManC have lost to Wigan 2-1. I guess world domination will have wait! I put a bet on stfc at 6-4 to win!
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28/09/2008 16:46:00

Eh? It's half time, Gandor.
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28/09/2008 16:59:00

I don't think so Scum. I've just read the result on Reuters. They wouldn't lump a half time score in with the final scores, would they?
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28/09/2008 17:19:00

Sorry Scum, I didn't notice the MC in the column where all the others are FT. Oh Hell, I thought it was too good to be true!
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28/09/2008 17:22:00

well done lads - the table makes great reading for us Chelsea boys!
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28/09/2008 17:30:00

Much better performance, Diarra going to be a loss though.
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28/09/2008 17:33:00

I watched the game on Sky but couldn't quite make out the anti-Sol chants coming from Spurs...were they pretty bad? I did hear Pompey crowd singing Sol's praises though which was nice although I was disappointed not to hear the drum and bugle.
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28/09/2008 17:33:00

normal service is resumed, thought campbell made some very timely interventions today. Will do the defence good to have kept a clean sheet. Pleased to see Crouch score as well, he's been getting some unfair stick from some quarters. Have to fear for Spurs on the strength of their performance though.
Steve C
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28/09/2008 17:35:00

aahh that's better! phew!
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28/09/2008 17:49:00

Sky are reporting that PFC have denied the club is up for sale, unless a good offer comes along. They have also put out a statement saying what good order the accounts are in etc. So thats the club up for sale then! Thats a worry, especially as the new stadium plans depend upon building new houses, in the current market. Its a worry on a lot of levels, including will the new owners let Arry 'manage' like Sacha does? It explains a lot though, the turnaround from 'we'll buy 3 star players' to 'we have to sell to balance the books' and the lack of action on the training ground/new stadium plans
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28/09/2008 17:52:00

Well done!!!!!
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28/09/2008 18:05:00

Tracy- you're right in that there's quite a lot of contradicting reports... some are saying we might have to sell top players and then you read another article saying that we're gonna be getting Jermaine Pennant. As well as all the talk about the club being for sale there's also the question of who owns us (incidentally on wikipedia it says that Arcadi Gaydamak is the owner). Oh, and it's also being reported today that Sacha (or his Dad) wants to get Avram Grant back as director of football...
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28/09/2008 18:14:00

Well done, Pompey. Great result for you and more misery for spuds. Just love it. Diarra was fantastic today. Traore had a good game as well.
Fan of Blues
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28/09/2008 18:20:00

Good performance today, Diarra was sent off for over-enthusiasm rather than anything malicious, thats him out for a game though
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28/09/2008 18:37:00

This has cheered me up tons after yesterday's result. Hilarious stuff, well done Pompey, and please don't get sold.
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28/09/2008 18:41:00

Business as usual again after a week of madness. Paul is right about Lassie too he just pushed the ball much too far for some reason. Glad we have put a smile on the faces of the Gooners and the Blue boys.
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28/09/2008 19:03:00

At least Diarra will only be out for the Stoke game - is that right? Have to say I don't really give a fig about the Gooners or the Chelski lot, any more than I care that we have contributed to the demise of the Spuds - but thank goodness, we won and we kept a clean sheet! 3 points in the bag, and some confidence to go to the away leg against Vitoria.
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28/09/2008 19:12:00

good report bakes, thanks for doing it.
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28/09/2008 19:14:00

fantastic, no need for doom or gloom... we did the main job and that was to not conceed. i would have been happy with 0-0 but well done to the lads for getting the goals. i was watching whilst in the gym and i punched the air when crouchy scored, created by defoe. update we are +8 points in respect to the same opposition from last season, and this time last season we had 6 points, this season 9 ... so for now, we are looking a stronger team to last season (and would still be on form to qualify for UEFA Cup)
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28/09/2008 19:47:00

Brilliant stuff. Just a shame HR hadn't subed Diarra with 5 to go but other than that, a great day. Portugal here we come.
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28/09/2008 20:48:00

Yep, great day, I was just looking for a clean sheet, 2 goals and 3 points are an absoloute bonus. Added benifit of the confidence before our trip to Portugal. (did I mention I'm going?????lol)
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28/09/2008 21:14:00

I felt mighty proud of the way that Fratton showed full-on support for Sol in the face of pretty harsh bile from Spurs crowd. Luckily the way the game panned out, Sol's performance and the persistent cheering for our skip shut the Hotspurts up although it was good that they kept up their positive support for their beleagured old team through to beyond the final whistle. Had it not been for their crassness re Sol I would have had been impressed by them.
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28/09/2008 21:28:00

was the spurs fans behaviour towards Sol any less than certain players recieve from us when they've played for that lot down the road? I doubt if there was much to choose between.
Steve C
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28/09/2008 22:16:00

the hatred spurs fans gave sol today - and always do - was much worse than we give those 'down the road' i think myself, we'll give them 'scummer, scummer' and a few digs but not stuff like 'campbell is a ****' the censored part is c u next tuesday... and other such 'delightful' things they came out with - we reacted well with 'when sol went up to lift the fa cup' and cheered his every move!
sol, and others, did their talking on the pitch today - great stuff and we did it against spurs, i love it...
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28/09/2008 22:21:00

Rug, thats nothing! I have been visiting Spurs tonight and i can tell you the handbags are flying bigtime. They have rubbished their Manager, their Chairman, all the players, all the fans collectively and now they are tearing each other to pieces! I wonder what would happen if any of them ever met up? It doesn't bear thinking about!
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28/09/2008 22:55:00

Well done, a deserved win!
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28/09/2008 23:46:00

if spurs hate arsenal soo much, why are they happy to accept bentley into their team?
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29/09/2008 02:18:00

It does seem over the top, presumably being yids they'd have understood if he'd left for financial reasons rather than football reasons. Sol has had the last laugh continually since leaving them he's won a hell of a lot more than Spurs ever have.
Steve C
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29/09/2008 07:39:00

A little boy gets 10 for his birthday and rushes down to the Sport Shop to buy the New Football he has been desperate for. He gets the ball down from the rack and gives the shop-keeper his 10. "Sorry Son !!" Explains the shopkeeper. "This ball cost 20, but you've only got 10". Thinking quickly, the boy looks up at the club balls and says "Ok. If you blindfold me and I guess the club on the ball will you let me have the ball for 10"? The shopkeeper curiously agrees, and blindfolds the boy. First up he gives the boy an Arsenal ball."OK" says the boy placing his ear to the ball. "I can hear the blasting sound of 2 canons. This must be an Arsenal ball" "That was a lucky guess" exclaimed the shopkeeper. "Lets try another one" And he hands him a Millwall ball. "OK" Says the boy placing his ear to the ball again. "I can hear a pack of rampant Lions. It must be a Millwall ball". "Christ" Says the shopkeeper. "If you get the next one right I'll let you have the ball for nothing" and he passes him another ball. Again the boy puts the ball to his ear and after a few moments he exclaims "That's a Tottenham ball". "Holly Mary Mother Of God" Shouts the shopkeeper."How on earth did you get that one. I suppose you heard a Cockerel crowing??" "No" Said the boy. "It's going down"!!!
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29/09/2008 08:13:00

Love it Et-tu... Really made me laugh.. Well done Pompey great result and if it hadn't have been for Gomez it surely would have been more .. Spurs were woeful... Lennon, Bent and De Santos on the bench !!
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29/09/2008 08:47:00

Great day, great win. Shame about Diarra though. He usually loves those type of games against the likes of Stoke. Nevermind.
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29/09/2008 13:15:00

Deserved??You were lucky,and the ref was awful,how we didn't get a penalty i don't know,as for Spurs going down,if that happens i'll give every one on Vital Pompey a tenner.
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29/09/2008 17:57:00

Well played boys, loads more effort and pride, i thought Little tried hard, take note Utaka, and the terrible twosome down the left did really well. I thought the body language of some of the Spuds was bad,and you have to think they are really struggling to play anything like they are capable of. How did the worlds biggest club do, they lost 2-1 at Wigan, GET IN!! Jammo, you are back, great save at the end.
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29/09/2008 17:59:00

I tell you something Coxy, Spurs were bloody awful, stop being deluded and admit it!
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29/09/2008 18:54:00

First half we were poor,it was scrappy,i'll give you that,second half we owned the ball,didn't create much but still had a few chances,Bent missed a few good opportunities later on and we had one cast iron penalty not given,i don't think i'm being deluded,if we were awful you weren't much better....
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30/09/2008 17:21:00


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