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Pompey 2 - AC Milan 2




Closer than close

The match has finished, my initial felings of disappointment have been replaced by pride in my team now.
Ok we drew to a sucker punch in injury time once more, but I can write this knowing we throughly outplayed a giant of European football.
My 11 year old son turned to me with about 10 minutes left, he said that he could now say that he had seen some of the best players in the World, my reply was that he had also seen Ac Milan.

In the build up to the match we were shorn of half the first choice 11, Diarra was out, Defoe struggling and Campbell nowhere to be seen, to compound the issue Sean Davis had gone down with flu, the situation was such that we could only name 6 subs rather than the alloted 7, Milan could name Ronaldinho, Pato and Seedorf on their bench.

Pompey went with Kanu up top with Crouch in his first start of the season, Glen Little made another comeback on the right, and Traore resumed his left sided loan partnership with Belhadj, Kaboul again stood in for Campbell.

The game started and Milan pinged the ball about for a while, but after a few minutes Pompey found their feet and really got in Milans faces, Richard Hughes a little too zealously and he gained an early yellow card.
If Pompey were overawed, it didn't show at all, Traore and Belhadj started to burn up the left, Kanu and Crouch took turns to hold up play, and our defence countered anything the megastars could throw at them.
Inzaghi gave us the biggest scare when he lobbed Jamo after a deflection off of Kaboul sat up nicely for him, but the net only bulged on top. Next up he hit the post after seeming destined to score, tha ball landed nicely in James' arms, but that was not to say Pompey wern't creating at the other end, Crouch scuffing a great chance from a Kanu cross which bounced harmlessly to Dida.
Glen Little showed all the touches he displayed years ago when with Burnley, his close control enabled Johnson to bomb forward and deliver more than one cross into the area, while Diop and Hughes snapped away in the centre.
Crouch tried to nod back one of the Johnson crosses to his strike partner Kanu, but the slippy surface did for him.

The half-time whistle blew and Pompey were more than in it, Milan had found all about Fratton park!

The second half kicked off with sustained possession from the Italians, but then something happened, the Pompey crowd as one started to incessantly chant 'Tony Adams Blue and white Army' all 4 sides of the old ground echoed out, the atmosphere turned white hot and flooded back memories of Stockport a few years back, (if you were there you'll get the comparison) Pompey started to move the ball like we had come to see Milan do, every blue shirt was passing and moving, the Milan superstars were chasing shadows, and Pompey were genuinely outplaying the supposed gentre.
Glen Little looked to have slotted home, but it was only the side netting rippling, and then on 62 minutes Glen Johnson sent over another cross, this one was guided by sat-nav right onto Kabouls head, and the giant Frenchman powered home to send Fratton into orbit and beyond. The atmosphere cranked up another notch, and Jonno did it again, this time Kanu was on hand to knock home his first goal since May 17th and Pompey were 2 up with 17 minutes to play.
Ronaldinho was summoned from the bench and after 10 minutes the referee decided that Glen Johnson cleanly whipping the ball away was enough to warrant a free-kick right in front of goal, the toothy one took one step and cracked in a pearler past James.
Davis came on for the knackered Kanu and it was hold on time, Pompey tried to keep possession and did so, the 4th official waved for 3 minutes add-on, and our mate the ref did it again, another dodgy free-kick resulted in the ball squirting to Pompey's left, a hack forward and Inzaghi slotted home.
Milan played off the park and heading home with a point they barely deserved.
Tomorrows paper will probably read 'Pompey hold Milan', but anyone who saw the game will know it was a case of Milan hold a rampant Pompey.

Star Player

Take you pick, Pompey were truly magnificent, the only thing missing from our armoury at the moment you can't buy, a little thing called luck.

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 27 2008

Time: 11:45PM

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Sometimes you just don't get what you deserve..
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27/11/2008 23:52:00

gutted at first, but we drew againt milan!!!!!!!
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27/11/2008 23:55:00

win didnt sneek a draw here we deserved to win. not many teams say that against AC Milan. Although nearly 300 miles away from the ground i have sung my heart out all night and am totally proud of my team. If Kaka is worth 80m then what is Kanu worth who outplayed him all over the park! not to mention the missing Diarra, Defoe, Campbell and Kranjcar! Although i will still be 300 miles away when we play Blackburn on Sunday - i will still sing and echo the thoughts of u peeps at the ground. Usher in the era of Adams and let us gor forth.... BLUE ARMY, BLUE ARMY
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28/11/2008 00:09:00

We are the best!
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28/11/2008 00:13:00

I love Kanu. I know he's not everyone's favourite but that boy does stuff with the ball that nobody else can do. It's strange but he works ever so well with Crouch who does all the hard work. A little bit disappointed to throw it away but I'm proud to have witnessed such a game involving Pompey.
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28/11/2008 00:33:00

Most websites put the important things at the top. You guys had a victory toinight! Go on Pompey!
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28/11/2008 02:21:00

I got up at 3am to watch the game on some live stream, which fortunately was excellent quality. I got goosebumps from the crowd, they were magnificent. Again, the luck let us down, but the players should be proud in their performance. If we played like that every game. oh we do, just no luck
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28/11/2008 02:30:00

Fantastic! i think Little did amazing, considering he hasnt played for ages. We can still qualify for the next round! :)
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28/11/2008 04:39:00

It was brilliant when Little turned Kaka inside out, and then drew a foul off him...... LOL moment
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28/11/2008 06:17:00

moment that summed it up, Belhadj skinning Flamini and watching him slide off the pitch
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28/11/2008 06:31:00

Last night seemed so cruel. Unfortunately I wasn't there (had to make do with the marvellous Channel 5). Shortly after the second Pompey goal had been scored the commentator said 'And who'd have thought Portsmouth would have beaten AC Milan'...the moment he said that I though 'Thanks, Chump'...and I was right. Why do commentators have to go and curse it for us. Grrrrr!
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28/11/2008 08:48:00

Oh, and those who were watching on telly - did you see how p***ed Kanu looked when he came off? The King was furious! Poor fella.
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28/11/2008 08:52:00

Excellent ....and so unlucky to not win.........if you play like that in your other two games you will qualify...... by the way.....can we have Belhadj off you....he was awesome....
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28/11/2008 08:52:00

I am speechless and I bet every single Pompey fan felt like they'd been suckerpunched when that goal went in in injury time. However - I am so damn proud to be a Pompey fan! Looking at the starting team sheet was almost embarassing - but I think every single player gave 110% and although we could've been 3-0 at one point, we would have never deserved it in a million years. Play up Pompey!
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28/11/2008 09:01:00

Kanu could have hold the ball for portsmouth in the last few minutes. For someone who played only 30 minutes this season he was amazing...but go on fellas wish he wil leave at the transfert window. You have a world class player who even scored in the cup final and you want to get rid of him? go understand
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28/11/2008 09:02:00

Be proud and stand tall. Pompey actually played Milan off the park....can you believe it? They were all marvellous to a man. I guess we'd have taken 2-2 but no-one really expected us to boss the game with such confidence - that's why there was an initial tinge of disappointment. Fact is that the quality of football played by Pompey was awesome and maybe this was out first glimpse of the Adams/Metgod partnership doing the business. As for the atmosphere.....a wall of sound. Man of the match for me was Belhadj.
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28/11/2008 09:21:00

My MoM was Johnson. Set up a goal and bossed the right wing whilst defending with 'aplomb' (always wanted to say that)
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28/11/2008 09:51:00

I think I am sharing these feelings in general. I expected to either get crushed 5-0 or to lose to a single goal in the last minute. To get a point and two goals off Milan was amazing. To concede goals by Ronaldinho and Inzaghi is no great shame. Perhaps with Diarra and Defoe...but then if we live by "perhaps" we go mad. The noise was amazing - bloke next to me got text from his daughter in North End who could hear the noise from her garden. But it's when we lose a 2-0 advantage to teams like Wigan (and I don't mean to be nasty but Wigan is not Milan...) that it is really dispiriting. My man of match was Belhadj but I was just so proud that every one of them fought as if they were born and bred on Portsea Island.
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28/11/2008 10:06:00

I thought we were outstanding. So disappointed to draw - a result I would have well taken before the game. I only got to see it on TV but I thought we almost asked for it once they got one back. We seemed to have a flat back line of 6 or more players, we seemed to be dropping back, giving them space and inviting the pressure rather than getting at them. Not knocking him but Tony Adams had been kicking every ball with the team, but just when we needed his guidance he was sat down - so the TV showed. And how come Inzhaghe wasn't marked for his goal (though it might not have done much to stop him!). Perhaps I'm being picky, but we have to learn these lessons.
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28/11/2008 10:06:00

Oh and something else which was great was Ronaldinho running up to the Fratton End at the end of the game an acknowledging how great the fans were. What a nice boy!
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28/11/2008 10:11:00

My feeling are still raw, the morning after. Gutted sums me up. Every emotion last nite. Yes we played very well & against a great team but the result will show a 2-2 draw & it may be vey, very long time before we get another chance. The balance of the team looked good especially when you consider the players out. So, so desperate to win & at 2-0 it was pinch me time. The noise in the Fratton End was amazing. Hopefully we can all pick ourselves up for Blackburn on Sunday. As for qualifying for the next round, well we may have to do a massive job & win Germany.
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28/11/2008 10:14:00

Just thought i would congratulate you guys on an amazing team performance. You deserved a famous win so unlucky there but what a performance by your whole team as you played AC Milan off the pitch at times. The one thing that should be noted and congratulated though are your fans. They were immense and the noise must have freaked the AC milan players out as well as drove your players on. A real good advert for PL clubs so well done guys and sorry you didnt get the win you deserved. Keep it up and good luck for the rest of the season
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28/11/2008 10:21:00

Spursfan4eva, Thanks mate. Your comments will mean a lot to everyone on this site. Poot-evans, yes, you are being picky! We didn't sit back, we played with shape, composure and discipline. Accentuate the positive and, on the morning after the night before, let's not even dwell on any negatives. By the way, when Tone say down, Jon Metgod was up and at 'em. Be proud to be Pompey!
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28/11/2008 10:34:00

I suppose as fans, the negatives are not our concern - they are the managements and they need to ensure we don't keep repeating them. As fans we had 85 minutes of supreme positiveness that we should focus on. I guess for the last 5 minutes there will be differences of opinion. But, it's not the first time we've been 2 goals in front and not won the game though is it. I'd just like us to do a bit better in these situations. Even Tony himself has admitted after the last few games that they need to learn to put teams to bed. They did try last night, I just think they went from being too gung ho to being too negative.
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28/11/2008 11:32:00

spursfan4eva - it means a lot to have you coming on here congratulating - particually after one of your recent frontpage articles. Thanks very much!!!
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28/11/2008 21:13:00

as a result... I don't know whether to be elated or dissopointed... at the moment, it is certainly disspoinintment... however if we can get through to the knock out stages, then I'm sure I will be pleased with a draw against milan!!!
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28/11/2008 21:15:00


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