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Pompey 3 - Blackburn 2




Pompey edge it at last

You've got to hand it to Pompey, they know how to entertain! A dour first half gave way to 5 goals in the second, Pompey flew into a 2 goal lead to yet again succumb to defensive frailities, but this time we found the extra yard.

Pompey started the game with two changes from thursday, Kaboul had turned an ankle and was replaced by Pamarot in the centre, while Defoe returned to grab back his spot partnering Crouch, Hughes and Diop got the nod in midfield in place of Davis once more.

The game had a sluggish start, Pompey couldn't find the crisp passing of the other night, and Blackburn were workmanlike in their line up.
The first real chance of the afternoon landed on Crouchs head, but he could only nod over with Robinson floundering.
Blackburn were making life difficult and enjoyed as much possesion as Pompey, Defoe only found the ball out wide and never got a sniff of a goal well defended by Nelsen and Samba.
For me, half time couldn't have come quicker, little did I know of the frolics to come in the next 45.
Kranjcar made his way onto the right in place of Little, who to be fair did little wrong but posed no real threat.
Glen Johnson was the spark, he floated over a beauty for Peter Crouch to guide home with his head and lift Pompeys spirits.
Defoe was not to be outdone though, Kranjcar threaded a lovely ball through and one-on-one with Robinson there was to be only one outcome.
Thgis time Pompey had 38 minutes to defend a 2 goal cushion, surely this time? Well no, Matt Derbyshire came on for Blackburn and his first touch ws to head home over James as Pompeys static defence watched and admired, 28 minutes to go.
Pompey slipped into old habits and decided to place their defensive line just in front of the milton end, Tucay ran unopposed through midfield and crashed home a shot in the bottom corner, 2-2 and Pompey looked to have thrown it all away again.
Blackburn immeadiately had the ball in the net again, but it was chalked off correctly has Derbyshire was offside as he crossed for Pedersen.
Straight up the other end and Johnson takes a leaf out of the Taylor book and belts one from his own half, only for the ball to land on top of the net rather than under.
Blackburn celebrate yet again as Derbyshire knocks home, but we get lucky as a foul on Jamo is given.
Sean Davis entered the fray with quarter of an hour to go, and like Matt Derbyshire wasted no time, Diop made a storming run from midfield and for once smashed in a great shot that Robinson could only parry, Kanu knocked on to Davis, and the prolific midfielder lifted it over Robinson into the net for his second Pompey goal. 11 minutes remained and Pompey would be home and dry.
The last 10 minutes and Blackburn probed and Pompey countered, but the action was over and as Mark Halsey blew his whistle the relief hung in the air and Pompey crossed the line.

Star Player

Big Papa did what he does best today, and so nearly broke his duck as well

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 30 2008

Time: 6:12PM

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Why are we letting in goals so easily at the Fortress all of a sudden? But at least we won it again and great for Davis to score a goal again at last!
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30/11/2008 18:25:00

great report paul, and we finally have that first home win under tony. now we need to take the game to wolfsburg, this is a very, very big game for us. and glen johnson is definitely our most influental player in the absence of diarra!
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30/11/2008 18:26:00

All the emotions following Pompey at the moment! Dull first half, followed by the ecstasy of 2 goals at the end we sit then 2 daft goals allowed to be scored but at least we hit a winner!! Was gonna comment on Adams subs, Davis for Traore???? At the time I thought Traore should have stayed on so we could look for the winner, then Davis scores.....what do I know!
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30/11/2008 19:19:00

"davis... the prolfic midfielder"...love it! Honestly though, I should stop listening to games... I swear they will give me a heart attack!!! we go 2-0 up, and they start saying "tony adams will finaly get his first home win" seconds later, and it's 2-1, then 2-2. why do we do it??? However, I am begginign to come round to the idea that tony adams is a better manager than harry redknapp ever could have been, and is certainly the right man to take the club forwards.
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30/11/2008 22:09:00

oh, and 3rd on MoTD??? surely a 3-2 with a come back, two dissolowed goals, and some great football should come ahead of a dull 1-0, where the team expected to win... wins. even if it is a derby!
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30/11/2008 22:11:00

i rekon heart attacks will be on the rise at St Mary's Hospital!
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30/11/2008 23:50:00

I was horrified to see no Sol and no Kaboul starting. Poor old Pamarot had a total mare of a game so in the end we were lucky not to chuck it away again. Christmas comes early to Fratton park - come and get your lovely away goals, lads! Never mind, the thing was turned around in the end. Glad to see Bouba Diop ploughing his way through the middle so often. My favourite moment - that cross field pass which Belhadj trapped in mid air with his foot, spun round and began to attack again. I will see that one often in my dreams.
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01/12/2008 07:59:00

I have aged over recent weeks. What little hair I have left has got white with worry. We never used to do this but now it seems automatic. Maybe we need to have a good look at why????
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01/12/2008 10:09:00

Almost another crying moment and I think we were probably very lucky to win this game in the end. Oh well, first home win for Big Tony! Happy Days.
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01/12/2008 10:41:00

one thing i did notice the other night against milan.. ive watched the game 3 or 4 times ;) was that in the last ten minutes Tony sat down and looked really nervous, which i do think might have an impact on the players.. its when the mgr should be really pushing the lads to fight on
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01/12/2008 11:19:00

I think the problem with the defence is basically we are missing Campbell in the form of last season, well though Kabul has done, and that this season we have 2 full backs who are much better attacking than defending. Tony needs to work with his back four and try and get another defender in January to replace Sol. Good to see Papa back to his best against Milan and yesterday probably because he's back in the centre of midfield and not out right which he obviously hates, maybe those who sit near me and have a go at him will shut up now. Nobody can fault his effort and surely he deserves a goal, hopefully soon.
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01/12/2008 16:39:00

We needed that victory & I'm happy with it just look at the table to see how important it was, oh carpet I think we have to win 7-4 to be first on match of the day, & even then they would only show the goals to fit in the big four winning 1-0
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01/12/2008 16:45:00


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