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Pompey crash out

Pompeys European adventure is over.
And to be fair it deserves to be, Pompey were nothing short of awful, conceding 3 goals to 2 defensive errors, 1 of which will get all the 'Calamity James' headlines back again.

Pompey started very much like they did in both Portugese games, conceeding in the first few minutes, this time Sol Campbell showing the rustiness of the tin man to let Dzenko free to score.

Next up in a catalouge of errors and Benaglio gave a hint of things to come by spilling Traores cross straight to Defoe to sidefoot home, things were looking up.
Arnold Mvuemba justified his selection next by letting fly and scoring with the aid of a deflection, Pompey went 2-1 up and had it all to play for.

But Pompey showed all their defensive frailties to let Gentner score and equalise, james was done by a dummy and Belhadj was slow coming off the post to play his man onside, Pompey were throwing it away again.

Second half and Pompey were first to show, on a quiet personal night Kranjcar smacked in a cracking free-kick but found only the woodwork, news was filtering through that Braga had come from behind in Holland and the game was really must win now.

At the back Pompey were taking it in turn to give it away, Distin was as culpible as the rest and got lucky when misplaced effort didn't cost us.
James had obviously been taking note, a bread and butter backpass reached him, and inexplicably he played a lazy pass straight to the on rushing Misimovic who had the simple task of first sending James the wrong way and then rounding him into an empty net, the game was up.

It could of been worse. Moments later Campbell lunged in on Dzeko, little contact was made but the ref pointed to the spot. James partially atoned for his cock-up with a low save to his right, but it was really a case of papering over cracks now.
Traore left the field with a hamstring injury to put Pompey down to 10 men, but we never had another sniff, we lost, Braga won, Europe bade farewell, you just have to hope Pompey have got a taste for it and push on in the league to do it all again.

Star Player

Mvuemba came in from the cold and showed his fellow midfielders how to score from the middle, with Diarra looking more and more likely to depart, is he the future?

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 4 2008

Time: 9:59PM

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How many times can we shoot ourselves in the foot? The performance against Milan was a million miles away
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04/12/2008 22:00:00

we threw it away. Useless defending for the first goal, the second was meant to be a cross and the third doesnt bare thinking about! we NEED to sort out our concentration, and once THAT is done, we will be a VERY good side. however that NEEDs to be done before anything else!
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04/12/2008 22:38:00

oh, and mvuema was brilliant... as I expected him to be :-)
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04/12/2008 22:39:00

This is probably the best thing that could happen for Pompey's season. You can now concentrate on the Premiership and developing the squad under your new manager. The UEFA was definitely a bridge too far.
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04/12/2008 22:52:00

Yep, I'm ok with it. After all our recent turmoil, lets get to 40 points, and push on from there, a top ten finish would be a good season for us this year.
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04/12/2008 23:01:00

I'll go with that Sindbad. Only hope our players don't b----r off in the January tranfer window to teams that are still in Europe. Anyway, we start our defence of the FA Cup in January, surely that was going to be an impossibility with us still in Europe?
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05/12/2008 00:06:00

good point guys it prolly is a good thing that we can now concentrate on the premier league but still bitterly disappointed, tonys really gonna need to pick the squad up for sunday now, oh well FA cup her ewe come =D
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05/12/2008 00:15:00

gandor, because our players have already played in europe, any one that leaves for a team still in european competition will not be able to play as they will be cup tied
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05/12/2008 02:42:00

it was still nice to be playing in Europe. Will never forget the Milan game, as for the other games, well..
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07/12/2008 10:44:00

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07/12/2008 12:55:00

Nice sum up Paulsmouth spot on Mvuemba the bright spot in a frustrating performance, but we still have the memory of the Milan game (superb).
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07/12/2008 13:02:00

We weren't good enough & any sort of luck needed was used up in the away leg in Guimaraes in the extra time period. It was always an uphill task in group that was harder than most & the daunting AC Milan to boot. Strangely we gave our best performance against them.
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07/12/2008 20:55:00

Well we got as far as I hoped which was the group stage, and we got a dream tie against AC Milan in which we did ourselevs proud. I am very happy, although we probably shuold have done better. Back to concentrating on the league, wher ea top 7 finish is essential, and a top 5 finish is not out of the question at the moment.
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08/12/2008 09:10:00

it could be a blessing in disguise.......but credit where credit is due......you showed what you can do.....against Milan.......that is a memory to treasure.....
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08/12/2008 09:46:00


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