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Pompey today rolled over and died against a Newcastle side who hadn't won at Fratton in 17 years.
Big questions will be asked over both Pompey players desire, and the tactical nous of Tony Adams.

Pompey fans had high hopes of victory today, most were of the opinion that we have been a bit unlucky of late, but after a week on the training ground rather playing, maybe a few frailties would have been ironed out.
There used to be a term for Fratton, 'Fortress Fratton' but lately it has been as much as a fortress as Portchester castle.

First Half

Pompey started without Glen Johnson as he succumbed to his persistent nagging knee injury, Diop was also absent after 5 bookings and his place went to Mvuemba.
The first half to be fair was full of chances, Martins blasted one against the post for the geordies, while Defoe fired over from Belhadjs' weighted cross. Defoe seemed to have a good shout for a penalty, Bassong impeded him in the area but referee Foy waved play on, an action he was frequently to do in ensuing match.
It was really ebb and flow stuff, Pompey probed, Newcastle countered, Enrique tested James with a blast that Jamo did well to turn over, Kranjcar mean while tested the windows in Alverstone road with a wild blast.
shay Given was to produce the save of the half, Kranjcar made room for a shot which deflected and forced a fine save from the Irishman.

Second Half

The talk at half-time was both sides cancelling each other out a bit, but we had hope of snatching a goal if either Crouch or Defoe could receive the right ball, the match was to pan out other wise.

After just 7 minutes of the half Mvuemba commited the sin of giving the ball away to Gutierrez, he in turn fed Owen and he did what comes natural and dinked it over the prostrate James and into the net, 1-0 to Newcastle and how would we react?
Pamarot headed narrowly over from a corner and then Defoe turned and fired wide the sort of chance he normally buries.
Adams countered all this with one of the more bizarre substitutions he will ever make, Mvuemba departed and in his place came on Kanu, in midfield, again. Now shout me down if I am wrong, but Kanu has the pace of Stephen Hawking, in the box he can turn and produce a bit of magic in dangerous areas, but midfield? Sorry Tony but no way.
Pompeys only threat seemed to be from corners now, but with the huge gulf in midfield now wide open, it only seemed a matter of time before Newcastle were to catch us again, 77 minutes to be exact. Martins blasted so wide it went for a Pompey throw, but inexplicably we gave away possession again, Guthrie slotted in Martins again and this time he waited for James to commit and rolled it in the corner, game over.
Ameobi came on fro Martins straight away and then either sprung the offside or was wrongly waved on by the lino, either way he squared to Guthrie who smashed past James who really should of saved it.

Star Player

Davis was one of only a couple who kept going, he was unlucky to find Given facing him in the last minute, and it was he who ran 60 yds down the right to square for Defoes missed chance.

Player Ratings


Looking a bit erratic at the moment


Solid enough, but does not carry the threat of Jonno


better than the last 2 weeks, but where has the maverick in him gone?


Played well really, did what he had to do and lost little


Like James, seem to have lost his usual calm assurance


See Mom


Solid as always, but has no killer ball


Poor on the day, but hopefully more to come


Pompey looked to him for creativity, but he played it more sidewise than a crab, in a shell


Touch deserted him at vital moments


Scores more often with Big Brother rejects at the moment

Manager Rating

Trying to hard to turn a match with substitutions and tactical genius

Date:Sunday December 14 2008
Time: 5:09PM

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Good summary Paul. Too many had an off-day and the point about Tony's tactics stands out. The substitutions seemed make us worse rather than better.
14/12/2008 17:21:00
What the fck is going on with this team. The heart & soul has gone! Are these players playing for TA or bidding their time for a transfer window? We looked a team in trouble & the second half of the season could get desperate.
14/12/2008 17:31:00
Sometimes it's good to be an exile and only able to watch Pompey on TV. This was an awful performance against a very poor team. This type of performance will cost TA his job and question the players desire to stay with the club.
14/12/2008 17:34:00
Look back at my misgivings about TA and all is coming to fruition, those who shouted me and a minority down might just think differently after this horror show! Tactics? Subs??? What was going on there? We hadn't won the midfield and yet we took off Midfielders and put on strikers? Y? when, for a striker to score he needs feeding! We are in trouble and no mistake, we concede to easily and don't create enough...And that is not the basis for a strong team!
14/12/2008 17:50:00
I shake my head in disbilief. Apart from Sean, no-one had passion or even desire to play. I thought Richard H was unlucky to be subbed, especially for Kanu. Like Matt, I worry that 2009 is going to be difficult. The sooner we get to 40 points, the better.
14/12/2008 18:02:00
what worried me more, was the thought of players not applying themselves, January could be interesting, how many have been tapped up already?
14/12/2008 18:06:00
Quite a few Paul me thinks!!!
14/12/2008 18:15:00
Guys i was unable to go today thank god the 2nd half sounded dreafull on the radio let alone having to sit & watch it .only time will tell but i think 2009 is going to be hard old slog & if players do want to go in January surely the would be showing what the can do? .
14/12/2008 19:43:00
So much for a must win game. We were appalling. complete ****e. Those of you who rubbed your hands at the thought of Muntari leaving and 12 million coming, should have seen our Championship midfield. Bar Niko, the other three, despite battling hard, would struggle to get in the Scum first eleven! Newcastle are STILL poor enought to get relegated, yet stuffed us. Come back Diop, all is forgiven and as for our 'star player', our 'world class' midfielder, well, if 'injured' is the best he can do then So Long and Thanks for all the Cash. We'll add it to the parachute payments for next year.
14/12/2008 19:57:00
bit fed up at the moment
14/12/2008 19:58:00
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