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Pompey 3 - Heereneven 0




Pompey bow out gracefully

Pompey's maiden journey ended tonight, but ended with a win.
Pompey played out the match in what felt like a pre-season tournament, both teams had only pride to play for, but Tony Adams gave a couple of fringe players some air time, and will be pleased with what he saw, especially from Marc Wilson at right-back.

Along with Wilson, Kanu, Hreidarsson and Mvuemba played ninety minutes, something they haven't had the chance to do lately, but something they did well nonetheless.

Pompey kicked off toward the Milton end, Crouch had an early effort from Traore's low cross after he had left the Dutch full-back for dead, and to be honest Crouchie should have buried the chance.
Henrique forced a sharp save out of Ashdown before Beerens smashed a post with Ashdown beaten. Not to be out done though and Crouch hit the bar when Wilson picked him out with a radar guided cross, and not for the last time either.
Crouch was getting the sort of service he craves, but was being wasteful with his open buffet, until finally he got his head on another Wilson cross to guide home. Within 2 minutes and he had another, Kanu performed his ball on a string routine, the 'keeper parried and Crouch prodded home, the scoreline had a more realistic look to it at last.

Second half and the chess moves started, Heereneven were neat enough but found chance few and far between, but when Elyounoussi found himself clean through he poked wide with only Paddy to beat. Crouch and Belhadj seemed happy enough to have running battles with a couple of Dutch defenders as the game fizzled out, but Hermann had the last say, getting in front of the 'keeper to nod home Little's free-kick in injury time, job done.

Star Player

Marc Wilson.

Although a regular squad member, this was his first chance to show what he could do, and he defended soundly and sent over enough crosses for Crouch to beaten Ted MacDougalls record.

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Date:Wednesday December 17 2008

Time: 11:01PM

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Good game, wish we had met them earlier, but a clean sheet was just as welcome
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17/12/2008 23:03:00

Did we finish bottom of the group?? Nice to see Herman get a run too
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17/12/2008 23:10:00

definitely didnt finish bottom nodster. heerenveen were seeded second but lost every game! wilson was amazing considering it was his debut (i think). mvuembas looking like our best bet for right midfield, and it was nice to see hermann start, and get a goal too. great way for us ti react to the diarra news too. no idea why they took off their best player (beerens) at half time though!
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18/12/2008 00:45:00

It was Mark Wilson's first start Jbakes. I wasn't really looking forward to going to this game as I thought it would be treated as a bit of a practice match but as it turned out both teans were up for it. Two good goals for Crouch but he is oh so wasteful at times. Mark Wilwilson played well and Paul report states but my man of the match was Hermann - His somersault when he scored was worth the entrance money alone. Unbeaten at home in Europe .... I'll settle for that.
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18/12/2008 08:06:00

However bleak the future seems, you never know when the next Lassana Diarra or David James is going to turn up...that's the fun of the game!
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18/12/2008 08:50:00

Marc Wilson (playing out of position) and HH were the stars for me; don't forget Richard Hughes who I thought also had a stormer. I'd like to see MW get a more regular run in the pompey side, maybe with GJ in right mid.
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18/12/2008 09:04:00

...or maybe in right mid himself? (as he is a midfielder...). From what I heard it was a good game, and excellent to see our squad players are all still pretty good!
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18/12/2008 09:22:00

A real shame that I missed the game, but hopefully my mate had a good time at his first taste of Pompey in Europe. Sounded like the boys played well, and to keep a clean sheet will give everyone's confidence a huge boost.
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18/12/2008 09:53:00

Good fun last night watching the team we will have playing for us when the transfer window closes!! Marc Wilson stood out for his confidence and ability with both feet and of course he was playing out of position.
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18/12/2008 12:23:00

Mveumba also showed more promise (another C-mid out of position) player, but showed some nice link up play & can take free kicks,as others I also was impressed with Wilson & Tony Adams see's him eventurly as a C-back, but Marc see's himself as "Yes you guessed it " another C-mid player
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18/12/2008 15:04:00

Well done to you all who went to the game, it was great to hear about the win, and then catch up with the highlights. Wilson looked a decent player, and Arnold needed a performance after last weekend. Lets hope we can carry this over to Saturday, when we are going to be involved in a real fist fight at the Reebok if we want to get three points.
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18/12/2008 19:28:00


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