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Pompey stalemate

Pompey
0 - 0
Bristol City

Fratton

3/1/09

Attendance: 14,446.

Referee:

Pompey remained undefeated in the FA cup for another week, but that was the only real plus point today.
Bristol came with a plan, 1 man upfront and Jamie McCombe was in to counter Crouchs height. Trouble is Pompey went with one up front as well, Tony Adams will no doubt say it was 3, but Kranjcar was deep and Nugent wide right.

Adams has obviously gone back to basics with Pompey, thing is with Adams, basics means clean sheets first, the rest is a bonus. Pompey played with one upfront at home, this shored up midfield, but took away a threat to City's back line, ok Defoe has bailed on us, but surely Nugent would be best played as an out an out forward?

The game was not without chances, Styvar cleared off the line from Wilson, Kranjcar headed a great chance wide, and Distin forced a great save from the 'keeper, but Pompey are looking a bit like Shane McGowan at the moment, toothless.
Second half and Nugent curled one in that was well saved, Kranjcar smashed one into Basso's body, but Pompey had David James to thank for preventing another defeat, Bradley Orr forcing a fine save with about ten left.

All this leaves Pompey still floundering around somewhat, the clean sheet was a bonus, but a lack of firepower and real leadership on the pitch makes us look a bit rudderless right now.

Star Player

Kranjcar had his best game for time, he looked the most likely to score, but will rue the header he placed wide rather than between the sticks.


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Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Saturday January 3 2009
Time: 6:16PM

Comments

0
Bit like a solo Richard Ashcroft,- no verve
paultsmouth
03/01/2009 18:20:00
0
Bit like Adolph, no balls.
Et_tu_Pompeii
03/01/2009 18:38:00
0
From Utaka, Diop, Muntari, Diarra and Kranjcar to Nugent, Wilson, Davis, Mvuemba and Kranjcar. It says it all, sad times. We need so much new blood it's unreal.
stillthewhizz
03/01/2009 18:40:00
0
I'm happy with a clean sheet. It's something to build on, and is a confidence boast for the defence - who were in DIRE need of one!
pompeycarpet
03/01/2009 18:41:00
0
Bit like Seppuku, no guts
Et_tu_Pompeii
03/01/2009 18:41:00
0
Bit like a Eunuch, no penetration.
Et_tu_Pompeii
03/01/2009 18:43:00
0
That is dire need - clean sheet at HOME to a CHAMPIONSHIP club!!!!
Et_tu_Pompeii
03/01/2009 18:45:00
0
As a long term Season Ticket holder, this is one of the few times I get to 'vote with my feet'. I'm unhappy with many aspects of our club and they management need to understand that. The missing six thousand will, hopefully ring some alarm bells, although I suspect they will be ignored. My main gripe is, why buy all these great players just to sell them again? Don't believe it's the credit crunch, that's b*110ckz. It's just $h1te management, planning and stuff and that's not acceptable. What are the chances of winning the replay?
Et_tu_Pompeii
03/01/2009 18:55:00
0
Good. I like you saved 50 today - just can't afford it on top of Christmas and all the games in 2008. Love to have been there but 50 for the wife and me was just too much!!
eastneydave
03/01/2009 19:02:00
0
Et_tu_pompeii - we had no chance of keeping a cleansheet against a premiership club - meaning now was the perfect time to give the defence a confidence boast! Hopefully, in our next game, we will be able to keep one against man city - then totenham... start small, build big.
pompeycarpet
03/01/2009 19:35:00
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