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The title may not be significant to some, but this was the last time Pompey tasted victory in the Premier league, the 3-2 win over Blackburn was a full 2 months ago pop pickers.

Pompey went to Craven cottage with high hopes of at least a point, we generally fair quite well in West London, well that part, but today all our defensive frailties came to the fore once more.

Pompey went with Kanu and Crouch together again, I stated in my preview that I didn't feel this was the partnership to get us the goals, neither play badly, but neither is the quickest or complements the other.

Pompey started the game bright enough, we pushed forward without really testing Schwarzer in the Fulham goal, and then pompey did it AGAIN, Distin was caught flat-footed, Andy Johnson was slipped in, and with all the time in the World the ex-England man slipped it in the corner. Pompey played Father Christmas yet again 37 days after Santa had finished his rounds.

To sum up our potency, Sean Davis was having the most efforts, he has hardly the greatest scoring record but looked most likely of all the men on the pitch.
Pompey then smashed the bar through Younes Kaboul right on half-time, we have surely knocked on wood more often than Eddie Floyd.

Second half and the penny dropped for Adams, Kanu came off and Nugent came on, Pompey steamed forward in pursuit of the illusive goal, and should have had a penalty when Pantsil tripped Nugent, this isn't a rose tinted view as it was as stonewall as they come, but referee Wiley was obviously taking tips from the officials from Tuesday night and waved all appeals away.
To rub our noses in it, Pantsil did it again 2 minutes later, this time on Crouch, but Wiley was as beneficial to the Fulham man again.
Pantsil denied Crouch again, fairly this time when the 2 metre man looked ready to burst the net, his tackle perfectly timed on this occasion.

Just as you thought a goal was coming, it did, trouble was Pompey were looking for an offside decision on the halfway line, substitute Nevland broke away and bulged Jamo's net once more, 2-0 and Pompey were looking at yet another barren week.
A full 9 minutes later and Pompeys defence opened up Paris Hiltons legs once more and Nevland slotted another, 3-0 game over.

David Nugent pulled one back with header from Pennants cross with time running out, he has scored the last 2 of our goals now, but it was too little too late.

Pompey are slipping like an eel on wet tiles right now, the defence looks ragged, the complete opposite of last season in fact, not something you'd expect with a defensive minded coach as Adams in charge, the goals have dried up, yes the luck is out, but when you have none of that it is imperative the concentration doesn't slip, and Pompey seem to have the concentration span of Dory from finding Nemo.

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Date:Saturday January 31 2009
Time: 7:01PM

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The sands of time are slipping faster by the second, the bottom 3 looks imminent and I don't see where the inspiration is coming from
31/01/2009 19:03:00
A chilly old day at Craven cottage. Man of match for Pompey definitely No 12 - fans were great. Nuge had a good old try in the second half and as usual the Pompey crowd appreciated him making every effort and fighting every step of the way.
31/01/2009 19:31:00
Yes it was cold, James given no chance, johnson had a few good runs Nugent did well & worked hard, Crouch had to run for Kanu in the first half,& Davis run his legs off as normal Pennant not at his best either, & sorry to say it Triaore fans he did not look good today, but still was better than Allan Wiley (ref) what a prat.
31/01/2009 20:28:00
and can I also add that those clap-banner things that Fulham have are sh**e and there is no place for them in a crowd of fully-grown adults. Why can't they clap with their hands? Their fans are a complete disgrace. However, round of applause to the little lad in a house on the way to the Cottage selling home-made sausage rolls for a quid a throw. Great enterprise and great rolls.
31/01/2009 20:29:00
Adams was a great leader for Arsenal and England, why can't he fire the boys up? It all seems so dreary and lacklustre, like the players minds are on other things. We concede first then we go all guns blazing to equalise and concede further. He's either got to pull in an old guy with experience to help him out in the dressing room or we've got to think about the short term future of the club under his helm.
31/01/2009 21:04:00
the team comes out of the dressing room fired up - wanting to prove a point, and at the beggining of each half, I really thought we would win. However, as the chances go by, the players begin to think "is this happening again?" - no manager can change that - and confidence slips, and we loose. all that can be done, is for us to actually score early on in a game, and that will ease the pressure and the confidence.
31/01/2009 21:12:00
Should the captaincy be given to someone on the pitch who can enthuse the others - no offence, Sylv - but an onfield Tiger who leads by shouting at everyone and energising them to keep fighting? To do what TA used to do when he was on the turf
31/01/2009 21:19:00
I have to say that we are a poor side, we have no leader on the pitch, and a man in charge who is not up to the task. I cant believe he perseveres with Kanu up front with Crouch, as it does not work and they both play in the same way. Fulham had no worries about balls being played behind them as those two are so slow. Mullins and Davis could never unlock a defence and look really ordanairy. We really looked doomed, and most people who were there are not expecting players to arrive who will save us. I am so angry and disapointed with the way we are playing, it looks like the bubble has burst and it is hurting. Traore looks to have lost interest and Nugent tries hard and deserves to be in the team.
31/01/2009 22:16:00
I've got to agree with the comments so far. Apart from shaking up the defence we need some creativity in midfield to unlock teams and take command of a game. TA's got to give Nugent a go up front, cos he's the only one with any legs, desire and energy to take advantage of any chances going in the box. I am worried i must admit cos i thought today we'd play as well as we did against Villa...
01/02/2009 00:17:00
We need to turn the corner.. but where is the corner?
01/02/2009 00:44:00
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