Date:Saturday January 31 2009
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
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