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Pompey throw it away again

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Pompey did it again, 3 points were in the bag, and then someone presses the self destruct button and we go home empty handed again.

You've got to feel a bit sorry for Tony Adams now, you can criticise him for selection, substitutions, coaching and just about anything, but how can he coach against Crouch playing a suicidal backpass and Distin swinging and missing for the second week in a row?

Angelo Basinas made his debut in centre midfield, Mullins was pushed wide to compensate for Pennants absence, Campbell replaced Kaboul and Belhadj was a straight swap for Traore. David Nugent got his deserved start against his fellow scousers and as an Evertonian seemed fired up from the off.

The first half was a cagey affair, Crouch fired a volley over for Pompey, Aurelio narrowly missed for Liverpool from a free-kick, and Jamo saved well from another strike which may have been drifting wide, that was about it realy, but the second half was to have Hitchock style twists.

Kranjcar came on for Mullins at the break, but it was Liverpool who should have broken the deadlock first, Babel completely missing the ball in front of an open net, thats what 11.5million buys you!
The miss was costly as Nugent got clear 2 minutes later and buried it under Reina's body, que wild celebrations at Fratton!

Crouch was the next Pompey forward to be involved in a goal, but for all the wrong reasons, his attempted backpass found Benayoun who was only denied by a diving James, this led to referee Webb signaling for an indirect free-kick which Aurelio blasted home from 12 yards.

Pompey fans had that familiar feeling once again, but 10 minutes later and Hreidarsson did the unthinkable and actually scored from a set-piece!

This time we were looking good for all 3 points, that is until Distin inexplicably swung and missed for the second time in 7 days, Kuyt was in and at the second time of asking blasted past James at his near post, Pompey had shot themselves in the foot once more.

The feeling was that a draw was better than nothing, but sub Torres was having none of it, a cross landed squarely on his head and James could only force it into the roof of the net, 3 points became none, and Pompey made Benitez look a tactical genius.

Star Player

Nugent ran and ran and ran, he has scored 3 of Pompeys last 4 goals in the league, and is starting to look like the player we thought we had signed from Preston.

Distin has been quick to criticise Pompeys defending and lack of concentration of late, he was player of the season last year, but he has been one of the main culprits recently, maybe he should look closer to home before he gobs off to the press again.

Date:Saturday February 7 2009
Time: 9:04PM

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But for a couple of a really bad errors it was in the bag, just about summed up our time under Tony Adams, I'm starting to really feel for the bloke
07/02/2009 21:06:00
I don't want this to sound bitter but did anyone else think the ref was a disgrace today. I know we were playing a top 4 club but sitting in the fratton end I could not believe some of the decisions that went against us. No wonder herman got booked... he looked like he was gonna explode when the ref didn't give that corner. I wouldn't mind but this isn't the first time I've left a game thinking we were playing against 12 men.
07/02/2009 21:18:00
Paul, Mrs Eastneydave and I with you 100% on that he cannot be to blame for simple mistakes like those made tonight. But he is still putting a brave face on things even though he probably feels like throwing in the towel!!
07/02/2009 21:19:00
the promising from this was nugent and basinas.Them 2 were immense they ran there socks off.Basinas has a good free kick on him 2.PUP all we need is luck !!! 3 games left for adams then i fink he must go
stfc ballboy
07/02/2009 21:22:00
Adams can not be blamed for the school boy errors of Distin. We will be back in the Championship next season... Hopefully the pathetic JCL Pompey fans can sod off too. What has happened to all the proper fans?
07/02/2009 21:27:00
ashford; Do you mean that Pompey have had the same fans since it's induction in 1898?...Oh I do love you boy's who think they've been there since Moses was a boy!
07/02/2009 21:32:00
Penton your pathetic. If you are not a JCL you would know exactly what im saying proper Pompey fans have ALWAYS stuck behind there team. Since we have become a premiership team the support has gone from being the best in the country to as fickle as most clubs.
07/02/2009 21:37:00
Ashford, the atmosphere may not have been up to the dizzy heights of the Milan game, but the fans were trying to sing up and support the boys - also there was no booing this time and singing for the lads when they came over after the final whistle - it is getting better. Do you really want all the JCL's to 'sod off' - so we can take 10,000 in our new 35,000 stadium if we ever get it?
07/02/2009 21:43:00
I really thought we could hang on and win tonight - gutted at the end, and its easy to turn round and blame TA - but there were some awful defensive mistakes, and what was Crouchie thinking? But TA should have taken off MOM Nugent who was knackered at the end, and brought on Gekas - otherwise why have him on the bench? Or brought on a defender and tried harder to hold onto our slender lead. But all the time TA is the manager, I will stay behind him.
07/02/2009 21:46:00
ashford there are no JCLs on vital pompey, just people who care a lot for the club. its a natural human reaction to be angry and look to blame someone for mistakes. and whilst i understand people warming to TA (i tried a little) he is inexperienced ... not his fault and not our fault, but this is the wrong time to be trying to give him the experience if we want to stay in the prem. we really needed to get some CDs in the window - something he surely saw but did (or couldnt do) anything about. the lack of subs used when we conceeded to make it 2-2 highlights why we lost 1 point, let alone 3 tonight. as ive said previously id rather lost 0-1 than 2-3!
07/02/2009 22:12:00
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