Date:Saturday February 7 2009
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.
Date:Saturday February 7 2009
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