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Pompey 2 - Man City 0




Pompey play with Hart again

What a great feeling, I'm typing a match report about a Pompey win again after endless disappointments and false dawns.
Pompey were a team revitalised today, I don't know what Tony Adams was doing to them, bromide perhaps, but the new team of Paul Hart and Brian Kidd managed to reinstall some of last seasons defensive stoicness and organisation.

Pompey went into the match with Kranjcar preferred to Belhadj on the left and pennant usurped Mullins on the right, the back four was the same as last week, but was to play entirely differently.

Pompey started there new dawn quite confidently for a side supposedly doomed to relegation, we were passing the ball around fairly well, but more importantly were snappy in the tackle and were winning all the second balls.

David Nugent was a man obviously full of confidence at last, he was getting behind the city defence and nearly rounded off a great run with a goal, but a heavy touch took him wide and he could only fire through Given's legs but wide of the net.

Pompey's midfield was being well marshalled by Basinas and Davis, both men were winning their tackles and this was giving Kranjcar to show some lovely skills out wide.

Nugent missed one good headed effort glancing wide and Crouch hit a snap-shot volley well, but it was straight at Given. Man City were showing little in attack, Elano firing their only real effort of the half over the bar.

Half-time and Pompey had possibly shaded a match of few clear cut chances so far, one thing of note was the animated Kidd on the touchline, he was cajoling and barking instructions in complete contrast to Tony Adams' more laid back style, but it was having the desired effect.
Second half it was a similar story, City passed it around nicely on occasions but never looked like penetrating a defence well drilled by last weeks doughnut Distin and Campbell. Pompey however had belief about them, Nugent fired wide after getting behind once more, Crouch smashed a left foot shot at goal that would have been a cracker, but it was deflected wide.
One man who had been on top of his game nearly all season was to break the deadlock again, Glen Johnson cut in from the right fired in a shot which Given did well to block, but Jonno followed up his own shot by lifting the ball into the back of the net, Pompey were looking good.

Not to be outdone, our other full back decided to join in, Hreidarsson did what no other man had done for months at Fratton, he scored from a corner, no tap-in though, he met the corner with a ferocity which many players would be pleased to be able to kick with, the flashing off his forehead and bulging the net, the Iceman typifies fighting spirit and his roar was only matched by the one from the home supporters.

David James was looking assured on his record-breaking day, he emphasised this with a save to match anything he pulled off in his last 535 games, he reacted superbly to push Ched Evans' bullet header wide and Pompey looked impenetratable.

Johnson nearly carried off a copy cat run for a third, his shot beat Given once more but was hacked off the line, no matter though, Pompey were earning three points!

Star Player

Could of gone for anyone today, Davis won every tackle, Kranjcar looked back to his beast and Johnson was the driving force we know he can be, but Hermann gets my vote for sheer passion, that and he got Bellamy nicely wound up!

Manager Rating

New faces in the dug-out, same faces on the pitch, but a completely different performance, one thing that stood out was Kidd screaming at a midfielder to cover Hermann as he marauded forward, really is a simple game isn't it?

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 14 2009

Time: 6:53PM

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Hart & Sol... My man of the match by a country mile was Brian Kidd .. anybody that can pull Kranjcar to the touchline and give him instructions rather bow down and lick his boots deserves praise. Kidd was on the touchline more in the first half than Mrygood was during his time at the club.. Johnson Kranjcar and Pennant (our creative players) worked hard but produced little until Glen when on a run.. Hermann header was great, Jameos save was magnificent Bassinas passing at time sublime.. all in not pretty .. but certainly hard working.. (even Niko) and a well deserved three points.. Bring on the Stoke
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14/02/2009 19:03:00

HART WINS ON VALENTINES DAY! Woohoo! So much of it is about self-belief, that's why there were (almost) no mistakes today. Isn't it nice to go home from football smiling again. What was up with the Citeh fans? I began to wonder if they were cardboard cut-outs! And again - whoo-hoo!
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14/02/2009 19:05:00

Citeh fans were the quietist I've ever seen them .. maybe they think they can't win away .. on that showing they will struggle to do so .. offered very little up front and when Ireland was stiffled created very almost nothing.. Whoo-hoo indeed Tracy
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14/02/2009 19:13:00

As i said the other day in a previous post, i was stuck down here in Cornwall, hobbling around on crutches, but listening in to a crackling radio. I was doing plenty of shouting though and getting plenty of looks from her indoors. Well done Pompey...lets do Stoke now. Happy, damn right...PUP...
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14/02/2009 19:15:00

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14/02/2009 19:43:00

pies - not yet but hopefully soon. Citeh were woeful today, walked behind some of their fans as they left the ground, they taked about everything BUT football. How long can Hughes survive with performances like that?
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14/02/2009 19:52:00

I've defended Hiughes this season, but if I were a Citeh fans I'd not be happy.. woeful sums then up Dave.. but of course I'm glad they were of course ..
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14/02/2009 20:03:00

differant test next week, but who will be in charge?
plymouth graham
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14/02/2009 20:04:00

it was fantastic too see a revitalised pompey (at last) but i think we missed a cutting edge today, apart from the superb mr johnson, and as much as i love nuge and crouch i think Gekas should have been given a chance at some point but then again i wouldn't have taken nuge off and playing both him and gekas together might not be such a good idea but i'd like to see it. and agreed chix kidd definalty gets my vote as well =D. nice write up paultsmouth
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14/02/2009 20:09:00

do we really need a new manager plymouth? if hart and kidd continue like they've started i'm quite happy for them to continue lol
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14/02/2009 20:10:00

Pompeym@.. Did you ever read the PM I sent you in the forum.. it's been worrying me for weeks .. Please respond !
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14/02/2009 20:22:00

Thought the city fans had a bit of a cheek singing going down to us, hardly a million miles away from us themselves!
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14/02/2009 22:01:00

The team looked solid today AND the ref didn't look too cr@p, for a change. I thought Sean D was excellent and looked content in his role as 'Breaker Down of Citeh Moves' and Basinass looked a good footballer, tackler, passer and, despite passing to the oppo once or twice, a great signing. In fact they played really well together and gave the defence reliable protection. Glenn J is a fab player and our 'Signing of the Season' in effect. Should be England right back for at least 5 years. Nico seemed to be at the point of a midfield diamond but with remit to roam. He is not everyone here's favourite player but I think he is superb and worth far more than the paltry 12 million Arsenal seemed prepared to pay for him. His control, touch, pass and movement were excellent, mostly, and will improve if he is kept in this role for a few games. I love Hermie! As much as I rate Nadir, I would start Herman every match. He epitomises the Pompey fight and spirit - who would not want a player like that in their team? That save by Jamo near the end was jaw dropping. I was expecting the net to bulge, but it didn't - FANTASTIC! Distin was back to his best which will disappoint a few clubs in the Ryman League who were having him watched. Crouchie improved slightly but lacked decent crosses and decent corners into the box – wasn’t that what Red**** bought Pennant for? With a bit of luck, Nuge could have scored, but at least he was lively. Everyone at Fratton was smiling, which has not been seen since the Blackburn game, and it was good to see. Well done Pompey, PH and BK although perhaps not ‘jailbird’ Storrie.
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14/02/2009 22:52:00

delighted with the 3pts, always gets my weekend off to a sound footing if we get something! we were not specatular, and citeh were poor, as poor as any side i think i have seen there this season - and i guess i have to include us on some of ours showings! - but we got the job done. we played as a team, covered as a team and like united. hart and kidd had an influence and made an impact, kidd especially. altho tbh i would not like the pair on a long term basis as our management team but on this showing and how it seems to have re-united the team would be happy if we had them in place until the summer if need be...
hermann was fantastic - as always, davis did his job, basinas can play football - very much the new mendes? niko, altho playing wherever did a job to be fair and created things and worked hard, harder than ive seen for a long time! all come out of this game with credit, and as for jamo's save, i wanna see that again as it looked a stunner!
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14/02/2009 23:04:00

I deliberately went to the tunnel to watch the players going off the pitch and Paul Hart was there to greet them all. I was particularly watching how each player celebrated with the "Manager" and by far the most enthusiastic hug was given to Niko. It was all very excited high fives and almost a snog! Niko was very animated and on a high, The most indifferent of hugs was Sylvain Distain. All the others came inbetween. (Just thought you would like to know).
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15/02/2009 00:46:00

I don't often go on other sites and slag them off but I haven't been able to help myself today. ManC are bewailing their misfortunes and someone has posted "Oh well, we shan't make sixth now, we shall have to settle for 7th" Well I'm sorry, but I said that on today's showing, if they make 7th, then we should win the league! Are they deluded or what? I would like to think that they are not cos then we have every right to believe we could break into the top ten again. However, one step at a time, we are now 15th (2 points above Spuds), lets try for another 3 points next week and see where we go from there. Yippeeeeee!!!!!!!
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15/02/2009 02:37:00

That was bloody amazing! when Johno got that goal i think i woke up the whole neighborhood! Davis was great, got to every ball and then the 2 quick goals :)
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15/02/2009 05:15:00

Gandor1 - they have a £33million player who normally is allwoed to play football. There home form has been pretty good, and they were restricted in there tactics a little by not playing SWP. I think they ARE a better side that we made them seem today - but we are also a much better side than our league position would suggest.
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15/02/2009 09:04:00

After Months of self inflicted depression, I've found a happy soul inside! All drug free...What a feeling! All those years I was envious of Manyoo having Kidd as an assistant, and now............Genius
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15/02/2009 10:10:00

Can't believe I missed this game for a mere week in Paris! We had to watch Hammers v Boro as their live match of the day. Not sure if I'll ever see the highlights of the Citeh game in a form which allows me to appreciate the full change in the team spirit. However, the most important things are the result and the manner of the result. I think I may have nightmares about Harty and Niko in homoerotic embrace tho Gandor! You are official VitalPompey's Hug Correspondent and we need a Hug Chart at the end of every game and an end of season award for most tactility.
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15/02/2009 10:12:00

What can I say, I am a member of the gloom and doom merchants, but after this display I have renewed hope, at least till the next game. Good Luck Boys.
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15/02/2009 11:26:00

I am also a member of that doom and gloom club, but today was a most welcome suprise. The team appeared to have a bit of the passion back, and hopefully over the next few weeks all that belief and heart will come back. Three welcome points today and the back 5 began to look more confident and as if they had been coached at some point during the past week. Well done to Paul and Brian some organisation at last!!
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15/02/2009 11:42:00

Normal service has been resumed. At last a home win thta halped give me a bery happy Saturday. Not agreat Man City but who cares. We've come unstuck against some poor teams in recent months. Great motivation frim Brian Kidd & no silly errors from the players. Just gotta do it again at Stoke!
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15/02/2009 13:06:00

My 200 mile journey home was the shortest it's been for months !! Thanks lads,and i'm looking forward to my short(ish) journey to Stoke next week with a renewed sense of optimism. Don't you just love this game !!?!
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15/02/2009 14:56:00


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