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Pompey 2 - Everton 1

Fratton

21/3/09

Attendance:

Pompey head and shoulders above Everton

Pompey earned a well deserved season double over Champions league chasing Everton this afternoon, and the 3 points were welcome also.

Pompey thre one surprise in to the starting line-up, Kaboul came in at right-back with Glen Johnson advancing to a more forward role to cover the abscence of Pennant, otherwise it was the same 11 as Hart has preferred to pick, Basinas was content with the bench, and Gekas was left at home once more.

Pompey started the game nothing short of awfully, from the kick off we lost the ball within seconds, and to be fair we looked more disjointed than a boxers nose.
To make matters worse, Everton scored from their first meanwhile attack, Saha went down like an Amsterdam whore, and Leighton Baines did the rest, firing a free kick over Pompey's wall and past a stoic James. 5 minutes gone and things looked grim.

Pompey tried to respond, but long range efforts from Mullins and Kranjcar never troubled Howard, and the fluency was still lacking.

On 21 minutes though, referee Walton's decision to award Pompey a corner from the wildest of wild shots by Johnson, seemed to be to make up for a missed decision moments earlier when Crouch clearly kicked the ball against Jagielka, this fortunate corner however was the turning point of the game, the ball ended up with Kranjcar on the edge of the box, he floated it to the back post and Johnson nodded it back for Crouch to find the back of the net. Parity restored.

If ever a goal galvanised a team, this was it, Pompey were now in the ascendancy, and Davis and Mullins were winning the tackles against Felliani and Osman, with Nugent running the channels.

Jo was to have the next chance, but Campbell's skewed header landed at his feet only for him to screw it horribly wide with only James to beat.

Second half and Saha made his second contribution the match, collapsing under a challenge from Davis, but this time Baines found only Hreidarrson and the danger was cleared.
Crouch won another header after great work by Nugent down the right, but this time Howard was able to gather comfortably. Next up and Nugent wriggled free, but pushed wide his shot was saved by Howard's feet.

Kanu replaced Nugent on 73 minutes, and the Scouse must have been injured or knackered as he was having another fine game, this substitution seemed inspired moments later however, as first Kaboul smashed in a cross which Howard made a mess of to gift Pompey a corner, and then Crouch thundered in a'la Hermann, and met Davis' corner with aplomb to give Pompey the lead.

A few minutes later and it was so nearly game over, Davis met a clearance with a searing volley which smashed against a post with Howard floundering.

While at Boro last week Pompey got deeper and deeper, this time we looked to hold possesion, Everton looked dry of ideas and 3 points were getting notched up on Pompey's seasonal tally.

Star Player

Campbell looked the Sol of Arsenal this afternoon, several surges forward from the back were reminiscent of his heyday, and the man was a true captain on the day.

Manager Rating

Hart may have raised a few eyebrows with his use of Johnson, but it worked and Pompey sit slightly safer than last week.

Pienaar

Got to admit the predator lookalike was the biggest cheat I have seen at Fratton in a while, he went to ground like a groundhog, and conned Walton so often he could of been a wartime Spiv, he demanded treatment and looked like a man with one leg, only to sprint back into action, he has talent, but hid it well by preferring to go for Oscars.




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 21 2009

Time: 6:00PM

Your Comments

Nice one Paul. A great 3 points, our first double of the season and the atmosphere was back. The officials were shocking even without Everton's play acting. All in all though, a good job well done, though I'm not convinced of YK at left back. First beer in 20 mins -it's going to be a good night.
UKTony
Nice one Paul. A great 3 points, our first double of the season and the atmosphere was back. The officials were shocking even without Everton's play acting. All in all though, a good job well done, though I'm not convinced of YK at left back. First beer in 20 mins -it's going to be a good night.
UKTony
Oh Thanks Paultsmouth - it was lovely to relive that. You are right, that Peinaar should have been on the stage not a football pitch. What a cheat! Some of the others weren't much better, I bet they have special classes one day a week. One thing I have noticed is that when the Fratton End abuse the Ref (and they usually deserve it), the Ref usually comes down for the other side or chooses to ignore certain things to our detriment. This Ref was absolutely blatant. I noticed a few weeks ago, a Linesman did the same thing with a smirk on his face, after the Fratton End had picked him up about something.
Gandor1
Oh Thanks Paultsmouth - it was lovely to relive that. You are right, that Peinaar should have been on the stage not a football pitch. What a cheat! Some of the others weren't much better, I bet they have special classes one day a week. One thing I have noticed is that when the Fratton End abuse the Ref (and they usually deserve it), the Ref usually comes down for the other side or chooses to ignore certain things to our detriment. This Ref was absolutely blatant. I noticed a few weeks ago, a Linesman did the same thing with a smirk on his face, after the Fratton End had picked him up about something.
Gandor1
Wonderful stuff. I have been waiting to see the reports but I presumed the witness's were mostly celebrating!
dedmans
Got to admit as well, Sean Davis put in the best corners all season, nice to see someone clear the first man!
paultsmouth
Wonderful stuff. I have been waiting to see the reports but I presumed the witness's were mostly celebrating!
dedmans
Got to admit as well, Sean Davis put in the best corners all season, nice to see someone clear the first man!
paultsmouth
Dead right, the crossing was the best for ages.
Et_tu_Pompeii
Dead right, the crossing was the best for ages.
Et_tu_Pompeii
missed the game. Did I read that right? we scorred TWO from corners?!
pompeycarpet
missed the game. Did I read that right? we scorred TWO from corners?!
pompeycarpet
nice one paul, we have really improved our set piece play, whats going on, scoring from these almost a will these days!
what a fantastic say today was, i had a feeling it would be when i woke up, and i wasnt proved wrong... off to watch match of the day now, a rarity these days - but i will enjoy it too!
oh, as for pienaar, he was a disgrace last season too wasnt he and was incredibly lucky not to be sent off. everton were very poor today, clearly their minds are elsewhere... remind you of anyone!
pompeyrug
nice one paul, we have really improved our set piece play, whats going on, scoring from these almost a will these days!
what a fantastic say today was, i had a feeling it would be when i woke up, and i wasnt proved wrong... off to watch match of the day now, a rarity these days - but i will enjoy it too!
oh, as for pienaar, he was a disgrace last season too wasnt he and was incredibly lucky not to be sent off. everton were very poor today, clearly their minds are elsewhere... remind you of anyone!
pompeyrug
carpet, sort of, one was dircet from a corner the other following some passing and heading, but basically yes.
pompeygray
carpet, sort of, one was dircet from a corner the other following some passing and heading, but basically yes.
pompeygray
Could be the season turning point. Three absolutely vital points and another very good performance.
eastneydave
Could be the season turning point. Three absolutely vital points and another very good performance.
eastneydave
Having been brought up a bluenose in the seventies, I did think I was going to have a problem yesterday but like 'Ted' Nugent I found I didn't have any divided loyalties and cheered as loudly as anyone when we scored. I thought we played well and thoroughly deserved to win. With our run in I think we should be ok playing like that.
Lemmi
Having been brought up a bluenose in the seventies, I did think I was going to have a problem yesterday but like 'Ted' Nugent I found I didn't have any divided loyalties and cheered as loudly as anyone when we scored. I thought we played well and thoroughly deserved to win. With our run in I think we should be ok playing like that.
Lemmi
I think you definitely had your Pompey coloured specs on when commenting about Saha. Look at the foul again and see how ridiculous your comment sounds, clearly fouled. I can't comment on Pienaar but he's usually not the type to feign and cheat.
toffeetower
I think you definitely had your Pompey coloured specs on when commenting about Saha. Look at the foul again and see how ridiculous your comment sounds, clearly fouled. I can't comment on Pienaar but he's usually not the type to feign and cheat.
toffeetower
Rug thats right pie-in-ear must upset his balance as last season what a little creep, but did not spoil the party, love it!
pompeyyong
Rug thats right pie-in-ear must upset his balance as last season what a little creep, but did not spoil the party, love it!
pompeyyong
Did anyone see Davis putting his hands on the bald linesmans head just before the corner for the second goal? then straight after Crouch banged it in, Davis was doing a little victory jig!! it was pricless. Its just nice to see a prem player who's so down to earth, as so many of them are pre-madona's these days! I still think we've pretty much been on form for the past few games anyway, just needed that good game, with a good result to give us a lift! well done boys!!!
CharlieChimes
Did anyone see Davis putting his hands on the bald linesmans head just before the corner for the second goal? then straight after Crouch banged it in, Davis was doing a little victory jig!! it was pricless. Its just nice to see a prem player who's so down to earth, as so many of them are pre-madona's these days! I still think we've pretty much been on form for the past few games anyway, just needed that good game, with a good result to give us a lift! well done boys!!!
CharlieChimes
I was gutted for Davis that his late shot hit the post. The man deserves a medal. Lad behind me said "Looks like Davis is injured" and his dad said to him "Davis would play on with two broken legs, son" which I had to agree with. Man is a hero.
hammersmithblue
I was gutted for Davis that his late shot hit the post. The man deserves a medal. Lad behind me said "Looks like Davis is injured" and his dad said to him "Davis would play on with two broken legs, son" which I had to agree with. Man is a hero.
hammersmithblue
Toffeetower, Peinaar gave the best performance of Lazarus rising from the dead that I have ever seen. The man deserved an Oscar!
Gandor1
Toffeetower, Peinaar gave the best performance of Lazarus rising from the dead that I have ever seen. The man deserved an Oscar!
Gandor1
 

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