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Hull 0 - Pompey 0

KC Stadium

4/4/09

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Pompey grind one out

Paul Hart's mission was obviously not to lose, we achieved that, but with a bit more ambition it could have been so much more.
The only change from the Everton match was Hughes in for the injured Sean Davis, Kaboul stayed on the right, with Johnson in front of him once more, all this with the fit Pennant left to sit on the bench.
Paul Hart is obviously a stickler for staying with a winning team, he likes to name the same 11 every week, but Hughes in for Davis smacked of a negative attitude.

Both teams played tentively, neither really bombing forward in fear of over exposing fragile defences, trouble is when both teams look to counter-attack the onus is one of them to start an attack first!
Pompey had the best chances in the first half if not the greater share of possesion, Crouch headed tamely at Duke when he looked likely to score, and Kaboul missed the chance of the half when he headed over after Crouch flicked on.
Hull had their chances also, but James was never really threatened in the goal, Geovanni fliring wide from distance, and Manucho over the bar.

Second half and the stalemate continued, Crouch showing his frustration by hoofing the ball away after his touch let him down, Chris Foy then made him the second Pompey to go in his book.
Hayden Mullins gave Hull their best chance of the game, his back header lacked weight and Fagan seized on the ball, but James stayed big and made a great block to deny him.
Kranjcar who was having a below par game had the next effort, but scuffed wide when well placed, Belhadj replacing him soon after.

And then came the talking point of the match, Johnson who had been walking the high wire since the 23rd minute, fell from grace without a safety net when Foy deemed him guilty enough in a clash with Marney to flash him the red card, it seemed harsh but was probably just part of an accumulation of minor offences that got him the bums rush.

So Pompey were back in their usual position of defending for their lives for 10 minutes, 9 men went behind the ball, but Hull never seriously threatened, James claimed a couple of crosses well, and Pompey tried to keep ball with Kanu up front, and keep ball they did, with 4 minutes injury time closing to the last 30 seconds and Pompey had a free-kick deep in the Hull half, Belhadj sent one over and Hermann connected as he so often does with Duke a spectator, the ball crashed into the post however and it was one point apiece, the match was dull perhaps, but it had its flash points and both teams were probably grateful in another point as they both make real hard work of clawing away from the drop zone.

Star Player

James probably takes the accolade for his save from Fagan, but no-one stood head and shoulders above the others in a game that will probably never be recounted in the Pompey memories section!

Manager Rating

A bit more ambition and Pompey would probably be safe from harm now, but Hart is very safety first and the points will be ground out rather than gone after in cavalier fashion, next week is WBA however and one we should really go for hellbent on a win.




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Date:Saturday April 4 2009

Time: 8:51PM

Your Comments

Last place on MOTD tonight, no complaints this time though!
paultsmouth
Last place on MOTD tonight, no complaints this time though!
paultsmouth
Grind out points!! Thats what we need to do, make ourselves difficult to beat. Be nice to score a few goals though.
eastneydave
Grind out points!! Thats what we need to do, make ourselves difficult to beat. Be nice to score a few goals though.
eastneydave
Understand this approach but, next week should be Light Brigade!
dedmans
Understand this approach but, next week should be Light Brigade!
dedmans
Well I can see a pattern forming here. Hart obviously doesn't fancy us away and is playing it safe. When we play at home, he seems to think we are perhaps a bit stronger. Therefore, it seems to me he isn't really bothered where we end up in the league table as long as it isn't in the bottom three. Well, I suppose he is a caretaker manager....
Gandor1
Well I can see a pattern forming here. Hart obviously doesn't fancy us away and is playing it safe. When we play at home, he seems to think we are perhaps a bit stronger. Therefore, it seems to me he isn't really bothered where we end up in the league table as long as it isn't in the bottom three. Well, I suppose he is a caretaker manager....
Gandor1
Just seen the Johnson sending off...surely we can appeal against that? Laughing Boy Hansen thinks it's the worst decision he's ever seen in his entire life.
hammersmithblue
Just seen the Johnson sending off...surely we can appeal against that? Laughing Boy Hansen thinks it's the worst decision he's ever seen in his entire life.
hammersmithblue
agreed hammer we've got to appeal ain't we no idea why pennant didn't play anyway but there you go,
pompeym@
agreed hammer we've got to appeal ain't we no idea why pennant didn't play anyway but there you go,
pompeym@
I like Pennant.
Gandor1
I like Pennant.
Gandor1
not long back - the game was there for the taking for us today, alittle more invention and adventious play and we could have won, the herminators header seemed to go in slow motion at the death, 'if only'... its another point tho, and away from home i think i would have settled for that - a poor game tho tbh!
not seen anything on the box yet but i feared johnno my get sent off, but i had no fear he would go for his 'foul' on marney, i had already looked away from play as he hadnt touch the fella, but as soon as i saw him on the ground and the ref marching over i knew what was coming - to me hull targeted johno as the 'knew' he was a dangerman and for me im not sure he deserved either booking, will need to see it again to - sadly we cannot appeal the sending off can we as you cannot appeal a 2nd yellow can you?
must say that i thought kanu was brilliant when he came on, the 'midfield maestro!' if only he had got the ball away abit earlier to belhadj with one break tho. as i say, all in all a pretty poor game, a long day but a day well worth it, and another point towards safety. thankyou and goodnight :-)
pompeyrug
not long back - the game was there for the taking for us today, alittle more invention and adventious play and we could have won, the herminators header seemed to go in slow motion at the death, 'if only'... its another point tho, and away from home i think i would have settled for that - a poor game tho tbh!
not seen anything on the box yet but i feared johnno my get sent off, but i had no fear he would go for his 'foul' on marney, i had already looked away from play as he hadnt touch the fella, but as soon as i saw him on the ground and the ref marching over i knew what was coming - to me hull targeted johno as the 'knew' he was a dangerman and for me im not sure he deserved either booking, will need to see it again to - sadly we cannot appeal the sending off can we as you cannot appeal a 2nd yellow can you?
must say that i thought kanu was brilliant when he came on, the 'midfield maestro!' if only he had got the ball away abit earlier to belhadj with one break tho. as i say, all in all a pretty poor game, a long day but a day well worth it, and another point towards safety. thankyou and goodnight :-)
pompeyrug
Pompey grind one out ....says it all you guys should have walked away with three points given Hull's recent form.
Doody
Pompey grind one out ....says it all you guys should have walked away with three points given Hull's recent form.
Doody
The second Johnson yellow was a complete joke
Pompeyscum
The second Johnson yellow was a complete joke
Pompeyscum
Rug you are right we can't appeal against a red when is made up of two yellows but from what I can make out it may have been harsh but it was inevitably given johnsons performance. It's no secret that I think the Paul Hart way is boring, lack-lustre and overly defensive but he is getting the results (a point on the road is ok) but we need a manager in the summer just as much as we need a training ground, a new owner and a few more players to boost the squad. If HArt is in charge at the start of next season (and I'm assuming we'll stay up) we are in trouble - DUll should have been ripped to pieces today instead we went not to concede and that very nearly didn't work ...
Chix
Rug you are right we can't appeal against a red when is made up of two yellows but from what I can make out it may have been harsh but it was inevitably given johnsons performance. It's no secret that I think the Paul Hart way is boring, lack-lustre and overly defensive but he is getting the results (a point on the road is ok) but we need a manager in the summer just as much as we need a training ground, a new owner and a few more players to boost the squad. If HArt is in charge at the start of next season (and I'm assuming we'll stay up) we are in trouble - DUll should have been ripped to pieces today instead we went not to concede and that very nearly didn't work ...
Chix
Yes we all wanted something from the game & the haed said a draw & the heart went for a win. We cxan't be that defensive next week with WBA. That has to be a must win match!
storagematt
Yes we all wanted something from the game & the haed said a draw & the heart went for a win. We cxan't be that defensive next week with WBA. That has to be a must win match!
storagematt
Sounds like Boro all over again..... At least in that game there were two goals, but like Hull, very unadventurous and boring.
Gandor1
Sounds like Boro all over again..... At least in that game there were two goals, but like Hull, very unadventurous and boring.
Gandor1
We got a point, move on!!
Owenspompey
We got a point, move on!!
Owenspompey
Although we can't appeal against the second yellow, does anyone know whether we can appeal against Johnson's automatic suspension? Hart seemed to be unsure. Anyway, where are the rules written down? Is there a book of words?
erithacus rubecula
Although we can't appeal against the second yellow, does anyone know whether we can appeal against Johnson's automatic suspension? Hart seemed to be unsure. Anyway, where are the rules written down? Is there a book of words?
erithacus rubecula
Yep, I went with uktony yesterday, Had a real good day out, but the game was utter rubbish! We need to show something, anything, going forwards!! Playing Mullins/Hughes or Mullins/Davis offers nowt inventive. Time for Basinas to come back in I think. and...yes, Kanu was a class apart when he came on yesterday. But....I think we make Crouch look very poor the way we are playing him. Upfront on his own with no-body showing any ambition to run past him to reach his flicks.
pompey4me
Yep, I went with uktony yesterday, Had a real good day out, but the game was utter rubbish! We need to show something, anything, going forwards!! Playing Mullins/Hughes or Mullins/Davis offers nowt inventive. Time for Basinas to come back in I think. and...yes, Kanu was a class apart when he came on yesterday. But....I think we make Crouch look very poor the way we are playing him. Upfront on his own with no-body showing any ambition to run past him to reach his flicks.
pompey4me
Sadly I totally missed the game, and MOTD, all I know is that it was boring, and that apparently a draw was reasonably fair. What were Johnson's Cards for?
MFFP
Sadly I totally missed the game, and MOTD, all I know is that it was boring, and that apparently a draw was reasonably fair. What were Johnson's Cards for?
MFFP
Being a prat, and not using his brain by calming down
Owenspompey
Being a prat, and not using his brain by calming down
Owenspompey
Ohh, Ok, Thanks lol
MFFP
Ohh, Ok, Thanks lol
MFFP
I couldnt watch this game, but apparently it was a shocker, so im not that upset.. but the Johnson dismissal was a terrible decision. Hopefully, he wont get a 1 game ban Apparently, Glen could have been booked many times before the red, what was up with the boy? just too fired up?
nodster
I couldnt watch this game, but apparently it was a shocker, so im not that upset.. but the Johnson dismissal was a terrible decision. Hopefully, he wont get a 1 game ban Apparently, Glen could have been booked many times before the red, what was up with the boy? just too fired up?
nodster
Good fighting point away from home and the way the other results went it must feel like three.
Thaibluefan
Good fighting point away from home and the way the other results went it must feel like three.
Thaibluefan
Have now found the book of words at http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/Disciplinary/Procedures/~/media/Files/PDF/TheFA/DisciplinaryProcedures08091.ashx Rule 5(b) reads "(b) A claim of wrongful dismissal may be lodged only for on-field offences which result in a sending off, except for two cautions leading to a dismissal." So it seems there is no right of appeal. Doesn't seem fair, as Johnson clearly did not commit any offence - let alone a bookable offence. On the other hand, it appears he had committed several previous dodgy fouls and was sailing close to the wind. With the benefit of hindsight it might have been better to take him off before the referee did.
erithacus rubecula
Have now found the book of words at http://www.thefa.com/TheFA/Disciplinary/Procedures/~/media/Files/PDF/TheFA/DisciplinaryProcedures08091.ashx Rule 5(b) reads "(b) A claim of wrongful dismissal may be lodged only for on-field offences which result in a sending off, except for two cautions leading to a dismissal." So it seems there is no right of appeal. Doesn't seem fair, as Johnson clearly did not commit any offence - let alone a bookable offence. On the other hand, it appears he had committed several previous dodgy fouls and was sailing close to the wind. With the benefit of hindsight it might have been better to take him off before the referee did.
erithacus rubecula
erithacus rubecula, sorry about that mate i knew there was something else i was meant to look up but forgot...
the rule are totally bizarre, cannot understand how you can appeal a straight red card, but not a second yellow? it doesnt make sense does it... totally agree, and even without the benefit of hindsight plenty of us were saying that we needed to take johnson off before the ref did!
welcome to vital pompey by the way, enjoy the ride and long may it continue...
pompeyrug
erithacus rubecula, sorry about that mate i knew there was something else i was meant to look up but forgot...
the rule are totally bizarre, cannot understand how you can appeal a straight red card, but not a second yellow? it doesnt make sense does it... totally agree, and even without the benefit of hindsight plenty of us were saying that we needed to take johnson off before the ref did!
welcome to vital pompey by the way, enjoy the ride and long may it continue...
pompeyrug
That's a stupid rule, that's annoyed me actually!
MFFP
That's a stupid rule, that's annoyed me actually!
MFFP
Should have gone for 3 points but could have ended up with none. I really do hope we are a bit more adventurous come Saturday.
sneakay
Should have gone for 3 points but could have ended up with none. I really do hope we are a bit more adventurous come Saturday.
sneakay
I'm torn between the desire to 'go for it' when they are there for the taking, and understanding why we are playing it safe at the moment - especially after the way we kept conceding losing goals at the death under TA - grinding out points and staying up is what its all about. I do hope we go for it at home against the Baggies though - I think we will.
tracyc
I'm torn between the desire to 'go for it' when they are there for the taking, and understanding why we are playing it safe at the moment - especially after the way we kept conceding losing goals at the death under TA - grinding out points and staying up is what its all about. I do hope we go for it at home against the Baggies though - I think we will.
tracyc
 

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