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Manyoo 2 - Pompey 0

Old Trafford

Wed 22-04-09, 8pm

Attendance: 74895

Man United 2-0 Pompey

I don't think anyone expected us to win, and I don't think anyone expected Hart to 'give it a go' and that was confirmed when the midfield trio of Davis, Mullins and Hughes were called in the 1st 11. The most interesting selection was Belhadj, who took the role of supporting the striker, Crouch, so a like for like swap with Niko Kranjcar.

The 1st half was awful, and we were incredibly lucky to go down 1-0 at the break. We weren't organized, and defensive mistakes and misplace passing where everywhere. The only way that we could of got anything, was to hold on for at least halftime, but a long diagonal ball to Giggs, who expertly controlled it, and rolled it to Rooney to tap in, saw to it that it would be a miracle to get the 3 points. That was the problem throughout the first half. We got forward well, but when we were in decent positions, or had a corner/freekick, we either wasted them and gave away possession, or just ran out of ideas. This business of punting up to or near Crouch needs to stop, at least against the better teams, because Vidic won near enough everything. Like I said, we were lucky to go in 1-0 down, with Jamo making a fantastic save 1-1 against Giggs, but could do little when Giggs had a near enough open net, but somehow put wide.

This gave encouragement to the Pompey fans, who were magnificent throughout. I got a really buzz from listening to the drums and bugle start up midway through the first half, and didn't realize how much of an effect it had on the fans. The only complaint with otherwise a fantastic stadium was the leg space. I literally couldn't sit down without turning to one side as the space was ridiculous.

Anyway, the first half ended, and it seemed that the second half would be damage limitation. The midfield trio wasn't working, and there just wasn't enough support given to Crouch. Belhadj, when on the ball looked very lively, and has incredible pace, but his finally pass lacked. At halftime, the introduction of Pennant was really needed, with Nugent going off with a dead leg. I would of liked to see Mullins or Hughes coming off as well, but that never happened.

The 2nd half was a lot better, and although we conceded another goal, I really thought that we could nick a goal. The too full backs, Herman and Johnson, gave everything going forward, and their commitment running back was brilliant. But unfortunately, even though we found ourselves in some decent areas, the final ball wasn't there, with Crouch having a couple of chances that may have gone in if he had connected better with the ball.

Our defending as a team improved as well, with Ronaldo, who I was really disappointed with, being tagged well, and I loved the moment where he had a free kick around 25 yards back, only for Richard Hughes to pick the ball up and move it another 5 yards back on the Referees blessing. Legend! However, Hughesy or Mullins, one of the two, shouldn't have played. Basinas was on the bench, and last time I saw him was at Stoke, where yes he wasn't great, but at Stoke you had little to no time on the ball. Here however, he could of really picked out some decent passes, whereas Hughes and Mullins just cleared things up, and it didn't really need 2 men to do it. I was impressed with Davis all game. He didn't do much awe inspiring, but made a few key tackles, and rarely gave away the ball.

As we were getting more and more encouragement to attack, another long pass by Scholes found Carrick unmarked on the edge of the box, who had plenty of time to hit a low strike that beat James and ended Pompey's hopes of taking everything from the game.

Overall, it really was a tale of two half's, and with a few changes for Monday, notably Basinas and Pennant starting, I believe we should be going to Newcastle with the belief that we can get the 3 points that will surely ensure premiership survival.

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Writer: Gleams Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 22 2009

Time: 10:00PM

Your Comments

Told you, there was no chance once they got an early goal. And i'm afraid we were never gonna score in a million years. Crouch was so isolated, and with 3 holding midfielders, we went for the 0-0. Once Rooney scored, that was it.
jonathanl50
Told you, there was no chance once they got an early goal. And i'm afraid we were never gonna score in a million years. Crouch was so isolated, and with 3 holding midfielders, we went for the 0-0. Once Rooney scored, that was it.
jonathanl50
did you just have a text read out on the quay? as it sounded pretty similar to what was written above...
pompeyrug
did you just have a text read out on the quay? as it sounded pretty similar to what was written above...
pompeyrug
yea i sent one in...but my internet went down so i missed it!!
jonathanl50
yea i sent one in...but my internet went down so i missed it!!
jonathanl50
yep, i reckon it was your then as it was like the above with something else after.
pompeyrug
yep, i reckon it was your then as it was like the above with something else after.
pompeyrug
As stated no disgrace. Had handful of half chance & looked better as the game went on. All efforts & thought on Newcastle now. If we can come back with at least a point, that would be great. But we'd need to show a bit more attacking flair otherwise we'll get beat.
storagematt
As stated no disgrace. Had handful of half chance & looked better as the game went on. All efforts & thought on Newcastle now. If we can come back with at least a point, that would be great. But we'd need to show a bit more attacking flair otherwise we'll get beat.
storagematt
Pompey plated ok guys. Remember Man Utd are probably the best football team in England. We were good, especially in the second half when everybody was thinkling that we are going to score. It was do or die for us in the last 30mins; Unfortunately, we conceded. Then it was over. The performance suggests that we are getting better and better as the season gets to a close.
Pompey Malta
Pompey plated ok guys. Remember Man Utd are probably the best football team in England. We were good, especially in the second half when everybody was thinkling that we are going to score. It was do or die for us in the last 30mins; Unfortunately, we conceded. Then it was over. The performance suggests that we are getting better and better as the season gets to a close.
Pompey Malta
Time to move on to the next one, beating Newcastle is far more important
Lemmi
Time to move on to the next one, beating Newcastle is far more important
Lemmi
right guys, gonna call it a night, will get Gleams' match report on in the morning - hopefully it will be waiting for me to check through when i turn on the computer tomorrow...
pompeyrug
right guys, gonna call it a night, will get Gleams' match report on in the morning - hopefully it will be waiting for me to check through when i turn on the computer tomorrow...
pompeyrug
sorry rug, just got back, 12.30! Will do it soon thing tomorrow, so around 8! will be up by 9 hopefully, sorry fellas, absoultely knackered.
Gleams
sorry rug, just got back, 12.30! Will do it soon thing tomorrow, so around 8! will be up by 9 hopefully, sorry fellas, absoultely knackered.
Gleams
Thought you may have nicked a point and that's what you played for. When the first went in it was game over.
Thaibluefan
Thought you may have nicked a point and that's what you played for. When the first went in it was game over.
Thaibluefan
Just watched highlights on PFC tv, looks like we were hammered first half, but certainly had our fair share of the second half
paultsmouth
Just watched highlights on PFC tv, looks like we were hammered first half, but certainly had our fair share of the second half
paultsmouth
I'm not too downhearted by this. Watching highlights I noticed Herms giving Ronaldo a cheeky slap every now and again, unpunished and largely unnoticed, and that has made me feel a lot better - hardly a wasted journey after all. Remember we started the season with Diarra etc and shipped 4 from Chelsea twice and 6 from Citeh so given that we are much weaker now, we are not a big pile of poo poo after all.
hammersmithblue
I'm not too downhearted by this. Watching highlights I noticed Herms giving Ronaldo a cheeky slap every now and again, unpunished and largely unnoticed, and that has made me feel a lot better - hardly a wasted journey after all. Remember we started the season with Diarra etc and shipped 4 from Chelsea twice and 6 from Citeh so given that we are much weaker now, we are not a big pile of poo poo after all.
hammersmithblue
made 30 on the result last night ... i knew we would go for the 0-0 but we struggle up at old trafford ... odds of 1.66 for NO GOAL (either team not to score) seemed sensible. :) bring on the toon.
pompey--pessimist
made 30 on the result last night ... i knew we would go for the 0-0 but we struggle up at old trafford ... odds of 1.66 for NO GOAL (either team not to score) seemed sensible. :) bring on the toon.
pompey--pessimist
Pessimist - how much did you have to put on to get 30 back? 250 or something?
Squee
Pessimist - how much did you have to put on to get 30 back? 250 or something?
Squee
crackin' report Gleams, thank for doing it, well worth the wait.
pompeyrug
crackin' report Gleams, thank for doing it, well worth the wait.
pompeyrug
Well I waited for your report Gleams and it was well worth it. Take it you will do Blackburn next for us?
eastneydave
Well I waited for your report Gleams and it was well worth it. Take it you will do Blackburn next for us?
eastneydave
We were rubbish last night, i was really embarassed by the line up and the way we went about the game. We went at best to steal/snatch/fluke a draw and at worst not to concede loads of goals. The selection of Mullins and Hughes was a disgrace and Hart/Kidd really need to look at this as if we do it at Newcatle and Blackburn we will lose, and the gap will close really quickly, a waste of 50 last night, cheers lads.
Owenspompey
We were rubbish last night, i was really embarassed by the line up and the way we went about the game. We went at best to steal/snatch/fluke a draw and at worst not to concede loads of goals. The selection of Mullins and Hughes was a disgrace and Hart/Kidd really need to look at this as if we do it at Newcatle and Blackburn we will lose, and the gap will close really quickly, a waste of 50 last night, cheers lads.
Owenspompey
hopefully dave! Owens, your right about the selections and the first halftime. But thought we did pretty well in the second half, and we have to face the fact that united were just too good, and were nowhere near their level.
Gleams
hopefully dave! Owens, your right about the selections and the first halftime. But thought we did pretty well in the second half, and we have to face the fact that united were just too good, and were nowhere near their level.
Gleams
I didn't think we played badly last night really - it was just that we were outclassed by a better side. We looked a lot better 2nd half, for a while I thought we might nick a goal, but when Carrick got on the end of that ball in the box it was game over. Interaction between Jamo and Rooney was quite funny at times. Its going to be a totally different story at St James' Park on Monday night!
tracyc
I didn't think we played badly last night really - it was just that we were outclassed by a better side. We looked a lot better 2nd half, for a while I thought we might nick a goal, but when Carrick got on the end of that ball in the box it was game over. Interaction between Jamo and Rooney was quite funny at times. Its going to be a totally different story at St James' Park on Monday night!
tracyc
mullins and hughes are a little embarising - but at least we had fergassen saying they sweated a little. next up newcastle. lets hope for a better result.
pompeycarpet
mullins and hughes are a little embarising - but at least we had fergassen saying they sweated a little. next up newcastle. lets hope for a better result.
pompeycarpet
 

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