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Pompey
0 - 3
Arsenal Youth

Fratton

2/5/09

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Don't believe the hype sang Public Enemy, never truer for Pompey, Arsenal are there for the taking we were told, only the youth team to worry about we heard, well doesn't matter who you play if you go into a match more negative than the South Pole.

Paul Hart has done a great job in bringing Pompey back from the brink, but the man's team selections make me cringe, a holding midfielder is just that, he holds. Pompey played two again in Hughes and Mullins, when you have one man up front it helps if the midfield push forward in support, not 'hold'.

Crouchie was vilified on Saturday for a couple of misses he should of scored, and rightfully so, but when people jump on his back for flicking on to no-one or getting caught in possession, it may have something to do with being the only man in blue in the opposition half!

Anyway, to the game and Pompey's line up made their indications clear, Arsenals however contained a mixture of youth and reserve, Arshavin was the most senior player by a mile, this was acknowleged by Wengers award of the captaincy.

Arsenal made all the early running, but Pompey had the first good chance, Belhadj shooting well wide from the edge of the milton end area, when he should of at least tested Fabianski.
We didn't have to wait long for the first goal however, David James' hands became sponsored by Lurpak and Bendtners weak header squirted in the back of the net. Everyone in the crowd just looked at each other, but it had really gone in.
Hart and Kidd were wildly gesticulating that Pompey should go 4-4-2 from the sidelines, but Pompey had no-one capable of partnering Crouch on the pitch, but Crouch and Belhadj did work a glorious opening on about half an hour, but the former could only lift his shot over Fabianski and wide of the post, it was another glaring miss.
That was about it from Pompey attacking wise first half, but referee Mason endeared himself to the Fratton crowd on 42 minutes by awarding a penalty to Arsenal after Arshavin tumbled under Davis' tackle in the box, I don't now how much more convincing Mason would've needed that the tackle was clean, Arshavin waved a finger to say no penalty, and even pointed to the corner!
Still, Bendtner was not going to waste the chance to double his goals tally, blasting wide of James' dive and into the net.

Second half and Kanu and Utaka replaced Hreidarsson and Pennant, this coincided with Pompey's best spell of the match, my mate offered me 500-1 that Utaka couldn't get a hat-trick, but in the next ten minutes he could so easily of done just that. First up and he dragged a great chance wide, then he skied one over the bar, managed to round Fabianski and fall over and also force one smart save, he really did create more chances for himself in those 10 minutes than in the previous 10 months.

All this pressure was undone in one quick Arsenal move though, Vela picked up a loose ball o the edge of the Pompey box and finished with aplomb, game over.

On 78 minutes and Pompey's afternoon was complete, Pamarot who to be fair was rustier than the tin man in a bucket of brine, hauled down Arshavin and then marched off, his season no doubt over.
Utaka forced another fine save from a free-kick, and then from the follow up Fabianski denied Distin his first Pompey goal with an instinctive block, really not Pompey's day this one.

Star Player

Linvoy Primus, the big man didn't put a foot wrong warming up.


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Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Sunday May 3 2009
Time: 7:39AM

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Shame about yesterday..thought it was a pretty poor performance all round and it just shows, if you don't take ur chances against the top sides, you will get punished. As for their 3rd goal, i think we thought vela had swine flu coz we seemed to stay away from him!!
jonathanl50
03/05/2009 07:48:00
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Shame about yesterday..thought it was a pretty poor performance all round and it just shows, if you don't take ur chances against the top sides, you will get punished. As for their 3rd goal, i think we thought vela had swine flu coz we seemed to stay away from him!!
jonathanl50
03/05/2009 07:48:00
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"More negative than the South Pole". (lol) .
"Paul Hart has done a great job in bringing Pompey back from the brink " Correction please Paul ... Paul Hart has done a job in keeping Pompey on the brink ...
Agree that Linvoy was the star though.. Would it have really hurt to bring him on ?? ..
Best fun I had yesterday was singing the songs of yesteryear .. Scot and the Basingstoke boys took us through 30 years of Fratton End songs... He's here, he's there he's every **ing wear Vince Hilaire, Vince Hilaire .. He's fat he's round he's worth a million pound Micky Quinn Micky Quinn.. and so it went on for a good twenty minutes with more laughter than singing... It eventually petered out when we started singing 'One Kevin Harper there's only one Kevin Harper
Chix
03/05/2009 08:51:00
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"More negative than the South Pole". (lol) .
"Paul Hart has done a great job in bringing Pompey back from the brink " Correction please Paul ... Paul Hart has done a job in keeping Pompey on the brink ...
Agree that Linvoy was the star though.. Would it have really hurt to bring him on ?? ..
Best fun I had yesterday was singing the songs of yesteryear .. Scot and the Basingstoke boys took us through 30 years of Fratton End songs... He's here, he's there he's every **ing wear Vince Hilaire, Vince Hilaire .. He's fat he's round he's worth a million pound Micky Quinn Micky Quinn.. and so it went on for a good twenty minutes with more laughter than singing... It eventually petered out when we started singing 'One Kevin Harper there's only one Kevin Harper
Chix
03/05/2009 08:51:00
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Reports today are suggesting that hart will be given the job full time, next season. I refer the honerable gentlemen to a previous, long post from Et Tu Pompeii. This is the poorest football we've played in years and I hate it. I'll put this in capitals just to emphasise the point; I'D RATHER PLAY DECENT FOOTBALL AND LOSE. Oh, we did lose, didn't we, but thank goodness we got stuffed playing decent footb . . . . ah, we didn't did we . . . . . To sum up: we get stuffed, field a rubbish team, play defensively, play poorly, miss any chances we have by miles, and most of us sit there looking 'terribly glum'. It doesn't get much worse.
sad_sack_pain_in_the
03/05/2009 10:10:00
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Reports today are suggesting that hart will be given the job full time, next season. I refer the honerable gentlemen to a previous, long post from Et Tu Pompeii. This is the poorest football we've played in years and I hate it. I'll put this in capitals just to emphasise the point; I'D RATHER PLAY DECENT FOOTBALL AND LOSE. Oh, we did lose, didn't we, but thank goodness we got stuffed playing decent footb . . . . ah, we didn't did we . . . . . To sum up: we get stuffed, field a rubbish team, play defensively, play poorly, miss any chances we have by miles, and most of us sit there looking 'terribly glum'. It doesn't get much worse.
sad_sack_pain_in_the
03/05/2009 10:10:00
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In a different reality: 2002, Redknapp turns down Pompey job - Paul Hart appointed. "I want to make us difficult to beat", he said in an interview following the signing of 5 League Two defensive midfielders. He also confirmed that the signing of Paul merson has been cancelled as it was felt he wouldn't maintain his defensive duties through aging legs. Et Tu Pompeii (and the bloke who made the mistake of writing that letter to 442 mag or whatever) you're a visionary!
sad_sack_pain_in_the
03/05/2009 10:21:00
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In a different reality: 2002, Redknapp turns down Pompey job - Paul Hart appointed. "I want to make us difficult to beat", he said in an interview following the signing of 5 League Two defensive midfielders. He also confirmed that the signing of Paul merson has been cancelled as it was felt he wouldn't maintain his defensive duties through aging legs. Et Tu Pompeii (and the bloke who made the mistake of writing that letter to 442 mag or whatever) you're a visionary!
sad_sack_pain_in_the
03/05/2009 10:21:00
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Got lots of thoughts about yesterday - so I want to get them out in print. We were as poor yesterday as Arsenal were good, but we were actually really unlucky as well. The first goal was a spill by Jamo that 99 times out of a 100 he would have saved. The second was a penalty that shouldn't have been given. The third was unlucky because Pompey were looking like they were coming back into the game at that point in the second half. And you could say all our missed chances were unlucky too. At least we are creating chances! That is a positive. The fact that our finishing is so poor that we didn't score any of them is not. It's obvious that Crouch needs someone else up front with him. But that's only part of it - its really concerning. Except that there's only 3 games left this season, we're pretty much safe and there will be changes in personnel in the summer. Hopefully there will be new faces in our midfield, which is very poor. I'm not the only one who thinks it might be improved if Basinas played, but apart from that since we had so many departures from midfield, and with injuries to Diop and Niko, Hart doesn't have a lot of scope there. The playing defensively is frustrating, but it does seem to be keeping us up. How many of us complained last season when we parked the bus in front of Arsenal at Fratton and got a 0-0 draw? It was great to see Linvoy - would have loved it if he came on, but we just got teased with him warming up instead. I think that's it, I think I feel better now!
tracyc
03/05/2009 10:35:00
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Got lots of thoughts about yesterday - so I want to get them out in print. We were as poor yesterday as Arsenal were good, but we were actually really unlucky as well. The first goal was a spill by Jamo that 99 times out of a 100 he would have saved. The second was a penalty that shouldn't have been given. The third was unlucky because Pompey were looking like they were coming back into the game at that point in the second half. And you could say all our missed chances were unlucky too. At least we are creating chances! That is a positive. The fact that our finishing is so poor that we didn't score any of them is not. It's obvious that Crouch needs someone else up front with him. But that's only part of it - its really concerning. Except that there's only 3 games left this season, we're pretty much safe and there will be changes in personnel in the summer. Hopefully there will be new faces in our midfield, which is very poor. I'm not the only one who thinks it might be improved if Basinas played, but apart from that since we had so many departures from midfield, and with injuries to Diop and Niko, Hart doesn't have a lot of scope there. The playing defensively is frustrating, but it does seem to be keeping us up. How many of us complained last season when we parked the bus in front of Arsenal at Fratton and got a 0-0 draw? It was great to see Linvoy - would have loved it if he came on, but we just got teased with him warming up instead. I think that's it, I think I feel better now!
tracyc
03/05/2009 10:35:00
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