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Pompey slump again

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Pompey crashed to another defeat, hot on the heels of last weeks demolition by Arsenal came another no-pointer at Blackburn.

I'm getting a bit sick of it all right now, the team is the same whoever we play, wherever we play. I can predict the team 2 days in advance, so for all those scouts at games it must be a joy to know Pompey will play one upfront, cram the midfield with Stonewall types, and basically hope to hit you on the break.
I hate to be critical of Paul Hart and Brian Kidd, but the football Pompey are churning out right now bores me silly, some may say its a results business, but I'm firmly in the 'entertainment business' camp, if I'm expected to dish out £600 a year to watch football, I want two sides playing it.

The match was played in steady rain, this obviously didn't help proceedings, and Blackburn scored with the first effort on target after half an hour, James dithered a bit by all accounts, the prescence of Samba proving unsettling, and Pedersen was left to steer into the net.
Crouch seemed exiled up front, he was by himself and the midfield was showing few signs of making late runs into the box.

Pompey had their first proper effort on almost the stroke of half-time, predictably it came from a corner rather than open play, Hreidarsson heading narrowly wide.
On 53 minutes Pompey made a couple of attacking substitions, Kanu and Utaka coming on, but this was all undone when Blackburn got awarded a penalty straight away, Hreidarsson handling a ball into the box.
Up steps McCarthy and its game over for another week.
Pompey did spark a little in the last 20, Pennant shooting wide after good link uip play, and then Utaka rounded Robinson, but Ryan Nelsen slid in to block his weak roll toward the net, it was almost vintage Utaka from 18 months ago, but his finish will further frustrate the already tetchy Pompey support.
Just to emphasise this statement, with a couple of minutes left on the clock, Pompey got their first penalty post-Defoe, but like his last effort against West Ham, Utaka blew it, and when I say blew it, it was last seen orbiting Venus.
Game over, no points, no leadership, no inspiration.
Pompey resembled Holland today, not total football, just flat.

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No bugger

Manager Rating

Sorry Hart, but time to tinker, all his shortcomings as manager are becoming evident now, good at organising, but not so good at inspiring, thing is Pompey crowds have had entertainment for the last 6 years, ready salted football will be hard to revert back too.

Date:Saturday May 9 2009
Time: 7:07PM


Its taken a few months, but yes, I miss Harry Redknapp in charge, I'll say his name and remember how good it was when he ran the show, we were crap before him, crap when he disappeared first time, and we are crap now.
09/05/2009 19:10:00
and in danger of falling into oblivion I'd say!
Al Billy
09/05/2009 19:19:00
Is that a dig at ready salted crisps at the end? I can't believe it
09/05/2009 19:27:00
I really do not understand how difficult it is to realise to score goals you need to attack. It's almost as if Hart thinks if we score it'll make the opposition mad and they might want to score themselves. Doesn't he realise if one team wants to win and one not to lose the one that wants it will win, especially as we're not good enough to defend for 90 mins. It is sooooo frustrating. We need a real manager not a childminder. If Reading fail can we have Steve Coppell, or even Tony Mowbrey at least he tries to play good attractive football.
09/05/2009 19:28:00
so is Hart the man for the job or just a stop gap? Call for Avram?
09/05/2009 19:33:00
Ruud Guilet , slaven bilic can do croatia and us or claudio ranieri as it look he wll be getting sacked from juventus 2 be manager.Some good managers to pick from but we need a decent owner to back us. BRING BACK MILAN MANDRIC
stfc ballboy
09/05/2009 19:38:00
I was ashamed of the performance, or lack of one today, the journey back home was a very subdued one, however we all agreed that the players today were an embarrasment. The team selection was again completely wrong, and how Hart perserveres with the rubbish that is Mullins and Hughes is beyond us all. The performance was gutless and heartless, please we have to do something for the last two games otherwise we could still go down. Utaka and Kanu WHY? Basinas and Pennant together with a partner for Crouch please, Gekas, Pele players who will have a go, where was Traore? Pompey need to think long and hard about Hart, he is never the answer short or long term, some results are going for us, but our luck could run out and i fear for our safety, Hart and Kidd no way!!
09/05/2009 19:47:00
i prefered it when tony adams was in charge. we played good football, we always had a go - even if we were the unluckiest team in the league.
09/05/2009 21:42:00
Completely agree about the player ratings. Even Johnno looked flat today. It's almost as if they all woke up this morning and said "aww, do I have to?"
09/05/2009 22:14:00
Agreed, Paultsmouth, and I've said it before (and I'll etc etc) I'd rather play our usual (6-7 yrs) classy football and LOSE. Ah, de ja vu, we did lose - bu&&er!
09/05/2009 22:21:00
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