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Pompey go out in style

Pompey
3 - 1
Sunderland

Fratton

20:00 18/5/09

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Pompey bowed out of Premiership home games with a welcome win, it was also a win from behind and played with verve, especially second half after Traore and Kaboul's introduction.

Paul Hart raised a few eyebrows with a 4-3-3 formation, but it was a switch at half-time to 4-4-2 that got Pompey playing the kind of football we know they can.

Most satisfying on the night will be the face that after going behind, Pompey fought back when our safety was already assured, that and the re-appearance of John Utaka as player to fear again after a gap of 18 months, shame there is only one game to go!

The first half was started at a fair tempo, Pompey almost took the lead after only 5 minutes, Johnson's cross found Crouch and his first header was blocked, and the follow up lacked the power to make the net and was scrambled away.

The game went a bit cat and mouse after that, Sunderland knew a point was enough for them and seemed content to just not lose, while Pompey found it hard to force the issue.
The mackems came closest though when some shocking defending by Mullins allowed a cross to find Jones who beat debutant Begovic with a header but found a post instead, the ball then managed to roll across an empty net and then somehow curl out, lucky old Pompey!

Second half and Traore replaced Kanu and Kaboul switched with the injured Hughes, Traore looked like he had earlier in the season, full of purpose and pace, his first cross found Crouch, but he couldn't keep his header down. Pompey were playing with intent now, but Sunderland broke against play and Davenport picked out Jones to prod home, it could of been the usual story of a team with nothing to play for capitulating, but Pompey were playing a different game.

Almost straight away a Begovic punt found Utaka, Davenport was holding him back, but with ref Wiley seeming to blow for a spot kick, Utaka blasted home his first goal in a year and the ref played a belated advantage.

Less than ten minutes later and Anton Ferdinand copied brother Rio with a Fratton park howler, he missed a straight forward clearance and Utaka was in a again, he rounded Felipe Fulop in the goal, but was denied by Bardsley's challenge, but the ball still found the net and Bardsley had an unwanted OG to his name.

Sunderland tried to press, but Jones was twice denied by Begovic, all this allowed Pompey to break once more and Traore got the goal his season deserved, firing low past Fulop.

With 5 minutes to go Pompey fans goe what they craved, the sight of Linvoy Primus' bobbing dreadlocks in a blue shirt once more, he may of been only on for a short while but didn't put a foot wrong as every touched was cheered like a cup final winner, rarely has been one man so adored by the Fratton faithful, it truly was a show of love for a great servant when football has gone mercenary.

Star Player

Go on then, John Utaka, credit where it is due, he has been vilified by most and rightly so lately, but he was full of purpose and took his goal well, if he could only reproduce this for most of the season he would be a hero.


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Monday May 18 2009
Time: 11:30PM

Comments

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paultsmouth
18/05/2009 23:31:00
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seeing primus come on for those few minutes made my season... i swear davis put the ball out on purpose to get him in sooner, but he didnt, then clearly the herminator did and on he came - fantastic!
pompeyrug
18/05/2009 23:38:00
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Well that was a turn up, 4-3-3 eh, like nodster suggested earlier. Much better with 4-4-2 though, more width and better passing. It has to be said, however we were lucky with Jones missing golden opportunities.
Lemmi
18/05/2009 23:51:00
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From the Fratton end it looked as if we had had just as close a miss as them a bit earlier in the game than theres. Great to see Utaka showing some form,
Steve C
19/05/2009 00:05:00
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Well, I'll go to the bottom of our stairs! Utaka scored! Unfortunately, its too little too late methinks. I enjoyed the game, its amazing what a difference a few goals make. When was the last time we actually scored 3 goals in one match? OK, I know we didnt SCORE three, but got them, if you know what I mean. Actually, I don't think we have all season....
Gandor1
19/05/2009 00:16:00
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Good win Pompey
TeddyLyon
19/05/2009 01:52:00
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If we were to have Utaka upfront with Crouch next season with Johnson and Kaboul on the right then we might well have a decent team, just a shame that Glen and two-metre Peter will probably go, and that it's taken us this long to find a good right sided midfielder! We desperately need a Fernandes/Muntari type centre midfielder to partner Davis (if he signs on). Begovic looked very decent at times, and it's just a shame that Pele and Gekas never really got their chance to impress for us! Maybe next season we will see Wilson and Mvuemba get back to full fitness and maybe make a serious impact on the first team!
jbaker
19/05/2009 02:58:00
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Three against Blackburn Gandor, but this would appear to be biggest Home win of the season as I think we beat Blackburn 3-2. Oh and Away we tore Everton apart 3-0.
pompeygray
19/05/2009 03:49:00
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got up early morning for this one..... enjoyed the way we played second half.. what a difference Traore made down the left. I think we missed his pace since January. Before HE left he was doing well. Utaka playing up front looked like a different animal.. shame he could not have been more consistent. Lets have a go at Wigan 442 like and start contemplating what the summer may bring.
harrissman
19/05/2009 06:06:00
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Far better in the second but thought Sunderland were very poor but credit where it is due we had a job to do and did it. Thought the highlight for me was us singing that Shearer song and getting applauded by the Sunderland fans.. I loved that and would still love to see Newcastle drop and not Sunderland. Fantastic to see Linvoy ..made me season. What happens now is anybody's guess.
Chix
19/05/2009 07:49:00
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