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Hawks clip Pompey wings

2 - 2

West Leigh park




This is the dawning of a new era.
Well more a case of 'here comes the new boss, same as the old boss' in more ways than one, Paul Hart is now confirmed as manager, and Pompey reverted to type by throwing away a two goal cushion, a frailty that served us so well under Tony Adams.

To be fair, Pompey have been back in training a matter of days, we fielded a mixture of first teamers, young hopefuls and trialists hoping to catch the eye.

Pompey fielded two different sides, one for each half, the first half saw a line up of Begovic, Wilson, Kaboul, Distin, Bhasera (trialist), Basinas, Mullins, Hughes, Kranky, Ritchie, Nugent.
Most encouraging in the lie up was the sight of Sylvain Distin after the press had indicated he was on the verge of joining SPurs, Liverpool or Villa.

Pompey certainly showed many signs of rustiness (unease?) and were behind Havant with their match fitness, it was only in the second half when a new line up of Ashdown, Ward, Primus, Audel (trialist), Hurst, Mbamai, Diop, Bopp(trialist), Cowan-Hall, Subotic, Pancrate(trialist) took to the field, Bopp who Hart knew from his time at Forest was certainly catching the eye, not always for the right reasons, he scored two goals which obviously gets a big tick on the managers score board, but then played an awful ball to let the Hawks back in. Cowan-Hall sounded lively with plenty of pace, and Subotic sounded big, strong and er, cumbersome, not unlike Vincent Pericard when he was here.
The Hawks eventually played their way to an equaliser, and Paul Hart may have got a better idea of the task ahead, the heart has been ripped out of his team, especially with the imminent departure of Crouch, but if the trialists we had on display as tonight are as good as we can attract, he should get on his best suit and knock the new Chairmans door sharpish!

Star Player

23 to choose from and I can't decide!

Date:Tuesday July 21 2009
Time: 10:33PM


we should of never of let that 2-0 lead slip, we did tht many times last season.
21/07/2009 22:45:00
It's only a friendly .. It'll be different once Henry, Drogba, Kaka and Ronaldo sign.. Give it time we've got money to splash around now so Paul Hart should go and spend big on somebody tomorrow.. somebody like .. er.. Eugene Bopp for instance he might not be good enough for Crewe but hey I'm sure he can manage the premiership .. Poor bloke somebody is winding him up surely.. Paul was Jeremy Beadle there tonight ?
21/07/2009 22:51:00
to be brutally honest, that score line doesn't surprise me. The manor of it (letting a two goal lead slip) I could have even predicted. Lets see how ambitious al fahm is - or whether he minds if we are in the championship this time next year.
21/07/2009 22:51:00
Early days yet this game doesn't mean anything and at least Bopp knows where the goal is so will be usefull for those coca cola games against Such giants as Darlington. We shouldn't jump to any conclusions from one game, I have witnessed many dreadfull pre season games; who can forget Oxford the season before last
21/07/2009 22:55:00
Certainly, these new players who were trying to impress, willnot be signed. We need expierenced players who knows football. Come on Hart, get in some quality now.
Pompey Malta
21/07/2009 23:00:00
Beadle was in goal for Havant Chix
21/07/2009 23:01:00
good to see distin play, not that i guess it means 'that much', but at least he turned out! 'fingers crossed' i can see the mighty bopp in action on saturday, if not i will be *****ed off as that is the only reason i am going lol!
21/07/2009 23:02:00
"who can forget Oxford the season before last " - I can Russ !
21/07/2009 23:05:00
Beadle in goal for Havant Paul .. I knew the keepers name was Jeremy but had assumed his surname was Clarkson.. Still I live and learn.. By the way Paul who was the ref ?
21/07/2009 23:08:00
i think every one should check out the al Fahim site on news now....If this site is acurate |I do not forsee any money being available for transfers, well maybe 5 or 6 m at the very tops....WE are dead in the water finacially folks according to the article it..its worse than i thought, even the young players thing as a showroom club looks off the register...this looks very serious.
plymouth graham
21/07/2009 23:17:00
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