Date:Sunday August 16 2009
Pompey went down to an opening day defeat to satisfy the watching media, all those scribes who were witness to our demise will take great joy that we are one game down and pointless, but the goal was scored by a bloke who couldn't hit a cows arse with a banjo last season, so he used his own to divert a speculative Dempsey effort past David James.
Al Fahim was witness to the game as he promised, the giant screen flashed an image of him and Storrie sitting side by side in the box, no evidence of any cheque signing though.
Pompey started the game with the back four of Kaboul on the right, Wilson and Distin in the middle and Belhadj as a marauding left/back/half, Midfield saw the Axe and Wardrobe accompany erm, the Coathanger?
Kranjcar was the man for the passes, while Utaka stood on the right with Piquionne the lone man up front.
Pompey certainly went at the game with verve, Piq was running the channels well, the midfield dogs of war were getting in the tackles, and our new look defence looked solid.
But after nearly quarter of an hour, fate rose its ugly head, Dempsey lined up a long shot and Zamora stuck out his 'aris, the ball deviated more than a Tory MP with an orange in his mouth past a wrong footed Jamo, one down and pressure on.
Kranjcar was given 2 opportunities to test Scwarzer with a couple of well placed free-kicks, but only tested the patience of the Fulham fans behind the goal with two blasts over the bar.
Pompey exerted all the pressure, Belhadj had the chance of the game, a corner swung toward him with the goal gaping, but he got neither forehead or nose the ball and the chance was gone.
Andy Johnson found himself with a half-chance in front of the Fratton end, but he took a leaf out of Pompey's book and skied it high into the atmos.
Second half and Pompey threatened again, Mullins and Piquionne conbined well to lay it off to Kaboul, but again he could only find a fan in the stand with his effort.
Johnson missed the chance of the game though, he seemed to give Wilson a little nudge as he went to head the ball, but as it dropped he had time and space, but again he too smashed it wide with the goal gaping.
Pompey were still trying to get back into the game, Mullins, who to be fair actually had a decent game, fired in what I reckon to be our only shot on target, it was blocked and landed at the feet of Wilson who fired yet again wide.
Kanu was on for Diop, but found little joy, then on came Nugent for the ineffective (once again) Utaka, Kanu laid off one for Nugent, but he showed all the composure of a toddler in a paddling pool and smashed it as hard as he could high into the Fratton end, chance gone again and so the match.
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Date:Sunday August 16 2009
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