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Pompey keep up 100% record

4 - 1

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Well a hammering was predicted, a hammering was dealt out, but bizarrely enough this was Pompey's best display of the season.

Paul Hart stunned everyone by going with Kanu up front, flanked by Utaka and Piquionne, Vanden Borre slipped to the bench, Diop was at home nursing his hamstring.

The game started ok for Pompey, Arsenal were predictably enjoying the lions share of possesion, Wilson and Belhadj making timely interceptions early on, with Piquionne squirting in a shot at the other end.
On 18 minutes the inevitable happened, Eduardo ghosted past Wilson and squared for Diaby who smashed home.
Pompey suddenly looked all at sea, and Diaby got another straight after, a quick counter and Eboue rolled another over to Diaby who had the easy task of tapping home. Almost straight away again and it should of been 3, Arshavin crossing right across goal with no contact, then Fabregas spurning an opportunity to shoot.
James denied Van Persie in quick succession, and all of a sudden Pompey were back in it with their first goal of the season.
Belhadj lofted one in and Kaboul rose above a flat-footed Almunia to nod home, Pompey had a lifeline.
On half-time James excelled again, blocking out Van Persie once more in a one man mission to deny the Dutchman.

Second half and Pompey's tormentor-in-chief Fabregas was off, and so should of been Gallas, Utaka completely out stripped him and Gallas clipped him, but predictably away from home the ref waved play on and the linesman looked to the skies is if nothing had happened, definite free-kick and last man should of walked.
Gallas then took his outrageous luck to new levels, within a couple of minutes he found himself at the other end, the ball hit his foot richocheted up to his face and in off the post, I'm sure Paul Hart could be heard to say 'that Frenchman should not be on the pitch'
3-1 it was and Pompey were deflated, Piquionne got away from Clichy but dithered and had the ball whipped off of his foot when he should really of scored.
70 minutes and Ramsey got another, he found himself goalside when Pompey appealed for offside, he cooly slotted past a distraught James.
A few minutes later and the sight all Pompey fans dreaded, David James went off with a muscle injury and Begovic replaced him, hopefully it is no more than a recurrence of his injury against Rangers. Utaka had another good chance to pull Pompey closer, but sliced wide when he should of very least tested Almunia.

Star Player

Mokoena is showing the right attitude and of our central 3 was the only to really earn his wages, but Belhadj takes it for having displayed the most attacking threat.

Player Ratings


Let in 4 but it could of been so much worse, hopefully not seriously injured


Done some good things but Eduardo had the upper hand on him, seems to prefer the middle.


One slip let in Diaby but Van persie couldn't punish him further.


Pompey's top scorer!


Great early interception and Pompey's most creative outlet


Seems to play much better away from home, should of scored but at least looked lively for periods.


Given a free role, should of been given a free transfer, he is going next summer but hardly putting himself in the shop window, can Pompey afford to carry a player more interested in not injuring himself than football?


Best of the midfield 3 by a mile, puts in a shift and can tackle




Holds the ball well, got an hour at his old club and didn't let himself down


Puts in the effort of Benjani, trouble is he looks like he might take as long to score as well.

Date:Saturday August 22 2009
Time: 5:58PM


We can blame our luck, but 4 against sums it up, but all round a better display, get the cheque book out Storrie and we may be able to build on something
22/08/2009 18:00:00
Not a chance of staying up even if Storrie could find 100M in his piggy bank. Time for Hart to move on.
22/08/2009 18:27:00
Well yeah, and it could have been a lot more but heh! On the radio it at least sounded like we were having a go, unlike our more defensive displays against two lesser clubs than Arsenal. We do need some more quality though and quick. Not only that, we need the squad to all stay fit. A few injuries to key players and we're totally screwed.
22/08/2009 18:30:00
Gallas should have been off at 2-1, not saying it would definately have changed the result but we were playing well at that point and he is their best defender. We definately need a strike partner for freddy and cover in defence. Hopefully this will happen next week. PUP
22/08/2009 18:33:00
the problem is though moley, we had rode our luck to still be in the game at 2-1. we should have been long gone! We can't have too many complaints about the result, but we should probably still be worried about our predicament.
22/08/2009 18:48:00
So we are bottom of the Prem .. come on fellas it is where we expected to be so why be downhearted ;) Yes Utaka looked ok (Gallas should have gone) Belhadj had a good game and Freddy look promising (on the wing !) .. It should have been 10 by half time we know that but it wasn't (thanks mainly to James) It was by far our best performance and we should go 442 everytime we did look a threat at times .. It'll come ... Everton got spanked by 6 remember in their own back yard.. So did you really expect anything more .. Heads up and let's bring on Man City .. maybe a few more players .. but maybe not... Chin up !
22/08/2009 19:18:00
I was dreading this expecting a complete mullering but in the end I was happy with the spirited performance we put in. But furious about the decision. It was clear cut, we should have had a chance to level with a free kick in a dangerous area, and should have got to play a 10-man Arsenal. Its enough to be playing Arsenal, we shouldn't have to accept the officials against us as well, its a complete disgrace. If it had gone the other way around, everyone would be full of it and there would have been hell to pay, but because its us, it will be glossed over. Apart from that I'm obviously concerned about the injuries to Marc Wilson and Jamo. (although if Jamo's got a slight injury it might stop twitchy signing him?)
22/08/2009 19:25:00
What you wrote about Niko is true. His perfomance today was nothing. He was like a f*u*c*k*i*n*g turist in London, but he can just walk around center becouse coach told him that.... he was very lazy today.
22/08/2009 20:35:00
I just cant believe your blogs are pathetically clinging onto a refereeing decision that didnt go your way. ridiculous! arsenal took the ***** out of you for 90 minutes but oh no..... gallas challenging your player and the decision not going your way way is what turned the game.... you must be f'ing insane!! other than krancjar, your team is bxxxxxx..... the longer you blame referees for poor results the longer you'll be *****e. Believe> p.s your support was absolutely rubbish... one cowbell and a drum and you think youre the f'ing proms
22/08/2009 20:53:00
Krancjar was not at all in the game today. Gunners sure showed some class and ripped us apart. Should of been more and the gulf between the 2 sides was evident. Pompey however created some chances and we should take the positive from that. Freddy P once again ran his socks off. Kanu showed a few of the ole touches,Belhadj was not affraid to put himself in places where others were not. I personally felt Utaka once again had the openings but didn't make the most of them. Dr and Storrie sitting together, hope they were discussing where we need to bring in players. If not then its gonna be a scrap to stay in the premiership
22/08/2009 21:40:00
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