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Pompey cut off Bulls

Pompey
4 - 1
Hereford

Fratton

25/8/09

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Referee:

Just returned from Fratton, sat in the blowy North stand for this one, and Pompey finally got their season up and running, ableit against a poor Hereford side who came to contain.
Pompey fielded a decent enough side, Ward stepped in for the 'injured' Distin, Borre returned to right-back and Basinas slotted into the centre with Hughes. Begovic deputised for the genuinely injured James.

It was apparent the game would be almost one way traffic as soon as the teams lined up, Hereford choosing 4-4-2, two banks of 4 and 2 midfield/attackers.
Pompey however were finding the kind of space you don't get at Arsenal, they pinged it around well at times, often over elaborating when it was not needed.
Adam Bartlett was certainly a busy man in the Hereford goal and he performed well at times, pulling off one great double save.
Piquionne was enjoying himself, he hit the post with one effort from an outrageous angle and then slotted home with time and ease from Kranjcar's pass.
Almost immeadiately it was 2, this time Piq crossed from the left for Utaka to slot home, Pompey were coasting.
Niko Kranjcar was next to fill his boots, jinking in from the left he fired home when Bartlett looked to have really saved his well struck shot, but his hand was not strong enough.
Second half and Utaka came off for Nugent who was eager to impress, so eager in fact that he didn't.
Now, a Richard Hughes goal is as rare as a Pompey takeover, but he smashed in a beauty tonight to cap what was until then a below par game, he should of rounded off a good move first half but stuck out his left peg when the ball was on his right.
It was game over really, Pompey played possesion football without really threatening again, and it was up to referee D'Urso to show why he officiates more lower league games than Premiership these days, Begovic who looked solid came out and performed a textbook slide tackle, but good old Andy pointed to the spot to the amazement of everybody in the crowd and Plummer fired home the freebie.
Pompey seemed irked by the decision and lost their way a bit adding no further goals when they really looked capable.

Star Player

Joel Ward stepped into the defensive breech well, he is not a silky defender in the Distin mould, but more a defensive warhorse who will do the simple stuff, really showed up well.

Player Ratings


Begovic

Solid, sawn off by D'Urso though

Vanden Borre

Better second half after poor first, was bailed out by good Begovic save after very poor defensive header in the first 45

Ward

Should feature more regularly soon

Kaboul

Solid, may well be the senior man at the back soon

Belhadj

Got forward well, his pace certainly bales him out sometimes.

Mokoena

Loves a tackle and tries to drive the side on.

Hughes

His passing was all over the place early on, great goal, but is so left footed he should be called Daniel Day Lewis

Basinas

Didn't pass Hereford to death as we hoped, but did ok.

Kranjcar

More up for it than of late, but tended to go for too many Hollywood passes.

Piquionne

Eager runner and good goal

Utaka

Will be pleased with goal and didn't shirk on the night.

Nugent

Could of scored, should of scored, looks really low in confidence.

Kanu

Lit up the game with one run

Gautier Mahoto

Young Frenchman tried to get stuck in and show what he can do.


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Tuesday August 25 2009
Time: 11:21PM

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Comments

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Not too easy to judge anything apart from Piq is still not quite up to prem fitness but looks promising. nugent looks low on confidence, Borre looks low on quality so far. But a win is a win and you can only beat what's in front of you and the 50 odd spectators who like me bothered to turn up. Who would want to take over a club with that lack of support I asked my self
russellm
25/08/2009 23:35:00
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Great boost for this Sunday. I ma very pleased to hear that Ward had a good game, we might be needing him very much! Is Distin really injured, or is it another Defoe good-bye??
Pompey Malta
25/08/2009 23:35:00
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i wouldnt mind ward playing ok he hasnt got the experience but he sounds a good prospect. or maybe a late bid for mensah would do the trick ?? anyway good win and good to see the morale go up
Football_Casual
25/08/2009 23:41:00
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Crowd was 6645 so I am told. But goals will be good for confidence and the 'kids' did well too.
eastneydave
25/08/2009 23:44:00
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crowd was very poor. Van den borre was about the quality you'd expect from an average championship defender. Although he showed more willingness to get forward as the game progessed.
pompeycarpet
25/08/2009 23:50:00
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I would liked to have gone, but getting there from where i live isn't the easiest of tasks. Now, i hope we can go into the Citeh game, off the back of this one, and actually put up a fight, and go for a draw or a win.
.Andrew.
25/08/2009 23:52:00
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the defence was untroubled though - the referee was poor throughot (not just against us - there were a lot of late decisions, seemingly based on crowd or player reactions, and he was also inconsistent with some of the laws. at one stage, he had them retake a freekick twice for no relevant reasons - but let a lot else go by. Oh, and he gave them a penalty that only prooved that EVERYTHING is going against us. even when things are seemingly going well. (put simply, it wasn't even close to being a foul!)
pompeycarpet
25/08/2009 23:54:00
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the midfield was shocking! Hughes scorred, but that was completly out of character, and shouldn't cover over the fact that he didn't pass the ball forwards once. (actually, he did skin a couple of players twice. but then gave the ball away). mokoena and basinas were the same. no creativity, and only passed the ball sideways. Mahoto though showed some nice touches. he might have had a few nerves when through on goal (though nugent did worse in a similar position), and he could actually controll the ball without it bouncing off him! he definatly has potential, but probably needs a bit more confidence (he gave an air of not wanting to do anything wrong).
pompeycarpet
25/08/2009 23:59:00
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Kranjcar played in a bit of a free role. He didn't really do much there - he didn't set much up, and although he got around the pitch quite nicley, he did nothing special. his goal should have been saved.
pompeycarpet
26/08/2009
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Utaka and piq both played well, and were by far the biggest threat we posed. no-one even came close. the looked like they might strike off a decent partnership up front, as both are lightning quick, and have a good first touch (well, piqs is better)
pompeycarpet
26/08/2009 00:02:00
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