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All new Pompey took to the field today to try and halt a dismal start to the season.
Michael Brown and Tommy Smith went straight into the side, Smith on the right in place of Utaka, and Brown took Mokoena's spot who in turn moved to centre-back in place of the now departed Distin.

Pompey started the game by driving forward, if we were expecting our team to get steam rollered, they were going all out to prove they could compete with the big earning Galacticos.
Piquionne had the first effort of note on 10 minutes, a long ball found the Frenchman, he controlled and smashed a shot past Given but into the side netting.
Next up and Ireland stole possesion from Brown and Hughes hacked him down to earn a card and a free-kick on the edge of the area for City. Tevez stepped up and his shot flew narrowly wide into the grateful Fratton end.
On 20 minutes Kranjcar got the chance to show off his free-kick prowress, but like against Fulham 2 weeks ago he didn't trouble the 'keeper and smashed a shot straight into the wall.
Pompey were working the channels with some success, but everytime they sent a ball into the box it was comfortably dealt with and cleared, City were doing much the same, but Belhadj was looking solid and Vanden Borre had really upped his game.
On the half hour though the inevitable happened, Barry sent over another corner, Adebayor leapt like a demented salmon and powered home a header, Pompey needed to be the first team to score against City's expensively assembled defence to get anything out this game.
Pompey huffed and puffed, but Given was not really troubled again first half, Begovic could claim likewise, although Richards had one disallowed for offside after Bellamy sent in a fine cross.

Second half and Pompey came out of the hutch the quickest, Brown first had a long ranger blocked by ireland, and then he won a tackle in midfield, got to his feet and blocked the next clearance and had a run at goal, he netted, but Howard webb was having none of it and ruled it out for handball, you can bet if it was Rooney it would have been legit.
City had a strong 20 minutes now, pushing hard for a second, but Pompey held firm and Begovic gathered well when required.
Time was ticking and Utaka who was on for Smith, cut in from the right and unleashed a fierce drive with his left boot, it looked like it was going to nestle in the top corner, but whistled narrowly past the post.
Adebayor was resorting to stumbling every time he had the slightest contact, Webb was buying it though and infuriated the home crowd by repeatedly blowing everytime he went down, really weak refereeing.
With 10 left the ball broke to Hughes on the edge of the area, but he used he goal ratio up on Tuesday and hit high and wide.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man, on came Nugent and he showed his value once again(considerably less than we paid for him), he did the first part well, turned his man and from 8 yards just had to put it either side of Given, but with all the aplomb of a concrete elephant scuffed his shot into the ground and straight at Given, a Golden chance gone and with it you fear Nugent's Pompey career.
The whistle went and Pompey were 4 games down and pointless, 1 goal in 4 games tells the story.

Star Player

Distin has fled up to Merseyside, and kaboul stepped into the breach to try and stop the goals flooding into the ruined hull of HMS. Pompey, he performed solidly with Mokoena and will be depended on this term.

Player Ratings


Performed well again, and if rumours are true may be about to get an extended run.

Vanden Borre

I initially thought he was khazi, but he really upped his game today and may well have a big part to play.


Didn't look uncomfortable alongside Kaboul.


Up for the fight and was a busy boy.


Defended well today and got forward when possible.


You can see why Hart bought him, he gives his all, and while many may call him a thug for previous crimes, he will be important in Pompey's side.


Put in a lot of energy, but didn't get a sniff of a shot, but but certainly looks up for the chance to prove himself.


Better display


Not a great game, was caught in possession more often than Pete Doherty.


Put it about a bit more and but didn't create too much, needs some time on the practice pitch with his free-kicks.


Another energetic performance, but could really do with a league goal soon.


Never really got in a shot.


Flashed one shot wide and had a late header blocked, if he could only stretch his 10 minute cameos into 90 minutes.


Fratton patience has nearly gone, should of scored.

Blackadder refence 1

Pompey are like a broken pencil... pointless!

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 30 2009

Time: 8:10PM

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Pompey are trying, but where will a goal come from?
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30/08/2009 20:13:00

Great review, Paul. This is how I saw the game too. Officials were completely star-struck by Citeh primadonnas and allowed them to decide on offsides for them. for example.
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30/08/2009 20:24:00

We will only score if we Attack in the right direction. On many occasions today in the Fratton End, most of us were shouting "Other way", "Other Way". From where i was sitting, i thought that Utaka strike was in! Was a bit peeved that Hart took Piquionne off!! Bellamy got enough stick today. Referee was a total fool, clearly had no idea at all. Good day out though!
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30/08/2009 20:26:00

City should have won 2-0, Richards' goal was perfectly legitimate
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30/08/2009 20:27:00

Arthur, all the time the offside rule is as vague as it is, it will be discounted 9 out of 10, and if it wasn't fro Andy Gray analysing everything after the match no-one would have gone on about it! What about Browns "goal" then? I f the ball hits you at 90mph does self defence not come into it?
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30/08/2009 20:30:00

generally, it was a good performance. Brown did look very energetic, which was good to see from a pompey player! Tommy smith just didn't look quite up to pace, and utaka created more in 10 minutes than smith did in the whole time he was on. Kaboul was outstanding.
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30/08/2009 20:36:00

Arthur...Barry WENT for the ball therefore was OFFSIDE.. I thought we did well, could'nt Grumble...Nuge-Taxi..please...annoyed as i was about BROWN coming in.. i can see why... I thought VB had bellamy tucked up and Belhadj did well but Kaboul was great...Hughes whom i have an affection for, just is not good enougj and will not get any better... i hope he gets a good move somewhere in the championship where he would be a very good player..
plymouth graham
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30/08/2009 20:42:00

Gray, from a Whitchurchian to an Overtonian...Spot on, saved my fingers from writing lots and lots and lots and...you get the picture...
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30/08/2009 20:57:00

only really need to say 1 thing and thats; man i hope dindane's as good as i think he is!
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30/08/2009 21:00:00

As we've said before, the season starts against Bolton. We need about 4 or 5 new faces and then we can spend the break getting to know the new team. In the 4 or 5 faces we need another striker but I'm confident Piquionne and Dindane will find us the goals we need to survive. I took a lot of 'Hart' from the game. Brown & Smith were like a poor man's Sean Davis & Matt Taylor but they're just the sort of players we need for a scrap. I thought City were industrious, strong and well-dressed but there for the taking if we could get a shot on target. Brighter things to come from Pompey.
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30/08/2009 21:29:00

Let me put this on record. For as much as I decried the acquisition of Brown...He gives us...begrudgingly what we need; never say die and guile. Also he's not so short on just a touch or two or a telling pass, now enough or i'll look like someone who is in praise of the thug...
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30/08/2009 21:45:00

Pompey were least at least a point!! Good performances all round and especially from Paul in his report - got it spot on!
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30/08/2009 21:48:00

Good effort from Pompey today, lets hope Dindane knows where the net is, otherwise it will be as long a season as many of us are fearing. Well played Brown, Belhadj, Begovic, Pick-your-own also showed willing but Kaboul was man mountain today. When 180m v 10m finishes at only 1-0 then there is hope. PUP
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30/08/2009 22:09:00

I'm with you Stillthewizz, thought Brown would be an absolute liability but actually had a good game. If he can avoid getting booked or sent off then he unsettles the opposition and puts himself about very well, even has the eye for a pass/through ball. I wonder though how much of a game he will get when O'Hara gets in the team? Bolton game a must win, will Davis play or is he suspended after being sent off against the bin dippers? I'd love to see Brown take him out, lol! PUP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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30/08/2009 22:19:00

Enjoyable review, thanks Paultsmouth :)
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30/08/2009 22:41:00

An excellent performance once agian, albeit the loss. Mullins and Brown had a great game, I was very disappointed with Hughes. Mokoena was ok at the back, but we need a better centre back to cover the back with the great Kaboul. Vanden Borre surprised everyone, it seems as if he watched Glen Johnson's videos before this game. Belhadj is playing very well, and this is going to be tough for Hermann to break into the first 11. Smith played a good game with Piqiuonne. I thought that Utaka should have started since he is playing some wonderful football (compared to last season). Nugent, and oh Nugent. I hope he will never make the bench anymore and fades like a Lauren or Traore if not get sold (please sell him and get some money). Not good enough - simple. Great performance and against a very good side. We showed determination and commitment. This form should see us save our premiership status in a comfortable way.
Pompey Malta
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30/08/2009 22:47:00

moley2 I suspect that Brown will take either Mullins or Hughes place, only if Mokoena plays in midfield. I am not a fan of him when he plays at the back although this is his position when he plays at International level. O'Hara will be a very useful starter for me. If Nuno Assis comes along, then things are different. One thing for sure, today's team was unrecognisable from the Arsenal match, and so it will be against Bolton. Davis should not be playing, that is why he was very-angry when he got sent off...and I was shouting "fu**er".
Pompey Malta
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30/08/2009 22:55:00

Don't understand the Vanden borre fan club; I personally thought he was pants. Christ! he must have been abysmal before!
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30/08/2009 23:04:00

Happy with the performance - Brown (thug or no thug) adds a bit of much needed bite to the team ..anubody who complains about his style would do well to remember Mick Tait, Mick Kennedy & Barry Horne .. players who were loved by the fans for their aggression.. We sound really PC and wimpish prattling on about a players being a disgrace for being hard and not wantng them.. are we Pompey or what ??? FFS people.. anyway on that performance I anit worried the points will come but please STOP building DINDANE up to be a 20 goal a season striker .. HE IS NOT ! and we still need to fill that position.. and others of course
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30/08/2009 23:04:00

Just watched the highlights on MOTD2. I have to admit, considering we're meant to be 'nailed on for relegation', we didn't play all that badly. Lots of chances, although that Nugent sitter even made me put my hands on my head! I tell you now, if Dindane wins the Bolton game for us, he'll be considered a messiah, and O'hara and Boateng will be the tonic we need. It'll also mean that, if we win, we WON'T be bottom of the table. As Sasha apparently said - Bring it on!
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30/08/2009 23:26:00

Well Chix between Utaka, Piquionne and Dindane I'm sure we can get 15/20 goals out of strikers who don't score much. I'd give the team to play Bolton a shout but I haven't a clue who we've got coming in in the next 36 hours. As much as I'd love to see Benjani back at FP, he's not the answer to our goalscoring problems but Zaki would be and we should make his signature high up on our list. Vanden Borre will be alright, he just has to adapt to the game and realise that you can't give people time and space on the ball in the Premier League.
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30/08/2009 23:30:00

Dominated the midfield, thought Brown was exceptional! Cant work out how Nugent couldnt find the net late on..? Hopefully, a few more signings in the next 24 hours
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30/08/2009 23:50:00

well we got till 5pm tuesday so... anything can happen lol, but we need a couple of CD's, and if what chix says is true about dindane then we desperatly need a damn striker!
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31/08/2009 00:48:00

Hopefully Hughes place Pompeymalta, he had a shocker 2day i thought, as much as people write mullins of atleast he gets forward and I reckon he'll score this season. I'd much rather O'Hara replaced Hughes than Mullins, although where does that leave KP Boateng???
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31/08/2009 00:57:00

I don't know if anyone noticed but that Williamson from Watford we're linked with didn't even make the subs bench on saturday and I don't think he's injured so could well be on his way 2 Pompey??
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31/08/2009 01:00:00

Considering the gulf in players fees and wages, we put in a great performance and should have maybe had a point. I still think we have got goals in us, just need the floodgates to open. 3 of our games have ended 1-0 and we we're unlucky not to hit the onion bag in all 3. Piq looks like he has settled quickly and I don't think we'll have to wait long for his first goal. Brown looked better than I could have imagined, but I expect he'll miss a few games through suspension. Bring on Bolton and fingers crossed our first 3 points.
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31/08/2009 01:16:00

We created 2 serious chances in 90 + mins; not good enough. Something has to change soon we are bottom and I think if we don't beat Bolton the managers position will be under threat. If jamo and Kracnjar go then we are relegated under the current set up. We must beat Bolton!
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31/08/2009 01:44:00

Oh and Hughesy; sorry but time to go. Also I've come to the conclusion of a lot of other lunch time legends Hart is a straight forward simple bloke who is sadly out of his depth and he is running out of time.
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31/08/2009 01:52:00

4 games, 4 losses and 1 goal scored by a defender and you guys are getting excited by what been brought in to save you from relegation. I guess you are hoping a few Spurs cast offs will save you again. Jamie O'Hara being the pick says it all really. KPB will ensure you give away an extra 10 penalties this season and finish similar games with 10 men. With Niko and Jamo scratching at the door to get out before the window closes Pompey are in a world of hurt. Still its nice in the Championship this time of year I hear.
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31/08/2009 05:41:00

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31/08/2009 10:16:00

It's not very often we lose and I come away from the ground happy.
I thought Paul Hart was spot on with his tactics and the effort put in by most players will see us retain our Premier League status this season.
Once again he's looking the part (fouled when he dropped/missed the ball) and if James goes, I'd give him the chance.
Vanden Borre
His best game by a mile. He finally looked like a player who might play for his country instead of looking like Ali Dia.
Had a good game out of position and is looking like a half decent player. Will he keep his place after the arrival of Brown, O'Hara and The Prince?
I'm really pleased for this guy - he's looking like a top class centre back and can only get better.
I really like Nadir and, blimey, he's learning to tackle!
Grrr. Ok, ok, he was good. Damn his eyes.
Think he's realised the difference between Fizzy Pop and Prem. He'll be fine.
Good average player, played ok but will lose his place now.
Closing down was good but terrible when in possession - might not play again this season.
Had a good game but didn't play enough forward balls so isn't the 'defence un-picker' we need. Sell to the Spuds for 8 million.
Good player and had a good game. Should never have been taken off to leave our forward line consisting of; Utaka, Kanu and Nugent. Jeez!
Sell, sell, sell and make it snappy!
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31/08/2009 10:42:00

Meeeooowww, TergeHauge! What's rattled your cage? Vandan Borre looks overweight but might come good. Brown was pretty good and I could see him becoming a bit of a favourite but not because he can be a thug and throw himself around. He was unlucky to get a yellow. Freddie P reminds me of Lua Lua; touches of genius. Pompey looked tidy - there is hope if we can shore up the defence
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31/08/2009 10:46:00

Et tu - please don't even mention, (until the window closes) that any of our players looked top class - we will only go and sell them!
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31/08/2009 11:35:00

SSN are saying the MC goal came in 3 minutes! lol
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31/08/2009 15:15:00


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