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Pompey 2 - Bolton 3

Fratton

12/9/09

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Pointless Pompey keep it up

After a day which started with so much promise, it delivered so little.
Peter Storrie got my spirits up this morning with some frank, honest opinions, then a few liveners in the Connaught added to my optimism, then Pompey took to the field.
Boateng, O'Hara and Ben Haim all made full debuts, Mullins and Hughes slipped off of the radar to make way for them.
Bolton forced the first save of the afternoon, Cohen powering in a header which James did well to keep out.
Pompey were trying to flow though, and a great move down the left came to nothing before Smith tried an overhead which missed the target.
On 12, Matt Taylor found himself clear, but on his right boot he found only his own fans behind the goal, much to the delight of his old admirers.

Bolton were not to be denied for long though, Davies won yet another flick on and Cohen met it with power to beat David James, not the best defending.
Smith found Piquionne with a cracking cross, but his header lacked power and conviction to trouble Jusskelainen.
O'Hara was sending in some good corners, and it was from one of these that Kaboul rose and powered in a solid header to show Freddie how to do it. It was all Pompey now though and Kaboul really should of doubled his tally, another corner found him unmarked, but this time he glanced wide when he really should of scored, Piquionne copying him a minute later.
Pompey were having the lion's share, but Belhadj got caught in possesion, Davies was fed and Ben Haim slid in to win it back, from my seat he got the ball, but when your luck is out the ref loves to blow his whistle, up steps Taylor and like so many times in a Pompey shirt, the Penalty was dispatched.
Vanden Borre then rode a couple of tackles and smashed a in a shot, it lacked direction however and flew over the bar.

Second Half and Pompey had a big Penalty shout themselves, Smith nipped in to clip away a back pass, and the 'keeper seemed to take more man than ball, but the Ref deemed one penalty was the issue for today.
O'Hara tried to show off his dead ball prowress, but his shot didn't quite dip enough, Brown tried his luck from 25 yards, but his shot took a slight deflection and gained height when it looked goal bound.
O'Hara tried to fire home a weak clearance, the ball was blocked out again but only to Boateng, he calmly placed the ball in the bottom corner, Pompey were back in the game and on for a winner.
End to end doesn't do the game justice, it was more like tennis than football, both teams searching a first win, Piquionne had another headed chance, but once again glanced wide and then it happened.
In the last minute of time, Pompey failed to clear a bobbing ball, Cahill up supporting the attack nodded home and Pompey had shot themselves in the trotters again, another game they felt they should of won, but with only about 3 efforts on target, they showed why they didn't.

Star Player

Smith was the man for me today, he put in real effort and ran himself into the ground trying to work an opening.

Player Ratings


James

Didn't seem as dominant as he can

Vanden Borre

Improving

Belhadj

Cost us a goal and showed his lack of discipline near the end.

Ben haim

Looked a little rusty, but unlucky with penalty shout.

Kaboul

Pompeys top scorer, should have 3 now though.

O'Hara

Lively display, is going to be important.

Boateng

Calm finish, showed some good touches, another who needs match time.

Mokoena

One great block at the end. Otherwise I honestly never noticed him, is that a good thing?

Piquionne

Needs a goal badly, getting chances but not finding the target.

Smith

Pompeys best stuff seemed to come through him.

Brown

Not quite as dynamic as his first game, but up for a fight.




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Date:Saturday September 12 2009

Time: 10:05PM

Your Comments

I was impressed by boateng, pleasantly surprised infact. I agree, O'hara is going to be important for us this season (hopefully he stays beyond Jan). Just hope Hart doesn't take him off when we need him on the pitch in future! All i seem to be getting off my mate who is a Spurs fan is the old "What's the difference between Pompey and a Triangle?" joke.. Muppet. Roll on Dindane being fit!
.Andrew.
Just imagine if Sean Davis hadn't got sent off last week...would have been huge carve up wth Brown and would probably have been sent off THIS week
hammersmithblue
thought we where unlucky AGAIN tbh, the penatly was not a penatly clearly (just watched MOTD to check) and the refs in a good place so no idea why he blew for it, the last of their goals could have easily been given for offside on another day but in the end was really poorly defended and piquionne desperatly needs to start putting his chances away cause if he had we'd have been 3/4 up within the 1st half... but this was the 1st game that team have played together and you've got to hope they'll get better, although my hope and patience is being tested to the full right now...
pompeym@
I think I read somewhere that Piq only scored 4 goals last season. I don't know why we are expecting so much from him. Dindane has not been much better either.
Gandor1
good try...we need a forward..a real forward..
plymouth graham
Nothing to do with bad luck. Pompey didn't defend or attack well enough. Simple. Webber picquionne dindane whoever.
The Rabbi
Good report Paul. It was NOT a penalty from my seat I had a perfect side on view and he clearly took the ball first. A lot of work to be done but the players do have some quality.
eastneydave
I have seen it on the box, and it was not a clear penalty. Ben Haim had a bit of the ball and their player (Davies I think it was) went down so easily. We had a very good game, but you cannot be sure in attack when you have a leaking defence, which looked fragile and unsettled. Hope they will get better in the next game..
Pompey Malta
Tactically Hart got it wrong; taking off the two most influential players who had a pre season a d replacing with two who hadn't ; he went for a draw and we got what HE deserved, not the ref's, owners, players or fans fault it rest squarely on the manager. He needs to step up
russellm
to be fair we don't know what their fitness levels are. The coaching staff are constantly measuring this, so will know who can last 90 minutes and who needs a break.
pros7
Totally agree with russellm! We surrendered the innitiative and paid the price.
devonpup
this was what i expected tbh, the players won't have gelled properly yet, but yesterday was a good start for them. O'hara's deliveries where sensational, the prince banged in a goal and pompey came from behind twice, which takes character. we created loads of chances and once the confidence of players like freddy goes up, then they will get them in left, right and centre. We need a draw at villa and to beat hull convincingly. If we lose both of those matches that is when i will call for harts head, not now
PompeyJoe
The bottom 9 teams have 4 points maximum. That's no problem, we'll be fine. Sort the defence out and practice scoring and bob's yer uncle.
Et_tu_Pompeii
I think ur probably knackered boys!!!
mani13963
We need to consider that our leading man in the defence was Ben Haim: He is not match fit as he wasn't playing for a long time. He just needs to settle down. Once he does that, things will get better. So many positives from this match...and I am not giving up yet. There are like 5 teams who looks worse than us despite having 4-6 points.
Pompey Malta
Piq will come good, dont forget Benjani didnt score for 11 games and then he couldnt stop
nodster
 

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