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Wolves 0 - Pompey 1





You wait 49 days and it happens, Pompey register a win at last, and a win where it matters, against what will in all probability be against a relegation rival.

Paul Hart sprang no surprises, Yebda came in for the below par Mokoena and Finnan made a long awaited debut at right back in place of Vanden Borre.

Paul Hart has obviously thought sod it now, Pompey were having none of the sitting back to get a point mentality, they went at Wolves from the off, with Wolves trying to press also it was an attacking and open game.
Smith and Dindane were proving to be a real handful once more, Smith having his best game in a Pompey shirt to date.
Boateng was Pompey's lynchpin once more, anything good seemed to stem from the bargain boy from Spurs.

On 20 minutes of our eighth Premiership start came the moment we had all waited for, Yebda who had just had one hacked off the line, rose to meet Boateng's flighted cross with his head and nodded low into the net, Pompey had taken the lead for the first time this season!

Jarvis and Doyle were proving to be the main threats for Wolves, the former doing well on the wing, Finnan clearing a dangerous cross.

Dindane almost made it two, but Hennessey pulled off a cracking save and Smith blasted his follow up narrowly wide.
Pompey had definitely had the best of the half, but Doyle almost forced an equaliser, he went on a lung bursting run down the wing, losing O'Hara for pace but his cross was wasted and cleared away. Ben haim ws next to the rescue, Doyle seemed certain to score, but the big Israeli produced a great challenge to deny the ex-Reading man.

1-0 at half-time and Pompey were looking well worth it.

McCarthy had seen enough and bought on Ebanks-Blake and Kightly, but Pompey were quickest out the blocks once more, Smith crossing for Dindane who couldn't find the needed power with his header.

Kightly and O'Hara found their way into Webb's book, the Wolves man upsetting O'Hara by claiming a penalty when it was he who had handled.
On the hour came the moment of luck that Pompey haven't seen for many a match, Wilson seeming to stop a cross with his arm, but this time a penalty didn't go against Pompey, and the travelling hoards puffed a collective sigh.

Wolves were doing all the pressing now as you would expect, Pompey trying to rely on the counter-attack, but the Blue defence was holding firm, only in the last five did they seem to sway, Halford smashed in a great free-kick which James did brilliantly to block out, the ball landed at Ebank-Blakes feet, but he lack the necessary composure and blasted over the bar.

And so that was it, Pompey are up and running, still some way to go, but the monkey is off their back and points are on the board.

Star Player

Boateng once again grabs the plaudits, he was closely run by Smith and Yebda, but produced another barnstormer.

Player Ratings


Brilliant save near the end from Halfords free-kick.


Welcome addition, gave defence a confidence boost.


Solid once more and showed great energy to go on a pitch length run in the second half when were under the cosh.


Looks assured next to Kaboul, could be the future for Pompey


Yebda-dabba-do was the cry! (copyright EastneyDave) the big Algerian made a great impact on his first start, and Pompey have their very own Fred Flintstone!


Covers so much ground and puts in so many tackles, how the hell he hasn't been booked yet is another story!


Enjoying a regular start and will be missed in two weeks time.


Another MOM display, anyone missing Kranjcar?

Ben Haim

Great goal saving block to deny equaliser


May not be prolific but so important to the side right now.


Maybe the man we are crying out for up front.

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 3 2009

Time: 6:52PM

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And altogether, breathe out!!
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03/10/2009 18:57:00

Exhale!! I think we all knew after the performance against Everton and the standing ovation at the end plus the players obvious dissappointment that we would win at Wolves. That is why all tickets were sold. Pompey are now on the march!!
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03/10/2009 19:06:00

I was lucky to watch the match on the net. What impressed me most was the commitment and passion shown by all the players. James saves were worth at least one if not two goals to Pompey. I thought Kaboul had a sound game.
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03/10/2009 19:22:00

Yet great professionalism especially with the wages hoo ha! An Everton fan I work with came in work yesterday & goes to me 'are you being paid...just askin as your players ain't!' Not sure you would have this with many a players in other teams! I see it as an early birthday present, a day early!!
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03/10/2009 19:32:00

I think our present is due on Monday Dazza, just waiting for confirmation
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03/10/2009 19:36:00

I've been exhaling for several hours now, nervy last few minutes but a great display and nice to break our 330 day away hoodoo. I have full confidence our home form will pick up if we keep playing like we have recently.
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03/10/2009 19:39:00

if we play like we have been doing, and the fans get behind the players, their is no reason why we can't beat spurs. Last minute corner, defoe own goal.
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03/10/2009 19:46:00

The spirit is there for all to see and it can only get better.
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03/10/2009 19:47:00

Wll done lads now I hope you go from strength to strength!
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03/10/2009 19:48:00

I was on my way into work when the second half was on, had to listen to the Bolton Spurs game and just got snippets when something was happenning. I was sat at a set of lights when the final whistle went, everyone around me must have thought I was a nutter.
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03/10/2009 20:16:00

Anyone missing Kranjcar? In a word - no. I was one of his biggest supporters but Boateng is a more exciting prospect. He has strength, pace and more than Kranjcar ever showed, passion. If he can keep developing this season he could end up playing for a big team.
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03/10/2009 21:54:00

Well pleased that we got our long awaited win. Thought we pushed them right from the start and defended our advantage in the second half. I noticed straight away how Finnan stayed off rushing into bad tackles and fended off the play instead. Lets hope he stays fit and he will be a real asset in future games. Not missing Kranjcar when we have Boating. Great Passion and my man of the match
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03/10/2009 22:12:00

Play up Pompey, the season starts here.
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03/10/2009 22:37:00

To be honest I thought that although we were very solid at the back, this was the worst performance in a month. However, a win was needed, and that is what matters!
Pompey Malta
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03/10/2009 22:42:00

I arrived at the match 20 minutes late and the first thing I said to hubby was, they aren't playing as well as last week, even though they had scored. I was so nervous I am really glad I miscalculated the finishing time (I thought it was 5.00pm). Everyone was hiding the faces in their hands and I was thinking, I think I'll go and sit in the loo in a minute cos I can't face the last ten minutes - and then it was over. Our fans went CRAZY, Boateng and O'Hara came across and kissed their shirts and then threw the into the crowd, Younis did the same. Many of the others came over and it was wonderful. What was a harrowing and fraught journey (We were in a traffic jam for 2 hours on the M40) was SO worth while. Wouldn't have missed it for anything! PUP!
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03/10/2009 23:10:00

just back from the game intime for match of the day !! got to the game 25mins in and missed the goal due to sitting on the m40 next to me mates car as it was shut .. but things only got better 1-0 win and first 3 points and now the news that the doctor has sold 90% of the club great news.
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03/10/2009 23:16:00

Yeh ok then, early b.day present 2day & late b.day present Monday hopefully. Seen MOTD, they are still mocking but hopefully will show them!
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03/10/2009 23:24:00

Hussler - I was in that queue as well......
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04/10/2009 00:01:00

I'm SOOOOOOOO glad you enjoyed it Gandor, Don't blame me for the M40 please, you should have held your map the other way around...
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04/10/2009 08:59:00

that was my first game of the season as my misses is pegnant and have to cut down on spending , but now i have an excuse to go to every game now ! im their lucky charm even though i did miss the goal ! as i was walking in the stadium it went in!! so i was their. next game spurs another 3points
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04/10/2009 09:27:00

Very funny Penton! Thankyou so much for letting me have your tickets, and thanks for running all over the place to get them to me........! (I really must go on a map reading course).
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04/10/2009 12:40:00

So proud of our players, that they put in that performance when they hadn't even been paid - Pompey in adversity is Pompey at their best, and this could end up being a cracking season!
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04/10/2009 19:12:00

I too had problems with M40 I had to go to the up the A43,M1,M6 got to the ground at 3.25 but had to go in to town to park so got there just before half time
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04/10/2009 20:02:00

Yessssssss!!! Up & running at last. My life is in tandem with Pompey's high & lows of 2009 & to be honest, I can't wait to see the back of it. A welcome win & an early birthday present. Keep the wins coming lads.
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04/10/2009 21:15:00

Not only do we win but Fort William break an unwinning 64 game streak with a 2-1 away win. Must have been like winning the FA Cup for them.
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05/10/2009 08:27:00

KPB will prove an absolute bargain, he really is top quality and a player we were crazy to sell.
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05/10/2009 16:21:00


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