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Pompey bomb against Spurs

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The dust has settled, the old faces have departed, but one thing remains the same. Pompey have 3 points from a dismal start to the season.
The scoreline reads 2-1 to spurs, but it could of been so,so different. Different if we could finish from 4-6 yards, different if we came up against a 'keeper who wasn't in inspired form.

Pompey's only enforced change was that of Mokoena in for loan-tied O'Hara, otherwise it was the same line-up that defeated Wolves in our only point grabbing game so far.
Spurs went with 2 of our old boys on the field, and one on the bench, Crouch being the man to dip out.
The match couldn't of been more open if it were Jimmy Somerville, both teams were in it to win it, Defoe firing in a warning shot that James gathered easily, and then charging down the big mans clearance, luckily with his arm. Dindane flicked on a corner, but no-one gambled at the back post, and then Defoe smashed a post, all in the fast 10 minutes!
Just a couple of minutes later, and Pompey had a season defining moment, Smith skinned Corluka like a bit of mackerel, and then sent in a cross that was if it was more gift wrapped would of been covered in tinsel and bunting. Dindane arrived and from 4 yards out applied a foot like a sand wedge and sent the ball into a gloating milton end, he ended up in the net, sadly the ball wasn't.
Boateng was next up, trying an outrageous chip from the half way line, the ball went over though with Gomes scrambling to cover.
After a mere 25 minutes and Gomes was involved again, Kaboul thundered in an exocet of a free kick, it flicked of Smith and the Brazilian saved with a flayling arm to save a certain goal.
Only a few minutes later and Pompey's misfortune and wastefulness was highlighted as Ledley King lept at a corner and nodded home, the sucker-punch was back in full force.

This really knocked the stuffing out of Pompey, our passing went wayward and Spurs were running the show, Ben Haim was finding Lennon a handful, and he was seeing a lot of the ball. on the stroke of half-time came what was to prove a match clincher, Jenas was allowed space and time to wander through our flat footed defence, he crossed for Defoe and he doesn't miss from those chances, 2 up and Pompey on their knees.

Pompey went 4-3-3 for the second half, and the first real shout for a goal was when Gomes and Corluka got the ball stuck between them, the ball seemed to roll down the Croatian's arm, but no penalty was given and it would of been harsh to be fair.

On the hour and Smith was denied by the second of Gomes' great saves, he looked to have lobbed him from the left, but he stuck another octopus arm and pushed clear, he really was having a stormer.
A minute later and Dindane had a chance to redeem himself, Smith sent in another inch perfect pass, and he went with his wrong foot and sent another one wide with the goal gaping, the diffence in striking quality was really obvious, Crouch having come on, with Pavlyuchenko being an unused substitute.

Boateng was in no mood to bow down though, the player of the month smashed in from an acute angle to get us back in it, it was game on.

Defoe was getting an earful from the Fratton faithful, he was enemy number 1 rather than some of his cohorts who used to work for Pompey, and he rose to the bait, stamping on Mokoena and seeing red, off he trudged and he could have little complaint.

Pompey really should of got the upper hand now, but we seemed disjointed once more, and Crouch nearly extended the lead, firing wide after bundling the ball away from Ben Haim.

Pompey were pressing hard, but Gomes was there again to get down to push away a Yebda volley, he really was proving to be the diffence, he may not be able to catch and make daft decisions, but his shot stopping is World class.
Piquionne who was on for the beleaguered Smith, headed back across goal once more, but again no-one gambled at the back post and another chance had gone.

Brown had just enough time to get his first cards for Pompey, 2 yellows and red in the space of a minute, off he went and Pompey went down again after really needing to get something from a game.

Star Player

Boateng was the man again, although the main diffence in the match was a bizarre Brazillian who looks like Squidward form SpongeBob.

Player Ratings


Didn't have a lot to do rather than pick the ball out of the net twice.

Ben Haim

Defended manfully but was given a torrid time by Lennon


Solid defender


Powerful heading and driving runs in the second half


Still learning at this level, but hopefully learning fast


Quiet first half but grew into the game, was one of Gomes' victims


You knew he would walk sooner or later


Is our shining light right now


Was our main outlet on the left, why he came off no-one knows.


Doesn't need me to say where he went wrong


Tidy enough

Date:Sunday October 18 2009
Time: 10:19AM

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It was a very good game. If Pompey have been playing like that all season, then I am very surprised they are bottom with three points from nine games... doesn't make sense!
18/10/2009 10:31:00
It was certainly not an uneventful match! Defoe getting sent off made my day! Gomes (Squidward) was amazing, just a year ago he was shocking. Yesterday there were question marks over Jamo instead. The atmosphere was disappointing, I was expecting so much better from this landmark match. It has to be said Hart was found wanting. We failed to make the 10-11 man advantage pay. Corluka and Jenas kept getting past us on their RH side time and again. Nobody marked Crouch when he came on, so he was allowed to run around wherever he wanted. And the substitutions??? Why take off Smith who was having a great game instead of Mokoena? Why substitute like-for-like when your a man up and need to attack? Why leave the Utaka sub so late? The changes were defensive and it makes no sense - if he's going to stay (which I think is a big 'if' after 9 matches and 3 points) he needs advice from Grant. At the end of the day it was a very entertaining game but the result was the one thing we couldn't stomach.
18/10/2009 10:42:00
i enjoyed this game, although clearly i did not enjoy the result - again i came away from the game thinking 'how did we lose this again?' which is something we seem to be thinking alot this season...
so, Othello to answer the questions i would say the past 4-5 league games, and maybe splatterings in others, we have been playing mostly the way we did against you - more often than not getting nothing tho...

how we need a goalscorer, someone like a defoe, but withouth is attitude :-) if we have 10m to spend in january, i would blow the lot on an out and out goalscorer, but a proven scorer too - altho they are hard to find, even more so at a 'mere' 10m i guess
18/10/2009 10:44:00
i said to my folks today that i thought the atmosphere, whilst ok, was alittle 'flat', it seems that you agree tracy?
18/10/2009 10:45:00
The name Amr Zaki will be dredged up again when you talk like that.
18/10/2009 11:24:00
you can have keane for 10m!!
18/10/2009 11:39:00
As for the atmos, I've moved this season from South stand upper to lower, I thought it was just my new surroundings that made it seem less vocal, if the owners want to change something quickly thaey must reinstate the drums, it makes such a difference
18/10/2009 11:40:00
I take it its Spurs fans voting for Dindane as mom?
18/10/2009 11:43:00
Agree with Rug, Blow the January budget (whatever it is) on a proven Goalscorer (but not Zaki)!, it the meantime get a specialised striking coach in! Atmosphere was disappointing as Tracy said, and I must admit to venting my spleen on a few librarians sat near me (oops) - We've all got to play our part. I don't think Paul Hart can take any blame for the performance, James was at fault for the first goal, and unfortunately Defoe took his goal well (as we know he can), only happy that he got his marching orders which at least got the librarians awake! Always thought this would be tricky and now we can concentrate on the next 4 games which will decide our fate. Thankfully the media hype/frenzy having a go at Pompey fans for the bad welcome HR would receive was proven to be misguided (to say the least) and don't expect any of them to hold their hands up! Well played Pompey - keep those heads up
18/10/2009 11:48:00
I don't know what can be drawn from the match (other than that Defoe is a numpty of the first degree). All I can see is that we stick together and wait for Avram to arrive. Hopefully the return of Herman will help cut out the individual errors at the back
18/10/2009 11:54:00
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