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Pompey thrash Stoke

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Well we might of prferred it in the league, but Pompey finally handed out a hiding to Premiership opposition, and all the goals came from strikers!

Paul Hart threatened widespread changes to the side, but in reality it was just a little tinkering with a couple of positions and formations.

Ashdown replaced James in goal with both Belhadj and Vanden Borre coming in to the fullback positions, Mullins came back into midfield and Danny Webber came into an attacking forward line with bot Dindane and Piquionne.

Belhadj had the first shot of note on 9 minutes, but it was blocked out, but Pompey were passing it around nicely freed from the shackles of their league woes, and it was only 10 minutes later that Piquionne nodded us in front from a Belhadj cross, Pompey were belying their position in the table and looked like a team full of confidence.
Dindane seemed to revel in a wider role, while Piquionne had chances for a first half hat-trick but he was wasteful with both further chances to fall his way, he still seemed low on confidence even after his earlier strike.
Stoke came into the game a bit more in the final 15 minutes of the first half, but Pompey held firm until half time.

The second half came, and by the hour mark Pompey were coasting, first Danny Webber shimmied in from the left and belted past Simonsen, and then the hapless 'keeper was nowhere near a Brown free-kick to give Freddie P an easy tap in and virtually grant Pompey a pass to the final 8 of the cup.
When you are 3 up at home it is time for one man, and on came Kanu, and for the next 22 minutes it was all about the King. He grabbed a goal to cap his cameo, selling Simonsen a dummy and then rolling into the net, almost grabbing a second at the close, curling wide.

Pompey are through to the quarter-final stage for the first time since '94 and only the 4th time ever. A tougher tie will no doubt be next, but the fillip this win can give can not be denied, the strikers scored goals and the movement was good, bring on Wigan!

Star Player

I nearly went for Kanu, but not wanting to get all misty eyed and Steve Bruce like, it will have to go for two goal Freddie, once his second went in, the shackles lifted somewhat, and if he can step on now, the goals may flow.

Player Ratings


Had a quiet night

vanden Borre

Not the player he was in the first few games, he is actually playing quite well now!


Solid as ever


Revelling playing alongside his giant mate.


It was all about his attacking threat tonight, not his dodgy decision making.


Last years scapegoat played quite well, must be pushing to get in front of Mokoena.


Full of running on the right.


Determined to play himself back into starting 11 on saturday, probably did so.


Enjoyed it out wide


2 goals to his name, can he stride on?


Cracking finish for goal, must be hoping to play a greater part now.


Came on to boos which was harsh, not a crowd favourite, but didn't need or deserve that.


Rare run out of late


No pace, no legs, but plenty of magic left in his feet

Date:Tuesday October 27 2009
Time: 10:18PM

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Come on Pompey, transfer it to the league now!
27/10/2009 22:19:00
Oh how sweet a win tastes. So let's give it to Wigan at the weekend and step on the gas. 4-4-2 at home please and let's go for it. With width, pace and crossing into the box....WE CAN SCORE. PUP....PPU...
27/10/2009 22:35:00
hate to say it but i agree mullins is better than 'captain' mokoena. vanden borre and webber still didnt look premier class, but kanu deserves more of a role in our up coming fixtures (altho he wont get that space and time every week)
Super Bock 1898
27/10/2009 22:36:00
"When you are 3 up at home it is time for one man" - brilliant!
27/10/2009 22:40:00
I can't decide if i'm more pleased with the clean sheet (we have kept 3 clean sheets in the last 4 games now!), or the goals (we've scored in 3 of the last 4 games too) - I think the goals take it though, as it's not often you score 4 against a premiership team, even if they have made 10 changes!
27/10/2009 22:51:00
Paul "freed from the shackles of their league woes" says it all. Let's hope this win will help them to get free of those league shackles.
27/10/2009 22:52:00
If we can sort out his reckless head, Belhadj deserves to be in the first eleven/ His crosses are priceless for the team. Piquionne should be given a shout for a starting place against Wigan next to Dindane, with Smith, O'Hara, Brown and Boateng in midfield. Great result, now following it up in the league is vital.
27/10/2009 23:18:00
Oh thts fantastic, I'm so pleased. Wish Dindane could have got one as well, how good would that have been? Belhadj should always play!
27/10/2009 23:25:00
what about Webber wizz? the finish on his goal was 2nd to none and showed why he was at utd, i think most of the players tonight would be hard done by to be dropped they all proved themselves very worthy of a start against wigan. but then how can you not play Boateng, ahh its a hard 1.... personally i think i'd like to see boateng in the middle instead of mullins even though thats probably harsh on him and leave the rest of the side as is.
27/10/2009 23:30:00
p.s isn't this the 5th time we've got through to the quarters not the 4th? ;P
27/10/2009 23:53:00
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