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Pompey have reality check

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Ewood park




Pompey crashed back down to Earth yesterday, after 8 goals in 2 games and 2 consecutive clean sheets, some of the old failings crept back into our game, namely defending set-pieces.

Pompey made 2 changes from last week, Finnan was crocked and replaced by Vanden Borre, while Mokoena replaced Yebda who wasn't even in the squad.

The match got off to a lively start, Blackburn were doing all the early running and pressing, when with our first meanwhile effort, Jamie O'Hara let fly from 30 yards and his shot skipped up off the wet surface to expose former England 'keeper Robinsons failings with shots from distance, Pompey were 1 up and looking good.

Blackburn were reminiscent of the old Bolton, pumping long balls into the box and flinging in long throws, but Pompey were looking comfortable with the bombardment so far.

The main talking point of the half concerned O'Hara and Chimbonda, the latter swinging a half-hearted punch at the Pompey man, he never connected, but under the rules he should of walked, he didn't and both he and O'Hara saw yellow.

Half-time arrived and James had nothing more than fielding practice to contend with, Pompey were looking the better side and the home faithful were voicing their discontent, surely it was time to crawl off the bottom?

Well second half, and on came supposed target McCarthy, and ex-loanee Roberts, got to admit this concerned me a little as I'm sure Roberts scores in every game he plays against us!
Pompey were closest to scoring first again though, Kaboul met a quick delivery from O'Hara, but could only glance over with his head, a more cushioned header and it would of been two.

Dindane quickly departed to be replaced by Smith, an injury must of been the reason as he was proving tough to handle, and almost immeadiately Blackburn were level.
Piquionne headed out well from a Rovers corner, but the next delivery found Nelsen who nodded down for Roberts to toe-poke home, it was a crap goal to concede and Pompey knew it.
Rovers definitely had the edge now, and it was compounded when that man Nelsen nodded home another corner to notch only his second ever goal, he was totally unmarked and Pompey must ask questions of their marking policy.

Pompey were pushing for an answer but finding little headway, Kanu was on for Mokoena, but unlike the last two games the gaps were not there for him to exploit, Pompey were looking ragged at the back and Roberts got another, this time McCarthy got free down the left and whipped in a centre for him to stroke home, game over and Pompey were left rooted to the bottom for the next 15 days.

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Date:Sunday November 8 2009
Time: 11:11AM

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unlucky yesterday guys but after the scrappy goal to equalise by Roberts we kicked it up a notch and deserved to win in the end. First half I would have taken a point but secodn half was more than I expected - Benni and J-Rob won us the game and both had a point to prove. Good luck for the rest of the season and see you again soon.
Mikey Delap
08/11/2009 12:47:00
From what I saw yesterday you need to keep hold of O'Hara, most good things Pompey did went through him. Mikey is right about Benni and Roberts making a big difference second half, although I probably would have improved the dross we played first half. Good luck for the rest of the season and I hope you lose that sodding bell before you come back to Ewood.
08/11/2009 17:26:00
So many questions Hart only can answer. Why do we play Ben Haim at left back when it is only evident that he struggles to use his left foot? Why did he play when last week Belhadj showed everyone that he can adapt to being a 'good' left back? Why Mokoena and Brown on the same team? Mokoena? Why Mokoena at all; the guy is complete rubbish, and Pompey never won with him on the side in the Premier League. Piquionne; Freddy was the best defender yesterday, nodding away two danger corners. Why him? Where were the others? .... and so on!
Pompey Malta
08/11/2009 17:47:00
Completely agree Malta, Ben Haim gets beat way to easy, i think Wilson was very poor in the second half, we desperatly need a CB. Really do hope we can come up with some funds for O'Hara.
08/11/2009 22:08:00
We will have many a tougher place to go than Blackburn. Dig deep lads it's going to be long dark winter!!!
09/11/2009 13:44:00
Reality check....your not kidding. It might not be the consensus opinion but I didn't think we were firing on all cylinders in the first half too. From the bit I was watching on Sadam TV the goal came out of nowhere against the run of play. Ok, that might be a little harsh, but we hadn't stamped our authority in midfield. Prince definitely had an off day. The play in the second half was inexcusable, we just seemed to switch off. 1-0 up at half time was no way a security blanket and it proved not to be.
09/11/2009 17:36:00
I was listening on The Quay (whilst watching Havant &WV also lose) and I thought it the first goal came against the run of play as well corny. But still felt confident at half time, and never expected this complete capitulation. But perhaps I allowed my expectations to get too high after the 2 4-0 wins? Hope not, lets hope we pick up with a good win against Stoke in 2 weeks time.
09/11/2009 21:07:00
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