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You know that Avram grant bloke? You know, not our manager, our 'director of football' bloke who does all the manager stuff without being the 'manager'. Well I reckon he has a vital quality that has been missing since Droopy dog left for North London, that quality? Luck.
Pompey have played a lot better over the last 12 months and lost these games, in fact we have played a lot better and would of lost to Burnley, but all of the sudden we have found the knack of creating little, yet squirting home an equaliser with 10 seconds left, nice quality.

Grant rang a couple of changes for this crunch fixture, in came James between the sticks, Ben Haim went back to right back in place of Finnan who sat on the bench, and Smith gave way to Kanu who earned himself a start after last weeks cameo. More surprisingly was the sight of Richard Hughes in place of Buster Boateng who had a virus.

The first half was as bad as Pompey could of been, we had as much creativity as a 2 year old with a crayon, Sunderland were allowed to do all the running and James did well after only 18 mins to keep out Jones after he swapped passes with Bent, he smothered his shot well though.
Sunderland however were not to be denied, Henderson skinned Wilson on the the right flank and his cross found Reid who squared for Bent to smash home, 1-0 and the floodgates looked like breaking.

Pompey were being contained to the odd counter-break, but Kanu was having an erratic game for him, and most of the efforts were blasts from outside the area that threatened gorner flags rather than Fulop.

The second half followed the same script as the first, Sunderland pressed, Pompey sat, although this half the defence held firmer and contained the red and white wave, Wilson mad a good block on Bent after only 2 mins of the half, and Pompey were starting to edge slightly further upfield themselves.
O'Hara had a couple of free-kicks from distance, but Fulop could save easily, and we started to force a few corners.

Kanu gave way after the hour and on came Piquionne to try and stretch a Mackem defence with pace.
Pompey's defence was strating to dominate the home side, and this was reflected in the crowd, discerning noises showing their frustration at the lack of a second goal.

Time was ticking away and Pompey were strting to enjoy the possesion as Sunderland sat back to defend their slender lead. Kaboul nearly found the opening, but Turner blocked his shot and it flew over.
The injury time board was up and Pompey had 4 extra minutes to scrape an unlikely equaliser, but Lady Luck got out her satnav and found Pompey once more, a corner found Piq, his effort was blocked, and then Kaboul stuck out an oak tree leg to poke home, a point was saved and both the away crowd went wild!

But Pompey like a bit of sweet 'n' sour, off came Kaboul's shirt, and he joined it, red carded as it was a second booking.

Still a point is a point, and with other results going against us it was a biggie.

Star Player

Kaboul may be on another ban now, but he was immense at the back and scored once again to keep Pompey in touch.

Date:Sunday December 13 2009
Time: 9:44AM


Spot on as always Paul. Janice will be a big miss in the week though.
13/12/2009 10:02:00
Not a bad game to miss really, when do we EVER get anything at the bridge?
13/12/2009 10:13:00
This "luck" took him all the way, to be the one and only manager that took chelsea all the way to the champ's final. to matter of fact, the better side in the champ's final with Chelsea(with all the respect to the real lucky ********** sir ferguson). Lets put it right - He is just a very good manager, but wasn't famous before his chelsea era, that's all the story. Luck is the cream de la cream of someone that is really good and consistant.
13/12/2009 10:44:00
Just for reference, Avram is now our actual manager, his work permit was changed shortly before the Burnley game. Meaning he is, officially at least, 4 points from 6 in charge!
13/12/2009 10:53:00
God, that was daylight robbery wasn't it? Never mind a point's a point. Was really irritated wth Janice but at the same time he really really MEANS it, doesn't he? So, Wils and Ben H in the centre at the Bridge...oh well, is this the 6 or 7 nil thumping that Merse was predicting for us on Gillette Soccer Saturday?
13/12/2009 10:55:00
Very true Paul. Kaboul is not going to be missed at all. I would have taken his goal+red card and not having him in the side on Wednesday! For a moment I was annoyed at the way we were sort of playing, and I was moaning about Hart's sacking decision, but after the game I sat and reflected: The team was short on ideas, but Grant had the courage to change things around and that proved to be right. The same happened against Burnley. Grant knows when and how to make a substitution!
Pompey Malta
13/12/2009 10:59:00
The way we played (badley), and the result (good) are all typical grant. Over the past year, as soon as we've conceeded i've just thought "game over". and it has been. Not this time though, I knew we could get back in, and I really don't blaim kaboul for taking off his shirt. It showed he cared.
13/12/2009 12:30:00
i have said to several people, and i think on here, that i did not think we would play that well under grant - the difference is i felt he would get us results... whilst i want to be entertained i KNOW how vital it is for us to stay up this season, so needs must - relegation is not going to be as 'easy' on us as some might think, it will not be a straight forward, we can now rebuild is it?
we stole a point, but i think we have earned this luck - bring on the chelski, if we can steal anything at the bridge i would be thrilled!
13/12/2009 13:23:00
I'm not bothered about stealing off of anyone - we have had enough stolen off of us over the past few months.
13/12/2009 16:30:00
I read HR is at it again and taking Hart to Spurs as Youth development manager. As for being entertained, AG can get all the points he wants as far as I am concerned by playing like drying paint. Keep us up 1st, style 2nd!
13/12/2009 18:24:00
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