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West Ham 2 - Pompey 0




Hammers suceed in basement battle

Well, the Christmas wish we all wanted never deleivered, old Santa must of lost 20,000 letters from the South coast obviously sit unopened somewhere in Lapland.

I had a phone call from a mate of mine as he walked down Green st prior to the game, this particular mate is a West Ham fan, we had a little chat about the prospects and I told him Mullins was in for us, he actually said he would swap back Mullins for Kovac any day of the week, I wonder how he felt after the game?

Pompey were forced to leave Boateng on the bench as we was not deemed fit enough for a whole match after suffering from illness, the only other change was Yebda dropping to the bench in favour of Mullins who was to play wide right, Begovis retained his place in goal as James still hadn't 'recovered' from his 'calf injury'.

Pompey were first to have a sniff in the first minute, a corner whistled past Hreidarsson's head and an early goal was denied, but the match soon settled into a midfield battleground with tackles flying in and fouls conceded.

Dindane and Brown were both booked by the 20th minute, and to be fair Dindane could count himself lucky to stay on the pitch after half-time, his constant niggly fouls could well of earned a second yellow on another day.

If Pompey have had an achilles heel this season, it has been the fact that we concede stupid penalties at stupid times, cue Mullins to lunge in and take out Jiminez after only 22 minutes, up stepped Diamanti and Begovic couldn't reach his well struck shot.
One down and a mountain to climb, the Irons were bouyed by their gift and pressed for a killer second, Collison and Parker both going close. Pompey were struggling to threaten Green, O'Hara coming closest from range, although Piquionne was proving to be a thorn once more.

Boateng was stright on for Belhadj in the second half as Grant decided it was time for our talisman, but it was Begovic who showed his class first, clawing away Diamanti's deflected effort, if James has decided he wants to desert us, at least we have a more than able deputy.

Pompey finally decided to make a go of it attacking wise, Kanu replaced Dindane and almost found Piquionne straight away with a cute back-heel, Green getting there first though.
Boateng almost grabbed the equaliser, he flicked past Green who was dithering to gather, but he could only find the side netting from a wide angle, good chance went begging.
Pompey were pushing hard, but with 10 minutes to go the tables turned and West Ham decided to go for the throat, collison tried a curler which Begovic again did well to turn round the post, and then on 88 West Ham had a free-kick on the edge of the area. Jiminez found some quality with his boot, and Kovac rose highest to smack a header inside the post and kill off any lingering Pompey hopes.

Pompey were condemned to another reverse, and a second boxing day defeat by the Eastend boys in 2 years, not what we wanted.

Star Player

Piquionne played well again without scoring again and Boateng really upped Pompey's level after the break, but Begovic was the boy again, pulling off another quality save just after half-time to keep Pompey in it.

What Now?

Pompey are languishing once more, every time we get close enough to drag ourselves up a spot or two we shoot ourselves in the foot, we have gifted 9 penalties so far this season, a ridiculous amount and cannot afford to give teams a head start.
Arsenal are up next and Pompey have yet to beat tham in the Prem, another defeat followed by the ANC exodus could mean a mass sell of as the owners look to consilodate their position, James is already making noises about slipping off, so has Belhadj, but with an embargo still in place we cannot replace them, crunch time has arrived.

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 27 2009

Time: 11:09AM

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Yes Paul, with that embargo still in place and some players being sold the January transfer window could see us in a worse position than the one at the start of the season. Remember those days of high hopes, vast riches, and thoughts of buying up half the MU team? :-( They could be the halcyon days compared to now !!!*?*!
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27/12/2009 11:55:00

I am actually dreading what January has to bring! Of course there is the official line . . Avram is going to strengthen his squad, the transfer embargo is going to be lifted by the end of the week sometime in October, new investors are going to be found, and Al Mirage is going to continue to keep the club out of administration. And Avram also says we can survive the drop. . . Hands up who believes it?
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27/12/2009 14:23:00

I am sure that Avram has more power than Hart had: He won't sell players and replacing them with no one! It can't happen, he won't let that happen.
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27/12/2009 15:53:00

It can and will happen, it's time to pay the wages again in the next week or so, so you will need some cash for that. Harry has also said he has decided to bring O'Hara back as cover for injuries.
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27/12/2009 20:03:00

Really TergeHauge? I hadn't heard that - although I'd noticed despite all the talk nothing had happened about extending the loan. It gets better and better! I read somewhere that if they fail to play the players on time for a 3rd time it qualifies as breach of contract, and the players can legally walk away for nothing. Don't know if anyone can clarify that?
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27/12/2009 22:38:00

Keep the faith lads. Think Everton in 96' was it? Howard Kendall? Miracle last day escape and pitch invasion, Avram on his knees. you need 3wins in 4 games, and a 9point boost then youre back in it. Wolves did it, you can do it. Forget the Arsenal game though theyre too good.
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28/12/2009 01:11:00

Not too bothered by our loss to Westham - points wise anyway. At the beginning of December we did not think for one minute that we would beat Liverpool. So the three points we might have got from Westham we took from Liverpool instead, therefore we are no worse off than we thought we would be. The off the pitch stuff is just too horrible to contemplate so I just am not contemplating it any more.
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