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Man City 2 - Pompey 0




City just do enough to overcome Pompey

Well the result was predictable, but it wasn't the predicted thrashing we expected, Pompey with a bit of luck could of got something in the end, but Mrs.Luck served divorce papers a long time ago.

Pompey sprang a surprise of sorts by playing David James in goal, with Begovic being courted in the Potteries, Grant was forced to turn to Jamo who is on the verge of departing himself, Ashdown was overlooked once more.
Vanden Borre got a first Prem start in 4 months, Finnan sat on the bench to rest him for Wednesday.
Ben Haim stepped into the breach left by Kaboul and Webber earnt a start in place of Piquionne.

The City faithful sat back and waited for the avalanche of goals to start cascading into the away net, but Pompey nearly broke the deadlock as early as the 4th minute, Webber sent over a deep cross from the left and Given flapped straight to Utaka, he lacked composure though and skied a good half-chance over the bar, a golden chance had passed us by.
3 minutes later and Pompey had a good shout for a penalty, trouble is it was one of those you rarely get as an away side, you know the sort, free-kick anywhere on the pitch except the penalty area, Webber going for a centre got shoved over by Garrido, ref waving away his despairing shouts.
City had to wait until the 25th minute to get James into action, Ireland bought down a ball over the top, (maybe with a hand) and shot for James to save comfortably.
On 36, Pompey almost had the lead, Utaka was played in by Webber and his backheel was struck first time by Vanden Borre, his shot in turn looped up off of Kompany and hit the bar, Ireland stood strong to divert away, another inch lower and Pompey would have led.

Just 3 minutes later and I'm sure I spotted Lady Luck sat in the home section with one hand giving a one fingered salute to all things Pompey, our defence made a hash of an offside trap, Ireland played long over the top, and Adebayor who still looked off took one touch and blasted home past James. The slope had got steeper.

On the stroke of half-time James made a hash of holding a Tevez shot and let it squirt out for a corner, the centre came over and Kompany powered it home with Ben Haim resembling a flat-footed pygmy, 2 down and almost out.

The second half saw Pompey go about City once more, but Boateng seemed disinterested and Webber and Utaka were struggling to break free.
O'Hara was tidy enough on his return, but both he and Basinas were struggling to find a killer through ball.
A couple of Pompey corners caused a bit of havoc with no result, then came another golden moment for Pompey, Basinas lashed in a 30 yarder that Given could only parry to Webber, with the goal gaping last weeks hero managed to get his feet in a tangle and just helped the ball wide, you do wonder how the outcome would of been if any of City's strikeforce had had the chance.
Pompey couldn't of been accused of lack of effort barring a couple, but that extra quality could not be found, to highlight the matter Wilson mishit a volley straight to Piquionne who could only deflect into Givens arms.

The whistle went and no doubt the headlines will claim it was easy for City, but Pompey put in a shift with very little luck, the side is still showing some fighting spirit in the face of adversity, but that will not be enough.

Star Player

O'Hara returned to the club and slotted straight back in, Pompey will need our favourite loanee for the duration of this painful season.

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday January 31 2010

Time: 5:41PM

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City never deserved to win! Adebayors goal was offside. We played well and could and should of got somthing from the game. But we can take postitves cos there was alot of promise from the game. Bring On Fulham! PUP!
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31/01/2010 17:44:00

Why can't we play like that against the lower teams. A repeat performance and Fulham are doomed.
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31/01/2010 17:57:00

Would liked to have seen more of owusu-abeiye, think he only touched the ball once! Definately lots of positives to take from the game, also we need a clinical finisher. Trouble is they cost money and we ain't got none. PUP!
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31/01/2010 18:00:00

I ve seen it on the box. Ade was definately offside! We played good. We had one problem; we were never going to score from the corners we had: No Kaboul, no Hermann. The others, simply can't head in a goal! However, I ve seen enough to look forward to Wednesday.
Pompey Malta
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31/01/2010 18:04:00

so perhaps we need the short corners and try to get Basinas to have a go from the edge of the box - he's a bit of a dude like that
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31/01/2010 18:06:00

Thought we played well enough to get something from the game. Had good chances to score and the first goal was just offside. 9 out of 10 linesman would of flagged. Second goal if James had held on then that corner would of never happened. Citeh get the points but I was proud of the tireless effort that our team put in.
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31/01/2010 18:15:00

you had some decent chances and I though John Utaka had a decent game!
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31/01/2010 19:00:00

Well, I'm feeling a lot happier after the match than I was before the match. Bring on Fulham! Might try to go, its not that far away, is it?
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31/01/2010 19:01:00

Top of the A3 trun left down Putney High Street over Putney Bridge trun left and ground on the left. Easiest ground to get to rom Pompey.

Good report Paul we were unlucky but need more than that now.
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31/01/2010 19:08:00

We were unlucky not to come away with anything. 2 bad errors cost us really, one by the linesman and the other by Jamo, a keeper of his pedigree should of held on to that shot. But if we can play like that at Fulham, who knows what could happen!! That's providing we still have a team!!
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31/01/2010 19:25:00

in fairness though I do feel if needed City could have gone up a gear or two
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31/01/2010 20:27:00

we were unlucky, but there you go...
plymouth graham
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31/01/2010 22:45:00

I was just thinking to myself how good a job we were doing containing citeh, when they scored, and I thought it was offside too. Still if nothing else, I've seen Jamo play one more time, even if he did fumble the catch for the corner.
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01/02/2010 07:21:00

not mention a nailed pen that we never got
plymouth graham
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01/02/2010 07:43:00

as there is no transfer deadline day article my predictions are as follows, James to spuds bego to stokw and nosworthy on loan in...not very original i know, but here comes the blind side...beatie to us as part of bego deal and robboie Keane to....no not us, West ham Utd on loan.
plymouth graham
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01/02/2010 07:56:00

with a (for us) full strength team, a draw was deffo on
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01/02/2010 08:08:00

I can't share the we played well theory, mancs were absoloutely dreadfull. I still think the one up front tactic works - of you have Defoe. If you have theleast efficient strikers in the league you need to create more chances and a loan man surrounded by 4 light blue shirts ain't gonna make it happen. No matter how well organised the defence was if you invite pressure you will crack like Tal for both goals; should Jamo have spilled it? When we did go wide it was via the right wing and citeh loaded it up. The rumours seem to be grant is looking around, can't blame him he's a gent and doesn't deserve this but I tell you I think a bit like chelski fans I won't miss his tactics.If I don't see a win at fulham I think that fat lady will be gargling.
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01/02/2010 08:13:00

I think the last person we should gunning for at the present time is Grant. I was very impressed with the honesty of his post match interview yesterday, and very unimpressed with the way the owners are not discussing the player sales with him. Anyway I never said we played well, just that I was pleased with how we didn't do too badly. I predicted a 4-1 defeat, so 2-0 wasn't all that bad.
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