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03-02-10, 8pm



So, defeat number 15, I think, out of 23 for Pompey in the league this season - after the 1-0 defeat at Fulham - leaves us with a major uphill struggle to avoid relegation, if this was not hard enough as it was before this latest defeat...

It was the usual case of 'same old same old' for Pompey really, as we had a decent amount of possession but did not have any end product, and chances that we did have we missed - like an early effort for Freddy P, although to be fair Mark Schwarzer did save pretty well.

David James, or was it Jamie O'Hara, I am still not sure? Either way someone cleared the ball away from an Aaron Hughes header when Fulham looked to have taken the lead.

Right in front of us travelling Pompey fans, and quite how he managed to do so, Stefano Okaka missed an absolute sitter. Honestly he was about 5-yards out I reckon with virtually an empty net to aim at yet the guy, who arrived on deadline day, put a header wide - to the obvious jeers of the Pompey faithful!

I seem to recall another chance we had when Kevin-Price Boateng managed to wriggle free in the box but his effort was saved by Schwarzer, a pretty lame effort really that was typical of so much of this season for us as you could argue, if being ultra critical that the hard work was done? That said, to be fair, he did well to even fashion the chance really.

Hassan Yebda missed what I would say was our best chance of the night when a fantastic ball in from Nadir Belhadj - who did not have his best of nights and did not look that interested - found his head but he headed down into the ground with little real power, so it was easy for the Aussie keeper again.

England's no.1, James is of course back in goal for us - at least for now - and he had to save from Bobby Zamora, who also should have done better with his header but could do nothing to prevent Jonathan Greening scoring the late winner with 15 minutes to go.

The goal SHOULD have been avoided as Belhadj was robbed in his own penalty area, quite what he was doing - as so often with Nadir - only he will know! Although TV replays have since shown that the goal probably should have been ruled out with Zamora clearly in an offside, and active, position.

So, as usual that lack of a bit of quality that we have needed and not having a striker worthy of the name cost us. The end product in the final third just was not there again, and does not look as though it will be there? For me Avram Grant should have gone for a more attacking formation as Fulham where there for the taking.

What now?

It is looking more likely that relegation is going to be the outcome this season, although off-the-field at least things look a little better - at last in the short-term - as Balram Chainrai has taken control to stabilise things in this short-term, which 'should' be better in the long-term.

Like I say relegation now seems all the more likely - and worryingly so the majority of the players looked resigned to this as the trudged off after the defeat - for us to have any chance at all we MUST beat Sunderland, Stoke and Burnley in what are 3 huge games for us this month...


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Date:Thursday February 4 2010
Time: 10:44AM


Rug in the first half we must have had 6 good chances to score. At that stage there was only one team in it, but as usual we lacked a goalscorer. If he wasn't injured Utaka could have had a field day. All hope is not yet lost - we're still only 2 points behind the 'great escape' year. After ManU we'll have 3 wins on the trot and be in lower mid table :-)
04/02/2010 11:03:00
The worst thing about always being positive is that you continually get let down and depressed as a result. Being resigned to Fizzy Pop status is less depressing and if we manage to win another match before the end of the season, it's a bonus! So, sorry but (the old) Second Division here we come.
04/02/2010 11:27:00
from the highlights it looked like we had our chances, and were robbed by an off-side goal!!! Lady Luck needs to get a visit to FP as soon as possible.......It still ain't over, But I did see a Fat-Lady going in to the guildhall the other day !
04/02/2010 11:41:00
I thought fans were magnificent last night, well done to everyone who travelled to South West London.
04/02/2010 12:48:00
we certainly ain't getting the luck. No doubt had we scored that goal against Fulham, the linesman would have had his flag up. We must score to give ourselves a chance. We will concede through one errror or another but we must have some quality to score ourselves. Anyway, next game is an easier one!!!
04/02/2010 14:05:00
Avram Grant is only slightly better than Adams and Hart tactically. He gets it wrong with selections and tactics. Now with the brothel incidents, he has got to go. As if Pompey is NOT being laughed at enough recently, we have put up with his farce of a marriage too. Sack Storey, Sack Grant. Give Paul Groves a go as boss. Avram grow up and have some dignity, oh and by the way, go over your UEFA tactics courses again.
04/02/2010 14:12:00
I tell you what pees me off about managers is when they watch the game impassively sitting or standing there like something out of a subbuteo game. This is what worries me about Granty...would like to see a bit more standing up and yelling.
04/02/2010 16:13:00
Its so frustrating that we did play well - we just couldn't score in an - um - brothel!
04/02/2010 18:56:00
It was the same story as many of our games this season. Play well just not scoring. Thanks given to Roy Hodson for his raving review but he went home with the points in the bag with a below par performance.(Reminded me of the Stoke away game) If there is any chance of getting out of this then it has to happen soon.
04/02/2010 20:04:00
You're only 6 points from safety, and have a better goal differential than many of the teams above you. Its not over yet. Of course, you'll have to avoid administration first. Hope you can pull it together.
05/02/2010 02:07:00
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