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Pompey 1 - Birmingham 2

Fratton

9/3/10

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Pompey crash back down

Pompey fell victim to the old outcome of losing to the same team straight after outplaying them, on Saturday our second half display raised hopes of the most unlikely of relegation escapes, today just highlighted why we look doomed.

John Utaka was the only absentee from Saturday, his place was taken by Dindane and he was certainly active in the opening quarter of an hour, Pompey started fairly brightly, but Hart was never seriously tested as Birmingham struggled to find a foothold in the game.

A foothold they found however, Jerome being played in a square looking Pompey defence and he slotted home from six yards.
The goal seemed to jolt Pompey into what was to be one of their most disjointed games of a lousy season, the passing went astray and some basic control disappeared from certain players feet.
Pompey tried to force an equaliser, but Birmingham's defence was equal to anything we could muster, Pompey were very average at best.
Benitez should of made it 2, he found himself in acres of space, rounded James but dithered enough for Hreidarsson to make a block tackle.
He was mot to be put off though, moments befor half-time he back-heeled through Pompey's rearguard and Jerome blasted through David James, 2 dowm with the hill turning into a mountain.

Avram Grant decided to bring on Quincy and Basinas in place of the equally ineffective Wilson and Webber, attack was obviously paramount in his thoughts.
Jerome was closest to scoring again though, if the cross from the left was a bit better he would of had a tap-in with Belhadj absent, the ball in though was to firm and gave him no chance.
An hour had passed and Pompey were still not in the office, the crosses were bombing in, but no-one in blue seemed able to meet them.
Frustration was starting to bubble up, Belhadj reverting to type by flying in on Larsson when a one-two with Quincy never materialised, his temper had frayed and the tackle was reminiscent of his one last season against Villa.
Kanu was on, but it ws Dindane who almost gave us a lifeline, he fired in a shot from the angle, but hart was equal to it and made his first real save of the half with only 1 minute of normal time left.
Pompey did find the net though, with 4 minutes of added time, O'Hara played a short corner and found the head of Kanu who nodded home, it was a goal Pompey scarcely deserved on a really poor showing, the time ticked past and with it so did Pompey's chance of any possible result, we may be alive in the FA cup, but in terms of the Premiership we are taking our dying breaths.

Star Player

Probably Hermann, he was the only one who performed above average, he was probably only worth a 6 or 7 in the ratings, that shows how low the others would of scored.




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Date:Tuesday March 9 2010

Time: 10:53PM

Your Comments

what can i say i said there'd be backlash but i never saw us losing through playing badly. hard to think of anything positive to say so i'll end there i think lol
pompeym@
Only started playing in the last 5 mins. But too late.
PompeyFcMad
I can think of a positive... "wemberleee, wemberleee" "wemberleeee, wemberleee"
pompeycarpet
nice one carpet! it was not good tonight, but hey ho - given the choice of which game to win i know which one i would have chosen tbh...
bit dsiappointed about tonight, and hope that avram starts going 4-4-2 - what have we got to lose? it would be good to build up a bit of momentum again going into the semi final - altho that said might be best to save our wins for the cup :-)
pompeyrug
I saw only last 15 minutes of the game and almost all that time we are attacked... Paul thanks for this article.
Stanley (Moscow)
Got to agree with with most comments although I would add that we were in the game (if not slightly on top) until they scored their first .. but the entire team looked jaded ... still at least we still have a team ;)
Chix
I have to say, yet again gentleman Grant got the tactics wrong. Brum were easily able to cope with our threat ( like the first half of the cup match) and unlike in the cup they remained disciplined in the second half, it was too negative on pompey's part. We should have gone 442 and had Dindane (4-5/10) up front next to Freddie. When we bought on kanu he should have been up front ready to poach goals, not dropped back behind Fred. This cocked up diamond formation does not work against organised teams.
russellm
Chix, I think the jaded thing is played up to much, we were as you say on top for the first 15 minutes or so until Brum got started and that was it. I thought Dindane was poor compared to the work rate of Utaka on Saturday and the consequence of that was Fred got no real service. My other major gripe is about OHara, Rug and I have discussed this and no matter how good his outfield play Jamie is in no way a dead ball specialist; tell me the last game he delivered a good corner, free kick or scored from a penalty?
russellm
Pompey v Brum the Sequel. Unfortunately the sequel is never as good as the first one is it.
tracyc
We looked tired & a team that is struggling. Too many bad passee & crosses. No one upfront attacked the near post. Dindane too wide & not involved. Ben-Haim had a mare. Ahhh well it's only a game!!!
storagematt
 

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