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Pompey have an absolute stinker

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Pompey rolled up to Anfield and rolled over to have their tummy tickled. Tonight was the most inept display we have had to witness so far in a season of, well, inept displays.
The fight was not there, the discipline was lacking and so was basic knowledge, ie; never turn your back on a free-kick, and Torres is right footed and will try to cut inside from the left.

Pompey played it safe from the off, Diop got another chance to show how crap he is, Wilson got another chance to show he should be in midfield and Rocha came back in to show he should be nowhere near the Premiership.

In the first half Pompey tried to contain and counter-attack, it was a tactic that worked of sorts until the 26th minute, then Jamie Ashdown dithered on a clearance and was charged down by Gerrard, the ball broke to Maxi and he squared to the unmarked Torres, one of the deadliest strikers in Europe, he doesn't miss from 6 yards with the net gaping.
I had just about stopped swearing and it was 2, Torres turning Finnan inside out and putting in Babel who stroked home. I still hadn't got yhe toys back in the pram when Aquilani made it 3, Torres back-heeled from the left and although Gerrard was credited with a dummy (he missed it) Aquilani was on hand to smash home a first goal in English football.
Torres slapped a post to almost make it 4 and Pompey were proving that if you need to find a confidence booster when you are struggling, we are your men.

The second half started and Pompey were at least making a fist of it, albeit a monkey sized one, Brown testing Reina at last with a shot from a Belhadj cut back, the Spaniard saving well after fighting off rigor mortis from the first half.
Ashdown made a couple of fine saves to somewhat apease his error for the first goal, notably turning a Babel rasp onto the bar.
On 72 came a contentious moment, Gerrard fresh from his let off for flicking the v's at a ref, decided to take out Brown with a forearm smash, the ref managed to spot a foul, but somehow declared the clothesline approach not worthy of a card, Benitez obviously spotted though, replacing his captain at the first opportunity.
5 minutes later and it was all over, Brown conceded a soft free-kick, as he contested it and walked away waving his arms, Torres was played in, Rocha showed him the inside and the net bulged once more, shocking all round.
With time ticking away, Pompey got a consolation, Belhadj played a one-two of sorts with Piquionne, he crossed deep, Piq volleyed toward goal and Belhadj slotted home.
The whistle blew and Pompey marched off, the stomach for the Premiership has gone now, too many players stunk, with O'Hara going off the boil as well it doesn't bode well.

Star Player

Where do you look for a starman? Piq battled manfully to little outcome, Belhadj was involved in most of our more creative moments, but Quincy did more in 15 minutes than the rest.

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Date:Monday March 15 2010
Time: 10:28PM

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The photo is a little reminder to have far we have fallen!
15/03/2010 22:29:00
What happend to Liverpool's Atmosphere? We May Have Lost On The Pitch But Won In The Stands!
15/03/2010 22:36:00
star man................wasn't it piq who nearly scored into our own net with the dodgiest ever header back to goal???
15/03/2010 22:37:00
Never gave it to him wowee!
15/03/2010 22:40:00
We had nothing to lose so why the formation?
15/03/2010 23:00:00
Why didn't James play? Surely not injured again? I don't suppose it would have changed the result, but we might have held out for longer if Ashdown hadn't gifted them the first goal.
erithacus rubecula
15/03/2010 23:24:00
Ii say again I not doubt Grant is an absolute gentleman! I seriously doubt his tactical decision making, I am amazed people consider him staying a priority, his skills are best served with players at the other end of the table, negative is no good at the bottom! He cannot legislate for full blown numptiness by Pompey on the pitch but what price 4,5,1 at home to Hull at the weekend?
16/03/2010 00:15:00
Laurant Robert?
16/03/2010 02:16:00
Robert pack a sad, cheers for the memories Paultsmouth!! I have just watched the game, Ever so slightly embaressing, starman, for me I think Michael Brown, how he managed to not get sent off ill never know, but he certainly got up Gerrard, which was nice to see!!!! We were Sh1te! plain and simple!
16/03/2010 04:58:00
I noticed Rob Lloyd was at the game, as well as Andy and Pete, Very cosy!!!!
16/03/2010 04:59:00
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