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Anyone remember Harry Redknapp's of cry of 'Bare bones' just around every transfer window? He doesn't know the meaning of the words if he were to look inside Pompey's dressing room right now, Wilson got crocked in training to join Rocha and Smith from Wednesday, they were soon joined by Hermann Hreidarsson, Danny Webber and David James.

The hacks will have called this a semi-final dress rehersal, but Pompey were fielding the only bodies we had available, 3 youth players were on the bench and they may well have a part to play by the end of the season.

It has been noted in the forums that Pompey's starting 11 added up to a total transfer outlay of £1M, surely the cheapest squad in Premiership history!!
Spurs however could afford to leave the red-hot form of Pavyluchenko, all £14M of him on the bench, he sat alongside Younes Kaboul who was the first name on Pompey's team sheet in January.

Well Pompey's rag and bone men went about their task against the Bentley and Rolls Royce set rather well in the first half hour, Spurs were not settling and Vanden Borre playing in an advanced role nearly broke the deadlock, he combined with Piquionne and had only Gomes to beat, but the Brazilian beat his shot away when he should of really of scored.

Within 10 minutes and Pompey undid all their good work though, Bale was allowed to progress down the wing unchecked and centred over Mokoena right onto the head of Peter Crouch who opened the scoring and celebrated in front of the Spurs fans.
This lifted Spurs who had been struggling to find their feet, Huddlestone almost doubling the lead, he smashed in a shot which crashed against the bar and came to Crouch, his shot was more directed, but he too found only woodwork.
Spurs were not to be denied however, and it had to be Kranjcar who scored, Modric's deflected shot coming to the Croatian who flicked home, his celebration was muted however in respect to his former club.

Pompey should of had a lifeline before half-time, Kanu's flick found Brown who chested the ball up unmarked and Gomes smothered his effort.
Again on chances alone it should of been 2-2, but Pompey lack quality where it matters most.

The second half was a stalemate, Spurs had done enough, and Pompey had the stuffing completely knocked out of them when Hreidarsson went down unchallenged clutching his achilles, his season is over and his career must be in the balance.

Danny Webber replaced him and Vanden Borre slotted into the back four, Pompey now had Finnan and Mokoena as centre backs, the situation was more desperate than ever.

Webber left the same way as the man he replaced, on a stretcher receiving oxygen, in one week Pompey have four players carried off with serious looking injuries, James joined then, hopefully as nothing more than a precautio

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Pompey look a doomed team right now, decisions don't go for us, half chances won't go in, and every player is going down with injuries, if ever a team was cursed it is Pompey!
How to pick a m.o.m out of Pompey's demoralised outfit I shall leave for you to decide!

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Poor old Avram, nothing will go right, he surely must of done something seriously wrong in a previous life.

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Date:Sunday March 28 2010
Time: 12:04PM

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cannot say i can fault, to be fair - on the whole - as always, the effort or commitment shown. we have carried on battling regardless.
if a club has 4 players carried off in the whole of one season with serious injuries that is unlucky, but to have 4 in as many days is incredible - in a bad way!
we are so far beyond 'bare bones' it is unreal...
28/03/2010 12:18:00
Hard luck lads, it seems you're just not getting the breaks.
28/03/2010 12:22:00
have to say I have real sympathy for the club for the position they are in, and if you werent facing us at wembley, I would be rooting for you guys to win the final. I have genuine fears that Hermann Hreidarsson's injury is not only season ending, but career threatening. At 36 in july, can he recover from a possible 9 mths + out of the game.
28/03/2010 12:32:00
We were down to the bare bones in normal terms 10+ injurys. I think what you are currently needs to be given a new term.
28/03/2010 13:15:00
You really couldn't make this up could you . . . ? What's next? Still at least they/circumstances can't break our spirit!
28/03/2010 13:44:00
I was banking on Herman being the inspiration of our next seasons team, he is quite emotional and I'm begining to think he will retire and start coaching.
28/03/2010 14:42:00
The big loss was Herman. In fairness we were always going to lose this match & grateful it wasn't 5 or 6. Gutted HH will not just miss the semi but it could end his career. Bring a pair of boots lads, you just might get a game.
28/03/2010 15:43:00
Seems so unfair on Herman
28/03/2010 16:18:00
Not much I can say which will help. Keep Grant next season and turn the corner will be the order of the day. Depending on how much your eventual buyer pays and has, will be your chances of a quick return. Maybe a season to consolidate but at least you still have a club for us to be rivals of.
SFC Forever
28/03/2010 19:15:00
Most players at 36years old with that form of injury would call it a day, Herman, perhaps not.
28/03/2010 19:59:00
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