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Pompey 0 - Blackburn 0

Fratton

3/4/10

Attendance: One man and his dog

Pompey live another day

Pompey wake up this morning with still a mathematical chance of survival, its the slimmest of slim chances, a red cross is already on the door and the cry of 'bring out your dead' is in the streets, but the Pompey pulse still throbs.

Pompey had 4 kids on the bench to reflect our predicament, while Ashdown came in for his 50th appearance with James kept in cotton wool. Rocha John Rocha returned from his facial injury, while Kanu and Utaka started up front with Piq also rested on the bench.

It was a scrappy game with few highlights, Utaka looked lively early on, forcing Robinson into an early (easy) save, and then cutting in well from the left and finding O'Hara, his header almost gave us the lead, but Givet headed off of the line. Blackburn responded instantly, Dunn clipping the post with Ashdown beaten, Ashdown was a bit nervy early on, but he grew with the game and started to look more assertive the longer it went on.

The rain was heavy and incessant, this did little to improve the spectacle, and Blackburn were to strike the post once more on the stroke of half time, this time Samba was the vitim, his header bouncing to safety.

Both sides got locked in a midfield battle as the second period got away, but on the hour Vanden Borre saw red for a ridiculous handball, it was nowhere near goal and he earned a second yellow, in my opinion it was an instictive handball, the sort your arm does without your brain having anything to do with it, but off he went, out of the game and out of the semi-final.
With half an hour to go, Blackburn had the advantage, but to be fair Pompey never looked like a side with a man less, Mokoena and Mullins were having good games at the back with Rocha, the former Blackburn man in particular making several timely interceptions and clearances.
Pompey had a chance to score a breakaway, Piquionne was on, and Basinas who I thought had a stinker in general, made the tackle of the game to release him, he ran the length of the pitch but ran of steam before getting a strike off.
Lenny Sowah got a first appearance as Mullins switched to the right to replace Vanden Borre, he got a good 20 minutes under his belt, this can only bode well for him.

So 0-0 it was, hardly game of the season, but Pompey are showing fight and that is all we can ask for right now.

Star Player

I'm going to go for Mullins here, he played out of position at both left-back and right-back, he neither, but performed admirably out of position, Mokoena ran him a close second, he is also not a crowd favourite, but again stood up to the mark.




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Date:Sunday April 4 2010

Time: 10:23AM

Your Comments

When two of the lesser lights shine you have to raise your hand to them. They and the rest have the one thing which you fans have. HEART and lots of it. Keep going because it looks as though you may soon have your new owner on board.
SFc Forever
Gotta agree Paul with Mullins for MOM. He drew the short straw having to play at left back and then was moved to right back after the sending off. He made some crucial aerial interceptions too. Typified the Pomepy spirit.
eastneydave
Must say I quite enjoyed the game! Thought the team that was on the pitch did a good job. One of the more entertaining 0-0 draws I've seen. PUP
BarneyArmy
Thank you for all your kind coments SFc Forever. Will you be cheering for us next Sunday? Everyone loves an underdog and we are certainly that!
Pompey Half Pint
Would be nice to see mullins and mokoena finally coming good for Wembley
Hammersmithblue
It would Blue, it sure would. I think some credit should go to Ashdown too, he had a great game and deserved the clean sheet. At least West Ham didn't win at Everton so in the words of the song from Monty Python's Spamalot show "We're not dead yet!"
tracyc
Good result considering the lack of any options available to Avvie. I'm an SFC supporter but I'll be rooting for Pompey in FA cup. Go on guys do the your city proud and play it as should be played - Lots of passion and fire. I'm sure you'll go a long way. If you get a buyer then better days are ahead and you can look forward to some exciting games in the championship
les5tar
Must say im with you Barney, i enjoyed the game...ive seen far worse games with goals. Thought we did ok even when down to 10 men!
pentonpompey
To be honest I thought we would get beat. So some credit that we slugged out a draw, courtesy of the woodwork.
storagematt
Why don't we try and get Paul Merson back as manager next season He was a great servant to Pompey and would do a great job.
Wswilly3
Wswilly - the answer is - that pompey fans appreciate Avram Grant, even more than chelsea fans appreciate mourinho. I can't see many other recent times CL finalists come and manage a middle table teams and of course not come and manage a team that is in a huge crisis like pompey is - and even somehow able to lead a collapsed team to wembley(that's really outstanding). Avram was offered to save hull and unlike their current manager, he could do it, but he is a man of honor and sacrificed himself for the club and it future. except of it, If Grant was here, when pompey had the big budget not long ago, i'm sure he could lead pompey to spot 1-4 in the table. I hope that pompey will find a decent investor, then Avram could be it ferguson and take it very high.
alonrose
can i ask you a question please. this may sound funny but its something we were talking about in the pub last night. If/When pompey get relegated will any parachute payments you recieve go straight to the administrators leaving you with no transfer funds?
boros_finest
yes 'boro', they seem to have permission to use them in advance of our relegation as well as selling players early. Many of us are worried that next season sees us start without players and without money. Throw in a ramshackle stadium and what's left? Only the best supporters in the country!
Ken Malley
Interesting your comments about what a good 0-0 draw it was, when Jamie O'Hara on MOD said it was a terrible match to play in, and it must have been horrible to watch. Before we write next season off lets find out who Rob Lloyds mystery backer is? If after DD they do buy us then we can predict our season. If they don't buy us, then it's a different case as to whether Avram stays or not and whether we can survive. All is not lost by a long chalk yet.
Mike1954
cheers ken thats solved taht one for me! chin up lads
boros_finest
Mike 1954 is it possible Jamie was speaking from a personal point of view with regard to the extra stress they must be under. It must be terrible for them knowing what is coming and the fact that the few players remaining can give their all but nothing will alter. I feel for you the fans and the players. You seem to be in a much worse position than we were last year.
SFC Forever
We are that forever - meet the Admin man on Thursday to find out what is going on!!
eastneydave
 

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