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Pompey live another day

Pompey
0 - 0
Blackburn

Fratton

3/4/10

Attendance: One man and his dog

Referee:

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.


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Sunday April 4 2010
Time: 10:23AM

Comments

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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
04/04/2010 11:53:00
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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
04/04/2010 13:03:00
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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
04/04/2010 13:27:00
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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
04/04/2010 13:31:00
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Would be nice to see mullins and mokoena finally coming good for Wembley
Hammersmithblue
04/04/2010 17:55:00
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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
04/04/2010 18:41:00
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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
04/04/2010 18:57:00
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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
04/04/2010 19:42:00
0
To be honest I thought we would get beat. So some credit that we slugged out a draw, courtesy of the woodwork.
storagematt
04/04/2010 20:55:00
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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
05/04/2010 17:45:00
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