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Wigan 0 - Pompey 0

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Youthful Pompey hold firm

A very youthful Pompey side held Wigan goaless last night, joel Ward and Matt Ritchie got their Premiership bows, while Sowah joined in late on and Marlon Pack sat on the bench.
Jamie Ashdown kept another clean sheet with a couple of smart saves to show this is life after James if he departs.

Pompey were out to contain and counter, that was clear, the game itself was a stereotypical 'bore-draw', Wigan were nervy as they tried to secure safety, while Pompey were obviously understrength and taking the chance to blood a few for next term.

The match was hardly a classic with few chances, what efforts there were, were mainly off target, Paul Scharner not really endearing himself to the home fans, the lethargis attitude to the match stretched to the Wigan faithful who only just surpassed the 14,000 mark for the game.

On the night Matt Ritchie was the closest to a Pompey goal, one header was miscued, while another went narrowly wide after he outjumped Melchiot, a free-kick just before he was replaced went close also, though Kirkland was not troubled, still, a good sign that he wanted to take it!

Vanden Borre was his usual self after returning form his ban, while Marc Wilson could of been considered an old head in defence, all this after only really making the breakthrough himself this season!!

Star Player

Joel Ward for me, he came into defence and slotted straight in, Matt Ritchie was our biggest attacking threat on the night and showed off a fair amount of skill in the air for a man of few inches.

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Date:Thursday April 15 2010

Time: 7:36AM

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Got to say that Ward and Ritchie done well last night. Get a few more games under their belts and they should do well for us next year. Given that in the second half the defence had an average age of 20, they did well it does bode well for the future if we can keep hold of them.
Alty Blue
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15/04/2010 10:32:00

not bad at all for such young players, lets hope they get a few more games before the end of the season to get them ready for the champoinship!!!
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15/04/2010 11:32:00

Well Done to Matt Ritchie, Joel Ward and Lenny Sowah.
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15/04/2010 12:34:00

It was a woeful Wigan, but a good point nonetheless.
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15/04/2010 13:36:00

Great for the young ones to get some prem experience. We just might need them all next season.
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15/04/2010 15:46:00

I thought it was a pretty stiring performance. Classic backs-to-the-wall stuff. Good game
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15/04/2010 20:10:00

Hope they weren't too good. AA will sell them!
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16/04/2010 07:36:00

I think that it was a good performance from the young ones. We have to take into consideration that we were under pressure almost all the game, even if Wigan did not play a good game, they never do, let's face it! And then they keep on saying that thye deserve to stay in the PL.
Pompey Malta
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16/04/2010 10:29:00

Pompey did well getting that point, I feel sorry for you having to have four people on the bench, Good luck on sunday with us but we wont go easy on ya ;)
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16/04/2010 11:31:00


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