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Chelsea 1 - Pompey 0

Empire stadium

15/5/10

Attendance:

Pompey's pride

Pompey fell at the final hurdle yesterday, people talk of our cup run as 'fairytale', well if it was, it was more Shrek than Cinderella.
This is a match report where I won't have to regale you with minute by minute blows of action, yesterday was more about the closings of an era, what will pass and what lies in store.

Pompey sprang few surprises in team selection, Boateng made the team like I predicted, while it was the steady old heads that started with the likes of Vanden Borre and Belhadj sat on the bench.

The pitch was suspect again, this time looking too dry, but to me in the stand it didn't seem to cut up as badly as last month.

Chelsea would of dominated possesion, that is for sure, the stats will point to the woodwork being struck 5 times in the first half, what won't be evident though is twice the ball was pushed onto the posts by great saves from James, Kalou missing a sitter and Drogba clipping the base of a post with James having the goal covered.

Petr Cech pulled off a save he should never of been near on about 20 minutes, Boateng volleying goalwards with Piquionne deflecting the effort towards Cech to flick away, it was the sort of chance you know a 20 goals a season striker would of buried.

Anyway, Pompey made to halfway on level terms still, our luck was in for sure, but Mokoena ans Rocha were mountains once more and that should not be overlooked.

Second half and Pompey had the big chance they craved, you can get no better chance than a dead ball from 12 yards, but as I have pleaded for so often this season, when you have to beat just the 'keeper from the spot, BELT IT!! Boateng scored in the semi just like that, but this time he tried to send Cech the wrong way and ended up only poking it against his legs with little power, Pompey's luck was starting to deflate before us.

Drogba was the man who made the difference once more, he struck home a great free-kick from the edge of the area, James went full stretch but was still agonisingly short as the ball crept in, Boateng showed his dismay by burying his head in his shirt.

It seems Boateng's last act as a Pompey player would of been that miss, he was subbed shortly after, he was distraught and was now lost on the pitch, shame that a man who could of been a Pompey great will be remembered not for his talent but a petulant display at Manchester united and passing up the chance to be a hero.

Pompey huffed for an equaliser but it never looked like coming, Belhadj sent in a couple of quality crosses, but our strikers don't have the goalden touch when it is really needed and they went to waste.

The whistle blew and that was it, the players trudged up for their losers medal, while the crowd sang on, Pompey as a club right now are on life support, the fans though will keep providing transfusions until a cash donor is found to breathe new life into our mortally wounded club.

As the players went round to clap the fans, it was hard to try and picture any of them being here next season, the loanees will all depart, Boateng will be sold to try and harness his undoubted talent at another club, Belhadj will be firing in crosses for someone else next season and Utaka can flatter to decieve back in Ligue 1.

James waved goodbye, he has alledgedly been offered a new contract on recuced terms, after this display he will have plenty of suitors in the top flight still, he has a World cup to play in and could raise his stock higher still, he obviously doesn't need to be motivated by money, but can the Championship provide the career motivation he needs?
O'Hara walked out of our lives but not our hearts, while the crocked Wilson shuffled around in his suit in the knowledge his talent will have been noted.

Last of all was Avram, he is in love with our club, but can he face another season of being seduced then betrayed by broken promises? West Ham are calling, in my opinion he will be sidestepping into another chalice dripping in poison, but it felt like goodbye, not au revoir.

And still the fans sang on.....................

Star Player

Mokoena, our captain was immense, he is not blessed with skill particularly, but he has the heart the size of Wembley, he took a long time to win me over but he has done ten fold, E-on may have given the m.o.m award to Drogba, but that is short sighted, for me our South African captain gave a display of titans, he can stay at my club as long as he likes.




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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 16 2010

Time: 11:15AM

Your Comments

So proud of the efort and application. Although disappointed we lost, I was not miserable, as I think Portsmouth have continued to demonstrate a level of passion and professionalism that the footballing world should be proud of. We lost the final, yet not a seat was emptied until well after the final whistle, unlike the experience we witnessed before the whistle in the semi-final. The players, fans and employees of Portsmouth Football Club should be applauded for the fanstastic example they have set the football world rather than derided and ridiculed for financial mismanagement, which lets face it, if Roman walked away from Chelsea, would beset them also. Come on, lets hold our heads high, march proudly into the championship, and if anny journo's are out there reading these posts, start to publish the great side of this football club, and enhance our image so an appropriate prospective buyer may be attracetd rather than warned of for fear of further embarrassment.
wakey
So proud of the efort and application. Although disappointed we lost, I was not miserable, as I think Portsmouth have continued to demonstrate a level of passion and professionalism that the footballing world should be proud of. We lost the final, yet not a seat was emptied until well after the final whistle, unlike the experience we witnessed before the whistle in the semi-final. The players, fans and employees of Portsmouth Football Club should be applauded for the fanstastic example they have set the football world rather than derided and ridiculed for financial mismanagement, which lets face it, if Roman walked away from Chelsea, would beset them also. Come on, lets hold our heads high, march proudly into the championship, and if any journo's are out there reading these posts, start to publish the great side of this football club, and enhance our image so an appropriate prospective buyer may be attracetd rather than warned of for fear of further embarrassment.
wakey
Sorry for the duplication - tried to correct a spelling mistake!
wakey
How sad was it to see David James job was taken by a couple of Poles yesterday!
BigBadBobbyC 9
I wasn't gutted at losing, what hurts is the thought of Grant leaving without wanting to, our assets have already been stripped, but the carcass is still being picked, any shoots of recovery get plucked before blooming, Pompey have slipped already, it is just how steep our slope is.
paultsmouth
Big Bad Bobby, if those poles could be guaranteed to work so effectlvely all of next season we could save wages by not having a keeper at all, but if we have to spend money on a keeper's wages I am happy with Jamo or Ashdown.
wakey
Just gone for a walk in west London and saw team bus outside hotel in Kensington. Saw Avram being driven off and then coach left with precisely three people on it all backroom. Presumably all players live in London or at least have no need to go near Fratton at the moment at least.
Hammersmithblue
However you approached this, you can't help be gutted that we didn't win, especially as you look back and realise that on the day, we could have won it. But in my heart of hearts I didn't expect that we would beat Chelski yesterday, and I was fearing a mauling, given the size of some of their recent wins. At the end of the day I am proud. I'm proud we were at the cup final at all. I'm proud we could have won, I'm proud of the Pompey fans, I'm proud of Avram, I'm proud of the team spirit he created and I'm proud of our players who put in such a spirited performance yesterday and in recent matches, despite everything. Don't know when we'll get to walk down Wembley Way again, but we will be back one day I'm sure.
tracyc
I'm on my way back to Africa having cried like a baby at the final whistle. Not because of the 500 round trip, but because of the emotions coming out for a diabolical season. I felt so sorry for the players who gave their all. Football can be so cruel - a corner from a missed penalty, ball down to Pompey end, a free kick taken superbly by Drogba, and we're one down instead of one up. I feel gutted for Boateng but I guess we couldn't have had that fairy dream anyway. I don't know what's in store for us next season but whatever, the Pompey spirit will never die.
PFCblue
Hard luck Pompey,here's hoping you make a quick return to the Premier league.
craigrobert
you played your part on what is still a fantastic occasion the FA CUP FINAL! well done lads hope you bounce back soon
merlin
Immense, I didnt honestly think we would pull one over Chelsea, but I think we may well have humbled them slightly, Relegation fodder, and we were still very much in the game, If only Boateng had slotted the penalty, how different things could have been. The reality is we did bloody well to even be there.... A very proud Pompey supporter!!
NZ_Portsmuff
BigBadBobbyC 9 What Poles?
Stanley (Moscow)
You did your part in the day and with just a little bit of luck who knows?
SFC Forever
Stanley - he means the wooden poles which the goal is made of and which Chelsea hit on more than one occasion
hammersmithblue
hammersmith blue, there was a post match party in London, hence the empty coach!! Obviously not quite the party it could have been but a few farewells to bid I imagine....... an emotional day!! PS>it's not everyday you feel happy when a pole takes your job, but good on ya' pole for yesterday
woweepompey
Ahhh, what a day. I feel quite numb now as we have come to the end of a huge era & the future is very much a dark unknown. Very proud to have been there on Saturday. We rode our luck until that ran out. We created a few chances & didn't take them. A few inches here & there & it could have been 8-0 to them or 1-0 to us. We we were loud & proud & on & off the pitch we were fabulous.
storagematt
hear hear!!
woweepompey
I have cried over the last few days - but not for the Cup Final. Why should I? We did fabulously - the team, the Manager and us, the fans. They paid more for one of their players than we did for the whole of our team and yet, they were relieved when the final whistle blew. The article in the Mail on Sunday made me cry the next day, don't know if anyone saw it. It was a fitting tribute to us, the fans. At the end of the day, the players, the Manager and the staff will move on, but we are here, and here we stay. It is us that will carry the name of Pompey through all of this, and I hope we get some luck soon. Thats not to belittle Avram or the players, especially Avram, who I hope will stay with us as he suits us and we suit him.
Gandor1
Glad this has happened to you - when it happened to Leeds your club were one of the worst vultures picking our youth team clean for no money - see you next season with your sunday league players
simonfire1
 

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