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Preston North End 1-0 Portsmouth

Preston North End
1 - 0


21-08-10, 3pm

Attendance: 9,666


Pompey's season flickered on with a trip to Deepdale to take on a Preston side who found themselves without a point from the opening two fixtures. On a day when David Nugent returned to the ground where his goals earned him an England call up he must have dreamed about abolishing his goalless start to the season and making the headlines. But this was far from reality as he was kept at bay for most the afternoon by a stern backline combined with a midfield that easily outplayed The Blues.

The most recent memory of Deepdale was from the famous FA Cup run in 2008, when Portsmouth scraped a 1-0 win thanks to an own goal with the very last kick of the game, but how times have changed since then as none of the players who played that day were in the squad this time around.

Pompey made two changes from the side which drew at Reading a week ago; Tommy Smith returning from injury to replace the freshly injured John Utaka, and Matt Ritchie making way for Aaron Mokoena, a move which saw Marc Wilson move into midfield. Once again, Pompey were 3 subs short of a full bench.

Pompey had chances in the opening exchanges, when Brown found the ball at his feet but failed to convert and the prodigal Nugent blazing over from outside the box, but it was the hosts who opened the scoring when Paul Hayes capitalised on a miscued clearance from Mokoena.

Preston ran the game from thereon, dominating in possession and looking very comfortable on the ball. The visitors struggled to move the ball as well as they did in the opening two games and made sloppy defensive errors all afternoon.

In could have been more as Ashdown had to be on hand to keep out efforts from Matty James and Manchester United loanee Josh King, who was impressive all afternoon. In the closing stages the best Pompey could muster up was a strike from Carl Dickinson, which was charged down by the solid Preston defence.

So 3 games in and Pompey find themselves in familiar territory, in the relegation zone, only this time it's in the second tier. In previous games there were positives to take from our performance, but it's going to be a long season for the Blue side from Hampshire if the squad remains so depleted.

Preston North End 1 - 0 Portsmouth
Hayes (18)

Star Player

An easy choice today, Jamie Ashdown. Nothing he could have done about the goal and thanks to him the score was kept at 1-0, which on another day might have earned us a point.

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22/08/2010 12:41:00
Poor performance yesterday, no invention and for the first time a lack of spirit. We need to get a proper right back in and get Mullins in midfield instead of Hughes who once again was poor. I fear for us next week against Cardiff if we dont get a couple of new faces into the side
22/08/2010 12:42:00
owens...I fear for us full stop, not just next week
22/08/2010 17:20:00
Why is it that our ex-players score against us when they return and yet none of ours score against their old club? Nugent you should read the script!
22/08/2010 18:15:00
We need a decent striker and a good creative attacking midfielder.
Pompey Malta
22/08/2010 19:07:00
I never thought Nugent was going to follow the script and score yesterday. It all sounded pretty poor stuff, and what concerns me more than anything else is hearing that we had a 'lack of spirit'. Without that we're done for.
22/08/2010 19:11:00
At least a positive performance from our resident No 1 goalkeeper who seems to be settling in nicely and giving his all.........I reckon about time to say well done Jamie Ashdown and good to see him Star Player. For those doubters out there and all the supporters who have slated him whilst he has sat patiently behind James waiting for this oppurtunity then where now is the praise?? I have followed the keeper situation closely and Jamie has never had the best treatment from Pompey but yet has chosen to return and play football rather than potentially bench warm elsewhere for more money. Time for the fans to get behind him and accept that Bristol City are having a rather torrid time despite having their preferred Jamo and be thankful that Jamie has chosen to come back! It can never have been easy training for a job which you knew you would seldom have to do with James at the helm. And while on the subject how could anyone possibly prefer an over-weight teenager in goal who has no experience. I have always had faith and am for one happy with him back. Can't win games without goals tho' so let's hope that situation changes soon........early days yet
22/08/2010 22:44:00
are you ashdown in disguise?
23/08/2010 00:23:00
ashdown was still a big part of the blame in the reading game. it is true that the whole team was understandably flagging in the last 20 min but the way he lacks any presence in the penalty area without any command at all of even his own 6 yard box contributed to that slack scrambled equaliser. so well done jamie for saturday for being the better player in our loss to preston, but don't get too carried away with the congratulations whilst he still pathetically struggles to get his strapping 6ft 3inch frame off the floor when a few opposing players stand in his way
Super Bock 1898
23/08/2010 06:28:00
pompey really believe they read this?? lol...guess i am just not a Jamo fan and never will be..........esp with that hair lately!!
23/08/2010 11:22:00
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