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Pompey claim another point

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Pompey claimed their second point of the season today, hardly a great feat when we have played 5 games now, but today there were signs of optimism all round.
Pompey were in a position to field 4 'new' signings, in came Ferrero Rocha, Kanu, Lawrence of Surburbia and King crimson Kitson.

Kitson partnered Nugent up front with Kanu slightly deeper in a very attacking formation, Mullins slipped into his preferred midfield role along with Mokoena at the expense of Michael Brown who surprisingly waited on the bench. Joel Ward came in at right back and gave an encouraging enough display to suggest he could get a run in the side.

Pompey started with great flair, if a lack of confidence was to blame for our slow start to the season, it was not evident. David Kitson flashed a header over the bar as early as the 5th minute and Lawrence was looking to get on the ball at every opportunity.
The game had a real ebb and flow to it, Ipswich obviously fancied taking all 3 points at the bottom side, while Pompey were fighting to get off the very bottom.

Nugent smacked a shot against the bar, the flag had been raised however and Leadbitter flashed a shot over the bar the other end, the biggest opportunity however fell to O'Dea, a corner was flicked on and he contrived to blast over from 6 six yards with the goal gaping.

Half-time saw it goaless and Pompey looked a match for the early pacesetters, Rocha had slipped back into defence with ease, Sonko looking far more assured alongside him.

Mokoena went off after only 4 minutes of the restart on a stretcher, he was in obvious distress but early signs are he has not suffered a serious injury. Brown who replaced him was next to test Fulop, his blasted volley from range had the Hungarian diving low to his right to keep it out.
nugent was looking lively also, he dragged a shot wide and hit one shot on the turn that looked to have goal written all over it, but Fulop again stuck out a hand and deflected it wide.

Jamie Ashdown was earning his money as well, dangerman Norris found some space coming forward and struck low to Ashdown's right, this time Paddy matched Fulop's efforts at the other end.

So the game finished 0-0, not a bore draw by any account, either side could of pinched it, but Pompey will have to wait until tuesday to try and break their season duck at Selhurst park.

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Pompey had a few solid performers without any glowing stars on the day, Lawrence predictably took the sponsors vote, but the defence looked sounder than of late, this was helped by the calming prescence of Rocha, Ward was very encouraging and Dickinson looks to be settling, but the man who benefitted most was Sonko, and for that he gets my m.o.m


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Saturday September 11 2010
Time: 10:38PM

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Great to see Rocha John Rocha again. It felt so different from Cardiff. Loved to see so many through-balls even if they didn't all quite come off, it looked more like football and less like Norman Wisdom out-takes
hammersmithblue
11/09/2010 23:00:00
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without having watched or listened to the match i only really have one question - do we actually look like scoring. ive been told you need to score at least one goal to be in a chance of getting three points. its amazing. yet how many goals have we scored in the league? we need a win sooner rather than later or we are truly screwed!
pompey--pessimist
12/09/2010 11:37:00
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This boat is not sailing, its sinking...GOING DOWN...
GreenGiant13
12/09/2010 12:30:00
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Green giant is not so jolly is he, as regards to looking like scoring, we certainly had more threat about us, Fulop played well in goal for Ipswich, tuesday will be a bigger pointer to how far we have come
paultsmouth
12/09/2010 15:49:00
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I thought " Ferrero" was MotM but otherwise it wasn't a bad performance. I agree with Pessimist Pompey need a league win; well a lot of league wins. Also a load of cup wins, no careless cup for the coffers this season. Hopefully Stevie C will grow into the job; I think he has 6 weeks from whenever Chan or AN Other takes over to prove the not so jolly Greenie wrong.
russellm
12/09/2010 18:38:00
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I do like your match reports Paultsmouth; I like the way you are deadly serious about irreverence!
russellm
12/09/2010 18:41:00
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I wish O'dea played for us, he would have to be "my name is Tim O'Dea and I wash my hair every day"
paultsmouth
12/09/2010 18:45:00
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reading the text match report... it sounded very positive and focussing on the summary pretty much every decent attack commented on included delivery from Lawrence. Now every other match I read seemed to lack MOST OBVIOUSLY goals... but before that it lacked delivery, it was all stinging shot fromt he edge of the area this long shot that. 6 yrd out headers I didnt read and THIS to my mind appears on face value a big big improvement.
jim4pompey
13/09/2010 16:33:00
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