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Optimism goes up in flames

Crystal palace
4 - 1
Pompey

Selhurst

14/9/10

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Sorry for the late match report, but after the defeat last night I could of bashed out a few angry words or watch 'this in England 96'. Only one winner on the night and it wasn't Pompey!

So Pompey's new wave of optimism after the spirited performance against Ipswich has been washed away in a matter of days, or has it? 4-1 looks an absolute drubbing, it is on papaer, but if you scratch the surface a different story can emerge. Pompey's defending was indeed woeful for periods in the second half, but some of that can be put down to chasing a game, Rocha was asleep for one of the goal, he will admit that, but after the adrenaline rush of Saturday's second debut maybe a bit of rustiness was evident.
Pompey also came out against a young striker with a lot to prove, I stated in my match preview he was the one to watch, bad luck has hindered his progress, but his hat-trick had quality and a little luck with a missing flag.

Pompey on the other hand did score again at last through Kitson who had a tap-in after a 'keeper cock up, always good to get your first goal in new colours however it comes. In the second perios it could so easily have been Pompey 3-1 up after just a few minutes, Nugent netted and was denied unlike Vaughan by an offside flag, however dubious. Mullins missed an opotunity that almost any other player on the pitch would of buried, and later on we had one cleared form behind the line and Nugent had another shot that struck Gardner and flew over with the defender knowing nothing about it, add to Kitson hitting Kanu with a goal bound header and it could of been oh so different.

Pompey though still have just the two points from 6 games, a poor statistic whichever way you look at it, 2 goals scored is also nowhere near par either.

Pompey have to look for plusses where they can, Joel Ward is gaining valuable experience at right-back, Garvan was a tricky customer first half but the young man stuck to his task well, the more games he plays the more he will improve.
Kitson of course scored and got another game towards full match fitness. Rocha is still playing his way back ion and poor old Dave Nugent will get stick for another blank but is having no luck whatsoever.

I personally think the calls for Steve Cotterill's head are way premature, he has cobbled together a wafer thin squad out of the debris of our spectacular crash, anyone who thought we would romp this league is nuts, people may point out that the majority of the team were in the Premiership last season, they was also good enough to get relegated from it!

Star Player

Joel Ward, just for his desire to succeed.


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Wednesday September 15 2010
Time: 10:03PM

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Not so much as a blow by blow account, more of an autopsy!
paultsmouth
15/09/2010 22:04:00
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Paultsmouth, i generally agree but being there I did think there's was a penalty it was a stupid Brown tackle / shove - ok lets call it an interception in Braille! I also agree that calls for the managers head are premature- although he could help the situation- perhaps the odd bit of introspection and consideration before blabbering. Also yes you gave a wafer thin squad but that has got nothing to do with the reasoning for picking Kanu as a starter, or putting Mokoena ( -hey Mokoena ) into the midfield as a non passing playmaker. I think he has 4 weeks to turn it around, he needs to do it and we need him to do it.
russellm
16/09/2010 00:08:00
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LOL we are all in this together; although Steve and mates are only on 10,000, that's TEN THOUSAND POUNDS ! per week ! That's all.
russellm
16/09/2010 06:42:00
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England 86
Super Bock 1898
16/09/2010 08:40:00
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Paulsmith I also think that Cotterill should remain as manager. However, there is something that worries me and reminds me of Hart: the unlucky and sorry drama! We just cannot keep on blaming the ref, the lack of luck and God knows what. He has to look deep into this team (that's all he has) and come up with a win againts less impressive Sheffield. We simply can't afford another tiring season fighting relegation! So wake up and smell the coffee Steve!
Pompey Malta
16/09/2010 09:33:00
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I really wanted to go, but had to settle for the commentary on Express FM. They had me thinking there was no hope at all, with words like 'abject' and 'dire' and 'woeful' especially with regard to Pompey's defending. I feel so much better reading an account that suggests all is not as lost as I feared it was. I'll wait on that judgement to see what happens at Sheffield.
tracyc
16/09/2010 19:46:00
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Still no loan signings - performance good points is ok but to sustain half a season above the relegation zone we need at least more players in key positions... my worry is we'll only get KN andmay be not even that
jim4pompey
17/09/2010 16:45:00
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