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People always hark on about 'you get what you deserve in football', really? Pompey have had one hell of a kicking on and off the field for the past 18 months now, a lot of it was our own doing of course, but on the field it is truly heartbreaking when you can dominate a match for 89 minutes and come home with nothing.

Pompey made a couple of changes for the match, Kanu dropped to the bench in place of Utaka, while Mokoena came in to replace Sonko in the firing line.

Pompey haven't won at Bramall lane since 1955, that has been well documented, but Cotterill has obviously decided that the best way for us to get out of our latest predicament is by playing attacking football, one man who seemed right up for the task was surprisingly enough John Utaka. Utaka has flattered to decieve on numerous occasions, but when in the mood he is a true force to reckon with, he was cutting in from the left and causing all sorts of problems, trouble is Pompey came up against Steve Simonsen who decided to have one of the games of the season for Sheffield.
David Nugent missed another chance to get his and Pompey's season firing, his shot from 15 yards lacked conviction and should of stretched Simonsen further.

Pompey were reolute in defence, but Utd had to wait until the 40th minute to get in behind them, Ched Evans got in and crossed for Ertl who sliced horribly wide.

The second half was more of the same, Utaka was skinning Calve with ease, Simonsen however was stopping everything, Nugent had a header clawed away, Lawrence a free-kick tipped around the post and our Irish international also saw a one-two with Nugent again snuffed out by the Bramall stopper.

On 77 minutes came the sucker punch pompey were left open to by their wayward finishing and bad luck, Dickinson handled and up stepped Evans to smash home off the post to record Sheffield's only on target effort of the day.

Pompey pushed for an equaliser now rather than a winner, the closest they came though was a Kitson effort that found the side netting rather than the onion bag, 'you get what you deserve in football' My arse

Star Player

John Utaka has been vilified and maligned over the last couple of seasons, this is mainly because of the huge talent he possesses yet doesn't display week after week, today though he was firing, more of that on a consistent basis and he could still earn himself a place in Pompey fans hearts.

What Next?

Pompey will get two cracks at Leicester now, first on tuesday, then on friday evening, Leicester are in trouble at the foot of the table also, what becomes of those two games could hallmark our season.

Date:Sunday September 19 2010
Time: 10:33AM

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I feel a bit better than midweek now, Palace was a disaster, sheffield more a turning point again
19/09/2010 10:56:00
Dont get carried away with the bad luck tales lads, this was a horrible game between two sides trying to find some sort of rythem. Simonsen's saves were routine, nothing special and United struggled to create anything positive in the last third of the pitch. An ugly win for United from one of their few shots on target, but Pompy were equally as poor, I wouldnt see it as a turning point just yet, there are still a few players in blue who think they are too good for this league. Good luck for the rest of the season.
19/09/2010 11:05:00
No, a turning point would be not losing.
19/09/2010 11:37:00
It is all looking good. I just hope we get our first league win under our belts next friday. Stuff the cup. The league is much more important.
19/09/2010 12:04:00
Didn't get to see this but glad to hear Utaka has a glimmer of hope
19/09/2010 14:08:00
drop nugent play ciftici upfront with kitson
19/09/2010 23:19:00
From what i watched the banner line says it all! Stevie C could have made some changes earlier but otherwise it was striker failure...., nuff sed !
20/09/2010 09:00:00
or he could actually play kitson and nugent together in a 4-4-2...
20/09/2010 09:20:00
i was at the game - in many ways it would seem that cotterill once again watched a different game...
granted we did not deserve to lose but we did not deserve to win either.
the guy seems unable to change a game tactically, was that not hart's biggest failing with so many people? he also seems very stubborn too - altho he did drop sonko so that was a plus. i still think he needs to try going 4-4-2 and put kitson and nugent together.
he does not like matty ritchie, but - and as much as i am a fan of his and appreciate that he is 'inexperience' - i feel we are crying out for a player with his passion and commitment, and to be fair quality to deliver from the left.
come on stevie try the guy tomorrow night, what have we got to lose?

i cannot lie cotts is starting to grind on me, and is becoming more and more like a redknapp jnr type, and its the same lines or excuses rolled out but i am not calling for his head yet - sometimes you DO need to change things around, even with our limited numbers we DO have enough to do that if he really wants.
20/09/2010 09:21:00
I agree about matt ritchie, he is a bit lightweight at times and shrugged off the ball, but his delivery in to the box from corners etc. was excellent, better than some premiership players (i.e. the otherwise great jamie o'hara) added to his desire to get around the pitch i also think he would be worth a start.
Super Bock 1898
20/09/2010 09:33:00
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