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Middlesborough 2 - Pompey 2

Riverside

2/10/10

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Pompey show spirit is improving all the time!

Pompey kept up the improved form once more, this time earning their first point on the road, and doing it the hard way as well.

Pompey went with the same side for the 4th league match running, spirits have soared after 2 wins and 9 goals at home, and it was Pompey who made all the early running once more. Nugent was to hit a post as early as the 13th minute, his shot rebounded to Lawrence who could only scuff a difficult chance wide. Lawrence was running proceedings however, his clever football brain a level above the others.
Like so often so far this season though, Pompey were open to the sucker punch, this time it was Mathew Bates who delivered it, a corner was half cleared by the defence, it found Bates 10 yards out and he smashed home through the legs, the stats said Pompey had had 68% of the possession up to this point, the important stat was in the wrong colour however.
Things looked like taking a turn like at Palace a couple of weeks back, Ward was caught out by a deep cross and fouled as he attempted to clear, a clear penalty.
Barry Robson smashed straight down the middle to double the lead.

All pear shaped at half time after a promising opening, Pompey's form on the road looked to be following a familiar pattern again.
'Boro were on top now and Boyd almost added another, but this time it was Pompey's turn to play King Kanute and turn the tide, Lawrence was the architect once more, hi pin point cross found Nugent who gleefully nodded home.
Time for pompey pressure once more, Nugent had another effort, this time he opted to curl from 12 yards but was woefully off target.
McDonald was foiled by Ashdown as 'boro pressed for the win, then as time ticked by Pompey forced a corner, down went Mokoena, the ref flashed red to Robson and Pompey had a golden opportunity.
Days gone by and you would have doubted Pompey from 12 yards, but Lawrence slotted home in a carbon copy of his effort against Leicester and Pompey had parity.
With 4 minutes of extra time Pompey went for the kill, but Lawrence was foiled and a point it was, but what a point, back from the dead and a first bonus from a road trip, things may well be looking up!

Star Player

Lawrence once more, he is already the front runner for player of the season after only a handful of games.




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Date:Saturday October 2 2010

Time: 7:14PM

Your Comments

We have to work harder on not conceding stupid goals. The team is showing that we can score. That is what you have to believe when you see Nugent scoring! Great point! Just hoping the international break doesn't put us off form.
Pompey Malta
Keeping the same side for a number of games helps though but malta is right keep it tight at the back - good point all the same.
eastneydave
2 goals from first 7 games and now 11 in 3! I hope we can get Naughton on loan soon and Herman coming back should help the defence. PUP!
nodster
When I heard we'd gone 2-0 down I thought perhaps the resurgence in form was over, but Pompey proved that wrong, what a comeback! Well done to the lads for showing that character and battling to the end. Lawrence is a real star. Apparently before he took his penalty their keeper said to him 'I saw where you put the last one' and after he'd scored it, he said 'he didn't see that one though'.
tracyc
As I posted elsewhere, that defence needs to be Herminated, the pen was a bit stupid, especially as from my view the Boro player was covered by RR. The first goal, well they happen if you let someone shoot into a melee of players without veing pressured. Otherwise we looked like we could score from everywhere and should have won it.
russellm
I'm so happy! Nearly went to the Boro game as well... Where is Herman anyway? Is he still negotiating?
gandor1
Reports say you were the better team. With Nugent starting to find his scoring touch again you could easily start to climb upwards away from the drop zone.
SFC Forever
So someone tell me please - why are we conceeding so many? the individual players are surely good engouh to keep clean sheets but why arent they - is it the back two, the full backs or lack of quality cover in front of the back to - a bit of one and some of the other... I'm not seeing enough of pompey this season to have any idea?
jim4pompey
Jim, I don't know the answer to that, but I do know that it has got a lot better since Sonko hasn't been playing.
tracyc
 

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