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Pompey 3 - Watford 2

Fratton

16/10/10

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Pompey come through gold

Who needs to watch the premiership eh? If it's thrills and spills and end to end stuff you want, the Championship is the place to be!
I've had a few chats recently about the difference between top flight and second tier football, the Premiership has been lopsided for years, money can't buy you love, but it can buy top players and top wages, it is very much a feudal system with the nobles with the cash at the top, with a few upstarts kicking for survival at the bottom, it takes something special to break into the top 10 surviving within your means.
The cosy Championship however is very different, it is a very level playing field, their is not one team is superior to any other, any match is a possible win or defeat, for me, isn't that what football was supposed to be like?

Watford came with the best away record in the division, and come to play they did, for the first 10 minutes it was a wave of yellow pushing towards the Milton end, Pompey were up against it and having to fight to preserve their upturn in form.
Watford fired one over the bar early doors, Pompey replying with a couple of Lawrence efforts that missed the target. The football flowed back and forth, it might of lacked a bit of panache at times, but was certainly entertaining.

The deadlock was broken on 17 minutes, Hayden Mullins, fresh from his maiden goal in the last Fratton encounter popped up again, a half-cleared ball fell to him wide on the right, he returned with a little extra and it flew into the net, no Quashie this boy after all!
Watford contered once more, contained mainly to long range stuff as Rocha marshalled well once more, Mokoena earning a yellow for a more agricultural challenge to break up an attack.

Nugent fired one wide and Ciftci swerved in a 30 yarder to join the fun. Added to the many corners Watford racked up and it was thrill a minute.

Half time came and went and the second half started like the first, Watford pushing hard for some reward.
Jamie Ashdown made a fantastic double block to the preserve the lead, he blocked the first effort but it bounced kindly for Graham, but with an equaliser looking likely, big Paddy blocked again to earn the calls of 'England's number 1', David James must be cursing his decision to go to Bristol!

Just after the hour it all changed, Taylor the big centre back headed home yet another corner, the goal was soft from Pompey's perspective, the big man not having to even jump to knock home.
The goal gave Watford a fillip, as 3 minutes later they had turned the game on it's head, Bryan shoed quick feet on the right and crossed for substitute McGinn to volley home from close range.
Pompey were now being asked serious question to their character, were they more galvanised after their recent improvements? The answer was a unanimous yes, Nugent burst into the box and was denied by a sliding challenge, the ball came to Kitson 20 yards out and he clipped his shot inside the post, no worries mate!

The game was there to be won by either side, Watford fancied it and so did Pompey, the winner came though from a man in blue, Michael Brown kept up his great run of goals from midfield, Joel Ward battled into the box and the ball found it's way to Brown on the edge of the 18 yard box, he steadied and curled home to send Fratton wild again, no doubting the character of Steve Cotterill's side now!

Star Player

Michael Brown won the sponsors award, but for me it was another goalscorer, Kitson not only scored but won more than his share of headers and was tackling like a midfielder for the cause, you defend from the front they say, and how the Gingermeister did it!




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The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 17 2010

Time: 10:56AM

Your Comments

Good report again Paultsmouth, I do want the Premiership, I do miss it. Can't see it happening this year, and perhaps that is a good thing; although West Brom became profitable on promotion and parachute payments. The reason im not entirely in agreement with your thoughts on the CL compared to the PL is, and maybe your chat with your mates picked up on this, is because the owners of QPR and the new owners of Leicester are about to take the funding of this league to a higher level. Creating in effect a two tiered league with the have's and the have nots, those with financially strong owners and the benefit of yo yo Prem payments and the pompey's who will live within their budgets.
russellm
I would still want Premier football. I will be hoping that next year we are prepared to give promotion a try!
Pompey Malta
I think Joel ward had a terrific gme last night. I honestly think he could be a future international star. He wasn't afraid to bomb forward and set up brown for the winner as a result. He also did a pretty good job marshalling the watford winger. we have a good player in him.
PompeyJake
What a fantastic afternoon yesterday was, a really exciting game with all the thrills and spills. I wouldn't want to think we won't ever go back to the Prem, but for the time being I'm more than happy in the second tier. Proper Football!
tracyc
Stay in the championship for now... we need stability, not do this yoyo crap. we will only copy the past and think we are better than we are and spend too much. championship offers stability. lets get on building this training facility!!
pompey--pessimist
happy in the champs actually.. we're never going to get 6-1 4-1 3-2 in the PL without being in debt again a club like pompey arent - love to win the league and say the the prem - here's two fingers guys, go f*Ck yourself... and that is absolutely the honest to god truth for me right now!
jim4pompey
Good afternoon (eventually) after thinking we'd blown it.....Great goals and thoroughly entertaining.......now off topic......... To be honest, I've had my days in the sun (for now!) Lets concentrate on getting our club sorted for a few seasons, and by that I mean getting rid of the rotten eggs (hopefully mostly done) sorting out a solid business plan (based on being a championship club, rather than relying on PL money), finally realising our own training ground and then, and only then, hopefully sorting out a Solid new ground with which to build on (that should be based on a stadium capable of holding 25 thousand, but with the ability to be increased should another golden dawn come our way one day!
BarneyArmy
looking at the title and the picture on the main page I thought this was a hair piece on Kitson
jim4pompey
 

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