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Pompey cut down Forest

2 - 1
Notts Forest



Attendance: Full


What a month October has been, if Cotterill doesn't get manager of the month it will be the biggest travesty since Paul Scholes robbed Matt Taylor of the goal of the season award, the month started with that fight back at 'Boro, since it has been 4 wins on the bounce to put Pompey a point of the play-off positions.

Pompey went into the match with the same 11 who turned over Hull last week, no tinkerman is Cotterill, and we had a full bench as well!

Forest came on the back of two wins themselves, and it was in form man McGugan who had the first big opportunity, he shot at Ashdown first off, then after the rebound came back to him he dummied to leave the goal open, fortune favoured Pompey however as he fired wide when he should of added to his tally.
Mullins retorted at the other end, riding a couple of tackles and finding himself in the area, his shot beat Camp, but also the crossbar.
On 18 minutes the deadlock was broken, a corner floated in and Sonko met it with great power and buried his header into the net, I immeadiately got a text that simply said 'Blakey', I presume it meant Noel and not the bloke from On the buses.

Within 10 minutes however it was level, McGugan fired in a low cross and Anderson met it full length with a flying header, if Sonko's was good, you must hold your hands up and say this was better.
The rest of the half was as scrappy as we have seen for a while, Forest were looking to get behind Utaka by doubling up on Dickinson, while Kitson and Nugent were having trouble holding up the ball, as the half drew out Forest were on top.

Second period and Cotterill had shown his nous, Nugent swapped with Utaka and we automatically carried greater threat, Nugent cut in from the left and first curled narrowly over, then forced a stretching save from Camp with another chip.
Pompey had really upped the ante now as they so often do second half, Lawrence had already spurned one good chance, sidefooting wide when well placed, when another opportunity fell to him in the same spot he made no mistake, thundering home through a crowded defence to give us a deserved lead.

Utaka almost made it 3, he cut in onto his left foot and Camp parried well to keep Forest in the game.

With time ticking, Forest had a couple of chances to level, a couple of headers going wide, Luke Chambers missing a golden chance, rising unmarked only to find the gleeful Fratton end.

So 4 wins in a month, seven unbeaten and six wins in the run, can it get any better right now?

Star Player

Lawrence won the sponsors vote, but for me Sonko gets it, not just for his goal, but for sheer bloody mindness in keeping going, he is reminiscent of Mokoena last year and could still win over the rest of his doubters.

Date:Saturday October 30 2010
Time: 8:46PM

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Of course he will get it, not that its that important
Super Bock 1898
30/10/2010 21:01:00
Don't count on it Bock, Cardiff have won all 5 in the month!
30/10/2010 21:05:00
Should get it but probably won't. Agree Sonko was a star today, although the defence is still not organised and there was too much internal arguing and finger pointing Didn't think the manager had his best game. When Forest were pressing and we couldn't keep a shape I think he should have replaced Kitson with Kanu to kerp posession, and there is no point punting long high balls to a 5'9" Nugent who is surrounded by two 6' tall defenders. Otherwise cracking atmosphere and the right result, need better at pride park; onwards and playupwards.
30/10/2010 21:19:00
Utaka played with commitment and showed a v good workrate. There- never thought I'd be able to say that
30/10/2010 22:37:00
Nugget is 5'11"! Got to credit Cotterill for switching Nuge and Utaka though, worked a treat russ
30/10/2010 23:46:00
Another workman-like performance full of commitment. Our progress will be measured when we take on the top 4 or 5.
30/10/2010 23:46:00
Absolutely loved today at the park. Moment of the day was Cotterill being taken out by earnshaw on the sidelines and him pretending to punch him while on the deck. Still suspect in defence, particularly Dickinson as he doesn't have a clue about positioning. All in all a great win and bring on derby, there is noone to fear in this league and I'm very confident of finishing in atleast the playoffs. PUP!
30/10/2010 23:53:00
And with bets on a Pompey win and getting the score right, yours truly's 2010-11 season betting fund is back in the black. I see SC has started demanding money: and so it begins.
31/10/2010 01:04:00
Had a fab time today. Cotterill obviously had a plan at half time and didn't it show in the second half. I thought Forest gave us a really good game. They scrapped right up until the last second. Good on them. I thought we were going to have to take a draw. Don't know if my nerves can take much more tho.
31/10/2010 01:04:00
Moley we haven't beaten a top team yet and the balance will change, live for the moment I say.
31/10/2010 01:07:00
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