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Gavin Ward, heard of him? No, me neither until tonight, but what I have learned is that he is possibly the most aarogant referee I have witnessed in a long time. Not just because he upheld one of the harshest penalties you are likely to see, but I'm sure QPR fans will feel the same about his display, football is supposed to be about the 22 blokes on the pitch, not the parancing premadonna in the hi-viz ref shirt.

Pompey reverted to what was basically the team that finished at Derby, Kanu up front with Halford at right back and Lawrence back in front of him and Utaka on the left.

Pompey had a point to prove after saturday's capitulation, and how they went about it, QPR are siting pretty at the moment, but it was Pompey that made all the running and John Utaka in particular, the big Nigerian frustrates more often than not, but tonight he had the bit between his teeth and looked a willing runner, he carved the first real opportunity but was blocked out by solid defence.

QPR seemed most impressive on the wings, ex-blue Tommy Smith on one wing and Taarbat on the other, it was another ex-Pompey man to fire the first shot for Rangers however, Derry shooting from distance but only warming Ashdowns hands.

Kanu has a shot deflected towards the top of goal, Kenny saving comfortably though.

To emphasise his passion for this match, Utaka cut in from the left and thundered in a shot, Kenny was well beaten but the bar was smacked soundly and ball cleared.

Pompey lost Halford to what looked like a knock to his lower back, Joel Ward getting in some more valuable minutes on pitch.

Half-time came and it was goaless, Pompey were the better side but Rangers looked threatening on the break, all the drama was yet to come.

Pompey came out firing once more, Brown seeing a shot dip over early on, then Ashdown earned his dough once more, Gorkks headed downwards and the away fans rose to celebrate, Pompey's number 1 though was equal to it though, adding another impressive save to his recent portfolio.

Kitson should of done better from a Lawrence corner, he got to it alright, but his header was way off target.
He was involved minutes later, he was played in and as he looked to shoot, Connolly dragged him down and earned a straight red. Lawrence stepped up and saw his shot superbly saved by Kenny, Ward however had not been in the spotlight for 5 minutes and ordered a re-take which lawrence smashed down the middle, contensious maybe, but the lead was deserved.

Pompey had the lead and a numerical advantage in personnel, trouble is with Pompey when they have a narrow lead with time ticking they start to slip deeper and deeper toward their own box.
The nerves were showing, Sonko in particular with some wayward passing, to his credit he did recover each time.

If you want a dramatic finale though, Gavin Ward is your man, a cross was fired in, Lawrence blocked with his chest and then it happened. The lino placed his flag across his chest and a penalty was awarded, I was directly behind the said lino, I saw the ball smack Lawrence squarely below his right nipple, trouble is Ward and his a fellow derrier decided otherwise, Lawrence took umbrage and repeatedly pointed to the red mark where the ball smacked him, the cardhe recieved matched his war wound.

Tommy Smith stood up and placed the ball to Ashdowns right, Paddy was inches from reaching it but ultimately didn't.

So QPR kept their undefeated record intact, maybe not deservedly but intact. Tommy Smith would not have been eligible had this been in the top flight but the championship is fine, I was also like to ask him where he was last season when we couldn't get a decent penalty taker!

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The ref stood out most, but for a man in blue, Utaka takes it for his best in display ages.

Date:Tuesday November 9 2010
Time: 11:07PM

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Easy to blame the ref, but he was a proper ****, reminded me of that youtube ref, the gayest ref ever
09/11/2010 23:10:00
Paul, from the BBC report "A number of QPR attacks were broken down by the excellent Hayden Mullins" but you haven't mentioned him.
09/11/2010 23:20:00
Mullis was excellent throughout. 3 points we deserved again a poor Rangers side.
09/11/2010 23:39:00
The penalty was a sickener, but I'll take the point. I was predicting a 2-1 Pompey win, got that wrong, still if I'm honest a draw would have done me for this one. Especially after our Derby debacle..... Doesn't excuse the Ref though..... tosser!!
10/11/2010 04:33:00
Your right blue, Mullins had a great game, covering across midfield and mopping up, just goes how far that sodding ref hogged the limelight!
10/11/2010 07:06:00
hopefuly Balu will see the need for some cash for Steve..I think that he titnternet was so slow last night i could not follow by the live ****ty all round.
plymouth graham
10/11/2010 07:08:00
2 points lost I'm afraid, ok to blame the Ref but we shouldn't rely on a 1 goal lead and need to take the chances thatcome our way. Once again LL was the drive behind the team and with him out of the next match and Nugent unlikely, will Pompey have enough about them to beat The Donnie, a difficult feature at the weekend.
10/11/2010 07:36:00
Two issues here I think. Firstly, after QPR went down to 10 men, they played most of the rest of the game in our half! This should not have been allowed to happen and it cost us. Secondly, with regard their 'penalty', unless the rules of the game have changed, I didn't think you could award a pernalty unless you were 100% sure that the offence had been committed. I do not believe either the referee or assistant referee (who should grow a spine) could say with any degree of certainty that Liam had handled the ball. Perhaps we would have accepted a 1-1 draw before kick off, but in the context of the game, the result was a travesty and the officials should hang their heads in shame and send their match fees to charity. Incompetence is incompetence however you wrap it up!
10/11/2010 17:47:00
Having seen it on the box it was never a penalty. You were robbed by an incompetent referee(not my chosen word, but rug or someone would not like what i wrote first) My word began with P and ended less. You are showing spirit and should be able to beat Donny with your crowd behind you.
SFC Forever
11/11/2010 14:21:00
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