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Swansea 1 - Pompey 2

Liberty stadium



Pompey triumph over high fliers

Well here you go, a Pompey match report on a Saturday night as usual, I know we played on the Friday, but I thought I would wait like the Sports Mail.

Ok the above is all crap, I ended up working until 8pm last night, missed 80% of the match on the radio putting kids to bed and worked all day today, its taken until now to get round to it!

Pompey went with the same 11 as predicted, if there is one thing you are guaranteed with SC is that he doesn't make changes for the sake of it, in the papers Pompey had promised to build on their quick starts after falling behind after early dominance, well this one was slightly different.

Swansea came out out of the blocks like Gillian McKeith going for a fresh colon deposit, Pompey had hardly touched the ball and it was 1-0 to the Welshmen, Gower crossed from the right and Beattie fired home from 12 yards, hardly the start you want against an in-form side.
Kitson though almost pulled us level instantly, De Vires going full stretch to deny our out of sorts striker.

That was as good as it got for Pompey for the next half hour, Swansea kept the ball and looked likely to score at will, but unlike the defeat to Derby earlier in the month, this time the boys in black held firm, shakily at times, but firm they stood. Dyer and Beattie both wasted great chances to double the lead, neither hitting the target and then it was Utaka's turn, our resurgent Nigerian made a strong run down the left as he had against Doncaster, he fed Nugent with a lovely through ball and the nugget did the rest, with the 'keeper closing him, he slid the ball through his legs to get his 6th goal of the season and gain Pompey parity, in a half we had clung on to, we were now level. Half-time arrived and the Cotterill hairdryer could be turned down a notch.

Second half and it was now suddenly all Pompey, the locals were restless as Pompey dominated proceedings now, the midfield was on top and lawrence more of his effervescent self with Brownie and Mullins doing the donkey work once more.
Halford was to provide the goal as he had at Hull before, this time though he met Lawrence's flighted cross unmarked, nodding gleefully home.
Swansea tried to turn the game back in their favour, but Pompey came closest to another goal with Kitson heading narrowly over and Mokoena glancing wide, the Swans pushed towards the end but Pompey held firm for a third win on the road, the win also ended a dissapointing run that curtailled our great October, but now the men in Royal blue can look upwards once more.

Star Player

Dave Kitson had his best game for weeks, but Rocha shades it for controlling the sometimes wayward defensive quartet with class.

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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 27 2010

Time: 7:50PM

Your Comments

Paultsmouth, your favourite Dainty Kitten actually turned up! Missed a couple of sitters but he put some effort in. Regards MOTM, well not quite sue how you rated Kitson higher than Halford who was up and down the pitch from 15 minutes ( well according to radio taffy) but I agree with your ultimate choice.
Utaka again made key contributions to both goals and made the defense panic whenever he had the ball. Good to see him finally winning the fans round.
utakas through ball was as sweet as you like and nuges finish was 1st class. so impressed with both of em this season, just wonder what the hell the other managers we've had where doing with em lol, all praise to cotterill for that. but solid performance and i'd probably agree with Rocha for MOTM
Utaka was my other contender but I can only go on VBC radio wales commentary
I was surprised the News only gave Utaka a 6. Everything I've read about him this week is good.
John Utaka's come good....and I'm smiling. Long may it continue cos I'm a fan and have been since the day he joined us. But like many was left wondering what had gone wrong....for so long. Play Up John Utaka.....
Dainty Kitten?
You call him Dave Kitson- Dainty Kitten was my iphone's auto suggestion For Dave & Kittson- guess my iphone had read the reports on the poor mite's delicate personality; at the moment,can't say I disagree with iphone's conclusion.
A Ginger Dainty Kitten at that !!
One Dainty Kitten, we've only one Dainty Kitten...

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