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Pompey found out again

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Pompey seem to have slipped into a familiar pattern once more, today's game reminded me of the Doncaster defeat in many ways, not just the scoreline, but in the manner of defeat.

The old cliche of 'game of two halves' has never been truer, thing is, both halves were the same! Pompey dominance in possesion and chances, but done by the sucker punch for the goals conceded.

Pompey welcomed back Kitson from his ban, Lawrence from his red tape nightmare and Rocha gave his hamstrings another stretching. Giving way were Ciftci, sonko and rather unluckily Ward.

Pompey set about their task well enough, Nugent missed a couple, Kanu missed one, Utaka headed wide and even Dickinson fired one past the post, Lawrence then clipped the bar with a free kick, surely Pompey would get some luck today? Well no, Bullard smashed the bar at the other end from a set piece and then Cameron Stewart wa alledgedly bought down in Pompey's area, it looked harsh to me from the south stand, but the ball should never have been anywhere near him in the first place, Mokoena made a hash of a clearance and Halford was at stretch to finish the job, stewart though went down with an almighty splash and that was that.
Bullard did the rest and Hull had an unlikely lead.
Pompey countered once more and Utaka headed wide without testing Guzan, then Hreidarsson on for the crocked Rocha cleared the bar with his headed effort, Pompey went in a goal down with most of the crowd mouthing 'how the hell are we losing this one?'

Second half and it was more of the same, Pompey pressure with Guzan not fully stretched in the Hull goal, Pompey finally made the breakthrough though when Gerrard bought down Nugent as he tried to break clear, Lawrence dispatching with ease.

Pompey pushed for a lead, Utaka though dragged one effort well wide when clean through and then fired wide as he cut in once more from the left, just as you felt Pompey would finally score, our defence went all Santa again, Solano beat Dickinson and slotted in Fryatt for a debut goal, 3 minutes later it was more of the same, Barmby found himself in acres, turned and fired past Ashdown once more, 3-1 and Pompey were shell shocked.

Halford pulled back another goal with quarter of an hour left, heading home a corner, but the equaliser would not come. Kitson rose to head a great chance straight at Guzan, Lawrence found him again with a shot from distance, then Nugent fianlly got in behind with seconds left, this time the 'keeper did hace to work, spreading himself to deny Pompey the point.

Star Player

Halford had a fine game, but for me Mullins was the star, he was the only real central midfielder on the pitch and won tackles and drove forward when he could, he badly need a partner to join him.

Date:Monday January 3 2011
Time: 7:44PM

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I thought Dickinson had another shocker, teams must have noted that utaka doesn't track back naturally, when they come up against Dickinson though, he sells himself far to easily and his distribution is equally poor.
03/01/2011 19:46:00
Another terrible defensive display and needs addressing soon. With Brighton Top of League 1 and unbeaten at home then that's a draw we could have done without. Forest and Leeds next and have to say not expecting anything from either.
03/01/2011 20:04:00
We dominated, but they took their chances and ended up robbing the 3 points. Dickinson knew how bad he was today, and the more he did wrong the more his head dropped.
03/01/2011 20:18:00
The worst thing about this is that we could have and should have won this. The championship league is so tight that it doesn't take much to hurtle towards the relegation zone again. In that way we could be pointing to this much come summer and ruing those missed chances.
03/01/2011 20:22:00
I was suprised to see Halford play after his red card on Saturday. Turns out Pompey have appealed the sending-off, which means he was eligible to play today. If the appeal is turned down, he will probably have a four match ban instead. But then his loan spell is up and he's likely to go back to Wolves after today anyway. Was that his last game for Pompey?
03/01/2011 20:24:00
Dave Kitson seems such a waste of space at the moment. Although Utaka wax getting stick from South Stand Moaners near me for his finishing he was at least creating the chances that were then being squandered. Dicko - by George h's a stinker.
03/01/2011 23:17:00
Went on line to order my ticket.....When to press order; then had a change of heart! Glad I did, i spent a very happy three hours in the pub instead, far better way to spend my hard earned!
04/01/2011 08:53:00
i agree, mullins had a fantastic game so he would have been my man of the match tbh...
penton, whilst it was a truely frustrating afternoon, and some players did nothing to 'enhance' their reputations from an entertainement point of view i would say that this game was money well spent. as said frustrating as hell but 'all in all' i would say that i was happy to have spent my hard earned on it. altho an afternoon in the pub does sounds appealing tbh...
04/01/2011 09:37:00
Probably our best opportunity to register a win this month has gone. Very disappointed with the defence. Realism set in a while ago, as we expect the unexpected. Had we been a bit more clynical in front of goal, we could have won 6-4.
04/01/2011 10:30:00
A tale of two penalties. One which was both trajic and comical as the "victim" dropped as if he had been taken out by one of the Clichko brothers and another which should have been accompanied by a straight red card. Ultimately were hit by a couple of sucker punches whilst chasing the game. If you give someone like Bullard time and space, he will run the midfield and sadly gradually that's what happened. If there is a bright side, we have picked up a few unexpected points on the road after having been comprehensively outplayed for the first 45 minutes. Perhaps we roar them on so much at Fratton they become gung-ho and forget their defensive duties! Penton, thanks for revealing your true credentials as a fan. No doubt we will see you at Fratton Park again when the team embarks on a good run worthy of your esteemed attendance.
04/01/2011 18:51:00
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