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Pompey make it two on the bounce

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First off let's get one thing straight, I will use an analogy to explain how this hame was. If a person harms themselves for attention, it is know as Münchausen syndrome, if they harm others, it is known as Münchausen syndrome by proxy, Pompey v Barnsley was like Arsenal v proxy.

The one redeeming factor of a dour old game was that we won 1-0, the games was littered with wayward passing, balls in the air and just plain old crap, Pompey were the marginally better of two really scrappy teams, I can for the life of me not remember 1 solitary shot on target from Barnsley, Jamie Ashdown was well protected by a Pompey defence who enjoyed a second consecutive clean sheet, but will have much sterner tests by the end of the season.

Pompey made one change, that was the obvious one with Hogg suspended and Cotterill arriving on loan.

Pompey had a go at making all the running, the game may have taken a different course if an wearly move had seen Nugent finish a good ball in from Lawrence, but Luke Steele was to make the first of a few fine saves to keep Pompey at bay.

Kitson was next to show, but he took the ball in his stride and missed the target, this early moment highlighted his match in a nutshell, he was then to head over a free kick, it really looked like he was going to need the banjo to smack a cows arse with.

Barnsley were very negative in their approach, their brand of football is much like Stoke's, but without even their little bit of flair, Danny Hayne's was their main inspiration, but he was well contained by hermann who was back to all his old wind up tricks.

The second half followed a similar pattern, Pompey tried to press, Barnsley sat back, it took the arrival of Kanu to lift the match, his prescence late on in a match really gives the crowd a lift, and it was he who was to prove the matchwinner.

A free-kick from Halford was lofted in and up popped Kanu to glance home, Steele was finally beaten and Pompey had scored at home once more, this time though no late equaliser was to deny us.

Kitson then headed powerfully from a corner, Steele flinging out an arm and parrying it wide.

Nugent then showed exactly why he is a Championship player, not a Premiership one, clean through he sidefooted wide with only Steele to beat, it was the sort of chance he should of taken, if he had the finishing to go with his workrate, he really would be a top striker.

Still, a first win at home since the Halowe'en decor was up, 9 points form the drop zone and Palace on tuesday night, not to be sniffed at.

Star Player

Rocha was the man for me, Mullins got the match day award, he certainly ran him close, but Rocha inspires the men around him, Halford definetly looks more assured with the Portugese rather than the South African alongside him.

Date:Sunday February 20 2011
Time: 3:09PM


Good write up Paul, incredible in fact. I read every word of that but was almost comatose listening to the match. I find it staggering that it was back in last October that we secured our last win at Fratton. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun :-) Nugget, well what can you say? he should be on 20 goals by now if he'd buried half his chances. Still... c'est la vie, we've pocketed three points. Let's go for another three now against Palace and we'll all be looking at the play-offs ha..ha...
20/02/2011 16:24:00
I think this is exactly what we needed. 3 points in the scrappiest of fashions. Made up with the result, and I don't particularly care how we got there.
20/02/2011 16:29:00
Luke Steele played a big part in Pompey winning the FA Cup. He kept Chelsea at bay the day we beat United and that left us as clear favourites. He certainly showed yesterday that he is a good keeper.

Good report as always Paul.
20/02/2011 17:01:00
He was at United as a youngster and was being touted as a future England candidate. Didn't quite work out, but his talent is there for all to see. The three points were so vital yesterday because I think there was a danger of us developing a complex when playing at Fratton. We obviously need to kick on now and take another three points on Tuesday. I wish we could see a return to the neat interpassing which was starting to develop earlier in the season. Compared to the Leeds performance, teams seem able to stop us playing and drag us down to "their" level.
20/02/2011 17:54:00
Found it surprising that Ian Woan thinks fans were surprised when Kanu came on. What were were surprised at was taking Ward off and leaving that muppet Kitson on the park. Everyone knew the King needed to come on.
20/02/2011 18:06:00
If I was a Pomoey player, I wouldn't even pass the ball to Kitson. In fact, if it wasn't for the fact that he is wearing a blue shirt, you would think he played for the other side.
21/02/2011 08:58:00
Kitson has a serious attitude problem though in a recent interview his young son has been ill & he admitted his mind wasn't on playing!!!
21/02/2011 12:32:00
Lol to play that badly and win - thats play off form that is ;-) Got to follow it up tomorroow night.
21/02/2011 18:12:00
ive been quite hard on the Ginger Whinger but i dont think there was a problem with effort, problems with his and Nugent's decision making, yes; otherwise just an all round forgettable performance. They will need to be on form against palalce who really seem to believe they have some momentum now.
21/02/2011 18:15:00
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