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Pompey 1 - Palace 0




Lucky Nugent strike deservedly sees Pompey home

David Nugent managed to lob Speroni in the Palace goal via the turf tonight, no mean feat in itself, but the strike was justice in the long haul as Pompey managed to miss a hatful of chances once more, the 3 points all count though, however the goal may come!

Pompey made the one change again, predictable one again also, Lawrence was injured, so Hogg came straight back into the side.

Hogg was to show why he is valued in the centre in the first couple of minutes, crunching into a tackle, but injurying himself in the process, after treatment he was ok to continue.

If the Barnsley game was all huff and puff, the three points had given Pompey the chance to throw off the shackles a bit, Cotterill in particular was to the fore in all the early attacking moves, I've got to say it's great to have an out and out winger in the side again.
Joel Ward was bombing forward whenever he could, volleying well wide, then getting clattered as he challenged Speroni for a high ball.

Gardner had the first chance for Palace, but he headed wide when well placed, then it was all Pompey.

On 20 odd minutes it should of been 1-0, Nugent harried Speroni and the ball broke to Cotterill, with the 'keeper grounded though, a coller finish would of seen the ball nestle in the net rather rest amongst the Palace fans.

Pompey continued to push without really testing Speroni, Nugent lifted one cross over the heads of all gathered in the six yard box when a better effort would of again seen the dead lock broken.

Second half and the traffic continued to flow one way, Nugent heading over and Speroni again the only 'keeper in any real action.
Halford had a blast at a free kick, it was straight enough but again Speroni deflected the ball away.

Just when it seemed Pompey were to endure another barren night in front of the Fratton fans, Halford launched in an exocet, Kitson glanced on and Nugent performed his up and over lob, lucky, but well deserved.

Palace had their one golden chance minutes later, McCarthy heading wide from Ambrose's cross, the effort had all the wastefulness of some of Pompey's offerings.

Vaughan who was the tormentor in chief at Selhurst, cut a frustrated figure, an early air shot had done little to bhoy him, a scuffle with Hreiedarsson was an ill choice, only one winner this time, Freedman decided to sub the on-loan Everton man much the the crowds delight.

So a double hat-trick, 3 points for the third tiome on the bounce, and another clean sheet, time for the laundry business I reckon!

Star Player

de Laet had a storming first half, his run down the pitch was probably the individual highlight of the season, however for me Rocha was the dominant force for the full 90 minutes, another clean sheet speaks volumes!

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Date:Tuesday February 22 2011

Time: 10:59PM

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Three clean sheets on the bounce too. Any coincidence that there has been no Mokoena, Sonko and Dickinson in those games.
Alty Blue
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22/02/2011 23:19:00

Glad whatever way it went in, but I presume you are taking the mick with the 'lob' reference. He looked like he was trying to go under ground rather than over the keeper
Super Bock 1898
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22/02/2011 23:20:00

Took a while to get going, but we were definitely the better side, I thought. 3 points well deserved. Our new boys are doing very well too. Posh seats were all taken tonight. Prospective purchasers and their entourages?
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22/02/2011 23:25:00

ward was good but he is never a central midfielder, halford is never a central defender but your right its still a better option than stokes laurel & hardy. and kitson is pants
Super Bock 1898
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22/02/2011 23:33:00

Great result, and a decent performance. The goal was lucky but with the amount of chances we created it was bound to come eventually. On a side note, that League Table on the right hand side of the Vital homepage says we've played 31 games when we've played 32.
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22/02/2011 23:50:00

I was worried with all the wrong decisions in the box and poor shot quality from Kitson and Nuge allied with Halford's traditional header just the wrong side of the post Pompey would end up losing to a nicked goal; it nearly happened. Still, 10 points from 12 aint bad in this leaue and whilst it was far from a brilliant performance; you can't argue that back four's results. I understand Ward put in a good performance today.
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23/02/2011 00:08:00

Frippy's right, we've played 32, a few around us are on 33 so if we can make it count against a demoralised Tractor boys team things will look much, much better.
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23/02/2011 01:14:00

Some sneered, and oh how they jeered when I said Nuge would get 14 or 15 goals this season;well he's on 10 now and whilst he doesn't have much of a clue how they go in and i fully accept he needs 6 shots for every goal scored. All that said, I still reckon he's going to get the 30 necessary chances between now and the end of the season.
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23/02/2011 01:18:00

Can't believe I'm saying this Russ but I'm bordering....on agreeing with you on Nugget. Don't care if he's trying to pile driver them through the ground or deflect them off the crowd as long as they go in. 3 wins on the bounce now, I'm raring for the top 6 now :-)
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23/02/2011 08:40:00

A great win as I predicted, well nearly, LOL. Beating those teams around us means so much. A good time time to play them now rather than in the final month of the season. If we can beat Scunny & the blades at home next month that should see us safe. Then maybe we can play with some freedom, enjoy the games & look forward to the future.
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23/02/2011 09:04:00

A decent performance where we controlled the whole game - well almost. Difficult to pick a star man as they all played well but I agree with Paul and others Rocca was a rock and more than deserved it. A win at Ipswich would launch us towards top half and on to total safety. PUP
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23/02/2011 09:25:00

Anybody know why Kanu not on the bench? Was he injured/knackered?
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23/02/2011 10:36:00

Think I read somewhere that he's back in Nigeria dealing with a personal/family problem. Don't know any more than that or if there's any truth in it. Don't see why not though... things happen don't they, even in footballers lives.
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23/02/2011 10:50:00

OK thanks. Sounds plausible.. at least he's not injured. I know he doesnt exactly play loads of minutes but he rarely seems to be injured, the 'ageless' Kanu. I always laugh at the ageless description. But seriously he was as slow/unfit when he joined us, so why can't he still be playing in another 3 or 4 years ;)
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23/02/2011 11:54:00


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