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Leicester 0 - Pompey 1

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Pompey love to play away!

I've been harping on for weeks about Pompey being better away from home than at Fratton, the whole team set up is so much better for counter attacking football, as long as pompey grind out the results at home, however mundane the football may be, we will be a force to be reckoned with in this division.

This division has a habit of having one team launch a really late play-off bid, Pompey are 13th at the moment, bottom half as it looks, but only 3 points off of 7th placed Reading who we meet next, and just 2 wins from the dotted line that designates the play-off spots themselves, can we really gatecrash into another Wembley day out?

Pompey made one change to the side, surprising in the fact that we made one, not so when you saw who it was, Lawrence replacing the unfortunate Joel Ward, Ward may feel hard done by, but it is his fledgling season after all, he will play many more games for his home town club.

Leicester have been flying of late, like Pompey they had a run of 6 straight wins, a draw and 2 defeats followed before last weeks win away to relegation likely's Scunthorpe, they were a feature on 'The Championship' a couple of weeks back as being most likely to be that dark horse for the play-off's, hmmmm, really?

Leicester made all the running early on, Hreidarsson almost put through his own net but cleared over the bar well, Yakubu should of buried a header, Ashdown was not troubled though and it flew wide.

By the 13th minute Pompey had hardly been seen as an attacking force, Halford launched in a scud, Hreidarsson hassled and a weak header from Bamba found Nugent lurking with menace in mind, unlike many occasions though his finish was cool and measured, a lovely controlled side foot that flew into the net to give Ray Crawford something to scream himself hoarse about once more.

Bamba was all for redemption, his powerful header was parried away by Ashdown who was looking like a rock once more, Rocha was also keeping up his immaculate standards, chesting out a cross from Yakubu that was destined for Vassel.

Pompey were defending solidly once more, countering when possible, Lawrence almost adding another from a free-kick that fizzed wide.

Gallagher had another pop at Ashdown's goal, this one flew narrowly past the post and then Bamba glanced wide and the Yak took a theatrical tumble in the box to no avail.

Half time came and went and it was more of the same, Leicester felt they had a decent penalty shout when a ball over the top seemed to strike de Laet's hand, the ref was blind sided though and the appeals fell on deaf ears.
Gallagher had the best chance for Leicester to gain parity, bursting clear of Pompey's defence after Halford missed a header, he was left one-on-one with Ashdown, Pompey's 'keeper though spread himself like Lurpak to smother out the effort and again keep his goal intact.

Ward was on for Cotterill and had the golden chance to clinch the match, Kitson did well on the right, wriggling free of a challenge and squaring into the centre, the ball was knocked onto Ward 8 yards out, but with the goal gaping he could only scuff horribly wide.

The game was closing out, but Ashdown had to have the last word, Naughton crashed in a shot that he parried away from the top corner, his goal was not to be breached on this day.

So, yet another 3 points after a poor srtart to the year, since my Dad's birthday on Feb 5th, we have taken 24 points from 27, can Cotterill not be nominated this month for an award?

Star Player

Jamie Ashdown once more, this season this award meaningless though it may be, seems to have been passed between himself and Rocha of late, Lawrence got it early on, but if Pompey need a player of the season this year, one man won't dominate like O'Hara did last year, that's for sure, Ashdown has been absolutely immense this season, he always had promise but had to sit behind Jamo for years, this season though after a difficult few weeks behind a leaky defence, he has kept enough clean sheets for 'Daz' to come knocking for an advert!

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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 20 2011

Time: 10:53AM

Your Comments

Does it get any better?
Great, great and great. Where was Mokoena yesterday? He wasn't even on the bench!
Pompey Malta
Malta - Wolves hopefully
Spread himself like Lurpak…love it
Thanks to Paul's dad then!!
Ashdown must have been warm then, I can never spread the bloody stuff when it's cold :-)
my Dad's got a retro pompey short from the 50's, he started wearing on that day as well, he has only ever seen Pompey lose once in it, against Chelsea at wembley!
I'm sorry but myself, TraceyC and Mr TraceyC can take ALL the credit for our recent run away from home. You see, they have only started winning since we have stopped going. I promise you, we have NEVER seen them win away from home. Now - how do I begin to tell you that we all have tickets for Reading......? :-(
I'm going to Reading as well Gandor, hopefully I can counter hex it, I reckon Pompey have won about 80% of all away games I've been to, and I think I've done around 60 odd
A little extra comment on the Ashdown scenario!! Having been an Ashdown follower for many was once asked " Was I his mum?" lol! No, I'm not but I do know her!! it is lovely to now read the positive reports that keep on coming!! but should you look back over the past 6 years it is a miracle how the tide has turned and how negative and insulting so many of the members here were!! I do actually know Jamie on a personal level, fortunately he doesn't intentionally read much about himself so not got the memories I have of how nasty you all ...excepting a few, were!! He had a long wait and at times a bumpy ride to get playing to prove his capability...........pleased to see now that even his worst critics are not too proud to give credit when credit is due!! From what I know I would say that he simply loves playing in goal and it is all he ever really wanted to do, not sit and spectate........long may it continue!!

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