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Pompey 1 - Reading 0




Pompey regain that winning feeling

Pompey felt the warmth of 3 points wash over them once more, it was the first time since March that the elation a win gives off was last felt, well overdue!

The goal was scored by Dave Kitson, he volleyed home a centre just after half-time, asfter missing a one-on-one earlier in the game the goal visibly lifted him.

Pompey threw Jason Pearce straight into the fray after his ban expired, he came in the centre with Halford while Mok moved to right back and Ben Haim to the left, no doubt to counter the threat of Jimmy Kebe.

The other surprise was the sight of Kanu getting a second start in a week with Kitson up front.

Much talk has passed since saturday when Pompey looked a bit disjointed and lacking in creative inspiration, but that changed from the off, the ball was generally on the deck and the movement a lot better, Lawrence was trying to make things happen and looked fitter than the previous weekend.

Pompey almost had a nerve settler early on, the ball was squared to Halford and from 25 yards he let leash, the ball took a slight deflection from the 'keeper's fingertips and crashed onto the bar.

Kitson should of broken the deadlock shortly after, Hayden Mullins played him in behind a flat looking Reading defence, with just Federici to beat he pushed himself too wide and gave the 'keeper a straight forward save.

Kanu was having a great game, linking play and firing in a couple of powerful shots I didn't know he was capable of, Reading's best moment almost gave them the lead shortly before half-time, Kebe sending a diving header against Ashdown's left-hand post.

Second half and Pompey kept up their domination, it was from another attack that we took the lead, a deep cross found Kitson and he gleefully swept home from about 10 yards.

Kanu struck another thunderbolt from distance, Federci again tipping over the bar.

Reading got some pressure with time ticking away, Pompey were sitting back somewhat to invite them on, Pearce who got his head and body to anything thrown at him had one moment of indecision with Halford but the ball was eventually scrambled away.

Reading had a penalty shout deep into injury time for handball, but Kebe looked to have handled it as much as Pearce from where I was sat.

Still 3 points were Pompey's for the first time this season and the first time at Fratton since March, Benjani had a little run out to thrill his admirers, one other mention must go to Andy D'Urso, us fans a re quick to berate n officious ref, but very rarely give credit to one who lets the game flow as he did last night.

Star Player

Pearce deserves a special mention for a fine debut, he stuck his head in where it hurts and gave a good alround account of himself, but on an evening when the whole team played well and found some form, Kanu shone like a beacon, he was playing like only he can when in the mood.

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 16 2011

Time: 10:52PM

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Great win considering Reading were on a high coming off their win at Leicester. Hopefully the Norweigan guy will sign tommorow so we have some competition up top. PUP!!!!!
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16/08/2011 23:08:00

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnR1WqyJSKY&feature=related hi fellas, i was checking out this Erik Huseklepp ..saw this goal he scored...check out the Keystone Cops Fc defence....ITS A CLASSIC..lol
plymouth graham
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16/08/2011 23:21:00

Pearce and Mullins for my man of the match
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17/08/2011 00:13:00

Can't fault any our players on the pitch yesterday, a great performance. If we can consistently play like this we'll turn a few heads this season.
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17/08/2011 06:39:00

pfctv commentry raved about JP's performance..trouble was that kept reffering to him as "the youngster" which was misleading..almost disrespectful in footballing terms, he's not a youngster anymore,he has played regularly for AFCB
plymouth graham
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17/08/2011 07:48:00

Standing next to Kanu everyone is a youngster.
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17/08/2011 07:52:00

PS.. the PFCTV commentry was great last night and i have fully enjoyed the service so far..The national press are consumed with the EPL so there is little coverage for any other league, and only then if there is a big name, or tradtion..ie WHU and Di Cannio etc..we had it with twitchy too..so i would recomend PFCTV for us lot who live miles away
plymouth graham
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17/08/2011 07:54:00

Enjoyed the game.....even Kitson (the miss aside) had a good game!! I thought we well and truly deserved the win and good to send Reading packing.....PUP
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17/08/2011 12:05:00

I wasn't there and as i predicted, well almost, a great win. Keep it up lads, can't have the knuts from up the road having all the glory.
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17/08/2011 13:51:00

Full report now up top.
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17/08/2011 20:01:00


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