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Pompey gain little in Spain

Real Betis
5 - 1

Betis' ground




Pompey would have gained very little from a Spanish trip, going down 5-1 on the night.

Pompey were forced into naming a relatively inexperienced and youthful team, players like Benjani and Mokoena couldn't get visa's in time, while another clutch were on International duty.

Real Betis on the other hand could name a strong squad, Santa Cruz apperaing on the bench after his move yesterday.

Betis tore into Pompey from the off, the scoring opened on 2 minutes, it was not to get any better mind!

3-0 down by half-time and Pompey looked leagues away from Betis, the Spaniards playing a similar style so revered by Barcelona, quick pass and move and plenty of quick closing down as well, Pompey really did look lost.

After 80 minutes the stats showed Betis had had 18 shots at goal, Pompey not one.

After Betis added a fifth, this one the softest of the evening, Henderson allowing a tame effort squirm under his body, Pompey either found a little bit extra or more likely Betis slowed right down, first off Norris and Varney tested the 'keeper at last, then the crossbar was rattled from a corner, tails now up Varney swivelled and his shot took a deflection to nestle in the bottom corner, scant consolation in night more about building relationships rather than football.

Star Player

Oh dear

Date:Wednesday August 31 2011
Time: 9:50PM


... :\ oh well
31/08/2011 21:56:00
just caught last minutes..pointless
plymouth graham
31/08/2011 21:58:00
Why go all that way if they weren't going to treat it as a good work-out or give one or two players the chance to get match fit? It wasn't the 5-1 loss, it was the humiliating way we lost. I hope you managed to see that on FirstRow Graham.
31/08/2011 22:22:00
and Vital beats the official site by 15 minutes to a report!
31/08/2011 22:26:00
Wasn't that weak a side with Rocha, Pearce, Halford, Norris, Ward, Kitson and Varney. Yet another coasting performance from our boys it seems. Are they aware that the season has started already?
31/08/2011 22:41:00
Get in being first! Cheers Paul as said earlier! Blue; As you say, did we treat it as a work out? Well; Betis certainly did! I was impressed by them! that's how to treat a friendly, I bet a months wages they learnt more about themselves than we did!! If we as players, management and fans are going to keep treating these games as a don't give a toss session. Then why not just bloody well give up being So called footballers. Give up and become...Carpenters, Office workers, cleaners, bankers or...well...anything other that what they are! No doubt as pessimist say's...Oh well! Well then what's the point? Why not just have a training session. What i'm saying is, If we're not going to treat a friendly as a proper work out, then don't waste everyone's time!
31/08/2011 22:52:00
I think the game only went ahead as makeweight, Pompey were due a major payout to Betis otherwise for the failure to play the Fratton friendly
31/08/2011 23:08:00
... but there was also a financial element to it .. As it stood we had to pay Betis compensation from the previous game that was cancelled .. this game was arranged to negate that cost .. there are more things in play than the scoreline or performance .. A sound 'financial' move by Mr Lampitt i think ... FFS fellas cut the club some slack .. 18 months ago we nearly never had a club .. now all 'we' appear to be doing is moaning and groaning at everything the club does... In the past three months we have seen a new owner .. ten new signings .. developments to both Fratton and the training ground .. and hopefully more things to come.. things are on the up ... So what if we go to Spain for a 'pointless' friendley .. everybody wants the youngsters to come through the ranks .. surely this will help their knowledge and experience !!
31/08/2011 23:17:00
HERE HERE Chix mate well said... I am truelly happy with SC and CSI..I am disapointed about the deadline lack of action...but we were told this in the press..even so its like those christmas eve's i remember as a in reality the pudits all say that its best to get yer buisness dome before the deadline.
plymouth graham
31/08/2011 23:58:00
I think it's a good sign we didn't do any business on Deadline Day, as it means we have our squad in place before the desperation kicks in and people start paying ridiculous money for players. As for the match, a bit of a confidence blow for those who played, but as long as we can put it behind us when we visit Upton Park I don't think many fans will mind.
01/09/2011 03:18:00
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