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Pompey 1 - Blackpool 0




Hagar is horrible for 'pool

On a gloriously sunny afternoon, Pompey stole the 3 points deep into stoppage time with a stunner from their very on Viking warrior, he swivelled in a volley into the top corner to settle a match that looked destined for a goaless stalemate.

Pompey went with 1 up front in Benjani, not popular amongst the crowd I must admit, the management will say it's 4-3-3, but the supporters are not stupid.

The game to be fair was a turgid affair, Blackpool had a couple of good opportunities to pinch the lead, both chances were at the feet of Matt Philips, first off Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who resembles someones Dad who has just strolled on the pitch, picked out a lovely pass, the finish though was straight at Ashdown, moments later Phillips did the donkey work and this time his namesake fired well wide.

Joel Ward came closest for Pompey in the half, a Halford long throw was met by forehead but flew just wide.

Blackpool were screaming for a red card, Norris getting accused of an elbow, Evatt was the stricken man, but from my seat dead in line with the incident, Norris headed the ball and just caught Evatt as he twisted, no malice seemed evident whatsoever.

Second half and Pompey still looked woefully short of ideas, the possesion was fine but a lack of a cutting edge stuck out for all to see, Benjani was running round like a loon, without a partner though, every time he flicked on a header there was no recipitent to recieve it.

Blackpool then had a shout for a penalty, Pearce flung himself to block a fierce shot from Evatt, if you were clad in orange it was a stonewall penalty, if you preferred blue it was nothing short of a fantastic bit of putting your body on the line.

Pompey finally decided to up the ante in the last ten minutes, Huselkepp gave one glimpse of what was to come by running straight across the midfield before re-taking the ball on the wing, then already in injury time, Ward fired in a low shot that Gilks did well to keep out.

Well into stoppage time that magic moment occurred, Halford lobbed in anothe scud, the ball was flicked on by a Blackpool head and Huselkepp sublimely volleyed home.

If the game was a derge, the goal was enough to win it on its own.

Star Player

Huselkepp had a fair game up to the goal anyway, until then though I was going with Ward or Ben Haim for mom, but the goal was sheer quality to take the plaudits.

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 24 2011

Time: 6:03PM

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Ward or Pearce as MoM for me. TBH, I thought TBH was awful today.
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24/09/2011 18:43:00

pearce was lucky he was still on the pitch at the end so Eric get it for me as well
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24/09/2011 19:38:00

Erik was the only player to get man of the match for me! Ward had no impact and as for Tal Ben Haim I still think he's our best defender, maybe our best player! Mokoena needs to be replaced for Rocha! And Norris was well below par!
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24/09/2011 20:35:00

3pts was the important thing today. Hopefully we will get some belief that we can win games. A happy saturday at last.
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24/09/2011 20:52:00

Delighted we got the win, but what was the match like for entertainment? Didn't sound great..
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25/09/2011 07:15:00

Better than playing well and getting beat. We needed those three points to generate a bit of belief and confidence in the side. Another three points on Tuesday would be most welcome but will we get the rub of the green again? We were sliced open too easily too often, particularly in the first half.
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25/09/2011 08:38:00

Erik was excellent in the last period of the game, it seemed as if he had decided that if no one else was going to help win the game, he'd do it himself. Just before the goal he started a move down the left then popped up on the right to receive a pass for an effort on goal. Pompey must get him in the game more as no one else seems to have a creative atom in their body. First 20 minutes Halford was awful at right back and was to blame for a number of defensive lapses. Norris looked worn out and Lawrence struggled to pass to his own team. But apart from boring, prissy passing, Blackpool were clueless.
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25/09/2011 10:03:00

Great Goal ! Crap Game ! Hoping for better entertainment on Tuesday, but happy to steal the 3 points! PUP
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25/09/2011 12:08:00

Nice to see contrasting views how people rate players, some thought TBH was awful while others thought he was sound, guess it is what makes it a gret game!
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25/09/2011 15:38:00

That's a way to make a name for yourself, a fantastic finish and that'll be a great boost for him personally. He seems to be one of these players who wants to make a name for themselves, and that's exactly what we needed on Saturday.
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26/09/2011 04:01:00

get in there, gonna watch it later on the footy league show, if the game was as bad as you all say then i'll prob only have to watch eriks goal!!!!
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26/09/2011 05:18:00

Was going to come up for this one, but am bloody glad I didn't and kept my money in my pocket. Watched it two times now on video and Paul's use of the word "turgid" is spot on, although "TURDED" might be more apt... it was *****e!! Thank God for Hoseclip, one flash of brilliance to grab the points. I'm starting to despair at this team that look so good on paper. Tactics as dull as ditch water at HOME with players that need 30,000 volts up their collective arses...
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