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Away drought becoming a famine!

Ipswich
1 - 0
Pompey

Portman road

18/10/11

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Pompey's abysmal away form continued, but that was only half the story, this time we absolutely dominated the game from start to finish, but wayward finishing and a lack of finesse in front of goal cost us in the end.

The caretaker due made a couple of swift changes to the side, Benjani was absent so Kitson stepped straight back into the side, Ward was preferred to Huseklepp, presumably to add a bit more steel away from home.

For the first half hour honours were pretty even, then Pompey really decided to take the game by the proverbial scruff, after a flurry of corners came the first big chance, a cross found its way to Kitson 6 yards out, he stuck out a boot and only guided the ball past the post, a golden chance gone.

Away from home you don't expect to dominate a game, but pompey were doing just that, Varney went through one-on-one but couldn't convert, Rocha headed straight at the 'keeper and Ward stabbed over, the goal would not come and Pompey you felt woulfd be made to pay.

Second half and Pompey kept up the pressure, Liam Lawrence was presented with a chance 6 yards out from Ben Haim's pass, he swung but made only contact with air, another chance gone.

As usually happens on these occasions, a goal was to come, but to the side under the cosh, Ellington misqued a header, the ball instead striking his shoulder and landing at the on-rushing feet of Andrews who gleefully stabbed home.

Pompey unjustly behind pushed on for a deserved equaliser, this time Norris headed wide.

Time ticked on and still the red and blacks strove for a goal, and still they were denied, with seconds remaining, substitute Huseklepp swung in another cross and found the head of Pearce, his contact was good but too straight, the 'keeper gathered and the points went to the home side, unjust maybe, but surely a wake up to Pompey's wayward strikers.

Star Player

Liam Lawrence is coming under fire in many quarters, but from what I made out was involved in everything good, maybe the fans need a new scapegoat now Cotterill has gone?


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Wednesday October 19 2011
Time: 6:56AM

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The opposite of last year. They dominated and we nicked it
uktony
19/10/2011 07:44:00
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yep, certainly was tony - plenty of positives though and if we take them forward, and make sure we take more of the chances that we get, we will soon move up the table for sure.
pompeyrug
19/10/2011 08:06:00
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That was far and away the best we've played start to finish in a long long time. Funny how you get that guttural feeling about missed chances though. Wish I could be so certain about the 6 numbers i pick every week!
pentonpompey
19/10/2011 08:10:00
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Sounds like the exact opposite of the game there last season, Ipswich dominated & created more chances, we won 2-0!!
Ihatemidweektvgames
19/10/2011 08:26:00
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it was quality stuff wasnt it guys, it is gutting to lose but the way i see it we have been losing anyway so i would rather - not that i ever want to lose of course - playing that kind of football than the 'brand' we have all too often...
bring on the donny!
pompeyrug
19/10/2011 08:28:00
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The players seemto enjoying life after SC, so do Forest with him being there. Ok let's turn that hard work into a home win against Donny. Need to get up thta table & away from the bottom end.
storagematt
19/10/2011 09:59:00
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