UK time is: 14:07:14
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Pompey 1 - Leicester 1

Fratton

26/11/11

Attendance:

Apples gets off and running

Michael Appleton got his first point as Pompey manager with a draw against Leicester.

A drab first half was followed by a better performance in the second, saptain Norris netted only for ex-blue Nugent to peg us back with a long range equaliser.

Pompey were denied the services of Luke Varney with a sore hamstring, he and Ben Haim were the two changes from last weeks capitulation at Watford, new loanees Thorne and Mattock taking their places.

My day with Pompey got off to an early start, 10 a.m to be precise, Gosport Borough under 7's had a Pompey experience day, that was a tour of Fratton including a visit to the changing rooms, then a 2 hour training session at Meon Milton school after the obligatary visit to the Pompey shop.

So, sat with 22 eager young boys and girls, plus 15 parents, many of who had never been to Fratton before, we waited for the match, and what a first 45 minutes they had to endure!

The first half was an absolute non-event, not one worthy strike at goal from either side, nor a decnt move to speak of, it was that bad!

The second half was 10 times better, Pompey came out of the blocks, a storming run by Joel Ward down the right ended with Huseklepp almost putting in MUllins, the ball getting stuck underneath his feet.

Then Norris floated a cross right onto Kitson's head, he headed down and toward the far post, Schmeichel however made a brilliant full stretch save to scramble the ball wide.

Norris was to provide the breakthrough though, he found himself in space and curled for the far corner, the ball taking a handy deflection on the way.

Before the game I had a chat with my eldest boy, we discussed about what would you prefer? Nugent clean through one-on-one, or Nugent lining up from 25 yards, we both agreed on the former, so predictably our old forward should get a 25 yard strike into the bottom corner!

Cries of 'Leicester suck' rang out from 22 young voices to amuse the North stand upper, the under 7's finally having some entertainment.

Pompey almost found the perfect reposte, Norris was again the man, smashing a shot against the bar, the ball came out to the onrushing Ward who saw his follow up shot scrambled clear once more by the impressive Schmeichel.

Pompey seemed to settle for a point after that, Leicester finished the strongest but could find no was past Henderson and the Pompey defence.

Star Player

Norris has had his critics of late, a goal, a strike aginst the bar and almost an assist for Kitson was enough for me.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 27 2011

Time: 6:36PM

Your Comments

Down and out or ready to fire? Your position versus your GD? Look at Blackpool, not far off them? You need a few more goals and a decent attacking midfielder? Who else?
TeddyLyon
chuck came back strong didnt he - was surprised to see him, and mullins, both usually play further forward than thorne tho who i thought was an attacking midfielder?
1st half was dour, really, really bad and as bad (pretty much) as anything we have seen this season so far... we could, and should have been at least 1-0 up in the opening 3-minutes of the 2nd half but could not break through, schmeichel's save from kitson was fantastic tho, altho more power rom the dainty one and it would have gone in...
pompeyrug
a criticism of appy would have been that the game was crying out for a change but he did not even make 1, and we rarely even seemed like we were thinking about it...
pompeyrug
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. pompeyrug 117
2. eastneydave 41
3. storagematt 40
4. Pompeytim 33
5. mslorna48 26
6. PFCblue 23
7. Jimsmithswig 20
8. Emsworthianblue 17
9. cornypomp 14
10. pompeygray 9

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
7. Bury 18 9 3 6 6 30
8. Newport 17 7 6 4 6 27
9. Exeter 18 7 6 5 1 27
10. Portsmouth 18 7 5 6 2 26
11. Morecambe 18 8 2 8 -1 26
12. Accrington 18 8 2 8 -3 26
13. Northampton 18 7 3 8 2 24

Breaking League News

Preview: Hartlepool United v Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe : 27/11/2014 13:07:00
Former midfielder goes to Town
York : 27/11/2014 11:54:00
End of Year Quiz
York : 27/11/2014 11:31:00
Ref For Argyle v York
Plymouth : 27/11/2014 09:26:00
On this day in history...27th November
Portsmouth : 27/11/2014 07:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Tranmere v Pompey?
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Pompey win 51%
Tranmere win 12%
Draw 37%