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Pompey Draw With City

Manchester City
0 - 0

City Of Manchester Stadium

Wednesday 23-08-06, 7:45pm

Attendance: 37,214


Pompey's first away game of the season saw them come away from Manchester with a point, following a 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

Ben Thatcher was lucky to remain on the field following an elbow on Pedro Mendes, with Pompey also unlucky not to be awarded a penalty.

Richard Dunne's header over the bar from a Joey Barton corner would see the games first, and only chance of the opening 20 minutes come and go.

The next effort would be from Barton himself, a 20 yard effort beating David James, returning to the City of Manchester Stadium for the first time, but narrowly going wide.

With Pompey still to have a chance Georgios Samaras would put an effort over the bar on the half hour with a header.

The first Pompey chance would fall to Gary O'Neil but he could only put a difficult volleyed effort into the side netting.

Trevor Sinclair's effort would be blocked by Dejan Stefanovic as a fairly uneventful half, in which Benjani was caught offside on numerous occasions, came to an end.

Early in the second half would come one of games main talking points. As Ben Thatcher and Pedro Mendes went for a ball (at least Mendes went for the ball!) Thatcher throw an elbow which connected with Mendes' head. Mendes would crash into the advertising hoardings, and then receive lengthily treatment before being withdrawn in place on Richard Hughes. Thatcher was booked.

A Barton foul on Matty Taylor shortly after Mendes' eventual withdrawal would give Pompey free-kick, which Sean Davis would put into the City wall.

A five minute spell would see City and Pompey exchange throw ins, taken by Micah Richards and Stefanovic respectively.

As the second half neared the midway point Taylor would force Nicky Weaver into his first and only real meaningful save of the game with a decent strike, well saved.

A game of few real chances would then roll until its conclusion, although Pompey should have had what appeared a blatant penalty. Richards' handball somehow missed by referee Dermott Gallagher.

Pedro Mendes' injury from a horrific Ben Thatcher elbow will be of concern to Harry Redknapp (who is fuming!) and all concerned with Pompey as it looked a nasty injury, which saw him taken away in an ambulance.

A draw and another clean sheet represent a decent result for Pompey. Most would have wanted a win but a draw is still a good result against a decent and generally well organised side.

Pompey -
Manchester City -

David James
Glen Johnson
Linvoy Primus
Sol Campbell
Dejan Stefanovic (c)
Matty Taylor
Gary O'Neil
Sean Davis
Pedro Mendes (Richard Hughes 52)
Benjani (Svetoslav Todorov 65)

Substitutes Not Used
Nick Jordan
David Thompson
Noe Pamarot

Date:Wednesday August 23 2006
Time: 9:48PM

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Any news on Mendes?
23/08/2006 22:23:00
he is winded im hoping that we report city to the f.a
23/08/2006 22:44:00
winning at home and drawing away is the form of a european club. i would be amazed if we keep this up but you have to say you would be more happy to be a pompey supporter than a city supporter right now.
pompey pessimist
23/08/2006 22:47:00
We are 2nd but the next game sees us go to a side who have never beaten us in the Premier League...this will be a difficult ask seeing as they have just accounted for Chelsea. Can we stop the season now and play in the Champions League ?
23/08/2006 23:03:00
Just received update on Mendes... He had a fit and was unconscious. Been in hospital for scans and is staying overnight for results. Just seen the 'challenge' on Football First. Absolutely sickening. Right elbow from Thatcher blatantly smashed, and i mean *****ted, into the side of his head. I would be amazed and shocked if the FA didn't react to it, and ban him even though he somehow only got a yellow. Thoughts with Pedro this evening, and pray he's ok.
23/08/2006 23:24:00
Thatcher should receive an instant ban - he has always been a dirty cheating little ****, and that just sums him up. He is a talentless **** who resorts to physical violence and there is no place for a w*nker like that in the game. Pompey should take legal action and press charges with the police for assault! I just hope that Thatcher is able to play at FP - as he will live to regret that challenge. I really hope Pedro is fine - but Thatcher - boy oh boy throw the book at the tw*t
23/08/2006 23:52:00
Ben Thatcher what a thug. We better report him. Needless tackle. Was a poor game. But we are 2nd :) and guess what 180mins of football and portsmouth fc not let a goal in GET IN. Defence never was one of arrys strong points. Tony's done wonders
Play Up Pompey
24/08/2006 00:01:00
Play Up Pompey -- you beat me to it! Not only have pompey not conceeded in two consecutive matches and thus not conceeded so far this season .... BUT .... we are the ONLY TEAM IN THE PREMIERSHIP NOT TO HAVE CONCEEDED! woohoo! take it, coz we wont have it for long! lol.
pompey pessimist
24/08/2006 00:04:00
DIRTY, DIRTY Thatcher! Some players have a reputation, and he is one of them. Doing things like that only enhances it, and not in a good way. He'll NOT escape this, the FA should, and will come down on him like a toon of bricks. If one of ours did that I'd expect the same, FILTHY Thatcher, he'll get his...
24/08/2006 00:34:00
At least we are SECOND in the league though. Boro will be tough on Monday, but a point at least would settle us. If we don't concede at then I could see us winning as I think their defence will give us at least one really good chance...
24/08/2006 00:36:00
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