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Pompey on the up!

It's been a cracking week for Pompey, 7 points in as many days has lifted rock bottom spirits, the team is starting to gel, the points starting to flow.

Pompey took another huge away following, over 2,500 fans made the trip, another display of passion that keeps the club breathing.

Pompey came out the blocks absolutely blazing, McLeod up against his old club, intercepted in the second minute, the keeper flattened him and it was a pen before the per match burgers had gone down.

Howard stepped up and like last week contrived to miss his effort, this time the post denying him.
Howard was still shaking his head at his miss when Gyepes slid in McLeod once more, this time he powered into the box and slotted home beautifully, Pompey were rampant.

Gyepes has been an inspired signing by Appleton, he is colossal at the back and provides the goal threat you love to have from a centre back, he rose again in the 20th minute to power in his third goal in as many games.

MK looked shell shocked, Pompey were pinging the ball around around creating openings all over the place, only wayward finishing was stopping the game being over by half time.

As is the situation when you pass up golden chances, something will bite you on the arse, just before half time a cross was swung in and struck the hapless Webster who was tracking back, the ball deflected off him and gave the dons a lifeline.

Still at the interval, Pompey were a goal to the good and looking good for all three points, Karl Robinson in the MK dressing room was no doubt going bansai, his team were undefeated at home and getting the runaround.

The second half got going and here was an immediate shift in the balance of play, MK were now the dominate side and Pompey the team being forced to defend.

Alan Smith was on for Ostembor and was making his presence felt in midfield, this seemed to have galvanized the MK team and Pomoey's supply lines were shut off.

The equaliser also had an element of misfortune to it, a header crashed off the bar but fell kindly to Potter who was able to knee the ball high into he net.

Buzsaky come on and almost made an immediate impact, shooting narrowly wide, Pompey had been under the cosh but still managed to create a couple of chances, Wes Thomas particularly wasteful, Webster being unlucky as his goal bound header was inadvertently blocked by the aforementioned.

Still a point away to a solid home side is no bad feat, Pompey are looking brighter and more confident all of a sudden, if this purple patch can become a purple streak, the season will seem so much sweeter.

Star Player

Gyepes once more, I hate to make comparisons, but the big Hungarian reminds me a little of a Pompey legend, a certain Dutchman who was loved by all, old Marwell himself!

The Journalist

Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 7 2012

Time: 10:58AM

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Our back four and Jonny Ertl have really grown in stature, since Ertl came on against Scunthorpe he's changed our side completely, we now have a midfield and defence that gives the team confidence, that makes a huge difference...
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07/10/2012 11:23:00

Who'd of thought after his first game!
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07/10/2012 11:25:00

Well said penton, it really is very noticeable. I couldn't help feeling while watching yesterday that for all of the solid defence, pace and trickery upfront and flowinf moves that we put together, there are still some simple elements to our game that if we could fix would make us so much better. One already mentioned is the finishing. I know that fixing finishing is easier said than done but twonthings stand out for me. One is that there seems to be one pass too many inside the oppo's area when we had a shooting chance. The second is that composure on snap shots. Our long range shooting isn't too bad when players have time to wind up... But yesterday any half chance shots were snatched at and fluffed. Also, as to be expected we look tired and sloppy in the final ten mins. This should get better hopefully if the squad can stay together and stay fit. After two nil up and looking on top, we should have won this game. The other frustrations relate to certain players' weaknesses which is painful to watch but is part of the game at this level and pretty much enforced on us due to lack of squad options. I'm thinking Webster's inexperience, central midfield's lack of passing options due to the wide men being more defensively minded, Williamson's pedestrian nature.
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07/10/2012 12:46:00

Thing is liquor, if these players were super composed and clinical in front of goal, they wouldn't be playing league 1 football!
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07/10/2012 19:00:00

Not sure about the Marwell connection; otherwise all these player dare in league 1 cos they've worked their way down - or - cant take penalties. None are the best at their trade but they show signs that the whole is better than the individual and a continuance of that is what will keep Pompey in this league.
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08/10/2012 00:34:00

I see Vital Wycombe feels they are going to get beaten at Fratton. Pompey win 3-1 i think they say;hope they are right.
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08/10/2012 08:55:00


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