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Pompey Into 3rd Round

Mansfield Town
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Field Mill

Tuesday 19-09-06, 7:45pm

Attendance: 6,646


Pompey faced the tough trip to Field Mill as we took on Mansfield Town tonight in the Second Round of the Carling Cup.

A totally changed side with only Matty Taylor left from that which had maintained out unbeaten start to the Premiership season against Charlton would do enough to advance.

An early debut goal from Manuel Fernandes with a spectacular 30-yard effort, followed by Matty Taylor's goal would see Pompey through. A late Danny Reet goal, our first conceded in 8 hours and 51 minutes of football this season would make it a little nervous for the final ten minutes but we had done enough to book our place in the 3rd Round.

Richard Hughes, starting his first game of the season marked the occasion with a foul on Matthew Hamshaw. The free kick would be played into the Pompey area but would cleared to safety by the returning Noe Pamarot.

Portuguese star Manuel Fernandes didn't wait long to announce himself to the Pompey fans, after picking up the ball he would thump home a left-footed effort from fully thirty-yards into the top right hand corner of Mansfield goalkeeper Jason White's goal to give Pompey the lead after only five minutes.

Mansfield's first attempt on Dean Kiely's goal, replacing the rested David James, would see Richard Barker send his header from Jonathan D'Laryea cross wide of the right hand upright. From the dangerous Hamshaw's corner Barker would then have another header at goal, this time making Kiely work to keep the effort out.

Niko Kranjcar, the Croatian making his bow in the Pompey first team would see a series of attempted crosses either blocked or cleared before finally beating the defence only for White to safely claim the last one.

A little over halfway through the first half veteran Andrew Cole, once again another Pompey debutant would get his first clear effort at goal, getting his head onto a cross from Welshman Richard Duffy (getting his first competitive run out for Pompey since his return from his loan spell last season at Coventry City) which would go wide of White's goal once again.

Getting onto a quickly taken Matty Taylor throw in Lomana LuaLua would create an opening for himself but his shot from the side of the penalty area would be blocked to safety by Mansfield's Alex Baptiste, one of the men who would be a doubt for the game earlier in the week. Shortly after Mansfield would be at the other end looking for a goal of their own but Hamshaw could only shot over the bar and into the crowd, with Stephen Dawson trying his luck minutes later from twenty-five yards, again failing to trouble Kiely.

Following Dawson's effort, which had gone wide for a goal kick, would begin a passage of play that saw Pompey eventually win a corner. This corner would be worked as a short corner routine between LuaLua and Kranjcar, who's pass would find Taylor who drilled his twenty-yard effort from the left side of the box through a crowd and past White and into the bottom corner to extend the Pompey lead to 2-0.

So having made it through to half time still to concede a goal this season, making it 8 hours and 15 minutes of play it would be Mansfield, who were certainly not making it easy for Pompey, that would start the second half with the first meaningful effort at goal, D'Laryea shot from distance would clear Kiely's crossbar.

Having picked up a booking on 51 minutes Kranjcar would be arguably lucky to remain on the field with an hour played, as he had by that time already committed a further two fouls that on another day, under a different referee could have send a second yellow card produced and a debut sending off. Between the Croats booking and subsequent fouls Chris Beardsley would somehow contrive to miss from close range. Shortly after the hour with Redknapp maybe wary of the threat of a red card David Thompson would replace Kranjcar.

Mansfield would have further efforts on the Pompey goal from Hamshaw, Giles Coke and Dawson, all of which, with the exception on Coke would fail to trouble Kiely, before Peter Shirtliff decided a double change was needed with Dawson being replaced by Callum Lloyd and Beardsley replaced by Danny Reet.

With Redknapp getting a little uneasy, despite a two goal lead he would react himself with a substitution, LuaLua lasting 72 minutes on his first start of the season with Benjani, expected to be rested completely replacing his African colleague. Shortly after would see the arrival of another African, Cameroon International Rodolph Douala, arriving for his debut, replacing Ognjen Koroman with quarter of an hour to play.

As the final ten minutes approached if Pompey thought they would have an easy end to the game Gareth Jelleyman would make sure Kiely was alert, testing him from twenty-yards. With the game not over Mansfield confirmed Pompey would have a battle by pulling a goal back with ten minutes to play. Following Duffy's poor back pass substitute Reet would latch onto it beating Kiely from the edge of the area thus seeing Pompey's unbeaten defensive record lost after 8 hours and 51 minutes of play without doing so.

As the final grains of sand passed through the hourglass Pompey would survive the final Mansfield attempt on goal, Michael Boulding's twenty-yard effort would go over Kiely's bar. The final three minutes of injury time were played out with no further scares; Pompey had done enough to advance into the second round.

Having looked in control in the first half, the second would provide us with a little worry but we always seemed to have the game under control.

The match would provide several fringe players with the chance to have a run out, and also give new arrivals Manuel Fernandes, who played the full 90 minutes, Niko Kranjcar removed shortly after the hour before maybe being sent off, Andrew Cole, again playing the full 90 minutes and a thirteen minute cameo from Douala much needed game time as they build up their fitness levels.

Next up Bolton, where you would expect many, of not all of the rested players to return, however don't be surprised to see one or two of the new arrivals retain their places...

Mansfield Town - Reet 81
Pompey - Fernandes 5, Taylor 33

Dean Kiely
Richard Duffy
Noe Pamarot
Andy O'Brien
Matty Taylor
Ognjen Koroman (Rodolph Douala 77)
Manuel Fernandes
Niko Kranjcar (David Thompson 62)
Richard Hughes
Andrew Cole
Lomana LuaLua (Benjani 73)

Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
Franck Songo'o

Date:Tuesday September 19 2006
Time: 9:52PM


Get in there!!! Third round here we come. Almost complete team chance and we still keep on winning. I really want to win the cup, and think we can, just got to take it seriously as so many others won't which will be to our advantage...
19/09/2006 23:50:00
Another solid effort and probably quite a good pay day for Mansfield town as well, first team got to sit it out so you have got to be happy. As far as winning it, remeber there is also a lot of luck involved.
20/09/2006 00:06:00
To be honest do we really want to go far in this cup. If it gives fringe players a run then good, but if it adds players to the injury list because of all the additional games then I couldn't give a hoots. The FA Cup is a different proposition. I am glad we sent the right players to Mansfield, and of course got the result but I wouldn't have lost any sleep if we had lost.
20/09/2006 00:41:00
If you have a chance to win a trophy, especially if you don't win that many you surely want to take it don't you? I'd rather win the FA Cup but that would be a far harder Cup to win, not saying we wouldn't. If you want to be successful, which we eventually do you have to get used to playing a lot of games, so why not start getting used to it sooner rather than later...
20/09/2006 08:41:00
i agree pompeyrug, and lets not forget winning it would mean we would be needing passports
20/09/2006 09:59:00
what you think about kranjar in his first leg....
andy croat 27
20/09/2006 10:32:00
Friends, Romans, Pompey supporters.... Let us push our chests out, stand tall and say, "Yes! I want to win the cup!" Fear not the wages of war. Button up against the chill wind of winter football and bravely stoke the fires of passion that could lead us on to glory.
20/09/2006 12:07:00
Agree with Pompeyrug. Any silverware looks good on the shelf and you have to believe that older guys like Sol, Cole, Jamo etc. would love to get any available ticket to Europe asap.
20/09/2006 15:11:00
we want to win everything
20/09/2006 16:58:00
Good to hear Russell! I think my passport expires this year so better dust it down and renew it...
20/09/2006 23:17:00
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