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Pompey 2 - Everton 0

Fratton Park

Saturday 09-12-06, 3pm

Attendance: 19,528

Only Took Pompey 50-years!

With four games in fourteen days, all but one on the road after this the home game with Everton today defeat wasn't an option with victory not quite a must but not far from it! We didn't disappoint as Pompey won a top-flight game at home against the Toffees for the first time in almost 50-years!

A second booking last week equalling a red against Villa saw Pedro Mendes suspended so Sean Davis came in and with Lomana LuaLua ruled out through injury Benjani started, other than that it was as you were.

Two superb volleyed strikes in the first half, the first from Matty Taylor, a screamer from a least 40-yards (that's goal of the month wrapped up for Matty!) the second from Kanu saw us go in at half time 2-0 up and so it stayed.

Victory moves us back up to third for at least 24-hours.

First Half
The early exchanges saw the two teams sizing each other up with little in the way of goal effort, then suddenly in the 14th minute the game burst into life in amazing fashion!

Matty Taylor, no stranger to spectacular long-range efforts scored one that by his standards was something else! As the ball dropped to him some 40 to 45-yards out he volleyed Pompey ahead. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard stood rooted to the spot as the ball dipped in to send the Pompey fans wild.

With their first real effort on 20 minutes Everton could have found themselves level. A free kick gave Everton the chance to send men forward and from Alan Stubbs' delivery Joleon Lescott flicked on to find James Beattie who's header was saved by the very much inform David James, he parried the effort to safety.

James safely claimed a second Beattie header before the Pompey lead was doubled shortly after the 25-minute mark. Gary O'Neil's cross from the right was met by Kanu who beat Howard into the corner with another superb volley, Pompey were two up and looking comfortable with less than half an hour on the clock.

The lively Benjani was next to try his luck from range, but his 25-yarder ended up going high of the target and then with Pompey looking for a hat trick of superb strikes when seeing Howard off his line Sean Davis looked to chip the American, but he recovered to save. Davis' wallet was saved the costs of an appointment with the barbers…for another week at least!

Further efforts from Benjani, with a header safely caught by Howard and a 25-yard curling Taylor free kick that went over the bar came before half time.

Second Half
Everton we're finding this game surprisingly harder than I had expected and in order to change things a double substitution was made a half time. James McFadden came on for David Weir and the Victor Anichebe replaced the ineffective and massively abused former scummer James Beattie.

Half chances came and went for Everton's Andy Johnson, his header comfortably saved by James and Davis again tried his luck from range but again his effort was comfortably caught by Howard as the second half started passing with little incident, but so long as Pompey won in the end I would be more than happy.

A worrying moment for Pompey though came with just under half an hour to play, having nutmeged Howard Benjani then collided with the goalkeeper so with us down to the bare bones in terms of striking options we held our breaths as Benji was withdrawn, Rudolph Douala coming on to replace him.

Glen Johnson and another Andy Johnson effort failed to alter the score line as we cruised for the most part of the second forty-five minutes until Everton reminded us that the game was not yet won. With fifteen minutes to play Andy Van Der Meyde's corner was headed by Joseph Yobo, forcing James into a smart save to keep our two-goal lead intact.

Everton substitutes Anichebe and James Vaughan both put close range headers wide shortly after before another worrying site saw Kanu withdrawn with an injury too, Niko Kranjcar coming on with just under ten minutes to play.

Lee Carsley forced James into another fine save late on before a standard practice time wasting effort saw Richard Hughes come on in place of Sean Davis. There was still time for Douala to be denied a third for Pompey in injury time as we overall strolled to a comfortable win.

Match Summary
A win, and largely comfortable win at that was far from what I expected against our bogey team of the past 49-years! The two superb strikes took the wind out of Everton's already depleted sails to give us what could turn out to be a massive three points. Any three points are massive but this against a real rival to our own position could prove huge.

Before the game I said that three points wasn't a must, but it wasn't far from it. How important this could prove to be in our quest to remain in the top six at least with the January sales coming around remains to be seem, but will certainly be a bonus two points as I'm sure many (if honest) would have settled for a point here.

The worrying sites of injuries to Benjani and Kanu are far from welcome, especially with Andrew Cole and Lomana LuaLua almost certainly out until the end of the year, if not until the start of the new one. Hopefully they aren't too serious and were merely precautionary (as I suspect) so at least one can return to lead the line in the lone striker role against Arsenal next week, which Redknapp is almost certain to deploy in any case.

PLAY UP POMPEY!!!

Goals
Pompey - Matty Taylor 14, Kanu 26
Everton

David James
Matthew Taylor
Linvoy Primus
Noe Pamarot
Glen Johnson
Sol Campbell
Gary O'Neil
Sean Davis (Richard Hughes 90)
Manuel Fernandes
Kanu (Niko Kranjcar 82)
Benjani (Rudolph Douala 61)


Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
David Thompson

Star Player

Matty Taylor
There were a lot of very good performances in a team win with two fantastic goals, but after another confident display from a man bursting at the seems with just that, confidence, with England being mentioned as a possibility again for him add his almost certain goal of the month strike and probable even goal of the season effort and Taylor just gets the nod.




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Date:Saturday December 9 2006

Time: 5:03PM

Your Comments

Fantastic result,and the goal of the season too !!!! Play Up Pompey !!
lincspfcfan
Absolutely, fantastic result good team display and two wonderful goals one a real screamer and almost certain goal of the season strike...
pompeyrug
i missed it, i was in the ******** toilet, the only goal i have missed and it seems it was the best fecking goal that was ever a ******** brilliant goal in the world ever ever ******ing ever. and i then i missed it at half time and i ahd to leave to get back to pack to move. and nobody is showing it. gutted, ******** gutted
russellm
was a must win game for position that one, good to go to the arse who are lacking as much in defence as we are in attack, if Kanu or Benji are injured (the choice depends on the internet paper you read). I think we want Chelski to win tomorrow.
russellm
Get in!!!!!! absolutley brilliant!!! Mattys lookin pretty damn good now, could their be an England call up??....so..next up Arsenal, could we??
CharlieChimes
what a goal!! Not pompey's best performance but three points...
VitalPompeyAdmin
i think that was goal of the season so far but i bet it won't win. Mention to David James, Noe Pamarot, Sol and Linvoy all brill today
lmatthews
Who the hell is this Matty Taylor? Where did he come from and can we (Villa) have him please? What an awesome player. Haven't really noticed him until this season, he has to be - along with Gareth Barry - a realistic option for England now? THAT goal yesterday was simply stunning.
The Fear
Matty Taylor was outstanding in our promotion season and I was certain he'd get in the England side then. Injuries and loss of form saw him slip well out of contention but he's come back with a real bang. If only we could have signeduBarry, the two together down the left would have been awesome! Barry should be in the England squad. A few more displays and goals half as good as this and Taylor should be too... but with McLaren you never know do you...
pompeyrug
Only just saw the MT goal. Queued for a ticket for Sheff Utd away & it took nearly 45 mins. I was only in the ground 2 mins when the greatest ever goal scored at FP went in. There is one to debate.
storagematt
PS. I don't want to wait another 50 years for us to beat Everton at home, pleae. Anyway I'll be 90 & too dead to enjoy it.
storagematt
It seems that first goal against villa has sparked it for him, not that he dosnt work rel hard anyway, but after that goal he was all over the pitch! & he took this into the Everton game too! He deserves all the praise he gets in my opinion. Well done Matty, keep up the good work!
CharlieChimes
Great goal from MT but let's put this i perspective, how many attempts does he have to create the odd super goal for us? For me, he is one of the most frustrating players we field regularly - talk about blowing hot and cold. I think the fact that he hasn;'t made the national team highlights this. What's the truth about the injuries ahead of Saturday? I read one article that said HR was going to field Sol Campbell as a loan striker - surely one of the midfielders would do a better job, and who would you put in defence instead!
WalshWasGod
you guys are looking good for europe, wish you all good luck over the christmas period, it'll make or break your chances I feel but its nice to see someone then the Proposed "BIG" four teams up there. Well done
thedunedan
Walsh, wasnt Sol a striker before he was put in defence as a last resort and he stayed there ever since? i think it would be quite funny if we do put him up there and we will get battered! but how can we have all strikers out, we have about 20 dont we?
pompey pessimist
We want your manager! Not shoddy Kevin Bond lol.
getintoem
 

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