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Pompey apathy builds

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I read my thesaurus from cover to cover to find a word that best describes the match yesterday, after much perusal, turgid was the word I chose.

After the massive disappointment of Thursday and Fridays court case, the Pompey fans still turned up in decent numbers yesterday in the hope of some cheer on the pitch, Preston though had come with a game plan, to take a point back to lancashire, this they achieved, not a great spectacle but such is football, it takes two teams to play open expansive football.

Pompey went for a 4-3-3 formation, Jervis and Allan joining McLeod in an attacking looking formation.

The tone was really set in the first 5 minutes, Pompey broke quickly down the right and Jervis squared to McLeod in a 3 against two situation, Pompey's top scorer though inexplicably let himself get caught offside when it was so easy to have stayed on, the flag went up and another day of intense frustration was on the roll.

If that moment was a pointer, the next drive it home, McLeod went down rather easily in the box after a nudge in the back, after much protestation from the away contingent, he dusted himself off and took aim from 12 yards, his blast though cannoned back off the crossbar and Pompey had missed their fourth penalty of the season, such benevolence we can ill afford.

From then on in the game settled into a proper midfield stalemate, Eastwood made one fantastic double save to highlight his undoubted potential, Pompey themselves relying on a couple of long range blasts from Jervis and then Allan to try and force a goal.

Half time arrived in familiar fashion, Pompey goalless and the crowd frustrated.

The second half had a little more to it, but little being the highlighted word, Preston still were there to contain, Pompey pushed it around nicely enough but the final third was lacking in quality, a goal looked as likely as a Pompey takeover any time soon.

Scott Allan almost provided the breakthrough, his well struck shot had the north end keeper going the wrong way, however he flung out an arm and the goal bound effort was deflected away.

0-0 it was then, another pen miss and another blank day, a clean sheet was a bonus but the winless run rolled on, a couple of pointers though, Pompey need to find a reliable dead ball man, that is stating the bleeding obvious, and what the hell has happened to Dumbuya? Early season he was the most exciting player on the pitch, now he goes sideways if he is not going backwards, beside all the off field problems, people should remember that football is meant to be entertainment, that I'm afraid was anything but!

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Johnny Ertl was my man on the day, sums it up though that a defensive midfielder should take the plaudits!


Writer:paultsmouth
Date:Sunday December 16 2012
Time: 1:36PM

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Gotta agree with Ertl Paul. If you hae read my column you will see that I heard PNE fans saying it was a good game!!
eastneydave
16/12/2012 16:22:00
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A spot-on write-up Paul. Completely agree with your summary. Footie should be entertaining - not a grind you must endure to show character! I do that 5 days a week - its called work!
Pompeytim
16/12/2012 17:04:00
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I have watched hundreds of football matches over the years in all divisions and often not featuring Portsmouth. I have never been so reluctant to go to a match as now and never consistently left at the end with a feeling of the same apathy shown by the team (and I use the term loosely). What with the court case adjournment, I'm beyond caring about the PST and have little faith in the future. Sorry.
Et_tu_Pompeii
16/12/2012 17:31:00
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Well I thought it was a better performance .. yes we need to finish better and improve in a number of other areas but if anybody thinks that performance was worse than the last four at home you have either a short memory or did not attends those matches .. Good to see your reports back Paul .. but put a new thesaurus on your Christmas list .. turgid it wasn't .. ;)
Chix
16/12/2012 18:42:00
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PS - Would love to know who your thought the ref was Paul .. oh how I miss your old previews ..
Chix
16/12/2012 18:43:00
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i am with chixy, it was crap - and a good few players need to look at themselves long and hard - but by no means as crap as most of what has been served up for us this season...
it is becoming more and more of a chore to take this in these days, defeats i can accept but it is just the manor of the way things are going on.
pompeyrug
16/12/2012 18:51:00
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Great to have your reports back Paul; I'm not too proud to say I've missed them- the wry laconic take on things does it for me. Have to agree with Chixy and Rug, I've been to far worse performances than that match. I guess given that Dumbaya and Izale probably already know they off and I think - all things considered Guy Whittingham has made a good fist of it.
russellm
16/12/2012 21:02:00
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