Date:Monday February 18 2013
Not many Pompey fans a few years ago would have thought they would celebrate a home draw with Carlisle. No slur at the club at the far northern output of the Football League but three years ago Pompey were a Premier League side and the celebrations on the final whistle were still understandable.
It is now twenty games without a win but the crowd have stayed with them and yesterday there perhaps just a flicker of a sign that Guy may have begun to put together a team of misfits and kids who are proud to wear the famous blue shirt. The game was a scrappy affair and after a mediocre first period Pompey conceded as usual but their heads refused to drop and cheered on by the home crowd fought back to earn a point.
The Carlisle goal was a stunner, not a 30 yard volley but clinically executed. Simon Eastwood made a superb one handed save from Noble. The corner was cleared and Lee Miller hit a beautiful through pass and found Rory Loy's diagonal run and speed he rounded Eastwood and slid the ball home. The visitors had other chances after that but eventually Pompey began to force them back. Guy threw on John Akinde and Lam Walker for James Keene and Jed Wallace in an effort to shake things up and it worked.
This was no major transformation, as I said just a flicker, but watching Pompey all of a sudden became more of a pleasure again. Patrick Agyemang and Akinde as two very similar players but they were prepared to work like Trojans in an effort to create a chance and they succeeded as Agyemang but Akinde through only for him to be upended by the keeper. Stonewall penalty and up stepped Liam Walker to slam it into one corner with the keeper going the other way.
The man with the local family celebrated wildly in front of the Fratton end after such a cool finish by a man taking his first spot kick in League football; it was the finish of a veteran. So although the winless run goes on Pompey are now unbeaten in two!
Sam Sodje seems to fast be becoming a bit of a hero among the Fratton, launching himself at everything that come his way, winning crunching tackles and even trying some fancy stepovers.
Therry Racon also showed a few neat touches and was played in central midfield as Guy attempted to find some creation which Is sadly missing from the current crop of players.
Date:Monday February 18 2013
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