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Oxford 0 - Pompey 0

Kassam stadium



Pompey dig in

How do you write a report on the inside of a balloon? This match is on par with that, it was ninety minutes of nothing of great quality, neither goalkeeper had much to do as a midfield stalemate was ground out, it will not go down as a classic for sure.

Pompey will no doubt be the happier if the two sides, our goal is staying in the football league, Oxford have loftier aspirations to aspire to.

Richie Barker gave debuts to Alfie, Shorey and Taylor, Shorey played in a role we did not expect, that of midfield enforcer, a role he enjoyed and to be fair stuck to well. Pompey's main problem this season has been the sloppy goals conceded, we have addressed that situation, three clean sheets out of the last four testament to that, but the attacking quality has suffered to make it so. Then again, all good teams are built off if solid foundations, if we are not letting them in, we are not losing, Barker has achieved one short term target, we are no longer a soft touch at the back, if we start squeaking in a few goals things will be very rosy.

Oxford's main ambition in the game was to get as many Pompey players booked as possible, every tackle led to the referee being surrounded by several yellow clad players all screaming blue murder, a tactic they used at Fratton to get Johnny Ertl sent off on the opening day, not my idea of sportsmanship, but I'm sure they will get their just desserts somewhere along the line.

Pompey almost sneaked all three points late in the second half, Wallace delivered a superb dead ball into the box, Devera though didn't know wether to attack it with his head or feet and ended up missing it all together.

Still, a point on the road is a point well earned, if we can start picking up a few wins at home we can start looking upwards rather than over our shoulders.

Star Player

Star player is a bit glamorous for a bore draw, but I'll be romantic and give it to debut boy Shorey for a 6/10 effort.

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Date:Sunday January 12 2014

Time: 1:15PM

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Certainly would have taken a point before the game and a clean sheet. Getting far too close for comfort as sides around us are winning. Must build on this & beat Mansfield next week.
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12/01/2014 16:58:00

It was a really, really poor miss from Devera - didnt know if he wanted to head or shot... so did neither!
What wasnt poor tho was this point... Ok, it wasnt pretty but it was effective and effective is what we need at the moment, especially away from Fratton where we cannot win at all.
Maybe we could have snuck it if we showed a little more adventure, but at the same time might have lost it had we gone for it too much - a good point to build on, we are certainly tough to beat these days it seems...
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12/01/2014 18:31:00

A point on the road is a good point right now, now it's time to turn around the Fratton form!
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