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Pompey 2 - Northampton 0



Attendance: 15,004

Things looking up!

Something has happened at Fratton park, after the turgid displays of last season, the blanks in front of goal, the shoddy defending in front it and the depression in the stands, the feel good is back. A trip to Fratton is now to be looked forward to, not a test of faith and habitual routine.

The season maybe only 3 games old, but the wheels were set in motion at the tail end of last season when Andy Awford successfully steered us away from the drop zone, this was by installing belief in the team and the long suffering fans.

I don't want to get carried away with gushing praise of the current squad and regime, but I will say that I am now relishing trips to Fratton rather than forcing myself to make the trip.

Andy Awford rotated his squad from Saturdays first win, the formation was tweaked too, Holmes was installed as right wing back with Shorey doing likewise on the other flank, Whatmough was dropped to the bench on his 18th birthday, while Chorley stepped in and Westcarr did likewise up front.
The early proceedings were pretty tame to be fair, Northampton pressed for a while, Ravenhill heading a decent opportunity well wide.
It all changed when Shorey slid in on Alfei high up the pitch, he won the ball cleanly and squared for Wallace, who gleefully slotted home for his second of the season.

Nigel Atangana was again showing get endeavour in the centre with Dunne doing all the mopping up around him, it was his lovely weighted ball through a Northampton defence playing offside that set up Westcarr, with just Duke to beat, he never looked like missing as he doubled the lead.
Pompey with a two goal cushion started playing with great confidence, the belief in the side was evident all through the side, the ball was rarely given away and everyone seemed happy in possession. Another aspect that was evident was the desire to win the ball when not in possession, Holmes almost profiting when he intercepted in his own half, he progressed forward and only Duke denied him.

The second half was a little flatter, Pompey though rarely looked threatened as they were happy not to have to chase the game. The introduction of Miles Storey did liven proceedings, he played in Atangana who clipped a lovely shot against the outside of the post, a goal his display deserved. Storey almost headed a third himself, Atangana played a ball with the outside of his boot, Storey and Duke both stretched for it and the ball went the wrong side of the post.

Still it was a job well done, Pompey have a 100% home record after two outings and the term 'fortress Fratton', may well have some substance again.

Star Player

On a day when no one played below par, it takes a special performance to stand out, Nicky Shorey deserves a mention for his performance down the left, his quality really shone, Dunne again stood out with his thankless donkey work. But for me the French bloke in only his third league appearance showed great promise again, not since our past manager and Chris Burns has a non league player stepped up so well.

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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 20 2014

Time: 7:45PM

Your Comments

Things sure are 'looking up' arent they Paul, say it quietly but we could be in for one hell of a ride... of the GOOD kind this season!
Do not, rarely, get to midweek games these days so was gutted to miss this before it - at half time even more so having listened
Foot off the gas 2nd half, but the job was done in the 1st wasnt it. Sounded another good team effort, Shorey deserved that mention with Atangana looking (from what I have seen) and sounding (from last night) such a great talent - roll on the weekend!
Good report. Thank you. Could no tfollow as son was on p.c. The vibes are good. Playing quality football too. The frenchman and young Jack are prized assets in my view.
Well it's certainly given me the love back!
I will second that, sorry Paul, yep as dedmans says a good report - I see you pushed Callum aside for this one!
Also agree with 'the love back' thoughts. Had AA not come in and did what he did at the end of last season - it wasnt about the wins - then I dare say, as I had threatened (but really think I meant it) I would when Baking lost the plot, I wouldnt have renewed... I first started going to football years ago for the entertainment and enjoyment, that was sucked out long ago, and the love on the brink I must say. Yep, we will have some rough patches but the love is well and truely back!
Callum has gone to Reading for the festival Rug, thought I'd better show him how it's done!
Good attendance also for a mid-week game.
Build it and they will come blue!
Indeed they will, altho with some 11000 on the attendance due to ST sales from the off that will always help the attendance figure in midweek eh - keep winning and that will take care of itself...
Callum has had a good teacher, but I think the master has shown the pupil he is still the Daddy, literally!
it is certainly nice to be looking at the table and seeing us in the top four, that hasn't happened for a while!!!!

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