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Pompey 2 - Newcastle 1


Saturday 14-04-07, 3pm

Attendance: 20165

Pompey 2-1 Newcastle

After the victory over United we lost at a whimper to Watford. Looking to bounce back we took on Newcastle at Fratton today, and bounce back we did with a 2-1 win.

Sol Campbell, who missed out against United and Watford returned along with Lauren and Benjani who sat out the Watford debacle. Djimi Traore, Noe Pamarot and Lomana LuaLua dropping out, Pamarot and LuaLua took up places on the bench, Traore was left out altogether.

We probably had enough chances today to win all of our remaining matches but Benjani's early first half effort, making the most of slack defending and a Matty Taylor 30 yard screamer meant that Emre's penalty in reply proved nothing more than a consolation. Kanu hit the bar and Obafemi Martins saw an effort cleared of the line before hitting the bar himself, but we more than deserved our victory.

First Half
Another glorious day of sunshine on the south coast saw Newcastle start the brighter and were almost ahead after 50 seconds. Former Pompey target Obafemi Martins fired in a twenty-yard effort that David James turned away for a corner. Thirty seconds later and the toon hard another chance. Damien Duff's cross found Craig Moore but the defender dragged his effort wide.

After these efforts the tide turned and with our first effort we were ahead. Matty Taylor crossed into the box and Steven Taylor proved to weak as Benjani robbed him of the ball before placed beyond Steve Harper in the 7th minute.

On 15 minutes we thought we were 2-0 up. Kanu took Lauren's cross; turning brilliantly before firing past Harper but the ball struck the bar. Unlike his effort against Watford on Monday this one bounced down on the line, but did it cross? Not according to the officials.

It was all Pompey, we were threatening to run away with things, Dejan Stefanovic saw an effort blocked before Gary O'Neil would be likewise whilst Stefanovic sent another effort over, this time with his head. Taylor, Kanu and Benjani all got in on the act again, but efforts caused no trouble for Harper, although most were close. Harper was made to work though with the half nearing an end. Benjani's powerful effort from within the area was very well saved by Harper, tipping this around the post for a corner.

Pompey remained in complete control but on the stroke of half time totally against the run of play Newcastle very nearly drew level. James Milner's cross was headed at goal but cleared away from the goal line by Lauren to make sure we went in deservedly ahead, although 1-0 completely flattered the toon.

Second Half
As with the first half it would be Newcastle that had an early chance, but Martins sent his effort wide with Kanu doing similarly a minute or so later from double the range. But then maybe the moment that proved the day would be ours, even though we more than deserved it, came as Martins headed Milner's cross against the bar.

We soon broke and with the hour approaching Matty Taylor did it again, does he ever score an easy one! This time he tried his luck from thirty-yards and beat Harper low into the corner with him well beaten.

Newcastle responded quickly themselves and pulled one back through Emre from the penalty spot midway through the second half. Stefanovic clumsily fouled Milner and the Turkish international made no mistake to give the toon hope of getting something from a match they never deserved. Shortly after Newcastle's goal Harry Redknapp made his first change, Lomana LuaLua coming on for Benjani. LuaLua, a you would expect was desperate for a goal, one effort was blocked before another was sent wide.

As the match moved into the final ten minutes David James brilliantly denied Martins to retain the lead we deserved, and this proved to be the last piece of action he had and as a late time wasting measure Harry Redknapp withdrew Kanu in injury time with Niko Kranjcar coming on in his place.

Match Summary
We were attacking at will in the first half and could have easily been five, maybe even six-nil up by half time, which made me worry we could be made to pay. Another Matty Taylor cracker calmed my nerves but then yet another needlessly conceded penalty, much like the one we gave Watford made me worry but we still did more than enough.

David James may have to wait another week for a shave - well he would if he'd not cheated and done so already, but what a way to get it though against a former side Villa next time out if he can.

Not even the most fanatical Geordie could have denied us victory today could they, anything other than a Pompey win would have been unbelievable after the chances we had and the way the match went in general. Again it's a worry we didn't convert more of these chances but a win is a win and that will do me fine.


Pompey 2 - Benjani 7, Matty Taylor 57
Newcastle 1 - Emre 69 (penalty)

David James
Matty Taylor
Linvoy Primus
Dejan Stefanovic
Sol Campbell
Gary O'Neil
Richard Hughes
Sean Davis
Kanu (Niko Kranjcar 90)
Benjani (Lomana LuaLua 73)

Substitutes Not Used
Jamie Ashdown
Noe Pamarot
Arnold Mvuemba

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 14 2007

Time: 5:53PM

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deserved win, Foy was easily conned by players going down again, the free-kick when Duff pulled up with an achilles or whatever it was, was just laughable, there was not a player in a yard of him
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14/04/2007 18:34:00

good result newcastle have some class players
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14/04/2007 18:44:00

Absolutely brilliant!! Two consecutive home wins, first time this year!!! Blinding Taylor goal again, we've seen some really classy and spectacular goals this season, can't wait for the DVD to come out!!

If there is a concern, it is still that we simply cannot take our chances. Toon should have been dead and buried by half time, we could have easily gone in 5-0 up but for some poor finishing again! Kanu could - and should - have had a hat-trick, ok he can't really be blamed for the one that came off the bar and bounced on the line but we still need to put the chances away. If it wasn't for Taylor again today, we'd be looking at two more points dropped.

But either way, a good sloid performance and we totally dominated the match. Bring on the Scousers and the Gooners...EASY, EASY, EASY!!!!!
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14/04/2007 19:49:00

I said we needed to score 2 win. Even if I forcast was 2-0. Shame for Jamo with the stupid penalty. Great result.
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14/04/2007 20:55:00

a good win for you lot!
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14/04/2007 21:37:00

When will James keep that next clean sheet?
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14/04/2007 21:38:00

when our left-backs stop giving away penalties
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14/04/2007 21:39:00

Stupid, stupid pen, totally needless - just like against Watford.
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14/04/2007 21:55:00

It was stupid penalty to give away and totally needless just like the Watford one as I said in my report and as you now say TruePompeyBlue. Dejan knew it aswell, not that this makes it alright... The toon lot were saying it was a nothing game between two poor sides with nothing to play for, we aren't great but we certainly are not poor and certainly had/still do have plenty to play for, will agree though they are a poor outfit. Roeder will go in the summer. That will bring a smile to 'arry's face I'm sure... 2-1 is in no way a fair releflection of the game, maybe the toon could have had 3 but for the bar and Lauren's goal line clearance but we still should have really had at least 6, and that wouldn't have flattered us...
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15/04/2007 11:19:00

They have nothing to play for because their useless pillock of a manager couldn't do them any good. we on the other hand still have Europe to think of, stupid Toon idiots.
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15/04/2007 21:02:00

Let's hit the 50 point mark next week by playing some decent football away for a change. We need to take our Fratton form on the road with us.....
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16/04/2007 02:19:00

Brilliant Benjani. Kip it up homeboy
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16/04/2007 10:03:00

Benjani I will give you 8
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16/04/2007 10:04:00

Hi Mudhara, good to see you post on here - and also fully agree with you about Benjani, he's a class act and makes all the difference for us. What we need now is a striker who can actually score to play alongside him, I feel he is beginning to find his feet in the Prem now and will be awesome next season.
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16/04/2007 13:40:00

Benjani is brilliant... He won't score many goals, never has wherever he's been but there is more to him than goals. I wouldn't swap him for anyone...
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16/04/2007 17:03:00

Agreed Pompeyrug, Benjani works so very hard and that is partly why we all love him. He never moans, never throws his bricks out of the pram and never issues ultimatums to the club - unlike someone else who fits that description.
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16/04/2007 17:37:00

its just nice to finally beat Newcastle for the first time since 1993. I can remember that match very well. Cracking atmosphere, great football, and two Pompey goals! Lets try and break a few more omens before the season is over by finally winning at Villa (its been 37 years), beating Arsenal (49 years!), and not conceding a league goal against either Scouse side (have we ever done that!).
The Rabbi
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16/04/2007 17:53:00

Good point Rabbi, was that ( or 39? Good to get the points though, its good to see the creative players scoring like the end of last season but we need to replace the Yak and once again i query Dejan's mobility and future off the bench. Currently we are 7th which will get us more money at the end of the season and i think maybe a Euro spot following the CFC Man U cup final, but to keep it we need one of spurs ( game in hand on us), BWFC or the toffees to hit a bad patch but then we needed a good run and a bit of luck last season and it happened.
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16/04/2007 18:17:00

The maximum amount of points we can end up on is 61, the same number that reeks of Europe. I'm skeptical about Pompey surviving Europe and after all, I'm sure as hell I'd not want to go on holiday to some dreary balkan country and see Pompey play some Dynamo Dishwasher.
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16/04/2007 21:19:00

Yes we have The Rabbi, we beat Everton 2-0 only this season at Fratton Park, we also beat them 1-0 last season at Goodison. We beat Liverpool 1-0 in out first season in the Prem in a league match and we beat them 1-0 in the same season in the FA cup, both at Fratton Park.
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17/04/2007 09:33:00

...we also drew 0-0 at Anfield this season too.
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17/04/2007 09:35:00

i was trying to remember the last time we went through a season having not conceded against both Everton and Liverpool! I don't think we've ever done it in one complete season. i didn't make that clear though. if we put all those omens to rest then Europe will be reality not a dream. it'll also mean the rabbi family won't be going on their hols until the draws have been for the UEFA Cup!
The Rabbi
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17/04/2007 12:19:00

Fair play to you lot - on your first half performance you definitely deserved it. Still, if Oba had been a little more clinical...
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17/04/2007 13:52:00

Thanks Roy4Triggs, however had we converted the chances we had in the first half, I feel that even Oba would not have been able to give you anything to cheer about in the second half.

Personally, if your lot are to be of any kind of threat next season, you need to get rid of that manager of yours - he was a numpty at West Ham and he has not improved whilst oop north either. He inherited an excellent side at West Ham from Harry Redknapp and near damned well got them relegated!
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17/04/2007 16:29:00

The Rabbi we have not managed it
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18/04/2007 17:55:00

well done Benji Mudhara
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19/04/2007 09:10:00


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