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Yeovil 0 - Pompey 2

Huish Park

Sat 14-07-07, 3pm

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Yeovil 0-2 Pompey

Pompey went to Somerset on Saturday, as we faced Yeovil to get our pre season programme underway with a 2-0 win.

New arrivals Sylvain Distin and Martin Craine, along with a mystery man - to me and many others at the time - Geovanni, at the club on trial, were new faces to start the match.

A match of typical pre season style was won by goals in either half from Lomana LuaLua and Geovanni.

1st Half
The match was slow getting going but Sean Davis started lively, showing some nice touches and silky skills, but openings at either end were few and far between.

Driving runs from midfield from the also impressive duo of Niko Kranjcar and Pedro Mendes found Lomana LuaLua but poor finishing let him down on several occasions, with only the keeper to beat.

In between some of the missed chances from LuaLua - much to the obvious disgust from the fellas around us, who made their feelings on the fella blatantly obvious time and again! - Kranjcar struck the post with a header with the keeper well beaten. A scramble followed but we were unable to force the ball home.

Geovanni, who was showing some very nice touches, showed some more as his quick feet and vision released LuaLua who had all the time in the world when one on one with the keeper to slot home this time.

Not content to bide his time Sylvain Distin went on a surge from defence, going all the way before getting away a shot, but he could not trouble the keeper. He actually did this a couple of times.

The only half chances Yeovil were getting were coming from dead ball situations, which apart from one were David James came to claim and lost, we dealt with them comfortably enough.

2nd Half
The half time break saw David Nugent - latterly hilariously jokingly ridiculed by several Pompey fans, although this did get a bit old in the end! - receive a warm reception when he came out to warm up ahead of the 2nd half. He along with fellow new arrivals Sulley Muntari, Herman Hreidarsson and the returning to Pompey permanently after a loan Arnold Mvuemba a few of several players coming on.

Nugent and Muntari's first contributions were not favourable or memorable ones, as Nugent ended up face down on the turf as he lost his balance when running with the ball, while Muntari blazed high over to calls of 'Quashie, Quashie', as the 2nd half started like a comedy show, with passes misplaced, players losing their footing and slipping all over the place and team mates colliding with each other.

But despite this 'unusual' start to the half, it still looked more promising than the 1st, and as Nugent peeled away into acres of space Geovanni continued to run and run and run with the ball, eventually getting a shot away that was blocked by a blatant Yeovil hand, but nothing was given. The common conception was the reason Geovanni did not release Nugent was quite possible that the latter had strayed offside?

After a very well worked move down the right hand side with Noe Pamarot heavily involved - as he ventured forward - Pompey got a second. A crunching challenge from a Yeovil defender, I believe Scott Guyett on Pamarot saw him a touch unlucky as the ball broke to Geovanni who tapped home for the goal he deserved. The unfortunate Guyett picked up an injury and he had to come off.

Genuine chances were at a premium after that really, although the impressive Franck Songo'o might feel he could have done better after a good run, as he shot wide. While James reacted brilliantly when forced into his one and only real save after a shot took a wicked deflection off Andy O'Brien - who I thought was also impressive at the back after coming on.

The closest Nugent came to scoring was a lob that narrowly went over the bar, but he was already offside.

Match Summary
Not the greatest of matches in the world, but it was our first pre season game so what did we expect? It was a good run out nevertheless for many, if not all, with Niko Kranjcar, Pedro Mendes and trialist Geovanni all looking lively and dangerous, with Andy O'Brien looking very solid and commanding at the back when he came on and Frank Songo'o showing something tasty with his 2nd half performance, as he switched from right to left and everywhere in between.

Overall my thinking was this was a comfortable win and good workout against a decent opponent, which gave plenty of people a chance and has started the road to fitness well.

On a personal note it was really good to meet Plymouth Graham and his crew, a top bunch of fellas and for me and my posy to be able to be joined by russellm for the game, another top fella too.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Goals
Yeovil 0
Pompey 2 Lomana LuaLua, Geovanni

Star Player

Geovanni, the mystery man had myself and others thinking 'who is fella?' But it did not take long for me - and again others - to be thinking 'I like the look of this fella!'

He was always looking for the ball, going to it, not waiting for it to come to him, showed good quick feet and skill and looked to have good vision, with his team mates appearing to be keen on him also.

This fella - who as is turns out is a player who's autograph I have on a signed Barcelona shirt I have, as he can claim them as a previous club, once signing for more than 10m - overshadowed Lomana LuaLua, who, as much as I do like him, had another disappointing match on the whole.




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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 16 2007

Time: 3:32PM

Your Comments

If Geovanni was a useful as reports suggest sign him up! And it would seem he has quite a decent pedigree too, so it's unlikely he'll take long to adjust to the Prem.
Tantona
Nice article Mr Rug. I was there too and exchoe every word of it. Something else that pleased me though, was watching nuggent. He just has an eye for openings, he kept drifting into spaces and if our other players can adapt to his way of thinking, he will be set on his way to few memorable moments this season. unfortunately i dont think our guys are used to his vision yet, and not on his wavelength, but hopefully that will sort itself out. I loved the geovanni chap, my god what a talent. I sat in ore at one point, looking at our squad, pinching myself, before remembering that we still had more to come yet, as Linvoy, Gary'O, Richard hughes and Utaka, were all missing.
Midge
One more thing, i hope Crannie gets a fair chance from the fans, as he was very talented, and not scared to get stuck in. the sort of player pompey fasns, love, so lets not think of him as a Scummer, but as a Yoevil born and Bread guy, or even when at Scum-Hampton, played more games for yoevill than the Staines. Plus his comment "He wanted to move on to a bigger club", when he joined pompey, should tick the right boxes in most fans hearts i think lol
Midge
From what I have read from Portugese fans about Geovanni he tends to be inconsistent but is at home wide on the right where they missed him last season after his move back to Brazil to play for Cruzeiro in 2006. He has played for Brazil and is now a free agent. Worth a go. Like you I also heard AOB had an impressive second half.
eastneydave
so, a blank for nugent on his debut - that doesnt bode well for the season ahead, or is that being premature? :-)
Dales_Dad
cheers Midge :) too many were shouting 'scummer' everytime cranie touched the ball. i hope this was more in jest than anything else? i could not give a flying one where he has come from, he is a pompey player now so as long as he gives 100% i will judge him on merit - others should look to do the same too... i thought nugent was a little disappointing, but i am by no means writing him off like it seems others might have from what i have heard and been told. god, give the fella a break he is quality. agreed mate, he showed some amazing movement, but my thinking was that he tried a little too hard maybe and this might have hindered slightly? eastneydave i was very impressed with o'brien, i felt he marshalled the back 4 very well and actually looked to play the ball around instead of the dejan launch it policy... he will quite possibly still go but on this is the best game i have seen him play, so on this evidence would be worth keeping... geovanni, well i think i have said all i can about the fella, looked a star but lets see a bit more of him before i we get too carried away... mate you are certainly being premature on your words on nugent...
pompeyrug
It was quite scary how good O'Brien looked or had we drunk too much Cider ? Nugent had only come down on Thursday night boys so give him a chance. Cranie will have too get used to his reception, that is the relationship with the Scum, which i am sure he knew about before he came. Geovanni will need to display all his skills and attributes on the bigger stage of Hong Kong surely to convince the management that he is worthy of a contract, but he did look good, or was Lua Lua that bad ?
Owenspompey
1st away win of 2007. The first of many I dream.
storagematt
They all count matt think of last years pre -season !! no dont
Owenspompey
 

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