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Havant 0-2 Pompey

Havant & Waterlooville
0 - 2

Westleigh Park

Tues 17-07-07, 7:45pm

Attendance: 3573


Pompey made the short trip up the road to Havant for our Annual Pre Season game. The Match was delayed by a few minutes, to allow the Record crowd of just over 3500 to take their places.

Harry had promised to give the senior players a full 90 minutes in preparation for the Asia trip next week.

The much touted appearance of Gary O'Neil failed to materialise to my disappointment. David James kept goal again, the team in general consisted mainly of fringe and squad players. Only James, Taylor, Nugent and Davis having any chance of regular first team football.

1st Half

The Game started like many Pre season friendlies, slowly. Havant set out their stall early, not giving Pompey any time on the ball. This tactic seemed to work, as Pompey struggled to find any rhythm for long periods.

Davis was his usual terrier like self, closing down, breaking up and distributing. The Back four of Noe Pamarot, Dejan Stefanovic, Djimi Traore and Andy O'Brien had little to do in the opening half hour as Havant seemed content to battle it out in midfield.

Indeed I don't recall a Pompey shot in anger until the 25th minute, like so many on the night high and wide.

Traore and Matt Taylor tried to combine down the left side overlapping and leaving Traore too many times as the cross provider.

Up front Frank Songo'o and Nugent paid for the poor service with a lack of attempts on goal, in fairness to them both they are willing workers, and do more than merely stand waiting. I must confess, I liked Nugent's movement; he must be a defenders nightmare, once he gets a regular partner he is going to be a real handful.

The first half petered out to the whistle; Havant must have been very content with their performance.

2nd Half

Havant made three changes to their side; Pompey however kept the same 11, as Harry promised.

The half time team talk seemed to have sparked life into a previously lacklustre Pompey. Far more urgency about our attacks down both flanks, Arnold Mvuemba and Songo'o combining well with Pamarot down the right. As in the first half Taylor and Traore down the left. Much more in the way of attempts and chances were starting to be made, with the Havant keeper having to earn his keep at last.

65th minute and a superbly executed deft chip by Sean Davis crept in under the bar. Wayne Rooney would have been proud of that one.

The game had now come to life, indeed so had the crowd, with the bell and the voices having been found.

Nugent made the first of several quick breaks, my! the lad has some pace, leaving defenders in his wake.

Another Pompey attack 10 minutes later led to a fine strike from the impressive Frank Songo'o finding the back of the net.

Pompey were now much more comfortable attacking with much more conviction.

Indeed I thought I was going to witness a tiny piece of Pompey history. NUGGAT'S first goal in a blue shirt. Not to be, after being put clean through, he managed to blast over from 12 yards out. The keeper to his credit stayed tall and made Nugget chose his finish. In fairness to the young Havant Keeper, he made a few fine saves on the night to keep us at bay.

Pompey had a few shots on goal, Mvuemba, Taylor, Nugent, Davis, Songo'o and even a mazy run from Traore!!!!!! Even ended in a shot at goal.

One moment of worry for the team was the challenge on Nugent by the Replacement Havant keeper, which left Nugent hobbling for the remainder of the match.


90 minutes of match action in preparation for the games next week. Good experience for all concerned. The side was disjointed for long periods of the game, but this is only to be expected. I imagine a stronger side will be put out tonight against Eastleigh.

However any chance for me to see Pompey is to be enjoyed and I got my first sighting of the NUGGAT.

I hope you don't all crucify my report; I didn't make any notes and have never done a report before, but after Rug challenged me, what else was a man to do.


Date:Wednesday July 18 2007
Time: 2:44PM

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i can see no reason whatsoever why anyone would 'crucify you' for this report pentonpompey - as i think it is fine, thank you for doing it... it was a decent enough run out from the sounds of it, altho we maybe should have scored more goals but their young keeper sounded like he had a blinder listening to the game on the radio...
18/07/2007 14:48:00
sounds like we have a decent team of youngsters coming togethor - even if they were dis-jointed, im sure that that will only be due to lack of practice. Eastleigh tonight, then off to Hong Kong for our first real test. my bet for tonight is 2-0 again :)
18/07/2007 14:59:00
the fellas on the radio were raving about that trialist 'christophe' that came on in the 2nd half. was the fella as good as they made him sound? sven will be lurking no doubt...
18/07/2007 15:10:00
Have to admit Rug I was wondering who the guy was, he looked lively, good pace, neat on the ball, no idea who he was though. At least I will be able to say I saw his only appearance in a Pompey shirt.... lol
18/07/2007 15:22:00
Oh by the way thanks Rug
18/07/2007 16:13:00
It wasn't a bad game, typical pre season fare, defensively we weren't really troubled. Songo'o showed that he's got bags of ability and pace. I'm still not convinced it was Davis that got the goal but thats what was announced. from where i was on the other side and at the other end i thought it was Matty Taylor but whoever it was it was a superb goal.
Steve C
18/07/2007 16:19:00
By the way does anybody know if we are having a vital pompey league on the FA-Fantasy-Premier league this season?
Steve C
18/07/2007 16:21:00
Nice local friendly, let's hope we don't get any crocks from the match at scumleigh.
18/07/2007 18:30:00
thanks to you pentonpompey... on the radio at first they said it was taylor, for the reason it was such a quality goal, but whatever i just wish i had seen it... Steve C vital football are meant to be producing a fantasy football lge of their own, but if this does not come off i will certainly run one like we did last season...
18/07/2007 19:22:00
anyone see the eastleigh game/hear it on the radio? I heard we won 1-0 (still no goal against us!), and benji scored, with the apearance of 2 more trialists...
18/07/2007 22:24:00
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