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Pompey 3-0 Leeds

Pompey
3 - 0
Leeds

Fortress Fratton

Tues 28-08-07, 7.45pm

Attendance: 8502

Referee:

League One - how strange does that sound - side Leeds came to Fratton on Tuesday night looking to cause an upset in the 2nd round of the league cup as Pompey's quest for cup glory for another year began.

David James, Lauren, Sol Campbell, Hermann Hreidarsson, Gary O'Neil, Sean Davis, Sulley Muntari, Matty Taylor and Kanu were all rested - James, Hreidarsson, O'Neil and Taylor to the bench, the rest completely. Only Sylvain Distin and John Utaka were retained from the starting line up from Chelsea at the weekend.

Even so it was still a strong side with Jamie Ashdown, Martin Cranie, Noe Pamarot, Djimi Traore, Richard Hughes, David Nugent and Benjani, along with Pedro Mendes and Niko Kranjcar - for his first performance of the season - who both returned from injury, all came in.

A small crowd of only 8502 may not have seen a completely convincing win, but they saw a win nonetheless. Two goals from Noe Pamarot, one in either half and a first competitive goal late on from David Nugent saw us to a 3-0 win, even if it did flatter us.

The Match
After an interesting enough opening 10 minutes or so, which saw both sides have good possession, the first serious attempt on goal saw Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren rooted as Niko Kranjcar cut inside then struck a drive that hit the bar, then hit the post before coming out to safety - just.

Efforts from Richard Hughes and John Utaka went close before Tresor Kandol get in beyond Martin Cranie and Noe Pamarot before forcing a fine save out of Jamie Ashdown, who turned the shot away for a corner.

There was some more nice football being paid in what started as a nice open game, with Utaka forcing a save from their keeper, but Leeds were a danger - and started taking control - one such moment when Kandol shot just over with a vicious shot as the defence backed off him giving him space.

Around 25 minutes in, with Pompey seemingly switching off as a rhythm could not be found David Prutton should have put Leeds ahead. Jonathan Douglas delivered a superb ball and with a virtual open goal Prutton completely missed the ball as we escaped.

Had he been anticipating a little more Benjani might have put Pompey ahead. Pedro Mendes found out Nugent who drove a cross shot across the goal, that could have been turned in had Benjani been a little more alert, although in fairness to him it all happened quickly.

Nugent should have opened the scoring soon after that, but Ankergren closed him down to deny him his first Pompey goal.

We had started the match very brightly, but then lost our way for a long period of the half, but with half time approaching, after a needlessly conceded corner Mendes drove in a low shot that Noe Pamarot diverted past a wrong footed Ankergren to put us 1-0 up in the 42nd minute.

Harry Redknapp would have had plenty of words with the players at half time, as the 1st half was simply not good enough.

Early in the 2nd half Leeds' half time sub Jermaine Beckford got onto the end of a ball over the top but Ashdown reacted well to deny him, but he would feel he should have maybe done better. Soon after this, Leeds were calling for penalty, but the referee was having none of it.

A pretty lacklustre 2nd half, with some nice bits of play saw Redknapp make his first change on 74 minutes as the hardworking, as ever, Benjani came off and Gary O'Neil came on.

As Mendes tried his luck again, with no deflection this time Ankergren turned it over for a corner. Pompey then enjoyed a spell of possession as the made Leeds have to work hard.

Like in the 1st half, a needlessly conceded corner from Ankergren saw O'Neil send in a fine corner that was headed home by Pamarot for his second of the game to make it 2-0 on 81 minutes, this immediately brought another change as Arnold Mvuemba came on for Richard Hughes.

The moment that we had all been waiting for came on 85 minutes when Nugent finished superbly after Mvuemba started a move in the midfield, finding Utaka who sent the ball into Nugent who finished a difficult chance really well. This also brought a change as Sylvain Distin came off for Hermann Hreidarsson.

Late on Nugent looked for another goal, but his lob over the on rushing Ankergren went over the bar to safety, but we had done enough.

Match Summary
For long periods of this match we were not particularly good, so to win 3-0 did flatter us, but it is swings and roundabouts, we were fantastic against Chelsea and lost.

The main thing was that we won tonight and we did, so to have won and rested so many players that will return for the Arsenal game makes it a job well done, although we will have to improve as we go on if we have genuine ambitions to win this cup - which we could.

Players that have not played much also got some game time, so that is a bonus. David Nugent opening his account was fantastic.

A low attendance, was made even worse when so many fans were left waiting outside, as they could not get in!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Goals
Pompey 3 - Noe Pamarot 42 & 81, David Nugent 85
Leeds 0

Jamie Ashdown
Martin Cranie
Sylvain Distin (Hermann Hreidarsson 86)
Noe Pamarot
Djimi Traore
John Utaka
Richard Hughes (Arnold Mvuemba 82)
Pedro Mendes
Niko Kranjcar
David Nugent
Benjani (Gary O'Neil 74)


Substitutes Not Used
David James
Matty Taylor


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday August 28 2007
Time: 10:02PM

Comments

0
Wow...didn't Russell predict 3-0 and put money on it ? - must be down the pub celebrating. If not, let's have your predictions for this coming weekend Russ so we can all have a flutter !
Toronto4Pompey
28/08/2007 22:12:00
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i also had money on a 3-0 win... not a large amount tho as im a coward :) also had money on nugent to score - sadly the 1st goal, not the last! my fiver on us to win the cup is still alive tho.
pompeyrug
28/08/2007 22:15:00
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Well then congrats to you both. You're a lot more clairvoyant than I am. I figured this to be a tough one but by your report, sounds like the goals don't reflect the run of play.
Toronto4Pompey
28/08/2007 22:21:00
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Harry's on sky sports news touting nugent, he said he can go.
pompey4me
28/08/2007 22:37:00
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He said if he had to raise funds to sign a top foreward he would. Said it probably wouldnt be Anelka, refused to be drawn on Defoe. Seems harsh to me, buy him then sell him after a few weeks, let alone all those who splashed out on Nugent printed shirts! Perhaps they should make velcro names/ numbers nowadays!!
pompey4me
28/08/2007 22:42:00
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has he really said he can go? seems very strange to me...
pompeyrug
28/08/2007 23:18:00
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Yep, check out s/s news. It certainally is bizarre! Even David Bobin sounds surprised on there.
pompey4me
28/08/2007 23:44:00
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Do any of you folks think that this Nugent issue is turning a little bit into a farce? I mean, it seems absolutely ridiculous that the club would be prepared to sell him already unless either Nugent has kicked off or unless someone has become available that Harry has wanted to buy before he paid the 6. The thing is wont this put players off coming to the club? Someone like Nugent, one of the hottest prospects for years being in and out. The News doesnt help - does anyone know if the local rag has something against the club because their coverage is really harsh lately.
Choard
28/08/2007 23:49:00
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yep said he can go..alos he would see what HE wanted to do and have a chat with him in th morning...I wander if he's homesick..likes the chipshops to sell gravypuddings. Anelka,Crouch,and Defoe...but what about Adriano.... well have to wait and see
plymouth graham
28/08/2007 23:50:00
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its bloody joke - why bother signing him if we are going to sell, aas you rightly say, a hot up and coming talent, a couple of months later! it would certainly put me off going to us i know that much... the news and pompey havent been seeing eye to eye for a ehile have they, with both sides taking swipes at the other whenever they can.
pompeyrug
28/08/2007 23:52:00
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