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Pompey draw another blank

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1/12/07 3pm

Attendance: 20,000 and something


Pompey came up another stubborn rearguard at Fratton once again, and although we kept another clean sheet, the feeling was reciprocated at the other end once more.
Clean sheets are lovely when you are sleeping in them, but beside the 11 goal glut against Reading, that is now 4 blanks in front of Pompeys home fans. Normally this would be cause for concern, but electric away form counters this feeling somewhat.

Everton came with the same intentions as West ham, Man City and just about 80% of the rest of the Premiership will, stifle Pompey and make Pompey do the breaking down.
While our successful 4-5-1 formation is tailor made for away games, where the onus is on the home side to push forward, it is starting to look predictable at home.

Pompey were forced into 1 change this afternoon, Sean Davis missing out and Pedro Mendes taking the centre berth. Kanu returned to the bench, and Matt Taylors hiatus from the side continued.

The match looked deemed to be a scrappy affair from the off, where the last couple of games looked more likely for goals, this one had the look of a nil-niller all the way. Everton were happy to defend, that was clear, but did Pompey have the nous to break them down? Yobo and Lescott gave the kind of close defending on Benjani that could have led to claims of sexual harrassment from the African, but referee Walton was happy enough for it. Kranjcar was Pompeys main architect, his flicks and turns were testament to a man in fine form, but clear cut chances were few and far between. Papa Diop should really have got off the mark with a header, but he could get nothing on Muntari's free kick with the goal gaping, while Muntari went close with a drive and free kick which Howard did well to tip over.

The second-half led to a similar pattern, Kranjcar prodded wide when well placed, sub Kanu blasted one wide and Muntari summed it up with a shot which nearly spun back to the half way line!
As for Everton they had only Arteta's free-kick straight into James' hands to show for their efforts, Yakubu looked disinterested and Johnson did a fair impersonation of Craig Bellamy, when tackled he fell over, and when James plucked a cross out of the air he tried to start a fight! Pienaar will be glad of Referee Waltons Christmas spirit, his tug on Utakas shirt would normally have meant red.

Star Player

Kranjcar was Pompeys shining light in quite a dour contest, he is riding a wave at the moment, but Pompey looked a bit flat today, the graft and effort is there, the final ball wasn't.

Player Ratings


Must have been bored rigid.


Lucky to get away with a slip that Osman couldn't capatilise on.


Looking like keeping Hreidarsson out for a while longer yet.


Strong and impassive


Should be allowed to take Yakubu out of his pocket now.


Should have scored, and unlike him, caught in possesion once or twice.


A good effort from free-kick, and must be the only player in history to be booked for taking a quick free kick!


Better than of late, but still not hitting the heights, he made one great block that almost set us away.


Class, Taylor is not happy about not getting a game, but he must admire the Croatian


Made a great tackle on the edge of his own area, and had one trademark blast just over.


Had a frustrating afternoon and will want an STD test after Lescott and Yobos loving attentions.


Nearly pinched it

Date:Saturday December 1 2007
Time: 7:56PM

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That's sums it up well Paul. Some of Niko's close control was fantastic and his passing probably too good for his team mates. My daughter's first game and she enjoyed it.
01/12/2007 20:06:00
Think we missed davis in midfield today. Midfield again went quiet after the break, but not too unhappy with a point, am unhappy that we cant score at home. think we lose too much of benji's game pushing him out wide right, why doesnt HR change the formation instead of just changing the personnel? Kanu looked knackered b4 he came on, no good playing to cross high balls in the box when Kanu is up front on his own, he aint a good header of the ball. Love what Kanu can do with the ball but he needs benji up top with him.
01/12/2007 20:07:00
you say 80% of sides will come here looking for a draw...what about the other 20%? will they be coming here looking to loose, as Liverpool and Man U certainly wernt looking to win it. in fact, only reading have looked like trying to beat us at fratton so far, and they got...demolished! aside from being disapointed that away teams can be so boring thses days, we are really only being kept up by our away form...(god, we are becoming like man city last year...who couldnt score at home!).
01/12/2007 20:14:00
over the past few years, frattons small pitch has let us play tight games, and prevented other teams from playing how they want to. but it would apear that it is now cramping us out of the game, as a bigger pitch suits our style of play better...
01/12/2007 20:15:00
I think taht this problem will be solved in january, harry knows as well as us that teams are looking for a point here, and so we need more firepower, and although benji is quality, and kanu, in my mind has more skill and a better football brain then anyone at portsmouth, there both not prolific, we need a good scorer, and i think we will be bringing in a coouple
01/12/2007 21:13:00
what a waste of a day, the road journey down was more entertaining than the actual match. Dissapointed in Moyes to be frank, should be able to get the lads going for a game against UEFA rivals. Suppose all our attacking players should be fit for wednesday, as non of the f***ers put in a decent shift this afternoon. Baines and vaughan should at the very least be in our 16....
01/12/2007 21:20:00
EvertonMike, welcome to the frustrations of Yakubu, and Pompey carpet, I stand by the fact that Liverpool, Manu, Chelsea and Arsenal expect to win every game they play
01/12/2007 21:31:00
bit surprised at the tone, 6th in the prem and sort of complaining. after the week harry's had too.
01/12/2007 22:05:00
Not just yakubu, pienaar has been frankly immense the last few weeks, today? shocking. Don't get me started on carsley's passing, you'll regret it. Mikel arteta is usually the best player on the field, but was average first half, and ineffective second. Cahill couldn't get going, and osman missed a very good chance after one of your players slipped. Yakubu was isolated BECAUSE of a sh*** midfield performance.
01/12/2007 22:08:00
paultsmouth: whilst it is true that the fans of the top 4 will be going for a win at fratton, the attituded taken by fergussen and benites after the game, who both said that a draw was a great result - and the way they both set there teams up, suggests that a draw is acceptable, even for them!
01/12/2007 22:16:00
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