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Pompey 2-1 Plymouth

2 - 1


Sat 26-01-08, 3pm

Attendance: 19612


The FA cup 3rd round saw us dispatch Ipswich, the 4th round saw fellow Championship side Plymouth the visitors to Fratton and we knew that victory would take us a step closer to the Wembley dream... and that dream became a reality with a narrow 2-1 victory.

It was an unchanged side from that which had beaten Derby a week earlier to secure our first home win in several months, but Sean Davis was fit to return to the bench.

After falling behind to an early Chris Clark goal we battled back and goals from Lassana Diarra and Niko Kranjcar saw us scrap into round 5.

The Match
Plymouth made a dream start as after only 5 minutes Chris Clark struck the travelling side ahead to stun Fratton Park.

This lead was almost doubled twice in the moments that followed, and in quick succession at that, firstly David James saved from Rory Fallon, tipping this effort around the post and then from the resulting corner he saved Jermaine Easter's effort.

Plymouth were most definitely having the better of the game and although they could not make the breakthrough with a second goal they were threatening as news filtered through to me via text message from jbaker that Havant and Waterloovile were leading Liverpool at Anfield!

With a little over 10 minutes to play before the break we managed to find an equaliser. Lassana Diarra striking home after a corner, with the help of what looked like a defection off a Plymouth leg - nevertheless we were level.

Still Plymouth pressed, but after Dave Nugent had tested Luke McCormack we were able to take the lead on the stroke of half time when Niko Kranjcar was able to weave some magic in the box to calmly slot home from 6 years.

Half time not only brought news that Havant had twice seen a lead pegged back at Anfield so the score stood at 2-2 but also saw Nugent taken off with Arnold Mvuemba coming on in his place - later diagnosed as an injury.

Plymouth continued to push in the 2nd half and James had to save from Peter Halmosi and Easter, tipping his effort round the post.

Benjani went close just before our second change of the day was made with Lauren taken off, this enabled Sean Davis to return - who was said in the post match phone-ins to have 'taken an extra long' victory lap around Fratton Park, with the suggestion being this could have been him saying 'goodbye'...

The away side refused to give up and we survived a late penalty appeal against Sylvain Distin when he appeared to handle - having only seen it the once at the time I said 'I had seen them given' but was not sure, I have since been told that several others thought it was.

An even later effort from Halmosi went wide before the final Pompey change was made in injury time when Pedro Mendes made way for Richard Hughes.

Match Summary
We were not great, but Plymouth were excellent with their travelling support equally as good - if not better, and they probably deserved at least a draw from this game, but the main thing is that we are into the next round - this is what the record books will show.

There were no real stand out players for us although Lassana Diarra did look the business again, and obviously David James made a string of fine saves to not only keep us in the game, but to then preserve our lead.

On a personal note myself, plymouth graham, my brother and Richie sadly not Geoff - as he could not make this trip - were able to meet several of you from Vital Pompey and a good time was had by all at the Brewers I can safely say.

However I think that eastneydave and myself found out that we probably would not want to be season ticket holders in our seats in the North Upper that we took up for this game - I will not mention what seat numbers we were in though as that is not fair...


Pompey 2 - Lassana Diarra 34, Niko Kranjcar 45
Plymouth 1 - Chris Clark 5

David James
Glen Johnson
Noe Pamarot
Sylvain Distin
Hermann Hreidarsson
Lauren (Sean Davis 67)
Pedro Mendes (Richard Hughes 90)
Lassana Diarra
Niko Kranjcar
Dave Nugent (Arnold Mvuemba 45)

Substitutes Not Used
Asmir Begovic
Lucien Aubey

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Date:Sunday January 27 2008
Time: 1:43AM

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Very quiet on here. I wonder why?
27/01/2008 01:45:00
i was going to say maybe it was the pub pre-match - or the late return from the hawks game in scouse land? - but it is probably as ive posted this report at stupid o'clock :-) not a great game i must admit - from a pompey point of view - but a fantastic day and we are into round 5 which is the main thing!
27/01/2008 02:03:00
we were very poor in the match, looked very shaky at the back and as a result plymouth got many good chances and jamo had to bail us out a bunch of times. We got away with a potential hand-ball penalty and although I dont it was intentional it could have easily been given. Plymouth showed our vulnerabilities, we need more cover at the center back position, more options up front and a right midfielder.
27/01/2008 06:48:00
but as long as we progress we have time to work on that :)
27/01/2008 06:49:00
By the time R5 arrives, we will have the likes of Muntari & Diop back, me thinks. Providing we don't sell Davis, we should have a great midfield. With the possible addition of Baros the team should be capable of doing very well. Great to meet up with Rug & his family & the rest of the riff raff that write on here.
27/01/2008 08:59:00
i think that if i had a season ticket where I was sitting in the north lower, i would be EXTREMLY depressed... i had a great view of one side of the pitch, but couldnt see the corner flag on the otheer...oh well.
27/01/2008 09:23:00
When muntari arrives back, i have a feeling we will have one of the best midfields in the premiership. Diara definatly had the quality to play at arsenal, IF he had waited his turn, Muntari is briliant, and has been ghanas best player (better than essien) from what i have seen. baros should give us that extra attacking flair, and just so long as utaka goes back to his early season form, we should have no-one to fear in midfield! (not that we did anyway)
27/01/2008 09:25:00
Yeah the North Stand is pretty awful guys. I've sat there a few times and have always felt really dejected from the game. I can't take the angle which it is on compared to the pitch.

Yeah I think we will get another little run going again after ACN. Baros impressing is pretty pivotal as well as Utaka picking up form again.
27/01/2008 10:06:00
Isn't it often the way that the eventual cup winners sometimes struggle in the early rounds? Here's hoping......
27/01/2008 10:12:00
YEH just wanted to echo some of the statements about a) How good it was to meet alot of the fellas and fellaettes-uktonys miss's- b)how good Argyles supporters were, and the team did them proud played
plymouth graham
27/01/2008 10:13:00
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