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Almost, but not yet ...

Almost, but not yet ...
Therefore, Pompey fans are looking at our trip to the Toon's as an opportunity to gain safety. However, we must win to claim yet another season up in the top flight.

But if we look at our recent away-record under the new solid regime of Paul Hart and Brian Kidd, we can hardly expect Pompey to go up there looking for win. It is evident to me that Hart will play a very defensive game, where if we were to defend well, we might get a point or even sneak a win. But the latter seems to be a bit unlikely, not sounding very pessimistic, but being real.

Going for such an important match playing a 4-5-1 formation is very suitable, especially if their manager decides to go for this one with his three more-than-capable strikers; Owen, Martins and Viduka. Playing a team who is willing to keep their top-flight status, with time running out, is going to be mega tough, and that is why I expect Hart to play a defensive match. If we do manage to keep them at bay for the first half, then we are there to get a draw or maybe a win, if we do take care of counter-attacking football, which I am sure we do.

As an analogy, I would like to mention the West Brom vs Sunderland match, where the unlikely West Brom scored 3 and won. Sunderland needed the win as much as we or the Toon's do, but as they were going to play the basement Baggies, they thought it is easy staff, and look what they got. On this point, I would like to point out the 'we-shall-not-lose' attitude Hart has introduced. Pompey could have done the same as Sunderland did when playing the Baggies, but instead, Hart was very cautious about the fact that West Brom can play and score if they are given the space, something which they were up to against us but did not manage thanks to a solid 4-5-1, even if this formation raised a couple of eyebrows.

This takes me back to the Newcastle match: a match that although a win makes it almost impossible for us to go down, it is also a match that we shall play cautious football and wait for the opportunity to score when less expected, and maybe win.

My prediction, a 0-0 draw. This result would suit us very much, as then we'll be almost safe, but unfortunately, not yet.

As always, and forever, Play Up Pompey!

Written by Pompey Malta.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday April 27 2009
Time: 7:29AM

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Good article Malta and a good point about the Baggies. They will go down sadly as they try and play football with Boro and one more. That will probably be Hull unless they can turn their form round as they have a tough run in. Tonight is far far more important for Newcastle than us and that is why I feel it will be very difficult for us. Easy to say hit them on the break but we do not have the pace in the side we had at the start of the season sadly.
eastneydave
27/04/2009 09:23:00
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i dont think we will just sit back and defend, i think Hart and Kidd showed in the last game that are willing to attack and go for the win
nodster
27/04/2009 09:23:00
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I think we will lose tonight, and this will drag us right back into the relegation battle. I really don't think we should go there with three defensive midfielders in the middle just to keep hoofing thre ball up the pitch when we get it. Bad times.
sneakay
27/04/2009 10:20:00
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My fear is exactly as Sneaks say's. I think we're in for a tough game, the fans will be up for it, The Barcodes will be up for it, it's whether we will be? A loss here tonight then a tough game against a resurgent Arsenal, and we're right back in it. Blackburn away...tough. Sunderland at home...tough. Those of you who have been mooting the significance of traveling to Wigan might just get their wish!
pentonpompey
27/04/2009 10:26:00
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Almost is a long word if we get stuffed tonight! A draw is very almost & a win is a probably almost. Not easy with Arsenal & then Blackburn away. I think we need 4 more points to be sure!
storagematt
27/04/2009 14:50:00
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they will socre early, everyone will go mad "OMG shearers a demi-god". they will go into half time 2-0 up, and everyone will be saying "OMG shearers a god!". they will come out at the end having lost 5-2, and been hammered. sorted. sorry if I've ruined it all for you...now you know whats going to happen :-)
pompeycarpet
27/04/2009 17:37:00
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