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Scarily familiar...

Scarily familiar...
I know that the notion has been bounced around but just how similar is Paul Hart's 2009/2010 team to that 'let loose' on the Premiership by Alain Perrin in 2005 - the season of the great escape.

On the 13 August 2005 Pompey stepped out against Spurs at Fratton Park led by Alain Perrin, perhaps one of Portsmouth's most disappointing managers in the opinion of many. The team that headed out were:

Westerveld; Griffin, O'Brien, Stefanovic, Vignal; Mornar, Viafara, Hughes, Robert; LuaLua, Karadas.

Succumbing to a 2-0 defeat wasn't the best of starts and for a large chunk of the season to come results went the same way.

Now, the most likely squad to head out against Fulham for our season opener, in my view (and I emphasise this is simply my guess at the team), could be as follows:

James; Finnan (injury permitting), Distin, Kaboul, Hreidarsson; Mullins, Hughes, Basinas, Kranjcar, Utaka; Nugent.

Perhaps I am simply being cynical but I can see some heart-dropping similarities between the two sides. Especially if you are even more pessimistic and perhaps consider that we may be waving farewell to Jamo and replacing him with Cudicini, or even more of a daunting prospect, Niemi.

Consider as well how poorly the 2005 squad performed in the league - rock bottom come Christmas - then would it be fair to assume that the same fate is in store for the current 'team?'

I must confess I am not sure either way, many of you may argue that the likes of Distin and James currently give the team something they did not have in 2005 - reliability. However the comparisons in the overall lack of class in both teams should be noted.

So what do you fella's reckon? Are we in the same boat sailing towards the fizzy pop seas as we were in 2005? Do you think the 2005 team would have a better chance this coming season than the class of '09? Or is another great escape on the cards?

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Tuesday August 4 2009
Time: 4:25PM

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I think the current squad is marginally better BUT The Premier League is better these days, and every team is more powerful. So the small advantage of the extra quality of J and D is diminished by the improved quality of everyone else in the division. Sadly, we are a laughing stock - it's a good job we're tough and loyal.
Et_tu_Pompeii
04/08/2009 16:31:00
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Good call but that allows for two things.

1. All the team are free of injury and at present Finnan, Herman and Hughes are unfit and

2. No other players are sold.
We face worrying time unless the takeover goes ahead in a few days.
eastneydave
04/08/2009 16:35:00
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Think we're much better off now than then. Every one of those players metioned as in the possible lineup, not even mentioning Diop or Mokoena, have loads of Premiership experience. Of the team of 2005, 6 have played regularly in the PL before. Not saying it won't be tough this year but I don't think we can compare 05 to now
PompeyPirate
04/08/2009 16:36:00
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Even with the current line up above we are better than Perrins lot. Issue is before 15th August 2009 we could lose James, Distin, Uslacker and Nugget by then.
bluedr
04/08/2009 16:44:00
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Maybe its just me but...It'll be ok, the Doc has a plan and will be ready to announce it all just in time for the rangers game. Trust me, i am NOT a Vicar lol
Midge
04/08/2009 16:55:00
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Although Perrin didn't have much to spend, he had a chance to build his own team. He brought in a bunch of French players who a lot of people did not know much about. Hart does not have that luxury. Hart is having to sell players left, right, centre and all other known directions. So in my opinion Hart has a much tougher job keeping us up then Perrin did. When the season started with Perrin, few predicted we'd struggle. Even the 'E' word was being thrown about (granted it was by Lauren Robert) but this season we all know we are going to be down there.
PompeyFrippy
04/08/2009 16:56:00
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I went home at half time in that 2005 match (gill wasn't well and we were getting drenched in the miltion end, but I didn't object too much); I hope I don't have cause to do the same this time around (leave early that is, not get wet).
UKTony
04/08/2009 16:58:00
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I dont think any of us are under any delusions that this season is one long relegation scrap for Pompey. What we can't do is to give up before we've started.
tracyc
04/08/2009 16:58:00
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I agree there are some stark similarities, however, Westerveld; James; Improved Griffin, Finnan (injury permitting), Similar O'Brien, Distin, Improved Stefanovic, Kaboul, Weaker Vignal; Hreidarsson; Improved Mornar, Mullins, Similar Viafara, Basinas, Improved Hughes, Hughes, Same Robert; Kranjcar Improved LuaLua, Utaka; Weaker Karadas Nugent Improved This means the majority are slightly better now, but not dramatic, however my concern is that the quality of the opposition has improved also, and on this squad we are in for a real battle. I think it is critical that we are back to the wall of sound. 'Pompey Fans Blue & White Army' Be loud, Be Proud, Be Pompey!
wakey
04/08/2009 17:03:00
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I agree with the above, better at the moment; fire sale dependant. Although I will be contraversial and say Harry was a large reason we stayed up, I can't say the same for Hart we were lucky boro and bar codes were truly dreadfull and threw it away.
russellm
04/08/2009 17:05:00
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