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Magic number 6

Magic number 6
Sitting behind Paul Hart this afternoon was Hayden Mullins, and a white number 6 on his shorts was constantly caught up by the cameras. Coincidence? Probably not, it is Premier League record: Played 6 - Lost 6.

Well, once again we have committed suicide; giving away 2 goals to which we had no reply, even if the end of match statistics showed 12 shots on target against their 7. If our strikers are finding it hard to score, they surely aren't being encouraged by the sloppy defending and not inspired by their captain, a complete waste filling the midfield.

Ben-Haim has kept his pace, showing how far he is from being the man that once showed up in the Bolton shirt by giving Agbonlahor all the time he needed to dispatch past James 2 minutes away from the break. The latter's anger, after conceding explained it all. Prior to that, Belhadj has continued to invite Hreidarsson back into contention, when he tripped Petrov in a rushed challenge after 34minutes. The sum; 2 players, 2 mistakes, 2 goals conceded makes it up to 6 once again.

Pompey did show moments of nice football, but Friedel was found there in the right time, in the right place over and over again. Luck was not on our side again as all shots gone straight into the big arms of the American. But being unlucky is no longer our excuse.

Paul Hart probably got it wrong once again, opting for Ben-Haim instead of Williamson, and changing Piquionne when he started to get his feet on the ground. Despite this, he seems to ignore the fact that this side needs a leader, a leader who can inspire others by playing football. Mokoena, simply does not do that. Never before, I hoped for Mullins to come on.

But the lad kept on smiling behind Hart, and his number 6 was shining yet another defeat, defeat number 6.

Written by Pompey Malta.

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday September 21 2009
Time: 12:48PM

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Let's just hope Herman is not on the bench against Ecerton.. or Diop against Wolves !
Chix
21/09/2009 12:59:00
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Tend to agree about the captaincy but who is there .. and who was there back in the first week in August? .. James obviously doesn't want it .. Kaboul is the obvious choice for many .. but I think this issue is just on small point in an even bigger problem.. that said the guys battled hard (albeit fruitlessly) on Saturday they are obviously happy with Mokoena Chix
21/09/2009 13:03:00
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The problem with Mokoena being our captian is that he cannot be dropped from the starting line-up. There are others who are more than capable to fill in his place, mainly Diop.
Pompey Malta
21/09/2009 23:40:00
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