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Suspension Hits Again

Gareth Barry will miss our FA Cup clash against Everton after Gordon Bennett decided to book him for celebrating Gabby's goal at the end of todays match.

Maybe our Captain forgot it's now considered a criminal offence to be happy at a teammate scoring a goal, I don't know.

All I do know is when it comes to Steve Bennett there's probably a reason I use the name Gordon.

The booking means Barry has picked up five for the season and must serve an automatic one match ban.

We also have injury concerns after the Blackburn match, which Martin O'Neill also talked about on the official site.

'Gareth was booked so he'll be a big miss next weekend.

'He has been inspirational. I thought he had gone that first week in August. I thought he was definitely on his way.

'I would have given you big odds on him playing for us now at this stage in the season. But I am delighted he is. He has been brilliant.'

As for our injury concerns, Cuellar was withdrawn at halftime as a precautionary measure after complaining of a tight hamstring and it appears that Heskey has picked up an achilles tendon injury during the second half. This obviously calls into question Heskey's England call up.

'Carlos has come back from injury and he has played a lot of games quickly and his hamstrings were very, very tight at half-time.

'We couldn't decide whether he had done some damage or whether it was just tightness so I thought it was best to just leave it and bring Craig on.

'Emile has got a bit of an achilles tendon problem. It was getting worse the longer the game was going on so I brought him off.

'I'm not sure how he is. I am hoping he will come through. I saw him smiling after the match but maybe that was just because we had won. We'll see.'

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Saturday February 7 2009
Time: 9:50PM


It's a sad reflection on football when the oldest club cup competition in the world is dismissed as meaningless!!! As much as I appreciate the financial rewards of playing in the CL an FA Cup win would add more to our 'Proud History' than finishing in what is effectively a 'runners up' position in the league.
Claret & Blue Frog
10/02/2009 12:42:00
And Portsmouth have no money to buy world class player's, but at least they have won a cup that i'v dreamt we would win since i was a child.
chris the villan
09/02/2009 10:39:00
The FA cup Meaningless, i think your having a laugh i suppose if we make the finale you will not be watching then.
chris the villan
09/02/2009 10:36:00
It is meaningless, I'd take a loss now if it meant a win against Chelsea. Portsmouth just won the FA cup, you don't see them signing any world class players do you? Because nobody cares about that. Champions league is where its at.
09/02/2009 09:21:00
I'd prefer to win FA cup than the UEFA it's more important to me and we are two wins away Deano semi finals are at wembley.
chris the villan
09/02/2009 04:27:00
How the hell can people call a last 16 game in the FA Cup meaningless?!?!?! We are 3 games away from Wembley for christs sake!!! Barry will be a massive miss for us next week and I am gutted.
08/02/2009 22:30:00
Everton game meaningless? I though the whole point of football was to try and win trophies no to try qualifying for a competion that by name we (and others) aren't even eligible for. Four games (minimum) to win a trophy that the majority of us have never witnessed in our lifetimes. Oh I forgot about the importance of the European money cup. Chances are we are going to get top 4 anyway so why not try to win the FA Cup as well? Stupid booking by Barry IMO.
08/02/2009 13:55:00
I reckon it's high time Gardner got a chance in centre mid.
chris the villan
08/02/2009 13:39:00
hey bless this suspensions. if our first team players dun get suspensions or injuries, MON will kill them with playing them for every game. LOL. dun worry too much, we have gardner/NRC/sidders.
08/02/2009 13:18:00
Good, get the suspension out the way in the meaningless game at Everton
08/02/2009 10:34:00
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