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Basiljunk said:

This is the first game I've been able to watch for months, so I can finally judge for myself where we're at.

First half:

We played really well to start, passing the ball around quite nicely on the ground, making a few good moves and openings. Gardner should have scored a sitter, but James proved why he really ought to still be England's #1.

Pompey came back into it and we resorted to the dreaded hoofball that I've been reading about on this forum. The rest of the first half was pretty much just a game of tennis. Nothing of note happened apart from Gardner looking like a bit of an amateur, Berger trying to take the skin off the ball whenever he's remotely near the goal and Petrov sulking every time he misplaces a pass instead of, yknow, running back and trying to get the ball.

We should win this game quite comfortably. 1 or 2-0, but who knows...

I want to see Moore on for Gardner.

Second half:

A game we really, really should have won, but that's the way the cookie/biscuit/thing crumbles. Portsmouth seemed to have no wish for anything other than a 0-0 and it was up to us to make the breakthrough, which we had at least a few chances to do. Not a bore draw by any means. When we stayed away from the hoofing, we looked good. We need a right back to complete our back four, but those two in the middle, it doesn't get any better than that.

Player Ratings

Sorensen 7.

Rarely needed. Distribution was poor, but not fatally.

Bardsley 5.

Portsmouth's lack of a left wing should have egged him forward, sadly, he stood still. Can't remember him doing anything useful.

Laursen 9.

What merits a 10? Maybe not quite there, but wow. Awesome.

Mellberg 8.

Finally got the partner he deserves. Hard to decide whether it was down to Portsmouth's lack of ambition, but our DCs never gave them a sniff.

Bouma 6.

Never needed defensively, looked okayish going forward.

Gardner 5.5.

Has potential, but still looks like a boy amongst men at times.

Petrov 6.5.

Played the McCann role far better than McCann ever has, but the jury is still out on whether he's the man to take us forward.

Barry 8.

Well, he gets an 8 just for showing up, doesn't he? No? Okay, I'll give him a 7 then.

Berger 7.

Has lost all of his pace, but still has that touch of class we've been missing. Will be a good backup next season, but can't see him starting too often.

Carew 6.

Looks a menace. Closer to being booked for constant barging that scoring today, but was rarely beaten to the ball. Smaller defenders than Campbell and Primus would struggle. Sadly, today, seemed to be filling the offside void left by Angel's departure.

Agbonlahor 7.

Has his pace and full of running, but sometimes looks as though he's unsure where he ought to be running to. If MON can teach him how to play football, could be that 20 a season striker we've been crying out for.

Moore 7.5.

I like Luke Moore. Didn't get on the ball much, but his arrival seemed the spark for a more attacking game.

Young 7.

Some great touches on the wing. 9million? Probably not, but now we've got him, we could certainly do worse than play him.

Maloney 7.

Almost won it with a free-kick, looks promising.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday April 22 2007
Time: 8:08PM

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they defended but as the home team it was your job to break them down
22/04/2007 20:58:00
I have a horrible feeling that MoN might be regretting taking the job.Gabby looked great today,Maloney looks quality and apart from Barry if Laursen stays fit he could be our best player.
22/04/2007 21:02:00
chances galore yet again,story of our season. james 5 saves and thats not even counting the shots that were woefully off target! complete domination but AGAIN nothing to show for it.
Belfast Villain
22/04/2007 21:04:00
dont really see why martin would be regretting taking job now,why would he,enlighten us pking?randys millions in summer to spend on making it his team and making us a hell of alot better than we are for next year surely has to be the main reason why he isnt! martin does not strike me as a quitter and he will see job through mark my words or else why would he have taken job in first place. is there any optimism at all,dont see the reasoning behind being so negative all the time.
Belfast Villain
22/04/2007 21:14:00
the three points should have been yours - DJ ain't that good! Crosses are the answer!
22/04/2007 21:23:00
I can't remember a game so lacking in atmosphere. Is it up to the fans to lift the team, or the team to lift the fans? Nobody did much to 'lift' anybody yesterday.
23/04/2007 08:03:00
its always difficult playing an 8-1-1 formation, did they have a shot on target!
23/04/2007 08:44:00
Sorry belfast villain I have no basis whatsoevr for this theory.Im just a pesamist.
23/04/2007 08:55:00
Is it just me or did Barry have a ropey game yesterday? Why are our fans so one eyed over certain players? We need a full back for sure, but look at the improvement in Bouma over the last six months. Bellamy or Defoe would definitely improve us up front, a big brutal centre back and decent midfielder will be top of Martin's list also. We would have lost this game last year - that's for sure. Form and the league table doesn't lie at this stage of the season and their defence has been very good. It's hard to accept, but this game was pretty meaningless and Portsmouth set thier stall out for a point and got it.
23/04/2007 10:12:00
I still think the big picture is more important than the result. We are now on more points than we finished last season. As a squad we are looking stronger. Off the park everything is going fantastically well. It has been almost a generation since we were a club on the up. I am really looking forward to the Sheffield game. I think it really sums up the current marketing slogan, "proud history, bright future". It will be an opportunity to celebrate and remember the greatest night in the clubs history and also to reflect on a season of development.
23/04/2007 10:18:00
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