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Nugent Strike Earns a Point at Pompey

Portsmouth 1:1 Leicester City

David Nugent’s superb strike against his former club earned Nigel Pearson’s side a creditable point from the trip to the south coast on Saturday…

Nigel Pearson named an unchanged side, despite Sol Bamba being available after suspension, while new Pompey boss Michael Appleton started with new loan signing Joe Mattock, who was booed by the visiting fans through the first half.
This at least gave them something to do, because otherwise the first half was pretty dour. Early on Peltier cut in from the right and set himself up for a shot on goal but missed the target; Nugent sent an effort narrowly over; and a long range Gallagher free-kick flew just over, but that really was it.
Pompey stepped up a gear in the second half and should have gone ahead soon after the break, but Schmeichel produced perhapos his best save in a City shirt to date, blocking a Kitson header from just 5 yards out.
City also had their chances with Henderson saving well from Dyer and Mills going close.
But it was Pompey who took the lead soon after Pearson had reorganised, bringing Howard and Danns on for Gallagher and Beckford. In the 68th minute Norris picked up a half clearance on th eedge of the box and beat Schmeichel via a big deflection off Mills.
City were level 6 minutes later, however, following great work from Nugent. He dcleverly dummied King’s pass, to him which allowed Howard to send him through and with defenders closing in the former-Pompey man drilled a 22 yarder into the bottom left hand corner.
City survived a late scare when Norris swerved a fierce shot against the left hand upright, Schmeichel regaining his feet and throwing himself across goal to save Mullins’ follow up effort.

Although you might think City would be content with a point from such a tough fixture Nigel Pearson disagreed: “I know this is a difficult place to come but I think we need to have higher expectations of ourselves. The encouraging thing is that we finished the game well and the players showed a determination to get back into the game having gone a goal behind.”

Portsmouth: Henderson, Halford, Rocha, Pearce, Mattock, Ward, Thorne, Mullins, Huseklepp, Norris, Kitson. Unused Subs: Ashdown, Mokoena, Benjani, Ben Haim, Kanu.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Mills, St Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher (Danns 65), King, Wellens, Dyer, Nugent, Beckford (Howard 65). Unused Subs: Weale, Bamba, Fernandes.

Referee: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands). Attendance: 14,391.

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What you are saying about: GOT, NOT GOT…

What people are saying about ‘GOT, NOT GOT – The A to Z of Lost Football Culture, Treasures & Pleasures…

* Well, what can I say – your book is a FINE piece of work! Honestly, I think its brilliant and I have seldom put it down since I picked it up…

* The best book about football written in the last 20 years.

* I found myself engrossed again in the trivia that so preoccupied my life between the age of 5 and 15 and laughing until my ribs hurt.

* Wonderful book, great illustrations and is a throw back to days when football was more important than anything else, Superbly written and put together.

* If there’s anyone in your life who attended football when it was still good (60s- 80s) buy them this book and they’ll love you forever.

* I don’t even follow football anymore but I love this book. It’s packed with memories of the game when it was a simpler more enjoyable (to me anyway) sport.

* Superb stuff. Anyone who grew up in the seventies with even a passing interest in football, let alone City, will love this book.

* I utterly and completely love it… so much stuff in there that I’d pretty much forgotten about, but which is a joy to rediscover.

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Sven’s Fifth Signing Arrives

Sven Goran Eriksson signed his fifth new player of the summer yesterday when David Nugent joined the City squad…

Dave Nugent signed yesterday as a free agent, his contract with Portsmouth having expired, and is the third Liverpudlian Sven has brought in this summer.
Nugent commanded a £6M fee when Harry Redknapp signed him for Portsmouth from Preston in 2007, and has a hundred percent scoring record for England, having scored on his debut (and onloy game to date) against Andorra in Barceleona in 2007.
Sven said of his latest signing: “David is another player who made it very clear he wanted to play for us. That is a pleasing sign and shows we are moving in the right direction. He is a high-calibre footballer.”


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Play Off Hopes Fade After Pompey Defeat

Leicester City 0:1 Portsmouth

A sunny day at Filbert Way saw formerly bright hopes of a play-off place darkening as Portsmouth beat a deflated City 1-0 on Saturday…

Sven Goran Eriksson made one change to the side that won at Scunthorpe with two-goal hero on the day Vitor, being replaced by Bruma.
Following the recent appalling events in Japan Yuki Abe led the side out before a well observed minutes silence.
City started brightly in front of a big crowd, and should have taken an early lead, but Yakubu headed wide when connecting with a good Gallagher cross.
But that good start counted for nothing as Pompey took a 13th minute lead. Halford’s long throw from the right saw Bamba and Ricardo in a mix up. The keeper never made his punch and Bamba’s header only went as far as Nugent, who cooly steered a half volley into the empty net.
Four minutes later City went close to an equaliser when Gallagher delivered an accurate corner from the left but Pompey keeper Ashdown threw out a fist to send Bamba’s header over the bar.
Chances were scarce as the visitors closed City down: Gallagher sent a long range effort just the wrong side of the post in the 25th minute, but other than that it was a frustrating spectacle for the home crowd.
The second half wasn’t much better. Yakubu continued to look out of form in front of goal and City were struggling to make any kind of dent in a defence that had kept seven clean sheets in the last eight games.
The best chance on the hour when a good ball from Bruma picked out an intelligent run from Gallagher, but despite a great first touch Ashdown was swiftly out to smother the shot with a vital block.
The introduction of Dyer and Waghorn for Abe and Vassell made no difference against a well drilled defence and the best opportunity in the closing stages came when Da Laet clearly handled in the area but escaped the ref’s attention.
Portsmouth should have gone 2-0 up but Ward screwed his shot from close in wide when it looked easier to score.
A fierce shot from Naughton on the right was well saved by Ashdown, and there was no way back for a flat looking City side.
A disappointed Sven commented: “From our performance over 90 minutes we did enough to get at least a draw. We created some good chances. I can’t criticise the team. They tried hard enough. They stood up and battled against a very physical team.”

Leicester: Ricardo, Bamba, Naughton, Mee, Bruma, King, Abe (Dyer 61), Wellens, Yakubu, Gallagher, Vassell (Waghorn 68). Subs Not Used: Vitor, Moreno, Oakley, Berner, Weale.  
Portsmouth: Ashdown, Halford, Rocha, Hreidarsson, De Laet, Lawrence, Mullins, Cotterill (Ward 64), Hogg , Kitson, Nugent  (Dickinson  74). Subs Not Used: Kilbey, Ciftci, Flahavan, Kanu.

Referee: P Tierney (Lancashire). Attendance: 26,645.

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Nightmare at Fratton Park

Portsmouth 6:1 Leicester City

Paulo Sousa’s City career suffered what might be irreparable damage as his side collapsed against bottom placed Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Friday night.

“Someone is in line for a real beating – Leicester City boss Paulo Sousa.”
The Mercury headline was quickly proved right, though probably not in the way Sousa intended. 
Sousa made four changes to the side that won a League Cup tie on the same ground four days earlier with Oakley, Neilson, Berner and Waghorn in for Moreno, Lamey, Kennedy and Gallagher. That meant no place for Hobbs in the centre of defence.
After a cagey opening ten minutes the first disaster of the night befell City. Lawrence delivered a corner from the right and as Morrison went up for an aerial challenge with Kitson he inexplicably stuck out an arm and made contact with the ball. He was given a card to match his yellow shirt and Lawrence slotted a perfect spot-kick low to the right, sending Logan the wrong way.
City thought they had pulled a goal back when a great ball from Dyer sent King through to beat Ashdown, but the linesman flagged for offside while replays showed King to be dead level with the last defender.
The home side applied some pressure and Logan saved well from a well struck Lawrence shot, while Brown sent a low shot just wide of the right hand post.
At the other end a rare chance for City saw Waghorn fire narrowly wide from 35 yards. 
City’s night went from bad to worse in the 32nd minute. A long ball over the top saw Vitor wrapping his arms round Nugent, who went to ground just outside the area. The ref called it as denying a goalscoring opportunity and Vitor was dismissed with a straight red. Lawrence’s free-kick then took a big deflection which carried the ball over the diving Logan and into the net.
Two minutes later Hobbs replaced Abe as Sousa reorganised his defence.
The second half turned into a nightmare for City and their loyal followers.
Dickinson skimmed the crossbar with a hopeful long range effort, but ti was only a temporary let-off.
In the 57th minute Portsmouth made it 3-0. Logan did well to save a Kitson drive and then blocked Nugent’s follow up, but couldn’t reach Nugent’s second attempt, with no aid in sight.
Just 15 seconds after the restart it was 4-0. Morrison’s second disaster of the night saw him lose possession to Nugent who squared for Kitson to chip the ball over the exposed Logan and into the net.
City managed a reply in the 71st minute when Howard battled with two defenders before toe-poking the ball home from close range.
But that rare decent moment was only a brief respite. In the 83rd minute a cross from Lawrence wasn’t dealt with by a defence that appeared to be melting away and Kitson had an easy finish for 5-1.
Portsmouth then reached half a dozen in time added on with almost embarrassing ease… Brown finishing from an acute angle to complete City’s misery.
It was a dreadful night for City, witnessed by the SKy TV cameras and made still worse by the apparent love-in between the Portsmouth fans and the beaming Milan Mandaric.

Sousa was defiant: “We need to keep fighting and the fans need to believe in us. We feel terrible but we want to turn things. I see good spirit in the squad. I never feel under pressure. I feel very secure in myself and very positive. We will turn things.”

But there was little evidence of any spirit on the field on a terrible night for City.

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Rocha (Sonko 82), Dickinson, Ward, Lawrence, Brown, Mokoena, Utaka, Mullins (Ciftci 75), Kitson, Nugent (Kanu 78). Subs Not Used: Flahavan.
Leicester: Logan, Berner, Neilson, Miguel Vítor (sent off 31), Morrison, King, Dyer ( Fryatt 59), Oakley, Abe (Hobbs 36), Howard, Waghorn. Subs Not Used: Gallagher, Ikeme, Moreno, Moussa, Wellens.

Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire). Attendance: 13,751.

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City Draw First Blood in Fratton Park Double Bill

Portsmouth 1:2 Leicester City

First half goals from Michael Morrison and Lloyd Dyer were enough to see City hurdle Portsmouth in the League Cup third round tie at Fratton Park on Tuesday night…

With two games at Portsmouth in four days Paulo Sousa took the opportunity to test his squad strength for this Carling Cup encounter, making eight changes to his side, Yuki Abe and Miguel Vitor both starting for the first time, and Andy King wearing the captain’s armband.
City clicked immediately and could have taken a second minute lead, Sonko deflecting away a Dyer effort.
The travelling fans were soon celebrating, however, as City went ahead for the first time this season in the third minute. Pompey keeper Ashworth managed to save another Dyer shot, but Morrison was in the right place to blast home the rebound.    
With some good work by Abe City set up a number of chances against a beleagured home side. Morrison headed over, and Howard volleyed wide, before Gallagher hit the bar from an Abe cross.
City did look a little vunerable at the back though and Logan did well to deny efforts from Nugent and Lawrence. 
Portsmouth came into the game more towards half time and Mokoena had a header cleared off th eline by Kennedy.
It was City, however, who doubled their lead two minutes before the break when Dyer, sent through by King, beat Ashdown at his near post.
Portsmouth almost found a way through in first half injury time when an error saw Nugent in on goal, but Logan produced another fine save.
Pompey began the second half in determined fashion and had the ball in the net in the 50th minute, but Sonko’s header was rule dout for a push on Moreno. 
A minute later Logan blocked yet another Nugent effort to preserve City’s two goal lead.
In the 63rd minute confusion reigned as N’Guessan came on for King, and Hughes was dismissed for the home side with a straight red card for what can only have been dissent. Not sure what he could have said, but it hit the mark.
Ten-man Pompey seemed to be galvanised by this and and Logan produced another fine save to block a Lawrence shot, but could do nothing to prevent an 82nd minute breakthrough for the home side. The City keeper got down well to parry a Ward header, but Lawrence was on hand to convert the rebound and ensure a nervy final passage of play.
But the City back line weathered some late pressure and secured a place in the last sixteen…
Friday’s repeat clash might be more important with league points at stake but Paulo Sousa was a happy man:
“Now we have an opportunity to get an important club in the next round and our fans can enjoy it, and feel closer to us. This could be very important for everyone.”

Portsmouth: Ashdown, Sonko, Dickinson, Ward, Lawrence, Mokoena, Mullins, Hughes (sent off 66), Ritchie (Kitson 72), Nugent (Utaka 80), Kanu (Brown 72). Subs Not Used: Flahavan, Ciftci.
Leicester: Logan, Kennedy, Miguel Vítor, Lamey, Morrison, King (N’Guessan 66), Dyer (Moussa 89), Moreno, Abe, Gallagher (Wellens 79), Howard. Subs Not Used: Berner, Fryatt, Weale, Hobbs.

Referee: F Graham (Essex). Attendance: 8,327. 

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Pompey Crimes

Many City fans will recall one night back in May 1993 when we travelled to Portsmouth for the second leg of our play-off semi final. Thanks to Julian Joachim’s wonder goal in the first leg City were 1-0 up in the tie and a 2-2 draw at Fratton Park secured a trip to Wembley.
Portsmouth fans weren’t happy that City had scraped into the play-offs in 6th place, miles behind them in terms of points. They were still less happy when they failed to reach the final and there were riotous scenes outside Fratton Park that night.
Many City fans were victims of violence that night, with the police unwilling or unable to intervene. Some had their cars turned over, others spent time in hospital.

Seventeen years on there might not be much sympathy for Portsmouth’s current plight among many City fans. 
But, having experienced the pain of administration ourselves we don’t want to see any team go under. Every team has its decent majority of fans, so we wouldn’t wish to see the end of Pompey this week. 
Relegation, perhaps, but not administration or liquidation. 

Good luck Portsmouth.


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