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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Spurs stuff Portsmouth

Spurs continued their rich vein of form to stuff Portsmouth 3-1. The most satisfying part of the result was to shut that annoying idiot with the bell. If I wanted to go to Spurs with a bell I would have it taken away in case I attacked someone with it!

Pompey took a surprise lead with their first attack of the game, Lua Lua hitting a good shot past Robinson, who I thought should have saved it myself. We found ourself losing just like last week to Sunderland. However our play was much better with us taking virtually 75% of all possession in the game. To their credit Portsmouth defended well but we broke through when King was able to head home a Carrick corner. It was 2-1 with only 5 minutes to go when Pompey handled an Andy Reid free kick in the box. In my opinion it was a clear penalty as his arm stopped the ball which was on target - I don't care if it was intentional or not - the fact remains that it stopped a goal bound shot and thus a penalty has to be awarded. Mido stepped up and put away the ball but it was almost saved by the Pompey Keeper. Defoe was now on and made the game completely safe in the 90th minute.

Although we had the vast majority of possession we did not create that many goal scoring opportunities as we were too narrow. The atrocious Routledge played far too central - the few times he did get out wide he was able to create. I know he was injured recently and it was his first game back but it is clear that Lennon will be a much better player.

What was most important though was that we took maximum points to consolidate our position in fourth spot and it is something we have done. We now face hot and cold 'Boro and should be looking for another maximum three points next weekend.

COYS!

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I personally never understand the idea behind not starting with two out and out wingers instead of 4 midfield battlers whom all keep going into the middle, and without any natural width the game is all too narrow and when the opposition playing 5 across the midfield we find it difficult ,Mido gets too tired too quick because of constantly receiving ball in the air.Jol should play with two natural wingers against these bottom clubs.

10:52 PM, December 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Result was the big bonus, but it would be silly to overlook the continuous shortcomings we still have...Mainly the lack of effective support from midfield at the attacking end of the pitch. Too often there was only Mido up front, and too many long passes/balls were directed at him, without proper support to get the second ball. Jenas is either still not confident enough, or just not good enough to push himself up - he is supposed to be the attacking midfielder we were missing badly!...Instead, he is sitting at the halfway line, where Carrick and Davids are already - leaving the strikers too isolated.

Another disappointment is Stalteri. How many misplaced passes does it take from him before Kelly may be given a chance?

10:56 PM, December 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i reckon if we ever won the premiership or the champions league, us spurs fans would still find a reason to moan!

11:21 PM, December 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too right about the moaning "The atrocious Routledge" thats minutes into a comeback in his second league game for the club. and "it is clear that Lennon will be a much better player", well thats patently obvious aint it? lets all start booing the bastard.
Perhaps these articles are done like this to provoke response.

11:56 PM, December 13, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Routledge was pretty poor, but it was his first competitive game for 4 months.

win was thoroughly deserved though. (unlike some would have you believe)

12:45 AM, December 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that it was a penalty. I was in the pub with a mate who's a pompey fan and even he thought it was a penalty. If you jump with your arm out and it stops the ball going in, it's got to be a penalty. Harry and his twats are whinging losing idiots... how many times have we had good penalty calls turned down. As far as I'm concerned 'That's Football'. If you're gonna moan about it... take up netball... which is more obviously suited to most pompey players.... did I see Harry holding a handbag on the touchline? TWAT!!
COYS

1:05 AM, December 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What harry and his players are forgetting is the goal defoe scored,or does'nt that count...keep going on about getting a point from the game. Even without the penalty we still would have won 2-1..they seem to have forgotten that, and the papers for that matter. Unlucky pompey..yeah right..you where out played and out gunned by a true premiership side so live with it.

7:18 AM, December 14, 2005

 
Blogger Paxton Road said...

I've never said Boo anyone but Routledge wasn't up to much at Palace and I believe, not just based on Monday night, that he is not as good as Lennon.

7:36 AM, December 14, 2005

 
Blogger weymouth SPUR said...

I don't think Routledge should be getting slated, although I think Lennon would have been a better shout instead to play. I do find it funny that this is our best start to a premiership season ever imo and us fans are still moaning. As I have said before 'Rome wasn't built in a day' and if we can be in 4th place at the moment and still not firing on all cylinders then just think what will happen after xmas when we have dipped into the transfer market and bought and sold the players we need to. Standby the rest of the premiership I say.

9:17 AM, December 14, 2005

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people really do make me laugh. Slating Jenas, Slating Routledge, what the hell are we all really about?? Routledge has played in total about 90 minutes or premiership action for us. He has had no time to settle into the play of the team and has been INJ for how long? He was thrown in due to an injury to tainio and admittedly looked a bit lost.

How can people say he wasnt up to much at palace? did they ever watch him, i remember him being heralded as one of the bright sparks of their team, alongside AJ one of their best players. He was the biggest thorn in our side when we lost to palace towards the end of last season and was clearly the best player on the pitch.

Give the boy a chance, an as for lennon, yeah he looks like a great prospect but IMAO he is too small still, he needs to build up and gain premiership experience. I know routledge hasnt had a lot more prem experience (1 season) but he is older, stronger and more likely to handle the physical side of the game. Give him a run in the team when he is fully fit, knows the balance of the play a little more and is firing on all cylinders, then i bet all those moaning supporters will be putting him up on a giant pedestal in the ever proud lillywhite sky!!

As for Jenas, has no-one considered he is possibly in the team because he is following the managers instructions and doing the job he is supposed to be?? It is no coincidence either that in every game he has started out wide right he has been lost yet when switched into the middle his game has improved dramatically. He is not a winger, he is young, he is learning, he has bags of potential and with the guidance of big jolly green jol & edgar im gonna hurt someone davids he will go on to become one of the best CENTRE MID players in england. (that is if he wants it badly enough of course)

ON ANOTHER NOTE: HOW THE HELL CAN ALL THOSE POMPEY SUPPORTERS / PLAYERS / MANAGER ETC COMPLAIN ABOUT THE PENALTY?? THE GUY PULLED HIS ARM FROM BEHIND HIS BACK ELBOWED THE BALL AND THEN TRIED TO PUT HIS ARM BACK AGAIN.......

GET REAL!!!!!!

9:55 AM, December 14, 2005

 

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