Angry Awford – Set to make changes

Posted: November 20, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

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By Steve Farquhar

‘Pompey boss to make emergency calls’.

The headline I’ve been waiting to read, given extra significance since the long –term injury to James Dunne.

Whether the Blues breezed to a comfortable 5 – 0 victory at Aldershot last night or not, I’d have still felt we need to strengthen in the loan market, and quickly.

It just so happens that I stood on the terraces and watched Pompey slump to an embarrassing 1 – 0 defeat to the Conference side after being outplayed for most of the second half.

It concerns me, that prior to the two recent defeats (in front of the TV cameras which is always nice), Awford believed the squad was strong enough to handle such injuries.

Why was the search for loan recruits not ramped up the day we found out the extent of James Dunne’s injury?

With one spot seemingly up for grabs alongside Danny Hollands in the centre of the park, we have an adapting Nigel Atangana, Johnny Ertl who would struggle to get in most League Two sides (a good character though) and youngsters Ben Close and Nick Awford.

Following Atangana’s first half booking at the Recreation Ground and occasional wayward pass, I am sure that Awford would have looked to replace him around the hour mark had he felt somebody good enough was on the bench.

What concerned me most however was the fact it took 82 minutes, and for Aldershot to take the lead, for either of our strikers to make way (resulting in a double change).

With Craig Westcarr spending most of the game offside and Ryan Taylor struggling to hold the ball up, we struggled to gain any possession of note in the opposition half as the game went on.
In Awford’s words; ‘I’m as angry as I’ve ever been’.

Let’s hope he can channel that anger into positive energy and get Pompey playing with a higher tempo, quicker passing and pressing higher up the pitch, whilst not crumbling at the first sign of pressure.

For Awford’s sake, along with our ever loyal fans, Pompey have to turn it around, starting with a win at Fratton Park on Saturday.

And while you’re at it, a new central midfielder, right back and striker please.

Valery Mezague Found Dead

Posted: November 15, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

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Some extremely sad news, regarding a former Portsmouth player.

Valery Mezague has today been found dead in his apartment by police.

It`s unkown how the 30-year-old died at this stage. The news has been confirmed by his current club Sporting Toulon Var.

RIP Valery Mezague.

Our thoughts go out to his friends and family at this very difficult and sad time.

He played for Pompey in the 2004/05 season. He then moved to join up with Alain Perrin at Sochaux.

BLUES WAIT ON DUNNE NEWS

Posted: November 12, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

jamesdunne522-1831946_231x264Pompey boss, Andy Awford has refused to panic buy, to replace injured James Dunne.

The midfielder went under the knife yesterday to examine the full extent of his knee injury, which he picked up in the warm-up before the Carlisle game. Dunne has said that the operation went well. But the Blues boss will have to wait on the result to see how long Dunne, will be sidelined for, and believes there is already cover in place for the midfielder.

The Emergency Loan Window closes on 24th November, should Awford decide to bring in any temporary additions.

PORTSMOUTH vs ALDERSHOT TOWN PREVIEW

Posted: November 6, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

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THE BLUES boss will be looking to continue the form of last weekends game when they host Aldershot Town on Sunday, for the FA Cup Round One.

Pompey have no new injury news, at the time of writing this article, and could name an unchanged line-up that beat Carlisle 3-0 in the League Two clash last weekend.

ALDERSHOT boss Andy Scott is looking forward to visiting Fratton Park and will hope to cause an upset for Andy Awford`s men.
The Shots currently lie 16th in the Conference League, with twenty-one points. They have only won once in nine away fixtures picking up four draws so far this season.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last time the two sides met for the FA Cup Round One was back in 1976. It was away to The Shots which ended in a 1-1 draw. The replay was played just three days later, which saw the Blues win 2-1 in front of 15,089 fans.

POMPEY vs STEVENAGE PREVIEW

Posted: October 21, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

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By Lee Wiggins

The Blues are back at Fratton Park tonight for the League Two clash against Stevenage.

Pompey currently sit 14th in the table and are above Stevenage on goal difference. But the Pompey boss is looking to end their current form of late with a win over Boro.

The Pompey boss has Paul Robinson and Jack Whatmough for selection after recovering from their injuries. Plus James Dunne is also available for selection after serving his one match ban against Bury at the weekend. It could also see Conor Chaplin on the bench after he penned his first professional contract yesterday for the Blues.

But Craddock, East, Webster, Fogden and Webster are all still sidelined, with their injuries.

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have only met twice in the League previous to this game, and only managed to pick up a point in the goalless draw in April 2013 (League One) at Fratton Park.

That missing something for Pompey

Posted: October 14, 2014 by frattonfaithful in Uncategorized

By Steve Farquhar

After a promising start to the season, Pompey seem to have fallen into somewhat of a slump.

Four consecutive draws in the league with only two goals scored leave the blues mid-way down League 2 in 12th place.

A home defeat to Northampton in the Football League trophy thwarting one of the potential roads to our second home, Wembley.

Although this is no disaster and a whole lot more positive than previous seasons, it does appear we are lacking the attacking threat which was so prevalent under Andy Awford in the tail end of last season.

On those occasions it was largely the 4-2-3-1 formation which led a rampant Pompey side to five straight wins after Awford had replaced Ritchie Barker.

Ricky Holmes provided a number of assists and looked a constant threat out wide with Danny Hollands proving to be somewhat of a goal scorer notching a hat trick on the final day of the season in the 3 – 3 draw with Plymouth.

From what was one of the most enjoyable run of games for years, Pompey’s squad has since been strengthened including the additions of Nigel Atangana, James Dunne and Craig Westcarr. The latter having scored 17 goals in League One the previous season.

So why the lack of goals?

In my opinion, the player most missed this season is Tom Craddock.
I’m joking of course. In my (honest) opinion, our biggest loss has been Wes Fogden.

Last season, Fogden’s determination, work rate and continuous hassling of the opposition lifted not only the Fratton faithful but the blues players alongside him.
His high intensity style of play drew mistakes from below par opposition and his determination to chase lost causes created numerous openings.
The sooner he returns to the fold the better, however I worry this could be a while yet.

In the meantime it is up to the current bunch to lift their game starting with a tough away fixture at Bury (a game I would happily take a draw in).

I must add I am by no means negative about our hopes this season and strongly believe we can, and should win promotion.

The defence appears a lot stronger with the much improved Joe Devera and temporary addition of Paul Robinson who seems ideal for League Two (although I am still waiting for this ‘battering’ he promises and losing a lot of money to Paddy Power in the process).

I may not be debt free, but at least the club are.

Play Up Pompey!

Seven up for Pompey as Umatong helps Pompey through.

Posted: October 12, 2014 by leerobertsmedia in Uncategorized

Portsmouth Ladies smashed seven goals past Larkhall Athletic to reach the second round of the premier league cup. Ini Umatong was the hero as she scored a hat trick.

Pompey were unbeaten since August coming into this game and it was they who made the early running, Jess Frampton drew an early save out of Niki O’Connel. It took the hosts eleven minutes to create a real chance, Elidgh Currey on the left side crossed the ball low, Ini Imatong and Charley Wilson were furthest forward, Imatong did well to duck out if the way and WILSON had two touches of the ball before beating O’Connel at her near post to give Portsmouth the lead.

It didn’t take long for Larkhall to level, EMILY HANNINGTON crossed the ball deep from the right side, the ball sailed over Sadie Blakley’s head despite her best efforts to keep it out, and after twenty minutes the teams were level once more.
The game continued to ebb and flow both teams were creating good chances, on the half hour mark Umatong had the ball in the net, a through ball from midfield saw her one on one with the keeper and as both players collided the ball rolled forward and over the line, the referee though was very quick to disallow the goal. With the half professing quickly it appeared to be heading for a draw at half time however just before the break the Hampshire side scored again, a corner from the right was deep and as the ball was cleared out MOLLY CLARKE was able to control the ball before hitting an unstoppable volley into the net.

HALF TIME
PORTSMOUTH LADIES 2 LARKHALL LADIES 1

With Larkhall not having any subs fitness threatened to play a part in proceedings, Pompey started the brighter in the half, SHANNON SEIVWRIGHT from five yards away from the left corner flag scored a carbon copy of the visitors goal as she hit the ball over the keepers head from an near impossible angle to give the hosts a two goal lead three minuites after the break. Three quickly became four, as minuites later Wilson cut the ball back from the by line, UMATONG was on hand to slide in and connecting sweetly with the ball she was able to watch as it went in.

Sixty five minuites were on the clock when Portsmouth won a corner, Clark swung it in and UMATONG was there again to meet it with a fine header that left O’Connell with no chance. The one league difference was beginning to show, the home side were showing no mercy and continued to look for more goals, fifteen minuites remained when the gap widened further, Umatong was unselfish as she ran to the by line, she spotted SEIVERIGHT on the penalty spot and was able to get the ball to the midfielder where it was hit home with aplomb.

The game had moments left when UMATONG finally got her hat trick, the midfield played a straight through ball and Umatong was there to take 3 touches before picking her spot past O’Connell.

FULL TIME
PORTSMOUTH LADIES 7 LARKALL ATHLETIC 1

POMPEY LADIES TEAM
Sadie Blakley, Tiff Taylor, Elidh Currie , Jodie Goodall, Leeta Rutherford, (Chloe dark 56 mins) Ellie Bloomfield, Molly Clark, Shannon Seivwright, Jess Frampton (Nadine Bazan 67 mins) , Charley Wilson (Gemma Hillier 67 mins), Ini Umatong

SUBS NOT USED
Sarah Kempson
Lucy Quinn

GOAL SCORERS AND TIMES
INI UMATONG. X3 52, 65, 90 mins
SHANNON SEIVWRIGHT X2 48, 74 mins
MOLLY CLARK 45+ mins
CHARLEY WILSON 12 mins