One point is better than no points!!
The two yellow cards really had a huge influence on our game. Clumsy tackles by Pienaar and Cahill could have done worse damage... lucky lady luck was shouting for us! Good decision to take Pienaar off early in the second half, Cahill left quiet due to his yellow cards, Yak not playing the game we know he is capable of.
Tim Howard made a few lovely saves to keep us in the game, the defense stood firm against a desperate Pompey onslaught. Not a good game, to be frank, let?s put this bad game behind us and focus on the next.
Ricardo Humphries, Posted 01/12/2007 at 17:11:43
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Posted 01/12/2007 at 17:41:39
Good result just kept Pompey in our sight maybe next week up to sixth.
Come on you Blues.
Good result - our unbeaten run continues and things are lookin’ good on ’n off the pitch right now. ;)
Sounded like we were under the cosh most of the game so a point is a good return even more so considering Pompey’s home form. Gerard - Kirkby bah humbug ha ha
It was a tight affair and surely Portsmouth looked more likely to score, but a good result away from home against a very tough side.
The physical aspect in Portsmouth’s game is really strong, that combined with some players of flair and technique they are a force to be reckoned with.
I think we stood up ok anyway, and we looked better when we switched to 4-4-2 with a mobile Johnson on the pitch.
Sorry but I thought we were poor today. I just wish we could keep hold of the ball a bit longer in midfield. I didn't think much of Pompey either, had we played only half decent I think they were there for the taking. I still feel we're in for a good season. We played poor but still came away with a result, so that's one positive at least. It?s frustrating because we know we can do better.
It?s really close in the table at the moment, all the talk of the top 6 being more competitive than last year may sound true now. The table is similar every year, the huge fixture list over Christmas will give us a better idea of whether we can weather the storm.
I went along to Fratton Park today and saw a tough game. The weather was as much an opponent as Pompey. as usual we had great away support and sang just as loud as the Frattonians! Not at our best but another clean sheet and glory in Europe to follow!
Obviously we weren’t great today (although neither were they). But this still seems very encouraging. With the away draws at Chelsea and Portsmouth we seem to be acquiring the knack of grinding out away results against the better teams. And then clobbering the worse teams at home. Long may it continue!
A very good reality check ? a point away from home from a team just above us in the table.
And MOTD just put two of our goals into Goal of the month. Tim?s at Chelsea ? very eye catching, very well deserved. And Steve Pienaar/ Nuno Valente?s last week ? which proves that at least they were watching. Makes a change.
Howard, Lescott and Yobo as consistent as ever. Arteta and Osman as inconsisitent as ever. Our midfield is our achilles heel and is not good enough to enable us to break into the top four.
We worked hard for a draw and were fortunate not to concede had Portsmouth had their shooting boots on. Desperately out-muscled in midfield and, as Davy and we all know, that is where we must strengthen.
Hate to praise other teams but Muntari impressed me yesterday.
Not good football at all, maybe the conditions had something to do with it. But then when there is wind, play the ball along the ground. Didn?t think we got any 50.50 decisions from the ref. I would have thought with a tough game like this Gravesen should have been on the bench.
Not a good result at all! We must get some wins against teams in the top half if we are to have any chance of re-claiming a Euro spot next season.People are getting carried away with our bashing up the the ’deadmen’-but we just can’t hack it against the better sides.
Get real!,Everton are still very much ’work in progress’.End of season forecast-8th!
Thought Valente was poor today. Where is Baines? Pompey passed better than us and looked more likely to score.
Valente may have been poor today compared to how he’s played for the past four games Alan but check out the stats (Sunday Telegraph)- believe it or not his passing and tackling was second only to Lee Carsley. Neville, Mikkey, Osman, Cahill and even Pienaar were well below their best. I have only watched the match on Football First but from what I saw he was no worse than anyone else in the team . Yobo, Carsley, Howard and Lescott were head and shoulders above anyone else. It wasn’t pretty but it was a hard earned point against a well organised team. I’m still on cloud nine (or is it seven) after the Sunderland match so I’m not going to have a moan about the performance. Roll on Wednesday and let’s see some goals and good footy.