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Portsmouth 1-2 Rovers

Brad Friedel - 7

Defence looked solid but did the sweeping up behind them well. Few decent saves and commanded the area well. Will be annoyed at late goal.

Zurab Khizanishvili - 6

Did his job, looked stable and made no errors. Having said that if he wants to start more regularly then he'll need to contirbute more going forward, especially from right back.

Ryan Nelsen - 8

He's back, he looks like he has never been away. Commanded, won the aerial battle and lead by example. Welcome baack God.

Chris Samba - 7

Big Daddy did his usual no nonsense defending and looked very comfortable next to Nelsen. His commanding presense was again crucial to keeping level heads when Pompey laid siege for 20 minutes in the secomd half.

Bruno Berner - 6

Looked like a guy who had a long lay off in the first half our as he was caught napping several times. As the game wore on he grew into the match and looked decent towards the end. We'll be able to tell more after a few regular games but at the moment Mr.Warnock won't be bricking himself.

Dave Bentley - 6

Was doing well until he was unfortunately injured taking a knock. He attacked with purpose down the right. The 4-2-3-1 we played earlier in the year actually suits him better but he so talented he can play anywhere more or less. Hopefully he won't be out for too long if at all.

Aaron Mokoena - 7

Was doing a storming job as the holding midfielder until injury struck. Strong, won tackles, distributed better than normal. He may of broken his leg though... gutted.

David Dunn - 7

Displayed the drive that adds purpose to his game, did go missing for a bit at the start of the second half but can be pleased with his evening's work.

Morten Gamst Pedersen - 7

Well where the hell has that been???? Maximum effort, good crossing, potent shooting, good positioning, involved everone and a goal...

Roque Santa Cruz - 7

Anything decent Rovers did went through the Centre forward, held things up and is the perfect compliment for Benni Mac. His touch is getting better with each game and he gave everyone time to bomb forward in the second half to relieve the pressure.

Benni McCarthy - 9

Excellent. Took his goal well but his all round team play is better than it was last year. Getting dropped was the best thing that could of happened to him.


Brett Emerton - 6

Did his best in an unfamiliar central role, it isnt his best position but he made it work, effective but nothing special.

Matt Derbyshire - 6

See Brett Emerton. His effort will allow him to make the best of whatever position he is put in.

Keith Treacy - 6

Had little time to make an impact but his sheer entrance showed there is one more person to add into the mix... strength in depth is always welcome.

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The Journalist

Writer: Mikey Gamst Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 1 2007

Time: 12:08PM

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This team is playing like a team!! Can you guys notice how there aren't any major weakneses on this team..they are all doing their jobs! So, I cannot help thinking that this can only get better! And I hope this can be seen on the next two premiership games! (Liverpool and Manchester) to get aourselves into the top4!
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01/11/2007 12:16:00

I think what we're seeing is not individually the best XI. But one of the best teams that can play a system that is set for them.
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01/11/2007 12:24:00

"Welcome baack God" - is that a reference to our sheep? lol. Good to see Nelsen back in the team, and hopefully we can get a few more clean sheets - starting this weekend vs Liverpool. Having not seen the game, was partic interested in how Berner played, but would have liked a better performance from him than the one you described. Hopefully that is just down to getting games. We can't have Sparky signing a dud - that wouldn't be right.
Desert Kiwi
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01/11/2007 12:27:00

i dont think he is a dud matey.... just short of match fitness... if you saw him pre season he looked very good.
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01/11/2007 13:19:00

I backed your team to finish in the top four this season and get into the champions league. Great result last night at one of the hardest grounds to get a result.
will it ever happen
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01/11/2007 16:57:00

cheers will it ever happen.... It is a notoriously difficult place to go to Fratton Park. I'm glad we won and played well, sets us up for Sat.
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01/11/2007 18:30:00

Good win for you guys last night. Pompey at home are very strong so fair play.
Real Deal
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01/11/2007 20:46:00

Fair play to you, you did to us what we did to you in the league game. Good luck with the q/f draw.
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01/11/2007 22:23:00

Best Kiwi footballer by a country mile right now
ozanne park rangers
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02/11/2007 07:25:00

cheers storage matt... your right it is officially 1-1 now. Good luck until we meet again.
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02/11/2007 09:25:00

this was a good result and it sgood to hear pedersen is playin well again another player who has benefited from bein dropped! cant wait fro saturdays game!
durks de rover
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02/11/2007 17:37:00

the dropping system that Hughes uses has worked a charm... especially for players like Benni who are notoriously grumpy when dropped sometimes.
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02/11/2007 17:57:00

Superb stuff dude, a pleasure to read.
Hughes Da Man
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03/11/2007 00:34:00


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