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Ahh is it only five years ago that Teddy and Paddy struck at home to Villa to give us a 2-0 lead in our first game back in the top-flight since 1988? Later in the game Gareth Barry acted like an arse to win a pen (before being sent off), so in terms of the latter's behaviour, not much has changed at all.

However today we face a WC winning manager, not David O'Leary. Also sadly for us Gavin McCann and Marcus Allback will not be in the opposition lineup.

As usual twitchy is talking down our chances, with most players either crocked or not in his plans (Davis, Nugent) we could struggle to take advantage of the new 7 subs rule. With another horrible looking start (Man United and Everton are up after today's game) could the wobbly headed one be tipped over the edge and satisfy most tabloid journos fantasies by returning to his (other) spiritual home at the Boleyn Ground?

Wouldnt put it past us to start with Crouch on his own upfront, especially after our his success in the Community Shield last sunday (1 header won out of 40 iirc). Expect Jermain to make an appearance in the last 20 minutes when the game is already beyond us.

summat like:

James

Johnson - Campbell - Distin - Hreidarsson

Utaka - Diarra - Kaboul - Diop - Kranjcar

Crouch​

Bench - Ashdown, Lauren, Cranie, Mvuemba, Thomas, Defoe, Kanu

Sadly work means I will not be able to see yet another defeat at the Bridge, 2-0 Chelsea. Can the season just finish already?
 

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You got pumped, Kaboul in the center of midfield, lol. Embarrassing stuff. Campbell is sooo past it, it's not funny. Throughout the majority of last season, he was a liability, not to mention a year later. It's going to seem like every away game you play, it's going to be long ball to Crouch, who even with his big height, isn't even that good in the air...
 

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90 mins of utter arse. You gotta wonder if the whole game was an cry for help from twitchy to Gaydamak, getting the current squad of players to perform to their very worst to showcase the faults in the team. Kaboul should not of gone straight into midfield after next to no pre-season, Sol's performances have dropped off quite alarmingly since the end of 2007 and maybe its time for HR to have the guts to drop him in favour of Younes.

Like last week a lack of anything remotely creative in the midfield led to Defoe dropping deeper and deeper as every minute passed. Twitchy finally has his dream strikeforce but hasnt thought of bringing anyone to supply them.

The most damning thing I can say about yesterday's performance was that Diop was our best player.

oh well the only way is up. Who's next?......again?......oh ffs
 

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FT: Chelsea 4 - 0 Portsmouth

17 August 2008

CHELSEA 4 POMPEY 0



It was all over by half-time at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea roared into a three goal lead, before completing an emphatic victory with a fourth goal right at the death.

Harry Redknapp handed a Blues debut to Younes Kaboul alongside Lassana Diarra in the centre of midfield, while loan signing Jerome Thomas was on the bench.

It was Pompey who had the first chance on three minutes when Niko Kranjcar found Jermain Defoe on the edge of the area, but the striker’s shot was comfortably held by Petr Cech.

David James was called into soon after, parrying clear Frank Lampards 35-yard effort before beating Nicolas Anelka in a race to reach the ball on the edge of Pompey’s penalty box.

But the Blues keeper was soon picking the ball out of his net when Joe Cole coolly finished after latching onto Michael Ballack’s neat flick.

Anelka could have doubled the hosts’ advantage on 21 minutes but James made a fine save with his foot to deny the Frenchman.

But he did score five minutes later, heading home from virtually on the goal-line after Deco chipped the ball into the area.

Pompey could have found themselves further behind when Anelka got in behind the defence but he rolled his shot inches past the post.

With the visitors threatening very little in attack, Chelsea stepped down a gear as the first half drew to a close.

But Florent Malouda, on a substitute for Ballack, did whip in a dangerous low cross from the left that somehow evaded everyone on its way out for a throw-in.

Pompey finally came to life in the closing minutes and Cech was forced to make a decent double save to deny first Niko Kranjcar and then Peter Crouch.

But Chelsea added a third from the penalty spot when Mike Dean harshly decided that Sylvain Distin had deliberately handled Joe Cole’s cross. Lampard stepped up to confidently dispatch the spot-kick.

Half Time: Chelsea 3 Pompey 0

Anelka and Joe Cole both went close in the early stages of the second half, the former shooting just over and the latter firing narrowly wide.

But, having done most of the hard work in the opening 45 minutes, Chelsea seemed quite content to just hold on to their three goal advantage.

That allowed Pompey more of the ball but chances were still limited. Hermann Hreidarsson did connect with Kranjcar’s corner but Crouch was unable to turn the ball on target.

Arnold Mvuemba and Thomas were sent on to try to inspire Pompey but they still found it difficult to test Cech in the Chelsea goal.

A 30-yard strike from Kaboul that flew high over the bar was about as close as they got to pulling a goal back.

There was nothing for either set of supporters to get too excited about as the game drew to a close.

That was until Deco unleashed a swerving 25-yard shot on 89 minutes that James could only palm into the net.

Kaboul then went one-on-one with Cech deep into stoppage time but the Czech Republic keeper narrowed the angles and denied the Frenchman with his feet.

Pompey: James; Johnson, Campbell (c), Distin, Hreidarsson; Diop, Kaboul, Diarra (Mvuemba 68), Kranjcar (Thomas 73); Defoe, Crouch

Booked: James

Subs not used: Ashdown, Lauren, Cranie, Traore, Utaka

Chelsea: Cech; Bosingwa (Ferreira 84), Carvalho, Terry (c), A Cole; Ballack (Malouda 38), Mikel, Lampard; Deco, J Cole (Wright-Phillips 78); Anelka

Goals: J Cole 12, Anelka 26, Lampard (pen) 45, Deco 89

Subs not used: Hilario, Alex, Bridge, Di Santo

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 41,468
 

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I only saw a few minutes of the game. Pompey played at the same time as the FCN and afterwards I saw the result before I saw any match coverage. I watched it until the 0-2 and well, it wasn't good, no.

Twitchy finally has his dream strikeforce but hasnt thought of bringing anyone to supply them.
This is awful to watch, but it's even more awful when two teams you like play such a nonesense. :(

oh, on Monday Pompey and the Glubb play again at the same time... damn
 
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