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It just gets better. On a day in which we draw Chelsea (again!!!) in the Carling Cup, are linked to prisoner #238 from the toon and have Thiago Motta tell us to piss off for offering him a pay as you play deal we face yet another tough looking fixture.

Since we've been promoted back to the top-flight Alain Perrin is the only manager to get us a result at Goodison. A pretty decent 1-0 win at the start of the 05/06 season in which Salif Diao was MOTM on his debut :howler:

Jermain Defoe has recovered from a virus, brought on by not seeing a football for the past few weeks. Jerome Thomas is out so we lineup like we did against Man Utd on Monday, with the possibility for a return to the 3-5-2 which saw us tear up Div 1 five years ago.

I'm gonna be uncharacteristcally optimistic and predict a one goal win for us today, altho according to twitchy this makes me a cretin.

PUP PPU!!!

oh and the scum have just lost. At home. To Blackpool. Maybe the day is starting to take a turn for the better?
 

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Today's lineup

 

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YAS!!! We've scored one of those things....a goal I believe its called in football circles.

Lovely work from Defoe and a super finish, 1-0
 

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Hmmmm, 3-0 win away looks good to me! Defoe was awesome and hopefully he can stay injury-free for a while now.

I was out-of-touch for awhile and want to know: what happened to Pedro Mendes? Did they trade/sell him?

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Total sh*t against Chelsea, Total football yesterday ;)

Can't fault anyone in black (except Halsey and his equally rubbish assistants), with GJ and Armand thriving in their role as wingbacks. Twitchy finally took the risk of playing 3-5-2 in the premiership and it paid off big time, Diop was far better in the centre with Davis having another sterling game after impressing vs Man Utd. Lassie was his usual flawless self.

All 3 goals were a joy to behold with the little and large (groan) partnership finally flourishing with long overdue support from midfield and out wide.

Everton's tactics basically involved running into any of our 6 foot plus players and throwing themselves to the ground. It worked once, but thankfully Jamo was on top form (and a mile off his line) to thwart the fat Yak.

Last time we played 3 at the back under Redknapp we walked away with the title, anything less this season would be a disappointment.

PUP PPU, onwards to Boro at home! (after a shitty international break)
 

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FT: Everton 0 - 3 Portsmouth

30 August 2008

EVERTON 0 POMPEY 3



Pompey’s first victory of the season came in stunning fashion, with three delightful goals crushing Everton at Goodison Park.

The Blues were unchanged from the side that lost to Manchester United at Fratton Park on Monday, although Djimi Traore did replace the injured Jerome Thomas on the bench.

There was a change of system however, with Glen Johnson and Armand Traore deployed as wing-backs in a 3-5-2 formation.

It seemed to have the desired effect as the Blues took the lead with their first chance of the match on 12 minutes.

Distin’s long throw from the left was flicked on by Peter Crouch for Jermain DEFOE, who held off several challenges before turning and rolling a perfectly-placed shot into the bottom left corner of Tim Howard’s net.

He almost added a second goal five minutes later when the Everton defence failed to deal with a cross into the area, but Howard dived acrobatically to his right to push Defoe’s strike around the post.

But only a combination of good luck and brilliant goalkeeping from David James prevented the Toffees from levelling on 22 minutes.

When former Fratton favourite Yakubu found Mikel Arteta unmarked in the area, it looked like a regulation finish for the Spanish midfielder. But James had other ideas and somehow got to the ball and pushed it onto the post. The loose ball then fell back at the feet of Arteta, but he scuffed his shot straight into James’ arms.

Younes Kaboul then had to make a clearance off the line when Leighton Baines’ cross was headed back across goal by James Vaughan.

But Pompey extended their advantage with a goal that oozed class on 40 minutes. Johnson passed to Defoe, who held onto the ball while his team-mate burst into the area. It was then returned to JOHNSON, who controlled with his right-foot before sliding a left-foot shot into the net.

Half Time: Everton 0 Pompey 2

Everton had an excellent opportunity to peg Pompey back just two minutes into the second half, when referee Mark Halsey awarded a soft-looking penalty after Vaughan went down under pressure from Johnson.

Yakubu stepped up to take the spot-kick and tried to make James commit himself early, but the Blues keeper did not budge until the last possible moment, diving to his right to push the ball clear.

Everton were enjoying plenty of possession but on the few instances that they got past Pompey’s defence, they found James in his usual sparkling form.

He was keeping out everything that the hosts could throw at him and comfortably saved Leon Osman’s effort from the edge of the box on 57 minutes.

And Pompey sealed victory with another exquisite goal on 68 minutes – although there might be an argument between Defoe and Crouch over who claims it.

Defoe played a neat one-two with Sean Davis – with the latter back-heeling the ball into the former’s path – before floating in a 20-yard shot that cannoned off the underside of the bar. The ball appeared to have crossed the line but CROUCH made sure with a simple header from virtually on the goal-line.

Yakubu and Joleon Lescott both went close for Everton in the closing stages, as the hosts looked to salvage some pride.

But Pompey comfortably played out the last few minutes to record an impressive – and emphatic - away victory ahead of the international break.

Pompey: James; Kaboul, Campbell (c), Distin; Johnson, A Traore (Hreidarsson 77); Diop, Diarra, Davis (Mvuemba 90); Defoe (Utaka 76), Crouch

Goals: Defoe 12, Johnson 40, Crouch 68

Subs not used: Ashdown, Lauren, D Traore, Sahar

Everton: Howard; Neville, Yobo, Lescott, Baines; Arteta, Jagielka, Rodwell, Osman (Baxter 71); Vaughan (Anichebe 58), Yakubu

Booked: Baines

Subs not used: Turner, Jacobsen, Valente, Kissock, Wallace

Referee: Mark Halsey

Attendance: 34,418
 
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