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Hughes' Reserved Expectations For Pompey Clash

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Mark Hughes has hardly delivered a rallying cry to the Official Site this morning as our travelling Blues make the long trip south to hear the Chimes...

We shouldn't be too surprised at the manager's guarded view for the trip to Portsmouth but again, I can't help but feel disappointed that we're not hearing real defiance and the beginnings of a battling siege mentality. Something we thought would be guaranteed with Hughes' arrival at Eastlands.

'It will be a tough game, Fratton Park is always a hard place to go to but they are having a bit of a difficult time of it at the moment. They will be looking to turn their season around somewhat.

'It won't be easy but to use an old cliché, there are no easy games in the Premier League. If you don't attain a certain level, you won't win games. We have to make sure that we are up for the challenge.

'Hopefully by the time we get to the game there will have been good news on the injury front, because we are a little bit light because of a few knocks that are around, but we are going there with the view that we can get a positive result.

'They will be certainly looking to improve their performance of that day (last year's six niller), and we will be looking to match what we produced back then. We were exceptional on that, our attacking play was as good as I have seen from any team for quite some time. I would be delighted if we can replicate that.

'Portsmouth still has a good team with good, solid Premier League players that understand what it takes to win in this division. It won't be easy because Fratton Park is always an intimidating atmosphere and you have to deal with that. We'll go with hopes we can get a positive result, but it is going to be tough.'

So yes, it's going to be tough and it won't be easy, but talk of hoping to replicate City's 6-0 performance smacks of absolute delusion and a degree of desperation.

He'd be delighted, we'd be stunned. Especially as City will be taking the field with a team missing Shaun Wright-Phillips, Stephen Ireland and possibly Robinho, nevermind Benjani.

Hamstring and thigh pulls once again to the fore.


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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 10 2009

Time: 8:59AM

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Fratton Park Pitch Inspection Underway: Pompey v City hangs in the balance this morning and a pitch inspection is under way at 0900 GMT.
Johnny Baguette
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10/01/2009 09:03:00

we will be lucky to score 1 goal today never mind anywhere near 6 ...I'm sorry but I dont have very much confidence in the players he has to choose from today.......
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10/01/2009 09:10:00

Portsmouth FC Official Site says Mike Dean is at the on pitch controls....
Johnny Baguette
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10/01/2009 09:31:00

theres a new air of confidence in pompey. Our most influential players are returning, Glen Johnson has signed a new deal, Defoe has fianaly left, and our owner has outligned where he intends to take portsmouth football club. If we can't avoid defeat now, I can't think when we will...
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10/01/2009 09:50:00

Pc, if the game goes ahead you will be greeting a City side low on morale and many of it's best players.
Johnny Baguette
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10/01/2009 10:02:00

Todays Game at Pompey Has Been Posponed Dont Travel
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10/01/2009 10:27:00

Yep confirmed on Quay radio direct from Fratton Park - Text them to return home Johnny !
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10/01/2009 10:31:00

Sent. Top man.
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10/01/2009 10:32:00


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