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Portsmouth 2 - Manchester City 1

Fratton Park

10/02/2007 17:15

Attendance: 19344

City Sinking Fast

There are some websites around where criticism of anything Manchester City is taboo. Regardless of the direction the club is heading in, criticism is seen as treason and your loyalty as a supporter is brought into question. The message to those websites and their contributors has to be wake up, smell the coffee and welcome to the real world. Manchester City are in trouble and in real danger of going down if two of the four teams below us can find some form.

After Saturday's game much gloss was put on yet another defeat, with pointers being made to an improved performance. The problem is last weeks defeat to Reading was also an improved performance and that also ended in defeat. A remaining 12 games of improved performances will count for little unless Stuart Pearce and his team can deliver where it matters, that is by winning games.

City were simply awful in the first 45 minutes at Pompey. The 5-3-2 formation that served the team well over Christmas isn't working. Perhaps the calibre of opposition is responsible for that; Harry Redknapp certainly highlighted City's formation as being one to be exploited.

The second half was rather better on the eye than the yellow shirts for those of the blue persuasion. Corradi's headed equaliser left you wondering why he can't do that consistently and for a short time afterwards City threatened. Unfortunately the defence has now lowered its once fine standards and Kanu found himself unmarked on 81 minutes to seal the points for Pompey and put City in the bottom five.

A couple of interesting points emerged from the game. Barton's foul on Mendes. Was it deliberate and therefore worthy of a red card? Sorry I can't tell you whether it was deliberate or not. Only Joey knows that, not I, nor Stuart Pearce and certainly not Harry Redknapp. The referee called it as he saw it just as he did with the two penalties for handball that he didn't give City's way. For Portsmouth and their supporters to compare it with Thatcher's assault on the same player earlier in the season is ridiculous. I ask if it had been Dabo, Ireland or Sun who had committed the same foul would there have been such an outcry? Quite simply no.

Finally I can't stand Fratton Park. Pundits claim it is intimidating and has a great atmosphere. Well if you like drums, bells and der der na na sort of noise I suppose your right. For me it's a ramshackle hovel that needs demolishing. And someone please give the fans something interesting to sing. It isn't atmosphere it's noise and bloody awful noise at that.

Star Player

Ball .... Only because he impressed at times in a position where few have impressed this season.

Manager Rating

Stuart Pearce really needs to start delivering results and to do that he must ditch the god awful 5-3-2 formation. Anyone can see it isn't working.

Opponent Rating

Portsmouth deserved their win and fair play to them they are moving forward as a club by investing in good players. Good luck for the rest of the season but ditch the noise.

The journalist

Writer: Andy Leggott Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 12 2007

Time: 11:45AM

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The "noise" as you put it is loyal support, nothing wrong with that. Met a couple of City fans in the Good Companion pub prior to kick off, had a good chat - they felt very disillusioned with your manager, the attitude of some of your players and also some of your supporters. No matter what happens on the field, you should always stand by your players and get behind them. You may have noticed that this is what we do - look at what happened when you equalised on Saturday. There was a moment of silence from us, then we just upped the volume and got behind our side - how many clubs in the Prem actually do that nowadays? Not many, their faces are all stuffed full of Prawn sarnies. Play Up Pompey!!
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12/02/2007 12:27:00

The backing of your supporters is not in question. I tend to like variety in my football songs however and can't abide drums, bells and second hand Ingerland der der ders. We are allowed personal taste I assume? As for loyal support? I've been there, seen it and done it. However the right to criticise is important and valid. Don't let it spill into the stands I agree, but questions should be asked between games.
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12/02/2007 13:14:00

Paying their wages gives us the right to criticise BUT however rubbish they are for 90 mins you have to get behind them. Pompey have a great reputation for not being ones to only sing when they win!
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12/02/2007 14:11:00

as for our ramshackle stadium, you are correct it needs demolishing, us pompey fans have to put up with it every week. Trouble is we sit in the second most condensely populated City in England, building a new stadium is not an easy solution
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12/02/2007 21:44:00

Maybe, but there are 3 ****e teams at least below you that will keep you up, for this season anyway.
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12/02/2007 22:12:00

Our problem is planning permission. With residential accommodation directly behind the Milton End (away end in your case), the Planning Committee of the City Council have already denied permission for a cover to go above the away end.

Our ground is the original site of the club, we have never been anywhere else - we were founded in 1898 and there are many pictures showing that nothing was really around the ground that time apart from a load of trees and open ground. Now of course as mentioned by paultsmouth, we are in the second most densely populated city, but not just in England - it is in fact third most densely populated in Europe.

We are therefore not in a position to be fortunate enough like you to be "given" a new stadium free of charge, we have to pay for our way and we do at least own our own ground and land - something you cannot say now.
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13/02/2007 00:13:00

Is it too early to blame Pearces Involvement in the Under 21's
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13/02/2007 09:04:00

pompeyblue .... rethink 'given' ..... MCFC certainly did have to contribute to the redevelopment from athletics to football stadium. Cheaper yes ..... but not free. I suppose you can't let a good myth get in the way of the truth though. Fratton Park is atrocious for top flight football whatever your arguments. If it's not safe to stand at football then it's certainly not safe to even go to the toilet in your away end. How it gets a licence is beyond me.
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13/02/2007 10:07:00

mcfcandy has been spoilt, i thought it was southern softies?
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13/02/2007 19:52:00

With yobs playing for you like Barton, it's not at all safe standing on a pitch either when City are around mcfcandy - it's certainly safer standing on the away end than anywhere near Barton that's for sure!

As for the state of our ground - so what? It has served us well over the years and we are just as fed up waiting for a new stadium as you are, but until we hold the Commonwealth Games down here then we're going to have to wait a bit longer. I seem to remember many a time when I was at Maine Road that it was far from safe at times, but did you hear us complain? I don't think so.
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