It’s always been a laugh to cheer “shoooooot” whenever anyone who has recently scored an amazing goal gets the ball, but recently this has been happening a lot at Fratton Park…
Pedro Mendes has always been the main culprit, with Pompey fans screaming “shoot” at the top of their voices at any given opportunity. He more often than not obliges to astounding effect. His three firecrackers against Manchester City, plus two great finishes against Reading and West Ham in previous years have defences worried every time he gets the ball from a corner.
Aside from Pedro, recent seasons have also brought great long range finishing for Matty Taylor. His unbelievable strikes against Sunderland and Everton will live long in the memory, and his low shot against Newcastle wasn’t bad either.
This season has seen the emergence of several fantastic goals from distance from Pompey players, none more so than Niko Kranjcar. The free kick against Birmingham was something special and the Fulham goal last year was an amazing way to score your first for your new club.
Noe Pamarot smacked one in against Newcastle, and has been trying to repeat the feat ever since. Glen Johnson has had several shots from distance trouble many a keeper, and Benjani has also shown that he isn’t a ‘Quashie’ with great goals against Reading and Newcastle.
Sean Davis has always tried his luck from any angle, and he thought he’d got his first goal in over a year only for the dubious goals panel to rule his effort against Reading as an own goal. Throw Dave Nugent’s belter that struck the post into the equation, and Pompey have a pretty formidable firepower in their squad.
With Sulley Ali Muntari recently coming good in the best way possible with two of the best strikes I’ve seen in a long time, the inevitable cheers will soon be gracing our terraces for many games to come.
I have a feeling that I’ll be continuously chanting “shoot” for the foreseeable future…
Written by jbaker.
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