Pompey lurch into their 7th game of the season tomorrow still in search of a maiden win.
After the feeling that we had turned a significant corner last Saturday, Tuesday’s events at Selhurst brought us crashing back to reality.
This season is starting to have a few too many parallels with last’s for my liking, we are a couple of points better off for sure, but our team cobbled almost together in the last few days of the transfer window are yet to fire. The papers are full of talk that we will give someone a thrashing soon, maybe so, but I would take a scrappy 1-0 win at the moment, I don’t care who scores, how it goes in, anything!
2 goals in 6 league outings is a very poor stat, Pompey can bleat all about luck as much as they want, in fact both our two goals had quite an element of that about them anyway, Ciftci had a deflected goal against reading and Kitson was left to roll into an empty net after a defensive cock-up. It really is time for Pompey to stand up and show us fans they have the fight for another season of re-establishment after the traumas of the last couple of years.
Sheffield Utd Team News:
United have a couple of doubts, Chris Morgan is pushing for a return after a calf injury, while neither Kyle Bartley or Nyron Nosworthy enjoyed their debut evenings.
United of course crashed at home midweek to Scunthorpe, the match had a few similarities to Pompey’s defeat at Selhurst, periods of dominance culled by the sucker-punch.
Player to watch: Cresswell
Been around for a good while now, only one goal so far, but he will give Pompey’s creaking back line another thourough examination tomorrow.
Pompey Team News:
Pompey have a slight doubt over David Nugent, he should make it, other than that Mokoena should return while Steve Cotterill may well drop Kanu to the bench after 2 games in a week from the OAP. Joel Ward probably did enough to prove he is a more natural option than Mullins at right back, while John Utaka must be in contention for his 80th second chance.
Player to watch: Lawrence
Bit predictable maybe, but our new signing looks the most likely to have the keys to unlock a Sheffield defence hellbent on not capitulating again.
Match Facts & Stats
A 1-1 draw last time out at Bramall lane, our goal was by Gary O’Neil, a goal that I believe allowed him and Sean Davies to get a haircut after a pre-season bet!
I’m sick of saying it, but can we break our duck at last? Yorkshire used to be quite a happy hunting ground a while back, will tomorrow be a return to winning ways? Stick your guess here.
Leicester in the cup, followed by Leicester in the league.