This time last year Pompey were sucumbing to Fulham in preparation for our FA cup final, nothing so glamourous this time out, a sort of relegation battle with Blackburn awaits, although both teams are on the edge of safety if not mathematically so.
Sam Allardyce has declared that Rovers are going all out for the win, just what you expect you’re home team to do really, I suppose he is making this statement to pacify the home fans, and maybe make Paul Hart field a defensive side once more.
Kanu is the man saying Pompey should be a bit more ‘expansive’, but if we have Hughes and Mullins together once more, we won’t really have the tools to do so.
Blackburn Team News:
Rovers may well have Samba as an emergency striker once more, Santa Cruz and Roberts are both crocked, and Benni McCarthy is the only out and out striker in contention, Derbyshire having gone out on loan.
David Dunn remains one of the more injury prone players around, and he is joined by Emerton and long term Steven Reid.
Player to watch: McCarthy
The onus is on Benjani’s mate to get the goals, and he seems to be very hit or miss this season.
Pompey Team News:
Hopefull Glen Johnson will regain full fitness in time for the game, Pamarot is suspended, Wilson hamstrung and Kaboul is still carrying another thigh strain, if all fail to make the team, a young youth team player called Linvoy Primus may be forced into the fray.
Nugent may well come back into the side, probably in the wide role he unselfishly works rather than partnering Crouch, but you never know!
Player to watch: James
Played like Shrek’s faithful sidekick last week, needs to bounce back quick.
Match Facts & Stats
Tony Adams picked up a rare win against Rovers at home, Pompey edging a 5 goal game, but generally Blackburn run us close in all games, winning nine more than us since the war.
Terry Hall (Coventry-on-Manchester)
Not normally many draws between us, but neither side wants to lose, hedge a bet here.
Nice Monday nighter against Sunderland to conclude our home fixtures