Date: 3rd October 2009 at 9:18am
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Did anyone ever read Peter Nash’s Striker in ‘the Sun’?
For those that did, it finished suddenly because the writer was lost for creative inspiration, he felt his storylines were getting a bit at far out.
Well Nashie my old son, you should of looked no further than Fratton park, swap Warbury for Pompey and you had cartoon gold!
I do wonder if this was the route Striker was taking, the last we saw of it a rich arab was arriving to buy a club on its knees after being run into the ground by a former owner, sound familiar?

Anyway, apart from the latest episode of Frattonenders, Pompey were looking to build on a much improved performance against Everton, the passion and endeavour were there, the finish and ultimately luck, were not.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Hart and Peter Storrie have both spoken of being ‘firefighters’ this week, a nice analogy, a one if it were to be true would see Fratton ablaze.
Just when you think Pompey have turned a corner, another chapter opens up and Pompey indulge in another dip on a footballing rollercoaster.

Mick McCarthy doesn’t have all the off-field drama to contend with, but he has noted that the match is an early six-pointer, both teams recognising their situations in the Premier league.

Wolves Team News:

Castillo popped a hamstring in last weeks thumping by Sunderland a should be replaced by Kightly.
Doyle will be on the wing to highlight what Pompey could of had if they had more than 2′ and 6 to rub together.
Iwelumo may return to the squad after injury to boost the attacking options.

Player to watch: Mancienne

The on-loan Chelsea man is seen as one of England’s greatest defending prospects, Pompey will need to find a way past him to register a first point.

Pompey Team News:

Pompey will probably look no further than the team that performed admirably, although fruitlessly last week.
The most at risk must be Mokoena, Yebeda is pushing hard for his spot, and Hart may well go for his greater power in the centre.
Piquionne was dumped from the squad last week, but 2 goals in a midweek reserve outing should at least see him make the bench.

Player to watch: Boateng

Spurs fans will wonder what all the fuss is about, but the Prince has a looked a great prospect so far and Pompey will be looking to him to inspire us.

Match Facts & Stats

It’s 5 years since we’ve met, but 6 and a half since a goal between these 2 old stalwarts of the second tier of football.

Ref Watch:

Cathal Smythe

Match Prediction:

You have to go back to 1997 with a Paul Hall goal to find the last time Pompey won at Wolves, how do you think we will fare today? Hedge a bet here.

Next Fixtures:

Spurs at Fratton in two weeks, will floppy chops be there?