Another hot and sunny afternoon at Fratton Park only this week Pompey scored on ninety minutes to clinch a vital first home win of the season. The game was really a poor game again and Pompey showed no urgency until the final few minutes as they and the unusually quiet crowd seemed fall asleep; they even let a certain David Prutton get away with his former allegiances.
The game started with Scunthorpe taking an early lead through top scorer Leon Clarke as the visitors cut Pompey open with too much easy. It was just six minutes though before the home side were level with Gabor Gyepes slamming home a loose ball following a corner. Keeper Sam Slocombe was injured in that incident and was soon to be replaced by sub stopper James Severn who was soon to play a key role in the match.
Pompey were awarded their first penalty of the season when debutant Wes Thomas was tripped on the edge of the box. Brian Howard hit the ball well enough but the replacement guessed correctly and made an excellent save. A few minutes later Izale McLeod cut in from the left and hit a wonderful shot which came cannoning back off the bar.
The second half was then totally forgettable until Pompey as they did against Swindon finished strongly. Dumbaya had a shot well saved and then Wes Thomas chased a long ball down into the corner and then when Howard managed to get a cross in Thomas was at the back stick to bundle in the winner with his head.
There was still time for McLeod clean through to dither over the chance and when it seemed simpler to score hammer his shot against the left hand post.
However the crowd of just 10,995 went home happy with three points in the bag and a win is a win after all. To be honest though it was hardly deserved and the hard working visitors probably deserved a point.
On Tuesday Pompey make their first ever competitive appearance at Yeovil followed by another first a game at MK Dons. Neither game is easy but the side must start to pick up points on a regular basis. It was not helped though with what looked like a hamstring injury to Darel Russell but Johnny Ertl looked good coming on a playing in the same role.
The latest news on the ‘Trialists` seen at Eastleigh this week is that Akos Buzsáky is waiting for a deal with an unnamed club in Italy but that Boa Morte just wants too much.
Number 28 your time is up
Ex Pompey midfield star Sean Davis has been forced to retire due to a persistent knee injury at the age of just 33.
“I`ve made the decision to retire from football but it`s been something I`ve had time to think about and reflect on because of the amount of time I`ve been injured,” he told Sky Sports. For three years I`ve been out.
“I`ve tried coming back and it`s not been quite right, that`s something that is hard to take.”
Sean joined Pompey in January 2006 along with Pedro Mendes and Noe Pamarot from Spurs and played a major role in the Great Escape. He joined Bolton in July 2009 on a free and played over 100 games for Pompey. Always a prankster he famously joined Gary O`Neil in the 2006/07 season allowing their hair to grow until they next scored a goal.
Sean was always a driving force in the blues midfield and until the superstars arrived was a regular. Good luck to Sean in his enforced retirement.
Hope you enjoyed the midweek special we did titled Slugging it out! It was the top story that day on Newsnow so some people must have read it. It was of course intended as a bit of a laugh and intended to lift the gloom. The News the next night ran a similar angle only as a rapper`s story.
The crowd at the Park yesterday made it known quite clearly that they are not interested in seeing Portpin back as the owners of the club again. There was talk before the match of a protest in the car park during the game but I have no knowledge of what happened.
There is of course still no news from PKF or the Football League on the matter so we just have to keep waiting. Of interest though is the fact that is the fact that Trevor Birch nas not been seen at Fratton Park for more than two weeks! Interesting eh?
Appy is he still Appy?
I am told that Appy did not appear to be his old self in recent TV interviews including last week`s Football Focus. Cannot say that is really surprising when he must seem to be fighting the whole of the football world on his own and having to deal wth everything thrown at him. He must surely be getting to the stage where he has had enough.
Then to add to that there are now some ‘fans` asking if he will be sacked!! What a joke he has shown loyalty beyond what anyone could have believed and it is he who has attracted players to Fratton over the last few months. Agreed we are not winning but without him we would not have a side at all!!
In Appy we trust!!
Meanwhile, Appleton has confirmed Hermann Hreidarsson is no longer training with the Blues. The veteran defender has returned to Iceland to manage home-town club IBV. Hermann if we have not said it before thanks for all the fun and we will never forget you!!
What was your favourite Hermann moment?
Thomas joined Bournemouth – initially on loan – from Crawley in August 2011 and has scored 11 goals in 42 appearances for Pompey`s south coast neighbours.
He started his career at non-league level, playing for Waltham Forest, Thurrock and Fisher Athletic, before signing for Dagenham & Redbridge in 2008.
Thomas moved to Cheltenham two years later, scoring 19 goals in 43 appearances during his single season at Whaddon Road.
He then joined Crawley, but spent just three months with the Sussex side before departing for Bournemouth. Scored on his debut against Scunthorpe United.
Just too much
One of the saddest stories of the week was the news that Steve Kean has finally been driven out at Blackburn Rovers. Rovers fans say they want a well run club and they were aiming their protests more at the owners who were many thousands of miles away.
Sorry but for me it got to personal and Kean handled himself with great dignity during whole sad affair. Let`s all hope that he finds another job in football soon and perhaps take a club to success which would be one in the eye for the Ewood fans.
John Bond RIP
Also sad to note the passing of one of the characters of the game in John Bond who died at the age of seventy nine in the week. Taught his football at the academy that was West Ham in the 50s when he retired he became a successful manager at a great list of clubs including Bournemouth, Norwich and Manchester City. He was the father of former Pompey coach Kevin.