Portsmouth (Away)
Premier League

Monday 1st January 2007

With Ledley King missing and a striker crisis with two not 100% and Jermain Defoe to pair with one of them, it will take a fine performance to get anything against Portsmouth, who are doing better than most people expected this season.

The buys that Harry Redknapp has made have fitted the pattern of the team he wanted to play and have gelled well, with ex-Spurs Pamarot, Davis and Mendes all finding form with a run of games.  It is not a false position they are in and at home they are strong, so Tottenham need to get into the game quickly and take the play to them.

Hopefully, we will bounce back from the defeat by Liverpool and show what we can do, by picking up a point away from home for a change.

PREDICTION : -  Portsmouth  1   Tottenham Hotspur   1

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PORTSMOUTH :  -  Lomana Lualua (knee); Dejan Stefanovic (knee)

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR : -  Teemu Tainio (ankle); Robbie Keane (knee); Jermaine Jenas (ankle); Aaron Lennon (knee); Paul Stalteri (knee); Mido (groin); Ledley King (foot)


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Portsmouth   1   Tottenham Hotspur    1      (Half-time score : 1-0)

Premier League
Venue : -  Fratton Park
Monday 1st January 2007
Kick Off :  3.00 p.m.
Crowd :   20,194
Referee :  Andre Marriner (West Midlands)
Weather :  -  Bright, rain in the first half and second half
Teams : - 
Portsmouth :


Pamarot (Kranjcar 13)

O'Neil (c) (Cole 73)
Pedro Mendes


Unused subs

Tottenham Hotspur :

Robinson (c)

YP Lee

Ghaly (Murphy 46)
Malbranque (Gardner 79)


Unused subs

Colours : -  (kits courtesy of http://www.colours-of-football.com)

Tottenham Hotspur
Scorers : -  

Mwurawari 30

Tottenham Hotspur

Malbranque 50

Cards : -  

Taylor (foul) 48   


Tottenham Hotspur 

Tainio (foul) 47
YP Lee (kicking ball away) 61
Davenport (foul) 63
Mabranque (handball) 79  


Match Report : -  
For long periods of the first half, it seemed as though our awayday form would continue to disappoint, but a spirited second half showing earned Spurs a point with a confident passing display.

The early play centred around our former full back Noe Pamarot.  Within seconds of the start, he stuck a boot up into Hossam Ghaly's head and knocked out four teeth and cut his lip.  This lead to several minutes of treatment before he left the pitch and then he was off for some time getting stitched up.  Luckily for Spurs, some sort of divine retribution struck the French defender, as he pulled a hamstring to depart after 13 minutes.

For a lot of the match, referee Andre Marriner seemed to be more willing to give free-kicks than let play progress to see if any advantage accrued.  It was hard, because as the rain fell down, the players could not stop themselves in challenges, but when we came out of the game with four bookings to the one for the home side, it begged belief, when players like Glen Johnson committed a series of fouls on Spurs players throughout the first half.  It was also typified by the regularity in which Spurs gave away free-kicks in dangerous situations to a side well known for their dead ball routines.

Spurs started well, with Defoe testing James with a low shot and Calum Davenport did well to block a Kanu shot at the other end, in what was to prove a portent for things to come.  Campbell did the same to Berbatov's effort but when the play moved towards  the Tottenham penalty area, it all went wrong.  Losing possession in midfield, the ball was moved to Benjani 25 yards out.  He took the ball on a little and then drove a shot on goal that flew up off Davenport's block and went over Paul Robinson's dive to hit the net with Pompey's first effort on goal on the half hour.

It was a blow to Tottenham, who were pushed back, with Robbo being required to punch a Mendes free-kick away and Huddlestone to block another free-kick from Davis and then a header from the same player.  Matthew Taylor nearly sliced a clearance past James as Defoe went through and Campbell came in to clear himself.

At half-time, Jol decided that Ghaly could not carry on, so Danny Murphy came on in midfield to pick up where he left off against Liverpool on Saturday, when he had a good game.  His prompting made Spurs move forward with a bit more purpose and after Taino and Taylor had exchanged yellow cards, a cross to the far post was taken down by Berba, but nicked off his foot by Davenport, whose shot was parried aside by David James.  However, the Pompey keeper had no chance a couple of minutes later.

Murphy got the ball in the corner of the penalty box by the dead ball line and made Glen Johnson look foolish with a neat turn that sent the full back sailing past him.  Having made a yard, he looked up and knocked a dinked cross to the far post, where Steed Malbranque was free to nod home past the goalie to equalise from inside the six yard box.

Portsmouth tried to hit back, with the rain lashing down and the crowd behind them.  Kanu brought a save from Robinson with a header and Kranjcar sent s shot wide of the target from outside the area, as did Mendes.  Spurs were not exactly helping themselves when Lee got booked for kicking the ball away and Davenport got a yellow for fouling O'Neil, but luckily, Taylor could only shoot his free-kick against the defensive wall.  Dawson threw a trademark block to prevent a shot reaching Robinson and when Spurs broke, Defoe made James dive to stop a curling effort after turning away from a couple of players on the edge of the area.  Huddlestone brought an even better save form the Portsmouth keeper, as he struck a half volley (off his shin) with power and James had to be sharp to turn it away for a corner at the foot of his post.

Malbranque's last involvement was a caution for handball before he left the field to be replaced by Anthony Gardner.  Benjani was off target from the resulting chance but when Gardner fouled Kranjcar, he got up to hit a free-kick wide and then Gardner was on the spot to charge down a shot from Andrew Cole.  The home side put in a late surge with Primus and Campbell heading wide and Mendes and Davis putting shots wide of the goal, but Tottenham had earned a point which they deserved for a controlled performance.

It was not a performance that cried out that we would win the game, but at least we showed a bit more desire away from the Lane and we should get more points on the road if we play a bit more like this more often.






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For all the comments about the kick in the head that Hossam Ghaly got from Noe Pamarot, a few things should be noted.

When it was said that Ghaly ducked his head, if Pamarot's boot had made contact with him when he was standing upright, it would have given him a nasty kick in the middle of his chest ... and Gazza got booked for that in the 1991 FA Cup Final, when everyone was saying he should have been sent off.

Whether Pamarot meant to do it or not, is irrelevant.  It was a dangerous challenge and one which should have been punished.  When you saw some of the soft bookings Marriner gave out later, you feel that he let it go because it was so early in the match.




Other scores this weekend :
Fulham 0 Watford 0 Monday
Liverpool 3 Bolton Wanderers 0 Monday
Manchester City 2 Everton 1 Monday
Middlesbrough 3 Sheffield United 1 Monday
Newcastle United 2 Manchester United 2 Monday
Reading 6 West Ham United 0 Monday
Wigan Athletic 0 Blackburn Rovers 3 Monday
Arsenal 4 Charlton Athletic 0 Tuesday
Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 0 Tuesday



League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Manchester United 22 17 3 2 49 15 54 +34
2 Chelsea 22 14 6 2 37 17 48 +20
3 Liverpool 22 12 4 6 32 16 40 +16
4 Arsenal 22 11 6 5 41 19 39 +22
5 Bolton Wanderers 22 12 3 7 27 21 39 +6
6 Portsmouth 22 10 6 6 33 22 36 +11
7 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 22 9 5 8 26 28 32 -2
8 Everton 22 8 7 7 27 22 31 +5
9 Reading 22 9 3 10 30 29 30 +1
10 Manchester City 22 8 5 9 19 25 29 -6
11 Blackburn Rovers 21 8 4 9 24 29 28 -5
12 Fulham 22 6 9 7 22 32 27 -10
13 Aston Villa 22 5 11 6 23 25 26 -2
14 Newcastle United 22 7 5 10 23 28 26 -5
15 Middlesbrough 22 6 6 10 21 27 24 -6
16 Sheffield United 22 6 5 11 17 29 23 -12
17 Wigan Athletic 21 6 4 11 23 32 22 -9
18 West Ham United 22 5 3 14 12 33 18 -21
19 Charlton Athletic 22 4 4 14 17 40 16 -23
20 Watford 20 1 9 10 12 26 12 -14



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