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Hull City 0-0 Portsmouth: Match Report

10-man Portsmouth battled hard to earn a point at the KC Stadium but could have left with all three if luck was on their side.

Whilst the result does little damage to the two sides’ fight for survival, fans on either side will be thinking, wondering and pondering whether their side should have bitten the bullet and played with a  more attacking approach.

Pompey fans in particular will be feeling these emotions after manager Paul Hart made only one change from the side that was victorious against Everton a fortnight ago. Richard Hughes replaced the injured Sean Davis, starting alongside another defensively minded midfielder Hayden Mulllins.

In a game of few chances, it could have been described as a high tempo affair but with both sides lacking that final end product. Both managers will be unsure whether to consider the end result to be a ‘point gained’ or ‘two points lost’.

The best chance of the game came in the dying minutes, with Icelandic defender Hermann Hreidarsson connecting with a Nadir Belhadj free-kick, only to see his header bounce off the inside of the post.

Glen Johnson of all players was the man to be sent off for Pompey, after receiving a dubious second yellow card for an ‘innocuous’ challenge on Hull winger Dean Marney.

The England international received his first yellow card for kicking out at Guinean defender Kamil Zayatte. Many Hull fans believed the former Chelsea player should have been off minutes later for a ‘crude’ challenge on Brazilian playmaker Geovanni. However the Pompey favourite only received a ‘harsh’ warning from referee Chris Foy.

One of Hull’s best chances of the game fell to Manucho who then was unable to convert cleanly with a cross provided by former Bolton Wanderers player, Bernard Mendy, instead volleying over from close range.

David James was forced into action early in the second half, having to rush to the edge of his area to produce a point-blank save against Hull forward, Craig Fagan.

Local boy Nick Barmby nearly produced a winner whilst at the same time nearly scoring his 100th goal but was unable to produce a powerful enough header.

Soon afterwards, the player I stated to watch out for in the preview, David Nugent, wasted a good opportunity for Portsmouth by heading over the bar after connecting with Peter Crouch’s cross.

Johnson’s dubious sending off would have perhaps had many Pompey fans worried but after some mild pressure from the Hull frontline, Portsmouth managed to hold in and nearly nick it at the end with a ‘Herminator header’.

Pompey now remain unbeaten on the road in their last three league outings under new manager Paul Hart and will be looking to capitalise on this result by picking up an important three points this weekend against West Bromwich Albion.

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  1. I*T*P*L

    7 April, 2009 at 15:22

    Good review, I expect you to pull away from the relegation zone now, as you’ve found the stability under Hart that you lacked with Adams. From what I’ve seen of you fromt he two matches against Stoke you’re by no means in the worst three teams in the league.

    Can I suggest you include a picture or two next time, just to break up the article and make it a bit more attractive. Also, what’s with all the stuff at the top?

  2. Oscar Tollast

    12 April, 2009 at 11:56

    Cheers for the response I*T*P*L.

    The stability under Hart is probably due to Brian Kidd more than any one else. Hart has been labelled an older version of Adams.

    Whilst I am grateful for Hart being manager and the stability he brought to the side, his approach to games at times has been too defensive.

    We should have been more attacking in games against Boro, Hull, Stoke and now West Brom.

    Thank you for the advice about including images – I will try to incorporate a few in the next article.

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