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11 Feb 2013 17:04:33

Hartlepool vs Portsmouth Preview

Pompey aim to avoid two unwanted club records.

Pompey travel to Hartlepool tomorrow evening looking to avoid the ultimate embarrassment of two club records and going bottom of League One.

Team News

Frankie Sutherland has returned to QPR after his loan spell was cancelled early but otherwise Guy Whittingham and Andy Awford have no new injury worries.

The Match

The 1975/1976 season gave Portsmouth Football Club two unwanted club records. The team went without a win for 19 games and were also beaten 9 times in a row. The latter record was also equalled in the 1958/1959 and 1959/1960 seasons.

But tomorrow, at Victoria Park, there is a strong feeling of dread. A defeat to the worst team in the league will mean a new record that stands alone as the worst in this football club's long and proud history.

Not only that, but to rub salt into the proverbial wounds another defeat would mean that Pompey would replace Hartlepool at the bottom of League One.

The sad thing is that most supporters are expecting just that. The team has no cohesion because too many new faces are introduced at one time, the defence are prone to lapses in concentration and the attack is toothless.

I could not understand why James Keene, Liam Walker and Jed Wallace were dropped on Saturday. They are our most threatening players and without them Pompey never looked like winning.

Hopefully they will be restored to the starting eleven to give Pompey the best chance of avoiding humiliation tomorrow night but you'd imagine that Hartlepool will also be highly motivated knowing that they can finally leap off the bottom of the league with a win.

Let's just hope our motivation is greater.

Predicted Starting Line-Ups

Hartlepool

 

 

GK: Scott FLINDERS

RB: Jordan RICHARDS

CB: Evan HORWOOD

CB: Sam COLLINS

LB: Jack BALDWIN

RM: Jonathan FRANKS

CM: Antony SWEENEY

CM: Ritchie HUMPHREYS

LM: Simon WALTON

CF: Steve HOWARD

CF: Charlie WYKE

Pompey

GK: Simon EASTWOOD

RB: Yassin MOUTAOUAKIL

CB: Ricardo ROCHA

CB: Gabor GYEPES

LB: Dan BUTLER

RM: Therry RACON

CM: Johnny ERTL

CM: Jed WALLACE

LM: Liam WALKER

CF: James KEENE

CF: Patrick AGYEMANG

Last Time: Hartlepool United 0 Portsmouth 3 (Division Four - 18/08/1979)

John McLoughlin, Colin Garwood and Steve Bryant all hit the net for Frank Burrows' men in this game as Pompey looked to get out of the bottom tier of English football at the second attempt.

My Prediction

Hartlepool have continued their improvement with a draw at Swindon on Saturday and have already beaten us at Fratton Park this season. Bring on the club records...

Hartlepool United 2 Portsmouth 1

 

Source: Fratton Faithful


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