Thursday, 7 February 2013

Pompey's danger men

You would not be alone in scratching your head when considering who Pomey's dangerous players might be on Saturday? It has been virtually impossible for caretaker manager Guy Whittingham to field a consistent side in recent weeks with the off field financial problems that the club still finds itself in.

Indeed, the highly anticipated south coast derby match comes at a time when the fortunes of AFCB are in stark contrast to those of Portsmouth FC. But, don't think that a home win is a given. Yes, AFCB can be considered strong favourites, but there are one or two danger men that they will have to keep a close eye on if they are to achieve a positive result against a wounded Pompey side that can consider this as a special game.
My twitter friends also tell me that Pompey may have got a 32 year old, Patrick Agyemang,  from Stevenage FC on loan for the game, who could make his PFC debut. I guess there have been a few recently.

Other players brought in on loan in the last few hours include forward John Akinde (23) (unattached) and Millwall defender Therry Racon (28).

James Keene and Ashley Harris started out up front for Pompey in the last game against Scunthore away but the duo have only recorded three goals between them so far, Keene only having made about four appearances and netting once. Harris can be considered one of the old regulars having made almost 30 appearances for the side.

On the score sheet last time out against Scunthorpe was midfielder Liam Walker who is an international player for Gibraltar. It was his first professional goal. Liam only signed for the club in August 2012.

Of course AFCB will give a warm welcome to Shaun Cooper once again, having seen him line up against us twice now in as many months having played for Crawley earlier this season. In that game in late December, Bournemouth ran out comfortable 3:0 winners but that was not before we saw Shaun pop up at a corner in the first half only to shoot narrowly wide of the target, much to the home crowd's relief. Let's hope he does not get any nearer to scoring this time out.

Supporters will also probably recognise the Nigerian Sam Sodge at the back who has played for Reading and West Brom amongst other clubs, and signed for Pompey as a free agent last month.

No doubt the Pompey team will be a very different one from what we saw back in August in the first game of the season.

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