Matthew Taylor celebrates his spectacular strike for Portsmouth
Matthew Taylor’s wonder-goal set up a comfortable win for Portsmouth against a disappointing Everton side.
Took my two boys and my father down to watch the game today. The boys were impressed (as was I), when they saw probably what will turn out to be the goal of the season from Mathew Taylor. We were sat behind the goal to the right in which Matty hit that 45 yard volley over the unfortunate Howard on the 16minute mark. I knew it was a goal the minute it left his foot, just glad to say I was there to see it. Worth the money to see the look on the boys faces.
As much as it still amazes me when I see Portsmouth 3rd in the table (ok, joint 3rd with Liverpool), they are there on merit. I doubt that we will be there at the end of the season, unless they show the same determination as they did today in every match. Sol Campbell is a rock at the back and it gives Primus the confidence in his game too. If the current squad can stay fit, or if Harry gets a budget to buy some cover in January then there is a chance they will stay near the top. (Pompey in Europe ? After last season ? More chance of me winning the lottery, but I can dream).
I think it took us 45minutes to travel down from home to Portsmouth. On the way back, it took us 45minutes to get from the ground to the motorway such was the amount of traffic. (There was only 19,528 fans which for Pompey isn’t bad, but the roads just can’t handle that amount). I remember going to a Pompey – Man Utd match at Old Trafford a few years back with 50,000+ and that was no problem getting to or from the game. Still, that was 45minutes to talk about ‘that’ goal.
Manchester City earned their first point of the season in a match marred
by a disgraceful challenge by Ben Thatcher on Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes.
In what turned out to be a mediocre match, the only noteworthy moment turned
out to be a disgraceful challenge by Ben Thatcher on Pedro Medes. On viewing
the reply you can clearly see Thatcher raise his hand towards the face of Mendes
resulting in the Portsmouth playing appearing to collapse to the ground unconscious
before sliding into the advertising hoarding.
Now whilst I can understand the reaction of Harry Redknapp and many of the
fans, and although being a Pompey fan myself, I don’t think Ben Thatcher intended
to hurt Mendes. Having watched Ben Thatcher over the past few years, I think
it was more of a dangerous tackle that he is prone to committing once in a
while, but in no way am I condoning what he did. The F.A. needs to review the
tackle and take the appropriate action before Thatcher ends up seriously injuring
another player. If he could remove that element from his game, he would be
a better player for it. No doubt Thatcher is remorseful for what he did, but
the fact remains he could have seriously injured Mendes and needs to sort himself
out as soon as possible. When you go into tackles at 110%, you have to be perfectly
sure you make the tackle or it could be a career ending move for the other
Hopefully Mendes will be back in action as soon as possible. I still believe
his goals towards the latter part of last season were instrumental in helping
Pompey avoid the drop
I am sure Pompey seem to be playing Liverpool in Cup matches an awful lot in the last few years.
And after Liverpools performance against Luton, I don’t hold out much hope either. Liverpool seem to have a good team spirit these days.
And on the subject of Luton – Liverpool, that has to be one of the greatest matches of the F.A. Cup in recent years. Luton played with great skill throughout the match and were it not for sublime goal from Alonso and a great performance from the sub (name???), they would have been outclassed and well and truly beaten. But they never gave up hope. You can ignore the last goal, apart from the guy who won £25,000 by placing a bet of £200 that Alonso would score from his own half this season.
Oh well, we struggled to beat Ipswitch reallly, and against Liverpool ? I don’t think we’ll be progressing much further in the cup this season. That will give us a good excuse to concentrate on Premiership survival at least.