Half time: Pompey 0 Newcastle 0
Pompey 0 Newcastle 0
Kevin Keegan commented:
were lots of chances but a combination of good keeping and players being over
hasty kept it at 0-0. A draw was right but a 0-0
draw - I'm not so sure.
had other chances and probably should have won the way we played.
We've come up against a really good team with an exceptional goalkeeper who in
any other season would be named player of the year for the way he's performed.
"I know he's been nominated by the football writers for it but if he
doesn't win it they should strike a special award for him. He's that good.
“You look at it through rose-tinted glasses when you manage Newcastle. I can
remember some good chances against Schmeichel, smacking against his head or face
I think it was, and David James has had such a season hasn’t he? He could save
it with his cap at the moment.
“And then I can think of chances that
Defoe had, so I don’t think I can come here and say we deserved the win, but
we certainly deserved at least a draw.
"It is a sign of progress and that is what I have said
to the players because we are disappointed not to get anything out of this game.
"The defence know that if they do concede a goal, we do have goals in us to
get back into the game, which I do not think they felt six or eight weeks ago
when I first came.
"I think Michael's future does lie there. I think he is a clever footballer
and I think that withdrawn role means that you cannot mark him out of the game.
He doesn't give it away very often.
"At the moment, it is a fantastic way that he is playing in that role. It
gives Fabio Capello a nice problem.
"We need to tie him down to a new contract and I am
almost certain that he will sign it, as certain as you can be. He will lead the
club for the next three of four years.
"But getting a point here is certainly
another good result although both Harry and I are bound to say it's two points
dropped on chances.
"We've come up against a really good
team with an exceptional goalkeeper who in any other season would be named
player of the year for the way he's performed.
"Michael Owen was superb. He's in a new position for us, linking the
midfield and attack and people just don't realise how fit he is.
"The Newcastle fans haven't seen him
that much because of injuries but he's come back and played 20-odd games now.
"He's our leader now and covers
phenomenal distances during matches. He's a fantastic player and I didn't know
how good he is when I had him with England."
"The lads have been great and did well in midweek to win at West Ham
but I think they were a bit tired today.
"We have played an FA Cup final and two premier league games in 7 days
without conceding a goal and winning 2 out 3 of the games so we cannot be too
unhappy can we.
"I know it might be seen as two points dropped in the quest to catch
Everton but they still have some very tough games to go - and I would rather
have our fixtures than theirs - so we still have a fantastic chance to finish
"That was a save by Jamo. The shot hit his head and went over.
"He's had two great seasons for us and I couldn't tell you how many
points he's been worth to us in that time. He hasn't had too scary moments for
us although there were one or two today.
"But it's great for him to be nominated in the player of the year
shortlist even though I'm still convinced Ronaldo will win it".
@ Fratton Park:
This was the 34th meeting of the two sides here and so far we've won 11,
drawn 8 and lost 15.
Our last top flight success came in the final away game of the 1988 season in
2007/08: Drew 0-0
2006/07: Lost 1-2 Emre (pen)
2005/06: Drew 0-0
2004/05: Drew 1-1 Dyer
2003/04: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
1992/93: Lost 0-2
1991/92: Lost 1-3 Quinn
1990/91: Won 1-0 Brock
1989/90: Drew 1-1 Quinn
1987/88: Won 2-1 Lormor, Scott
1983/84: Won 4-1 Beardsley 2, Keegan 2
1964/65: Won 2-1 Cummings, Robson
1963/64: Lost 2-5 McGarry, Hilley
1962/63: Lost 1-3 McGarry
1958/59: Won 5-1 Curry 3, Eastham, Taylor
1957/58: Drew 2-2 Curry, Hill
1956/57: Drew 2-2 R.Davies 2.
1955/56: Won 2-0 Curry, Keeble
1954/55: Lost 1-3 Keeble
1953/54: Lost 0-2
1952/53: Lost 1-5 Keeble
1951/52: Won 4-2 (FAC) Milburn 3, G.Robledo.
1951/52: Lost 1-3 Milburn
1950/51: Drew 0-0
1949/50: Lost 0-1
1948/49: Lost 0-1
1933/34: Lost 0-2
1932/33: Lost 0-2
1931/32: Lost 0-6
1930/31: Won 2-1 Bedford, Lang
1929/30: Lost 0-2
1928/29: Won 1-0 Harris
1927/28: Won 1-0 Seymour
1923/24: Won 4-2 (FAC) Seymour, Harris, Low, Gibson
This was our 67th
meeting with Pompey in all competitions and so far we have won 29, drawn 17 and
lost 21. Both sides still await their 100th goal in these fixtures.
A police motorcyclist escorting the Newcastle football team out of
Portsmouth crashed into a parked car. The officer suffered two broken arms in
the crash and had an operation at Queen Alexandra Hospital to repair one of the
PS: From the Portsmouth News (a story
we ran with the headline: Copper comes a
The crash happened in Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, following Pompey's 0-0 draw
with Newcastle at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Team coaches are always given police escorts out of the city, and as the coach
travelled towards the M275 one of the two police motorcyclists ran into the back
of a silver Vauxhall Vectra about 8.25pm.
Our headline from this one was "United
miss the cut" which may have misled some into thinking they'd tuned in to
online coverage of the US Masters from Augusta.
However we were referring to the final score from Fratton, which could also have
read Barnet 0....
This outbreak of folically-related punning stems from the 71st minute incident
that almost gave us a fourth consecutive win.
Unfortunately at that point, Pompey 'keeper David James managed to atone for
Sylvain Distin's miskicked clearance by blocking Michael Owen's snap shot from
just six yards.
While it was obvious from the away end that we hadn't scored, it only became
clear from TV replays that the vital contact that was sufficient to propel the
ball over the crossbar had come from the top of the keeper's head.
Post-match, James confirmed that, “I would not have been able to make that
save if I’d had my hair cut.”
This draw meant that we extended our unbeaten run to five games and emulated
the feat of the current top five in the league - Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea,
Liverpool and Everton - in taking a point on the south coast.
That's a result few would have forecast after our 1-4 home humiliation at the
hands of Pompey last November - or even a month ago before our recent
In truth this wasn't a classic, those away fans who made considerable
sacrifices to get to the rearranged teatime kickoff not rewarded for their
efforts with a goal to cheer.
Geremi came as close as anyone with a powerful effort in the second half, while
Viduka saw a mishit close-range shot blocked before the break.
Martins gave another whole-hearted performance and wriggled through to test
James at one point, before dragging his shot wide of the goal in added time.
With Pompey having played in midweek after their Wembley success there was a
certain lethargy about them - while we frequently and frustratingly lost
possession, as well as squandering numerous set pieces.
Owen was left to rue the one that got away as he failed to register for a fifth
game in a row, but at the other end Steve Harper extended his shut out record
past the four hour mark.
The chief threat to his goal came from in-form striker Jermaine Defoe, but
Harper blocked his sole effort on target and watched as two other chances went
Match referee Phil Dowd came in for some stick from the Pompey fans for his
portly appearance and failure to award a penalty kick for Steven Taylor's
Replays confirmed though that the fit-again defender had inadvertently deflected
a shot onto his own hand - which would have an absolute travesty had it been
With four games remaining, we remain in twelfth position, ten points ahead of
Victory next week over the forces of darkness would mathematically secure our
top flight status* and also see us exceed our lowest-ever Premier League points
total on home soil (currently we have 26; 1998/99's total was 27).
*assuming that the Trotters won at Boro on Saturday.