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Portsmouth and Southampton. Two south coast seafaring cities with

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plenty of history. Three years ago, Portsmouth paraded through the

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streets having won their first FA Cup in 69 years. They sailed into

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Europe, but then came choppy waters. Portsmouth's Cork! A famous, famous

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goal. They take the lead against AC Milan. Relegation and

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administration have followed as they seemed to be a couple more

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managers and owners than point. On the brink of liquidation, the club

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was almost sunk. Michael Appleton has steadied the ship, unbeaten in

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three. And just as things have improved for Pompey, they could

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hardly be better for Southampton, on course for the Premier League.

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But it has all not been plain sailing either. Relegation from the

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Championship in 2009 with a 10 point deduction for good measure.

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But where Pompey floundered, of the St Paul together. A new boss,

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impressive football and chasing back-to-back promotions -- the

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Saints pulled together. Top of the Championship and almost double the

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point of their rivals. Portman Southampton, near-neighbours off

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the pitch, worlds apart on net that Portsmouth and Southampton.

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This afternoon, they go toe-to-toe at Fratton Park where it is fair to

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say the atmosphere is rather excitable. A famous ground, a

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famous fixture in the Kompany of the famous faces. I am joined by a

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saint and a sat-nav. Alan Shearer and Steve Claridge. -- they Sinnatt.

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Steve, how much of your heart belongs to a team you managed and

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played for a mess City where you grew up? It is the same sort of

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question you could ask Allen, it is where I was born, so from a

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football perspective, I probably had better times. But to play for

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your hometown club, it gives you an extra special place in your heart.

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This second goal, you have confirmed it is all about the

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movement and not bad defending. manager said, don't bother marking

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him. Got away with that one. A very grumpy looking at Roy Keane. You

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have spent the last 20 minutes looking out of the window. I love

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the atmosphere, saying 50-year-old men shouting things I have never

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heard in my life. As a player, you played for Southampton. You went at

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your most prolific, but Alan Ball... It was probably the best thing I

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had ever done, moving away from Newcastle to learn my trade. That

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is everything I haven't got now, pace and hair. I really did love it

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down there, I learned a lot, learn how to live away from home, which

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is important, but learned my trade and it stood me in good stead.

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Lovely to have the with us and I know the home and away fans have

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been pleased to see you. This week, I was reading about how HMS victory,

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which is in Portsmouth harbour at which Nelson sailed to victory.

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They are spending �40 million to renovate it, I'm sure the football

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fans could think of something that needs those millions. What is the

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latest with what is happening off the field with Portsmouth?

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parent Kompany has gone into administration. So far, it hasn't

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affected the club, but there will be repercussions. Everybody is

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waiting for decisions to be made. You can assimilate that with

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Southampton, who did the same thing and were docked a point, because

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they were inextricably linked. -- points. There is a feeling of dread

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and probably knowing what is going to happen, but the decision hasn't

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been made so there is still hope. They are very unlucky club in that

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respect, with regard to the UN as they have had in recent years.

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the owners are in administration, a kid and find a buyer, the club will

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join it. -- If you don't. They will be cheaper to buy in administration

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and they will take a hit on a point. Nine or 10 points, which will

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automatically put them into the bottom three, which is a huge up

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till -- uphill task that they have one already. The way things are

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going at the moment, this trophy is going at the moment, this trophy is

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a little bit out of reach, but not for Southampton. Let's have a look

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at the league table and you can see the Saints are top, just one win in

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their last four games. Portsmouth have won the two on the Spen but

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still set in 17th place, 26 points from 20 games -- on the spin. It is

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like the Premier League, it is having a goals scored and that is

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what Saddam that have got. Whatever lead you are in, that it doesn't

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lead you are in, that it doesn't matter. When you look at Portsmouth

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and Southampton, Portsmouth actually have a better defensive

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record. Portsmouth have conceded 22, Southampton 23, so that tells you

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how important goalscorers are. He is the main difference. 14 this

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season up to now, 21 last season, 30 this season before. If you have

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a goalscorer in your team, you have one hell of a chance of being

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successful. This man has scored goals throughout his career, Dave

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Kitson. You look at the squat, Luke Varney, Dave Kitson, Benjani,

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Premier League experience, why can't they score goals? He is top

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scorer with five goals. Southampton have three players that have got

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more than that themselves. That is the indication of how they have

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found goals easier to come by than Portsmouth. They can't get a

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partnership. I think we will have David Norris playing of Dave Kitson,

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they cannot get a pair of people they can go with and be securely in

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the knowledge that they will get goals. You to know what it is like

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to score in a Derby and the fact that it can make you as a player.

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Port would want to keep the good run going, Southampton 12 extend

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their lead at the top -- Portsmouth 1. Let's check it with the managers.

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Michael, a whirlwind few weeks and the baptism of fire into management,

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but the adversity seems to be bringing you together. We have had

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a few positive result recently and they don't get any bigger, the game

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that we have today. I was made well aware the minute I walked through

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the door and I am glad it is here and we can get on with it.

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difficult have the last few weeks been? You make it as difficult as

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you can, and I have tried to keep the focus on the football side of

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things and the players have been fully focused on what we can do on

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the field. We cannot affect what goes on off the field, are the

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result. Nigel, these targets have a

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passionate atmosphere. Do you do anything differently to have -- to

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your usual preparation? The players are well-versed with the atmosphere

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and it is a special day, one we are looking forward to. It is

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passionate but you have to use your head and make the right decisions

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in the situations that arise. You get out there and give yourself a

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chance to win it. A passionate and atmosphere, how important can home

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advantage be? I hope it is very important that

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I'm sure the fans will be very noisy and get behind the players.

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They are not known as the 12th man for no reason and I hope they will

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give us that extra we might need. Barcelona against Real Madrid is

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known as Al classic though, this is known as El classic coast. Looking

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at the ingredients you need for a really good derby match, at this

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has all of those. You need to reasonably sized clubs and that is

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what we have got here. Maybe two weeks ago, you would have put them

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apart but there has been a coming- together of form. Southampton had

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dropped a couple of points and Portsmouth have won their last two.

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It might be closer than we imagine. A story I love about these two

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teams, in 1939, Portsmouth 1 the FA Cup. It was so well received in

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Southampton that they paraded the try of the around at the Dell.

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Wouldn't happen these days. -- they paraded the trophy. The atmosphere

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is electric. The players cannot wait to get out there and get the

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ball rolling and get stuck into each other. It will be a tough game

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for both teams, but a very important one for different reasons.

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Let's hope it is a good one. As we know, Sat and they are top, but a

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good statistic for the Portsmouth fans -- Southampton are top, bought

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that had taken 12 points on the last 15. -- Portsmouth. Victory

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here offers much more than three points. The fans are in good voice.

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Let's hope that Martin Keown and Steve Wilson are as well. It is

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been in bigger crowds and stadiums this season but I don't think I

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have been in a noisier stadium for a long time. Absence has not made

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their hearts grow fonder. Portsmouth and Southampton may not

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play after an but they retain one of the bitterest rivalries in

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English football -- often. A month or go, you wouldn't have given the

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Pompey much of a chance, but they had a new manager and a new

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confidence. Back-to-back wins for the first time in nine months and a

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first away victory. Southampton have taken four points from their

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last three games, their worst run of the season. Borrow a lot of the

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fans, at league positions and all the rest of it is a complete

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irrelevance -- for a lot of the fans, and deep positions and the

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rest of it is a complete irrelevance. It is all about

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beating your rivals. Reports that have Liam Lawrence back from an

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ankle ligament injury -- Portsmouth have of. Luke Varney is out with a

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knee injury, David Norris has scored two in the last three games.

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Joe Mattock on loan from West Bromwich Albion, as is George

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Thorne, where Michael Appleton was first team coach. In the meantime,

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Southampton have Kelvin Davis back in goal, which is crucial for them.

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He replaces Bartosz Bialkowski, who had a bit of a shocker against

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Blackpool last weekend. So a big plus for Southampton to have him

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back in goal. Rickie Lambert up front has scored 16 times this

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season and as Alan Shearer was saying that, if you have a

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goalscorer, then you have a chance. Martin Keown, fantastic noise and a

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fantastic atmosphere. Let's hope for a decent game. It should be.

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The atmosphere is absolutely incredible, these teams can't wait

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to get at each other. The form book suggests that Southampton have the

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players and will play the football but it goes out the window in these

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games. Nigel Adkins, the Southampton manager, who has done

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such a brilliant job getting Southampton out of League 1 last

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season and has just made a fantastic start to the season. I

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just wonder, it is the first time in a long time that Southampton

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have had as little blip. We spoke to him before the game and he

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seemed a remarkably relaxed. It is about getting the best out of his

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players, he was talking about them keeping their heads and passing the

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ball. A heart can rule the head in May's local derbies and he is

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anxious that his players don't forget to play football. Mark

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Halsey is the referee, a familiar figure from the Premier League

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terrifically well. -- the various. It has all been happening off the

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field for him as well. But he has won two and drawn two of his four

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games. Portsmouth in the blue and Southampton in the red and white

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stripes, what else. Southampton will get the game off

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and running it, having seen their lead at the top of the Championship

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cut by West Ham yesterday. They are still top but they are top idly on

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goal difference. -- Only. B game, big-match atmosphere. Southampton

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off and running. An early touch the good pair, Dave Kitson. Lots of

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experience and he has scored a lot of goals throughout his career.

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A real success story. He had enjoyed at the start off the

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Premiership season and has been hot and cold since. He will play a big

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part in this game. Hooiveld will pronounced by his manager in the

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the number one spot from Jamie challenge and it is a Portsmouth

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froze. This young man is back on They have started very well in this

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there, trying to be clever. They just needed to get it in there,

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relief. If anybody can do that, Greg Halford can. He has a

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isn't it? And a strong challenge with kits and there. -- with Kitson

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brilliant. They dropped points for the first time this season against

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Blackpool. Their if a waveform has not been good. -- their away form.

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It has not been bad by any means is an excellent player. Yes. A

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great box of tricks and a very intelligent young man. The

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outstanding player of this season comfortably taken by Stephen

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Henderson! A good take for the keeper and that will be a nice set

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love for him. That is nice early on, to see your goalkeeper coming in.

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very well, Steve. It is a feature of their playing. You just put it

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into his and another corner. -- from your centre-forward, don't

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you? This is the first time they have met since the spring of 2005,

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Premier League are still around at Fratton Park. Not too many of them

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in the Portsmouth starting line-up at the moment but several on the

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but safely done. I think what they are looking for is a whip past. You

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want to be whipping that in for Tottenham defender there. If it was

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intended for Norris, he did not give him a chance. I just think

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Mattock needs to settle down a bit. Twice he has done that now. But he

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certainly knows what this derby astray at the moment. Portsmouth

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just don't have the quality of pass at the moment. They need to settle

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man, didn't it? I thought it did and so did Joel Ward. -- that

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flicked off. Norris has been him and it is a decent pass! --

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Joel Ward. And a good counter. great defending at the end. I think

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it was Hooiveld who got a cross there. And now we will see this

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long throw-in. Just like Stoke. A young teenager and an interesting

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player, George Thorne. Part of England's under 17 side which won

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the European Championships and beat Spain in the final. If you do that,

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that is a feather in your cap. certainly is. And what he shot. --

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position. You can see what a threat Lambert is in the air. That is just

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what he needs, Lambert, whipping the ball Inn. A big, powerful boy.

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He has that presence around him in the penalty area. A lot is made of

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the fact that short of a yard or two, the way he links in with

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people, and he is a great blocked. Never going anywhere near.

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A terrible shot at the end of it. Still Norris but just couldn't

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squeeze around his man, Dan Fox. They have played 15 minutes and

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Portsmouth have had their fair share. This is where they need to

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improve in that final third. It is picked up quite simply there from

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going to take it again. -- Cork again, Fox is going to take it

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heard of. You can't hear the whistle, but I think our midst all

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the hullabaloo, the referee has given a free kick by that. If he

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didn't, he should have done. He has gone in with his foot, he connected

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with the ball. The modern-day player seems to go with all of his

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studs raised. He gets away with it. Greg Halford has got away with it

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to, without being injured, which he midfield. Lallana likes to come off

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the line. -- in that midfield. George Thorne, number 20 for

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Portsmouth, on loan from West Bromwich Albion. Michael Appleton

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would love to keep him here but he doesn't think he has got any chance

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of that, because he is very highly rated at West Brom. And Michael

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Appleton would know, having been ball, or looking to play a patient

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game, they don't look like a side who are under pressure at the wrong

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end of the table. Michael Appleton obviously has seen enough and

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thinks they can play football. They have those busy two in midfield and

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with Hayden Mullins, with good experience and a George Thorne who

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looks very impressive, physically very strong. He looks like he has

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got leadership qualities, the way he is ordering people around.

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Ward is offside. Your experiences down here as a

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player, I think he came with Brighton, didn't she? I did, I came

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as a young man at of 18. I couldn't believe the atmosphere. It was good

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experience, because only a few months later, I was playing in the

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Arsenal and Tottenham derby game and this one is right up there for

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body to Shand rocky are fit. just prised him out of play. -- a

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didn't get a lot on a header. coming from a standing jump,

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couldn't get the power, but it is an excellent leap. Just coming off

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things a bed. Setting out their stall. A Schneiderlin is coming off

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able to get out at this point. is the best spell of pressure for

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Southampton in their game. -- the game. In Hammond is sitting at the

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back end of the diamond in front of the back four -- been Hammond.

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Schneiderlin is coming in from the right-hand side. They keep

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tampering with their system, making it difficult for Portsmouth to work

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out what they are doing. It all you had the chance to come and

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coach here. I did, under Tony Adams. I had a better for side, because

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Tony wasn't in the job very long. - - a bit of inside. It was a lucky

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turn the screw. This probing pretty comfortable save for

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Henderson. We were right behind that where we are sitting and it

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looked like an impossible task to score from there. The keeper coped

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with it easily. We had a good view and so, eventually, did Mark Halsey.

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You wonder how much the crowd influenced that decision. Dave

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Kitson has worked hard, but I don't think there is an awful lot wrong

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with that, personally. I would say Claridge are watching that and

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out of their last three games under Michael Appleton. They had taken

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eight games this season to get to the seven. Mark, so it has been an

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Norris with the shop, which he didn't hit as truly as he might

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have liked. Joe Mattock are getting them that left-hand side very

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impressively. Lovely little ball in with the outside of his left foot.

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Not enough power in the shot to trouble the keeper. It was some

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and the process. Jack Cork is going to get a yellow card, I think.

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must have said something, because I am not sure that is a booking. Dave

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Kitson doing what he is good at, holding the ball up and inviting

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the fell. Mark Halsey deciding to book him. Good play by Kitson. The

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free kick has been taken, but too quickly for the referee. Nice feet.

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Pulled him back, but we are on the halfway line there. It is a cheap

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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course, early in his career, Those two just got in each other's

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way, didn't they? But beautiful by Lallana. Just skipping past. Great

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to see that, unless you are a over the years, Southampton. In

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recent times, the likes of Theo Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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There is a big future for this boy, Ward is a nonplussed. This might

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tell us more. It looks like a for Wimbledon before they became MK

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Dons. They will be pleased to see him back today with the tension

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that surrounds these derby matches. He has such experience. This is his

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250th game for Southampton. He Southampton. It will be interesting

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to see what the referee does with this one. He is not interested him

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booking him. But Cork is not happy with that, having got in the book

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himself. Yes. You have to compare that with the challenge that Cork

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got a yellow card for a few minutes as he took the free kick. But he is

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back up quickly. -- a bit of a his shoulders to show him where he

:49:58.:50:08.
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Cork. The way he gets around the pitch, lots of energy. Good feed.

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He is making his way back into the game after coming through Chelsea's

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:50:49.:51:13.

books. Doing an excellent job on the ball into an area. He gets his

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head up and looks, and realises ground since 1976. -- haven't won.

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Being top of the championship at Christmas is a good place to be.

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Five out of the last six years and it means you will be in the Premier

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League for next season. But it is very congested at the top of the

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championship. West Ham will be watching this keenly and

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Middlesbrough just behind them. Hull, Leeds. Leicester out of it

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and Reading and bat or. A lot of clubs up their opera will still

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feel they have a real chance going into the second half of the season.

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-- clubs up there who feel. Yes. You want to keep winning and

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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when it came in from Thorne. Portsmouth fans are making a

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each, the possession Stats. -- four down the right hand side, but

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shooting is not his strong point. A bit wild there. He has been around

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the Premier League in his time, corner. Could play again. Lambert,

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the way he uses his body, superb. Anything that comes into him, he is

:54:51.:54:56.

leaning on his opponent. And he is clever because he waits until it

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goes into the box. He has not had a sight of goal yet, except for that

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free kick, which was comfortably in next winner, which really causes

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on form and the man they wanted on the end of it. -- he is the man.

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think the chance has gone as they failed to deal with it and it falls

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into the path of Norris. It always looks like it is going past that

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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keeper, is from a bit of a dynasty of footballers. His grandfather,

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challenge. They looked for him and it goes over. Thanks very much! A

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free kick. In the last minute of Plenty in there hoping to get

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each other in the first half, haven't they? A good battle.

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Southampton get plenty of bodies in the wake of this. Good defending.

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the other half. He has caught him there. It goes into Kitson and they

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get bodies in there earlier. It is difficult to play. Kitson is

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half. And not a bad effort at all. We said he didn't have his shooting

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boots on today and that was certainly a lot better. I think

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Kelvin Davis thought he might have been 10. That is the last kick of

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the first half. Both goalkeepers remain unbeaten. Recovered with the

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free kick, just wide. David Norris per one just wide of the post as

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well. Lambert had a free kick at the other end and it has been very

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All they have really been doing his baiting each other, because there

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has been so little on the pitch. But very little for us to get

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excited about at all. Martin said it has Ben Berry even, but it has

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been evenly poor. -- it has been very even. Southampton have a

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reputation of knocking it around and passing and creating chances.

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They may have passed it around better than a Portsmouth in the

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first 10 or 15 minutes, but Portsmouth will be a happier,

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because it is a scruffy game. I understand that in these games,

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sometimes you have to win a bleak and it might come from a set piece

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or a mistake, but for the first 45 minutes, very little quality.

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has been a weird display from Portsmouth, they have won the two

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on the spin and they are playing like the away team. They have set

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up to stop Southampton playing and the way the game has panned out,

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they have done well. They have stopped the passing game. There

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have been fits and starts where they have got men up in support of

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Kitson, but all too frequently, people have looked for a pass

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forward and it hasn't been on. The game has suffered. Nigel Adkins

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gets his game -- team in the dressing room, what does he say?

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They have the quality to beat Portsmouth and extend their lead at

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the top. He will be looking at their big players, Lallana and

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Lambert. Lallana has all -- had one or two little bit, but they have

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had the opportunity to have a shot or get it into the box that they

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haven't quite done that. He will be looking it -- for a bit more.

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Southampton are flattered by their league position, only one win and

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the last month. A I have seen them four or five times and they are not

:02:39.:02:42.

there on luck, they deserve to be where they are. They are not

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playing as well as they can and Nigel Adkins will be telling them

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it is up to us to win this game. Portsmouth are probably happy to

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get a point out that this. In games like this, let's be fair, it

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doesn't really matter how you play, it is about getting a result. If

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they were to scrape a 1-0 victory, they would be delighted, whether it

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is ugly or it is nice. This club has its fair share of problems but

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the sun is shining and they are drawing against their biggest

:03:12.:03:16.

rivals. There are reasons to think that if they snatch a goal in the

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second half, it could turn into a very nice Sunday indeed. They are

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set up to be tough to play against and difficult to beat. We will all

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accept every now and again you would have your best performance

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and you won't see the best game of football in a derby match, but they

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expect people to give 100%. They will forgive everything else.

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Neither side played particularly well, but I don't think it is due

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to a lack of effort. We will look ahead to the second half, not too

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much to get excited about so far. Here is all the important action

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from the Championship yesterday, starting with Southampton's biggest

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rivals at the top, West Ham -- West Ham.

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West Ham knew they would join Southampton on 43 points if they

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could beat Barnsley. The only goal came early from a Papa Boupa Diop.

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His first goal for six years precisely. The Hammers had claims

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for our life -- late penalty turned down. Big Sam taking to the bottle

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in frustration, kicking out that some water containers and getting

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sent to the stands. Cardiff to, Middlesbrough. -- took

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:04:41.:04:43.

on. Middlesbrough have opened the scoring! It is his first start.

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Flick on and turn them. Cardiff City had an equaliser. -- turned

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end. The Ben Turner will love that, his deflection gave Middlesbrough

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the opening goal. Here come Cardiff City. Leading the

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charge is Miller, he might go alone. Neat back-heel. Cardiff City are in

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front! Justin Hoyte has got around the

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:05:24.:05:25.

back. An equaliser for Middlesbrough.

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And a brilliant goal for Middlesbrough! Middlesbrough have

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their noses in front once more. Hull City moved above Cardiff into

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four, their highest league position this season, after a 4th successive

:05:38.:05:43.

league win. Jack Smith's own goal came after some comical defending

:05:43.:05:47.

from Millwall. In search a wry joke about an early Christmas gifts.

:05:47.:05:54.

Robert Koren is a man in form. Does caretaker Nick Barmby what the job

:05:55.:05:59.

on a permanent basis? I have said all along we will speak in any year

:05:59.:06:03.

and nothing has changed. You will continue teasing us? I have been

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straight up and honest that we will speak in the new year if.

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Reading beat West Ham and travelled -- at last we can travel to

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Yorkshire having never won there in the league. They have now, Simon

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Church with the early goal. Brighton had of two players sent

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off inside the opening 12 minutes against Burnley. -- two players.

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The first four and off the ball and of the Kamara incident. Ashley

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burns -- Ashley Barnes then sent off after a reaction to that

:06:39.:06:43.

challenge. Gus Poyet refused to make any comment after the match,

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knowing he would be hit with a fine if he said what he thought.

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Burnley could only score one said the 79 minutes they faced nine men,

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but it was quite a goal -- in the 79 minutes.

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There were no goals between Blackpool and Watford. Matt

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Phillips hit the post for the seaside us. -- seaside HRS. Five of

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the last seven meetings between the sides at Bloomfield Road had ended

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in draws. Ipswich's terrific turnaround at

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Barnsley last weekend halted a run of seven successive defeats. The

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only goal here was controversial. Keith Andrews's effort crossed the

:07:26.:07:29.

line according to the officials, but they didn't immediately

:07:29.:07:34.

indicate it was a goal, annoying the they Derby manager at Nigel

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Clough. We are a bit frustrated because it wasn't given straight

:07:40.:07:45.

away. I thought the lines that would have put his flag up

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accordingly, but four or five seconds on and then to go back and

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give it was a bit frustrating. David James made his debut for

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Watford way back in August 1990. At the age of 41, the keeper is as

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good as ever. Steve Cotterill said his team would have won had it not

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been for James. But teams in the relegation zone.

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David Nugent put Leicester in front at Doncaster with his 7th goal of

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the season. But Billy Sharp, aided by the Leicester keeper, levelled

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for Rovers. Billy Sharp is said to be on the less the list of January

:08:23.:08:26.

transfer targets. He turned this match around with two goals in

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three minutes, taking his total to the campaign up to known. -- 9.

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They are closing the gap on the teams above them.

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Bottom-of-the-table Coventry are now eight points from safety after

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a 4th successive defeat. Emil Sinclair scoring for Peter Braude

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after they halted a run of five games without a win. At

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games without a win. At Peterborough.

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Yes, you fear the worst for Yes, you fear the worst for

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Coventry. We will take a look at some League 1 action in just a

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minute. And don't say that BBC Sport burned off the Christmas

:09:04.:09:08.

present all week-long -- don't present all week-long -- don't

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offer you. Let's have a quick chat about the Championship. I am

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looking at the table now. The top eight sides are separated by 11

:09:14.:09:18.

points, all of them with recent Premier League experience. Such a

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difficult division to get out of and it is really tight at the top.

:09:23.:09:29.

There aren't any Newcastle's all West Proms this year. Before this

:09:29.:09:33.

season, we could have said they would get out of it -- Newcastles

:09:33.:09:43.
:09:43.:09:44.

all West Broms. It is no surprise that this division some people

:09:44.:09:48.

outperform their cells and some underperform, but it is no surprise

:09:49.:09:52.

that the top two have come back to the pack -- they're Celts. Would

:09:52.:09:57.

you expect West Ham to be running away with the division with the

:09:57.:10:02.

resources they have? And not running away we did, but I would

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expect them to be doing well. Allardyce knows what his players

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can do and he has a certain way of playing that has been successful.

:10:11.:10:14.

Looking at the teams at the bottom tells you as much about the

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strength of this decision -- division, Birmingham, Derby,

:10:18.:10:22.

Ipswich, Forest. They would all have ambitions of a play-off spot

:10:22.:10:27.

but not automatic promotion. At the top -- start of the season, you

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would expect 15 or 16 they have a play-off shared, so one or two

:10:31.:10:36.

underperform and one or two will be very pleased. It is so relentless,

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game after game. We could talk for 20 minutes about how well Norwich

:10:41.:10:46.

started -- Norwich City did to get back-to-back promotions, but it's

:10:46.:10:50.

Southampton do go up in two successive seasons, it will be

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testament to a very good job. has done a very good job, at Nigel

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Adkins and I don't see why that would change. You look at the front

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two in Lallana and Lambert and they are probably better than anything

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around in this league. I think they will go up. They probably enjoy

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this league more than the other one, because the pressure they were

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under to get out of League 1, the expectations are lower here and

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players can sometimes prosper in those conditions. West Ham are

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under a lot of pressure this year, so that is why it is tough for them.

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Let's drop down a division, I said Let's drop down a division, I said

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we would look that some action, and a young man called Jordan Rhodes

:11:29.:11:35.

scored his 14th goal of the season. And also his 15th, 16th and 17th.

:11:35.:11:40.

That is some Saturday. He was no good for Roy Keane at Ipswich, but

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Lee Clark has taken a gamble on him and he has proved to be one hell of

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a gamble. He got goals last year, obviously not as many as this year,

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but what about this finish? At this fantastic. Steve loves this one.

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This is pace, strength, and the ability to take it with the outside

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of his foot and Kerr left. In the last minute of the game as well. 17

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years old. We said at the top of the show that if you have a

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goalscorer, you have got a great chance and Huddersfield will be

:12:15.:12:19.

there or thereabouts. His dad as a goalkeeping coach and I am sure he

:12:19.:12:23.

was very proud of his son, but perhaps not yesterday because he is

:12:23.:12:27.

goalkeeper coach of Sheffield Wednesday. The second half as and

:12:27.:12:31.

far away and neither is Christmas. How do we know? Too many mince pies,

:12:31.:12:41.
:12:41.:12:49.

last-minute present buying? No, it achieved has been recognised.

:12:49.:12:53.

feel very humble that people want to vote for me. Just to be

:12:53.:12:56.

nominated alongside nine other great sports people is a great

:12:56.:12:59.

achievement. It has been a truly wonderful year and this would

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capita off. Just to be nominated was a great feeling. It is the

:13:04.:13:09.

highest accolade you can have bestowed on year. Just to be a

:13:09.:13:12.

nominee is massive, but to be winning it, I would be lost for

:13:12.:13:17.

words. It would be one of the highlight of my career. There is a

:13:17.:13:21.

great list of winners and one I would love to join. We don't play

:13:21.:13:31.
:13:31.:13:34.

sport for accolades, but it would deciding on the winner is probably

:13:34.:13:39.

any easier job than presenting the programme. Gary Lineker also has a

:13:39.:13:44.

late finish the night before with a full Premiership that Premier

:13:44.:13:51.

League fixture list on Wednesday this week. Five of the top six

:13:51.:13:54.

Premier League teams in action today, making it the perfect

:13:54.:14:04.
:14:04.:14:32.

evening to stay in the warm and and it was a big lunch time for

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Queens Park Rangers, back in the big time with a 2-0 defeat to

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Manchester United. Not long too Aston Villa kick off against

:14:41.:14:45.

Liverpool and then we have Spurs at home against Sunderland. And

:14:46.:14:52.

Manchester City, the leaders in the Premier League, hoping to emulate

:14:52.:14:57.

their United rivals. Let's talk about the second half here, though.

:14:57.:15:00.

If you are Portsmouth and at home and you have got the points and

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stresses and pressures off the pitch, what were you looking for

:15:03.:15:08.

from your players in the second half? I'm not sure you want to

:15:08.:15:14.

change it too much. I think caution is probably the best option in this

:15:14.:15:20.

respect. He could take Norris into midfield and put another on but

:15:20.:15:25.

then you will make it a straight sort of game. On the face of it,

:15:25.:15:28.

South Antrim probably have the better players. With or not he

:15:28.:15:33.

wants to open up the games, I don't know. -- Southampton probably have

:15:33.:15:38.

the better players. I think he will be content with the way it was,

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quite ugly. If you take Southampton on and create passes and chances,

:15:44.:15:49.

they might just be due. They need to get their players on the ball

:15:49.:15:55.

and stop passing it around and start creating chances. -- start

:15:55.:16:02.

passing it around. His could be a rather loud duster

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:16:12.:16:12.

might right hand side because these are a -- away fans. We know they

:16:12.:16:16.

are better than that and can create more chances. Kicking towards their

:16:16.:16:22.

own fans, they might just do that in the second half. And a special

:16:22.:16:26.

convoy bringing them in, not allowed to mix with the home fans

:16:27.:16:34.

for obvious reasons. You heard the boos there!

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COMMENTATOR: They are out for the second half. Not thinking of the

:16:40.:16:46.

manager has made any changes. I would imagine that Nigel Adkins and

:16:46.:16:50.

Michael Appleton would like to see a bit more activity in front of the

:16:50.:16:57.

opposition goalkeepers. Certainly, Rickie Lambert has been around the

:16:57.:17:02.

Portsmouth goal in the first half. And Dave Kitson of Southampton.

:17:02.:17:07.

Though David Norris did have that shot just to the right hand side of

:17:07.:17:13.

the right post. On the whole, or was nothing to choose between the

:17:13.:17:19.

two side, Martin? No lack of passion, even if a lack of quality.

:17:19.:17:24.

No. I expect to see a difference in the second half. Southampton now,

:17:24.:17:29.

as they have said, the rest of the teams are catching them up and they

:17:29.:17:34.

need to win. It will be very competitive at the top and

:17:34.:17:44.
:17:44.:18:22.

Southampton are going straight at and are the indicator of just how

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:18:32.:18:58.

strong that wind is from left to physiotherapist at Scunthorpe, of

:18:58.:19:03.

course. But as he said to me once, Bob Paisley used to be a

:19:03.:19:13.
:19:13.:19:33.

physiotherapist as well and it game goes on, maybe in the last 10,

:19:33.:19:38.

15 minutes, if distilled zero have been Sera, that both teams might

:19:38.:19:48.
:19:48.:19:54.

not think it is a bad outcome. -- if it is still 0-0 at the end.

:19:54.:19:58.

The players are not kicking well enough and nobody is confident

:19:58.:20:04.

enough. The game is in that period where it could do with a goal, you

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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he, Hooiveld? Yes. Hooiveld tends The Southampton fans have just let

:21:11.:21:17.

off a flair there. I could smell it. I think it has been dealt with by

:21:17.:21:27.
:21:27.:22:03.

Pearce, not taking any risks there. And this man, the Frenchman, not a

:22:03.:22:13.
:22:13.:22:25.

very French name that he has but he tight as he can be because he knows

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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No, it has gone quite Scratby. Every time the players get near the

:23:30.:23:40.
:23:40.:23:57.

ball, the fans make quite a noise. have done better. Great play from

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realised and the keeper then collect it. It would have only

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taken a touch to put it past the keeper. But they Interchange so

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well. Schneiderlin, the way he goes in and plays the front. They are

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France, at U21 and Under 23 level. game into life. -- to get this game.

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And now something involving Fonte behind there. If it is, it is well

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seen by the linesman, isn't it? went behind, which is a waste.

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from these set-pieces, and it needs to be better. And a tough job for

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Kitson up there. Not had a huge amount of support. He needs better

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balls are coming in to him at if Quay is to hold it up for his team-

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Kitson tried to find Norris and did not put enough on it. The game is

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the game might open up and we would get more room. You get a Portsmouth

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player playing on. Portsmouth need to be braver but if they've may

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Kate the midfield when Southampton are so strong, that is their

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concern. -- when they'd they'd hate get the ball are back. They need to

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They look a bit panicky in that final third. I think maybe the

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atmosphere is getting a little bit His first touch let him down. He

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definitely. It Joe Mattock it is going to get Olap -- Joe Mattock is

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going to get a yellow card. His left foot just chased him and in

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beginning to look a little more likely. You need good quality into

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the box. Let's see if Fox can post. Up I think he was caught in

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two minds, it was an excellent ball in Andy Bates everybody to the far

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post. He tries to cushion it -- it evades everybody. He may have been

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better heading it. It is a difficult skill when it is coming

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such a long way. Fantastically difficult to volley that into the

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at Reading and then it didn't really work out for him at all at

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Stoke. He didn't seem to get on season plying along effortlessly,

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Southampton. This might be a little blip where they have to begin.

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is not all about football in this division. It is about grinding out

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not always going to come easily in this division. Sometimes you have

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to scrap and take what you can get. They are almost getting in each

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other's way in the middle, there is no wake up to their play today.

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Southampton free kick. Taken too the play go. He is punishing

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Southampton twice. They are trying to play it early and this allows

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Portsmouth to get all of their pace-setters are the Championship.

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A decent ball in and did it in! Rickie Lambert with the goal! His

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first sight of goal and Rickie Lambert takes it and that is what

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he is all about. Southampton celebrate, they are 1-0 up. Finally

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we get the quality ball into the box from Fox and Lambert, look at

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this base he has got in the penalty box. -- space. You can't leave him

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alone with that kind of room. He is so strong in the air. It is a great

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finish. It is Jason Pearce he has got over the top of, he uses his

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body so effectively. The goalkeeper chose to stay on his line, Lambert

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beat Jason Pearce to it. It only needed a flick and Southampton are

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in front. Portsmouth are going to have to change something now.

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Perhaps they might push another body further forward. He certainly

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better for the first scorer. Just wondering, when that ball comes

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into the area, is that the goalkeeper's territory? Definitely.

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He has elected to let the defenders deal with it. If he comes, he deals

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with the whole situation. Liam Lawrence, out for five matches with

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an ankle ligament injury, to be replaced. They have responded very

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quickly to make a change. Michael Appleton is not hanging about.

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Huseklepp is an interesting player. I remember him coming on and

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scoring for Norway in Oslo against Scotland a couple of years ago.

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Very highly rated at that time, had played in Serie A last season with

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Southampton have been a man down, I think it is Schneiderlin... I think

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he will be OK. Just trying to slow it down a little bit, I think,

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Southampton. A bit of professionalism creeping in.

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just got one in the face from Joel Ward, I don't think for one minute

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it was delivered from the Portsmouth man. -- deliberate. This

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could be a really big win for can't argue with that. It is a

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teasing ball into the box, the goalkeeper has elected to stay and

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you cannot get lumbered that kind of room. When he get that close to

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the goal, he is pretty deadly. -- you cannot give Lambert that kind

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of room. One chance, won goal. think he is a player who is just

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realising how good he is. He is scoring goals for fun in this

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league and he is more confident. If they make it into the Premiership,

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that is where he will be performing next season. Early in his career at

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Macclesfield and Stockport, he was and prolific at all. It was only

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really when he went to Bristol Rovers that he started putting the

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ball in the back of the net been a regular basis. Sometimes it takes

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longer. He has certainly done it in the red-and-white of Southampton. I

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think that Stockport, he was scoring one in eight, something

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killing the game, really. Need a Appleton think of a way back into

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the goal. I think he is definitely leaning on him, David Norris. Just

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edges his body in. Good decision, I think, from Mark Halsey. From that,

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Southampton scored. The game has gone very scrappy, hasn't it? It

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has almost knocked the stuffing out some ways where in the last four

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games they felt a bit, but West Ham also lost. That was not dissimilar

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from the position Southampton scored from. No. If the defenders

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stay a bit higher for the initial goal, he will have something to

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you look at the Portsmouth bench, there is a young Hungarian down

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there, Marko Futacs. He has got options, hasn't he? More of a

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tactical change needs to be made. With the one up front, it is very

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difficult for them. Kitson has put in a shift, that is for sure. But

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in the middle. Almost too clever here, isn't he? He should have hit

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that first time. A shot from 30 yards which did not travel

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endlessly. If Bobby scores from there, it is goal of the season. --

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any minute. The foul goes against Kitson and more frustration for him.

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Yes, an honest challenge but he is actually fouling his opponent. He

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Southampton. Fox coming off and Harding going on. He will play at

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left-back. A strange substitution. You wonder if poppy has got an

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injury or a problem... -- if he has got an injury. I think his

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this throw-in. Portsmouth are also going to make a change and Hayden

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Mullins is coming off and Marko strike on, Steve? Yeah. They have

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in injury time? -- cannot -- can pressure from Southampton, isn't

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it? Every time the ball comes into that box, they are dangerous. Do

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Prado getting on to the end of it and just over swinging. Can't

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generate the power but good defending in the end. Two players

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getting in the wake of it. -- in more than his fair share of headers.

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He has been excellent and will be Portsmouth were a bit fortunate

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that they are only a goal behind. Good move here from Hooiveld.

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Excellent the way they keep the ball, Steve. Just looking for that

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run. Great movement off the ball and the keeper doing a great save.

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But more space in there. The field Portsmouth but as it is, they are

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noise from behind that goal. A long ball from the keeper. Kitson

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flicking it on and suddenly they have another striker alongside him,

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which makes it difficult for goal and Portsmouth are level!

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best bet was always going to be a set-piece. Hardly seen them in the

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final third. In the end, a great header back across the goal. Ward

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climbs up ahead of everybody else. Appleton is waving his players

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forward. Look at a fire in his eyes! My goodness, Martin! He looks

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like you! He wants it badly! system. Yeah, and it has borne

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through. The corner was won by a long clearance down from the

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goalkeeper. Kitson caused the problem and from the corner, this

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was Portsmouth's route back into but it was blocked. This last four,

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five minutes could be real Grandstand staff. -- Grandstand

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You want him where he will be take what either side. -- for

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just catches him as it goes in with bad food, follow-through. -- back

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for it. It was an uncompromising pros, he is every bit as effective

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disappointment. He doesn't look fit. All eyes will be on the 4th

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official to say how much added time bullet. It would have been

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somewhere. It shows you the confidence he has. It is a great

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effort. It comes back to him off the clearance, he backs away at...

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He backed himself to hit it and he was very unlucky. Good technique.

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Henderson looking delighted that Southampton Two-nil up but didn't

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take it and then was beaten at the back post for what turned out to be

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suggested at the start of the second half, a draw wouldn't be a

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bad result for Labour side. -- there is contact. -- jumps for it.

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Henderson is not going to hurry back to his feet. I can't see that

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this is a free kick. The ball is there to be one, the striker has

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got to go for it. What is wrong with that? Maybe Mark Halsey can

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tell us afterwards. I can't see what is wrong with that. If he

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didn't go for it, his manager wouldn't be very happy. Henderson

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it is a Portsmouth fans who are probably the happier. Michael

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Appleton's excellent start as Portsmouth manager continues. They

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have certainly fanned an upward trajectory since he took over. --

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banned. Rickie Lambert scored the goal that you almost expect from

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him now but their lead didn't last too long. Joel Ward with the

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equaliser. A draw is probably about right.

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JAKE HUMPHREY: It is a season of goodwill and what a very friendly

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piece of defending from Guly Do Prado. We will look at that again

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in just a few moments. It finishes 1-1 on the south coast. Of

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Portsmouth go four games unbeaten. Steve, you were fearing the worst

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for a while. STEVE CLARIDGE: We waited for a

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game and we got it eventually. Going two up front for Portsmouth...

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Yes, they could have got beaten more and conceded again but it also

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gave them a chance of getting a foothold in the game. As it worked

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out, they got back into the game that didn't look like it for long

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periods. Frustration to elation for Steve, the opposite for you, Alan.

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You're all team had chances to kill the game off.

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ALAN SHEARER: Before the game, if you said you can take a point, you

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probably would, but they should have put the game out of sight and

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they will be bitterly disappointed. They will see it as two points lost

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rather than one gained. Their quality came through in the second

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half and they managed to get their foot on the ball about Blake

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Portsmouth, but plenty of endeavour and passion and where Craig from

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Portsmouth and ensure Michael Appleton would save a deserved it -

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- would say they deserve it. It is three years ago now that they were

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playing AC Milan in Europe. We would love to see them get back to

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those dizzy heights. Michael Appleton has just got to do a solid

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job and at the moment, that is a few games without defeat, drawing

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in the big derby, it is starting to look better. Absolutely. Their

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first away win last week was a turning point, so they can go away

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from home and winning games. You cannot rely solely on your home

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form. There is plenty of endeavour, plenty of spirit and belief in what

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they are doing. They come up a bit short occasionally and I am not

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sure how much they wanted to win the game, but they have got

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something that they probably set out to do. That is now 14 points

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from 18 available from home for Portsmouth but said and did have

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extended their lead at the top to one. Over West Ham -- Southampton

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have extended their lead. That his promotion form, Portsmouth, 27

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promotion form, Portsmouth, 27 points from 21. Let's talk about

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the team that took the lead. Have you seen enough to believe they can

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go from League 1 to the Premier League in a season? It is difficult

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to judge from one game. From what I have seen through the season, yes,

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but from the first half today, no. But the team top would have been

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about being better than that and getting your foot on the ball and

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something will come. And they did and it was no surprise that it came

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from their main hitman Rickie Lambert. He took it very well. A

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good ball in. The same ball coming good from Fox. Into identical

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positions, which we will see here, this is the first one in. The

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keeper does it come, Lallana gets it at the far post and should do

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better. Five a six minutes later, exactly the same thing happens,

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exactly the same player would sit in -- five or six. The defence gets

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deep, Henderson chooses not to come and Rickie Lambert, you have to say,

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he is a bully their. He is stronger and he wanted more. -- there. That

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is the side of a very good goalscorer, he once said that much

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that little bit more. Goal 17 of the season, that is the difference

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between these teams. Southampton have conceded a goal more than

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Portsmouth but Portsmouth haven't been scoring them. Southampton

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could have put it to bed, couldn't they? They had at 10 or 15 minute

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spell when the game opened up and all a sudden, you can associate the

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way they play with this game. You could end up until then. There are

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some nice movement, someone TWO's, some overlapping. -- some 1-2s.

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They didn't take their chances, but the problem was, Portsmouth were

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still in the game and they hadn't killed them off. That was a period

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where we saw the real Southampton. Apart from that, I am not quite

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sure we saw the best of them. one of those chances forced to

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Lambert, it is game over. Let's talk about the goal that was scored

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the other end, that nearly had to climb in through the window

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celebrating. The man who missed a couple of opportunities there

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Southampton could have stopped this goal. If you look at Joel Ward and

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you look at Guly Do Prado, it is to completely different desires. --

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two. Look at Joel Ward, how he attacks the ball. Guly Do Prado, it

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was fifty-fifty and then it becomes a 80-20. And it's a goal. That is

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the difference between winning and losing a game. He is 6 ft 6, why

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his the not picking someone up that he is on the post? That is the

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problem. It was a goal for Portsmouth, let's hear from Joel

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Ward. A priceless equaliser for your side.

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Yes, I have been at the club all my life and to get the equaliser in

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such a big game, everybody knows how big their game is between us,

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to get back to equalise and to come away with the point is fantastic.

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If you keep the belief even when you went Wandel bad and they seemed

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on top? -- Did you. We kept compact and we stayed in the game and that

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was the main thing and we worked hard and I think we deserved a goal.

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A full-blooded affair between two side in front of very passionate

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fans. Everybody knows throughout the country how big it is for the

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fans and for the clubs and we played well, we kept it clean on

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the pitch and that is the important thing. They are the league leaders

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and you have matched them, can you kick on? We said before the game,

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it could be the start of kicking on for us and I think we can do that,

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we can push on and take momentum from this game. Well done, thank

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you. Cy two goals here at Fratton Park.

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Two goals at Loftus Road and Aston Villa, Manchester United beating

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QPR in the day's any kick-off and Liverpool are Two-nil up against

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them at the moment -- early kick- off. Manchester City looking to

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extend their top -- lead at the top of the Premier League in the late

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kick-off. You can see all of the goals tonight at 10pm on Match of

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the Day 2 with Colin Murray. And the Day 2 with Colin Murray. And

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that isn't it for the sport this afternoon on the BBC, all of the

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action from they British rounds of the World Cup coming up. -- the

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the World Cup coming up. -- the British round of the World Cup.

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Goal 17 for Rickie Lambert. He is talking to Tony.

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You 17th goal of the season, it looked like it would give you

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success today, but not today. should have been. Obviously gutted

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that we have conceded in the last few minutes and we didn't really

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have the chance -- they didn't have a chance and then they scored from

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a corner. Did you regret not getting a second goal? You had

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plenty of chances. We were looking to push on the counter-attack that

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we had a couple of chances we didn't take, but we shouldn't have

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to score two, one should be enough. An important goal to give your side

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of the lead, did you think you would go on and win? I thought we

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were comfortable, it didn't look like they were going to get back in

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the game. You are top of the table going into the new year and

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Christmas. Can you go on and get promoted? We hope so. We have had a

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good half of the season and we will be looking to do that in the second

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half, we have to take every game as it comes. Thank you.

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It is a footballing cliche and also a cliche to say it was a game of

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two halves, but it probably was. Looking great for Southampton but

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it was and debate. In the Christmas season, the season of goodwill, 11

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is probably right, isn't it? really. No. I knew you would say

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that. Lovely to spend the afternoon with you. It looked as their father

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Christmas had come early with the Rickie Lambert celebrating a famous

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red and white outfit but a gift from a Saints player was just what

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Portsmouth needed. They may have problems off the pitch but they

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showed on it, they can mix with the very best, drawing with the league

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Jake Humphrey introduces live coverage of the Championship clash between Portsmouth and Southampton at Fratton Park. Just 18 months ago Portsmouth were a Premier League club, two divisions above their fierce rivals. However, after winning League One last season, the Saints have had little difficulty in making the step up to the Championship, meaning they could be on course for back-to-back promotions under boss Nigel Adkins. Portsmouth have found life in the second tier of English football more difficult since their relegation from the top flight in 2010, and their season has been disrupted by the departure of manager Steve Cotterill to Nottingham Forest.