Portsmouth Demolish Newcastle

It must have been a wonderful win for Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp yesterday, although he did look like he was having a heart attack when Rozehnal clearly handled in the penalty box in the first half and the referee didn’t see it.

At that time Portsmouth were 3-1 up, but you wouldn’t have thought it, the way Harry was reacting.

But Harry’s a very good manager and yesterday’s win, the first for Portsmouth in 58 years at Newcastle, had to be so satisfying for the manager.

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Harry Redknapp – has put together a great side at Pompey

In truth Portsmouth looked a very good side and really took Newcastle to the cleaners in the first 11 minutes to go an amazing 3-0 up. Noe Pamarot scored the first after 8 minutes with a wonderful strike from 30 yards which will be played again and again and has a chance for the goal of the season. There was no danger as he hit the ball with rocket speed into Harper’s top left hand corner.  Newcastle’s Brazilian center back Claudio Cacapa had a nightmare game as he was hustled off the ball first by Benjani Mwaruwari and then John Utaka as Pompey went up 3-0.

Cacapa was finally put out of his misery when he was taken off by Big Sam with just 18 minutes gone, and by that time, Newcastle had grabbed a lifeline when Sol Campbell deflected the ball into his own net. Owen had earlier pounced on a loose ball as James could only parry the ball.

But another terrible goal, direct from a Niko Kranjcar’s free kick after 70 minutes put the game out of reach for the home side, who lost their first game of the season at St. James’ Park.

Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp said after the game:

“It was a terrific performance and great goals. The first three goals were fantastic.”

“You come to St James’ Park and it is a difficult place to come – they get great support – and I just felt it was important we did not give anything away early on.”

“The system we play, we have got an extra man in the middle of the park and they were going to get out-numbered in there, so I felt it was important we passed the ball and made them change their system or drag a wide man in.

“That was something we spoke about all week, and we did it to perfection – and the goals were absolutely fantastic.”

Well it was certainly a good performance from Portsmouth, and they showed just how mediocre Newcastle are against a good side. Big Sam has some major problems to address before we have 8 games in 33 days starting December 1st. We just have to pick up points during that period – so we keep in touch with the top 6 and still qualify for Europe next season.

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