The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Striker


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Whilst I enjoy reading you blog I must say your summing up of the Portsmouth performance at Wembley by describing us as playing “absolutely terribly” is a little wide of the mark.

    Pompey’s game is based on counter attacking football, this is why we’ve had so many wins away from home this season whilst we struggled at home earlier on in the season. We’ve adapted and added to our game with the addition of Defoe, but he wasn’t able to play leaving us in the half-way house of whether to stick with one up front or go 4-4-2. With Utaka unfit it pushed Redknapp into the 4-4-2 route which we’ve not been so used to playing. This showed in the first half as we were sloppy and disjointed.

    West Brom had plenty of the ball but did nothing with it. With our excellent defence we were still quite comfortable without getting out of 1st gear. West Brom should be worried about their aspirations in the Premier League next season if their best still isn’t as good as our worst.

    Once we overcame our biggest problem on the day – scoring the opening goal (BTW it was handball – but in real time it would’ve been a tough one for the ref or lino to call – no one in the stadium saw it) we were able to settle the nerves of being favourites and went on to play some good stuff in the last half hour creating four very good chances to kill the game off – Baros, Sully and Nugent should’ve all done better in scoring situations.

    So not a classic semi-final but then how many are? The prize is all too great at that stage and at the end of the day Pompey were professional and saw off WBA with some ease.

    Let WBA have their plaudits for passing the ball around, but watch that game a gain and you’ll see only one team was ever going to win it.

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