Pompey vs Oxford

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Huge game on saturday, Oxford were in very good form until losing to Bristol Rovers on sunday and hoping our win last night vs Ipswich will keep our home momentum going. Kemar Roofe is pretty much unplayable at the moment but Oxford will be without Ryan Taylor and McGuire I believe.

I can't really see us losing this game, Appleton has got Oxford playing really well and they won't come down here looking for a 0-0. Our home form has improved and we haven't conceeded since mid October.
 
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Huge game on saturday, Oxford were in very good form until losing to Bristol Rovers on sunday and hoping our win last night vs Ipswich will keep our home momentum going. Kemar Roofe is pretty much unplayable at the moment but Oxford will be without Ryan Taylor and McGuire I believe.

I can't really see us losing this game, Appleton has got Oxford playing really well and they won't come down here looking for a 0-0. Our home form has improved and we haven't conceeded since mid October.

Kemar Roofe is definitely not unplayable. He hardly had a sniff against us bar one lucky goal...Lockyer did a great job on him. Stick a centre half up his ass n don't give him time, give him the rough treatment, don't let him cut in on his right foot and he will be alot less effective. Oxford are a very good side who play great football. Focusing solely on Roofe would be a bad mistake!
 
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I also don't think Roofe is unplayable, but he is exactly the type of player that can punish you if you switch off for one chance which is exactly what he did. He found his way to Leadbitter in the box who despite being a cracking attacker isn't the best defender and punished him so defending against Roofe is more a case of persistence and concentration.

Not sure what I want more from this, both teams to pick up a point or one of them to lose all three which could also have its benefits. I'm leaning towards hoping for a draw. Along with us vs Plymouth, this fixture adds to an excellent round of fixtures which could go a long way in influencing promotion.
 

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Huge game on saturday, Oxford were in very good form until losing to Bristol Rovers on sunday and hoping our win last night vs Ipswich will keep our home momentum going. Kemar Roofe is pretty much unplayable at the moment but Oxford will be without Ryan Taylor and McGuire I believe.

I can't really see us losing this game, Appleton has got Oxford playing really well and they won't come down here looking for a 0-0. Our home form has improved and we haven't conceeded since mid October.

I don't think the loss of Taylor (he hasn't impressed me as much as he has some other Oxford fans) and Maguire weakens us as I think we are a better team with the two that should replace them (Hylton and O'Dowda). O'Dowda will certainly provide a quicker more direct attacking threat.
As said previously, we are certainly not a one man (Roofe) team.

You're right in that Appleton certainly won't play for a draw, and i think we will score at least one, just depends if you score more. If your style of play is to keep it on the deck then I'd be more confident than if you were a team that pumped in lots of crosses and high balls, as our weakness is defintely defending those type of attacks.
 

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Pompey are a massive club so I can see us being over-awed. Hopefully Dunkley can come in to form a five man defence as we have had great success holding out for draws against Yeovil, Newport etc. Then I'd like to see Appleton pack five in midfield. Roofe at AM can burst forward on the break to try and catch them off guard if they get overconfident based on their bigger names and superior ability. Hoping we keep it respectable: will go for Portsmouth 2-0 Oxford.
 

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A feisty draw with a couple of sendings off for each side would be great. Cheers
 

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Pompey are a massive club so I can see us being over-awed. Hopefully Dunkley can come in to form a five man defence as we have had great success holding out for draws against Yeovil, Newport etc. Then I'd like to see Appleton pack five in midfield. Roofe at AM can burst forward on the break to try and catch them off guard if they get overconfident based on their bigger names and superior ability. Hoping we keep it respectable: will go for Portsmouth 2-0 Oxford.
What bigger names do you mean? Until Kevin Nolan arrived at Orient, there probably wasn't a bigger name in League Two than Kemar Roofe. IMO Oxford's squad is as good as Pompey's, and the table proves it.
 

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I think that comment was tongue in cheek Ghost#8.
What bigger names do you mean? Until Kevin Nolan arrived at Orient, there probably wasn't a bigger name in League Two than Kemar Roofe. IMO Oxford's squad is as good as Pompey's, and the table proves it.
 

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Pompey are a massive club so I can see us being over-awed. Hopefully Dunkley can come in to form a five man defence as we have had great success holding out for draws against Yeovil, Newport etc. Then I'd like to see Appleton pack five in midfield. Roofe at AM can burst forward on the break to try and catch them off guard if they get overconfident based on their bigger names and superior ability. Hoping we keep it respectable: will go for Portsmouth 2-0 Oxford.

I don't think you're taking into account that Portsmouth is a proper footballing city and Oxford is just a university city.

Pompey 3 - Oxford 0
 

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Oxford were better than us today, we just froze and were not good enough in any department.

The current top three are going up automatically now. The best we can hope for is the play-offs.
 

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Oxford were good but its too early to be settling for the playoffs, we do need someone to replace Lavery though.
 

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To be fair, Pompey fans as magnanimous in defeat as any I have encountered this season.

Things are a little too close for comfort for me to wish them well the rest of the season though :lol:
 

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