Is it time to light the dark at Fratton Park?

By Lee Ryder on Apr 12, 07 03:10 PM

It seems a long time ago now but Newcastle United's last win at Fratton Park came way back in 1991 with Kevin Brock grabbing the winner down on the South Coast in the old Second Division.

True, Pompey have often been in the division below Newcastle since then but nevertheless the seasons when the two sides have remained in the same League, have usually resulted in misery.

Three draws in the Premiership may have been yielded but just like the many abject visits to Southampton during their top flight stint, Fratton Park holds no special memories for United fans since the days of Peter Beardsley and Kevin Keegan.

In fact since Brock's winner we've watched Mick Quinn break his leg whilst scoring the consolation in the 1991/92 season during a 3-1 loss, David Kelly blaze over a penalty in a 2-0 loss under Kevin Keegan and even had our own player in Lomana Lualua score past us when he was on loan in 2004.

It's all so typically Newcastle!

A couple of dire draws since then have also made sure there hasn't been much to shout about on the long journey back from Pompey.

So what will Saturday hold?

United do go into this one on the back of a mini-unbeaten run of two games!

But will they make it three?

Both Arsenal and Sheff United could have took more from the last two results if we are to be hyper critical.

However, one suggestion is that Newcastle seem to play better away from St James' Park at the moment due to the pressure of the home crowd.

Yet the partisan home support of Pompey usually make it a hostile ground to start with, and that's something the United players will have to stand up to.

David James is obviously confident though.

The England keeper has shaven off his beard ahead of the game even though he hasn't beaten David Seaman's record of 141 clean sheets in the Premiership.

There's certainly a possibility United could dent that but the worry that it will be a wasted 696 round mile trip must be causing those loyal Toon fans hell-bent on making a weekend of it at least a bit of nervous energy.

The finishing line is in sight, but just who has got the legs to make it there?


Ian Teasdale said:

As usual i fear it will be a long journey home again.Don't get me wrong the glimmer of hope still burns away but as we have seen so often this season the mounting pressure in the press will take its toll on the team, not to mention where the hell are the goals going to come from?
our away form is better this season than in recent seasons but i think the home crowd and the confidence of beating Man U 2-1 in their last home game will help them along on their way. Although if they do win it will be their first victory ever against us in the premiership i think another share of the points might not be a bad result.
All the best lads.

oxboy said:

Calm down Lee. Two points from the last two games seems to have over excited you if the thought of victory at Portsmouth is in your mind.
Pompey, under one of the best and proper football managers, play with passion, determination and not a little skill. Put simply - we dont!


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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