Watford v Pompey: Hot or not?

The under-repair South stand will not be used for the Bournemouth friendly. Picture: Colin Farmery

The £1m project breathing new life into Pompey’s home

nPower Championship at Vicarage Road on Saturday January 1, 2011.

POMPEY

Jamie Ashdown - Left exposed - 6

Greg Halford - Foolish dismissal - 5

Ibrahima Sonko** - Not bad - 6

Aaron Mokoena - Below par - 5

Carl Dickinson - Struggled against Buckley - 6

Nadir Ciftci* - Found it tough - 4

Hayden Mullins - Plugged away - 6

Joel Ward - Can't fault effort - 6

John Utaka - Kept going - 7

Kanu - Good first half - 7

David Nugent - Very quiet - 6

SUBSTITUTES

Tom Kilbey* (60 mins) Good challenges – 5

Hermann Hreidarsson** (85 mins)

Subs not used: Darryl Flahavan, Ricardo Rocha.

WATFORD

Scott Loach - Little to do - 6

Lloyd Doyley - Solid presence - 7

Martin Taylor - Dominated - 7

Adrian Mariappa - Excellent defending - 8

Andrew Taylor - Stunning strike - 8

John Eustace* - Kept things simple - 7

Don Cowie - Neat and tidy - 7

Will Buckley** - Thorn in Pompey's side - 8

Jordon Mutch - Performed well - 7

Marvin Sordell*** - A real handful - 9

Danny Graham - Clinical - 7

SUBSTITUTES

Ross Jenkins* (60 mins) – slotted in well

Matt Whichelow** (88 mins)

Gavin Massey*** (90 mins)

Subs not used: Rene Gilmartin, Josh Walker,

Dale Bennett, Adam Thompson.

STAR MAN: Kanu

Faded after the break but still Pompey's best player with his ageless touch and guile.

MAGIC MOMENT:

The final whistle bringing the curtain down on a desperately disappointing evening.

LET'S 'AVE HIM: Marvin Sordell

A constant menace with his ability which ripped Pompey to shreds at times.

HE'S ALL YOURS: Scott Loach

Obviously a talented player, but the keeper was not given the opportunity to impress like his team-mates.

THE BOSS: Malky Mackay

Produced a team, imaginative and full of energy, who deservedly won.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

Was generally spot-on with his decisions. - 7