Positive Pompey Defeat Scottish Champions

Last updated : 08 August 2009 By Jim Bonner
Pompey ended pre-season with a convincing 2-0 win over SPL Champions Rangers thanks to a brace by impressive debutant Frederic Piquionne.

The Blues were dominant throughout periods of the game although I thought Rangers were poor. Piquionne had an excellent debut, looping a header over Alan McGregor for the opener and then beating the Rangers centre backs to a long ball and rounding McGregor for the second goal.

His movement and strength gave the Rangers defence allsorts of problems and they really struggled to handle him. I'm sure Brede Hangeland and co. won't be pushed around so easily but on first viewing "Fred" looks like a handy player.

Niko Kranjcar was also very impressive whilst the team as a unit showed a unity and a commitment to the cause by closing down Pedro Mendes et al every time Rangers had possession.

The defence were also impressive as Younes Kaboul looked great going forward and Marc Wilson looked assured next to Sylvain Distin at the heart of the Pompey defence.

The Rangers fans in the Milton End should be commended on their terrific support for a meaningless friendly but even they lost their voice as Pompey made them look second best for the majority of the game.

The way we bossed the game and the commitment the Pompey players had lifted some of the negativity around Fratton Park and the performance had me thinking that we might actually have a chance of beating Fulham next week.

The performance and the result put a smile on the faces of the Pompey fans for the first time in a while, only for them to be wiped off with the news that the takeover looks like it's going to collapse.