FA Cup – Halftime

By mfaletti
Saturday, May 15, 2010 15:56 EDT
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0-0, and I have to say one of the most exciting 0-0s I’ve seen. Chelsea’s smacked the frame 5 times — 5 times! One of those went halfway across the line before bouncing out. Kalou missed point blank from a yard out with an empty goal in front of him. Portsmouth’s Mokoena blocked two Drogba lasers in succession. And Portsmouth’s even had a couple close chances themselves, forcing Cech into one great save.

David James looks amazing in goal for Portsmouth — great reflexes, top notch instincts, leadership from the back. This will certainly buy him a few more looks from good clubs; maybe he’s not heading off into the twilight yet…

Chelsea look like they’ll eventually get on the board, and if they score first, one gets the sense that’ll knock the wind out of Pompey. The underdogs’ best hope is to continue to press on the counter and try to steal a surprise lead. If they bang one home before the Blues, the Chelsea irritation could become counter-productive anger.

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