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Campbell - it is in our own hands

Sol Campbell had been very outspoken about the transfers we had made - or as he saw it at the time had not made - and this got him a rap across the knuckles... We then went out and signed Lassana Diarra and Jermain Defoe, signings that he is very, very happy with.

He could not praise the signings of this pair enough, but his thoughts on our 'European destiny' appealed to me more than anything - with him basically saying 'it is on our own hands', which in many ways it is: 'there are a lot of teams around there. It's quite congested from fourth to 10th place. It's unbelievable really.

'We've got it in our own hands.

'We've got all the teams in and around us. The main thing is to keep on winning and.

'I think the main thing is we have got to do it ourselves and get it right on the pitch.

'We have six home games now and our away form isn't bad so hopefully we can get a good run at it'.

We are currently behind Everton, Liverpool - who are still battling it out for a place in Europe, most feel they will eventually shine through to take that final champions league place but I am not so sure they will, and if all the other teams - including us - kick on it is not beyond comprehension that they could miss out altogether, although this is unlikely - and Villa, with City, Blackburn and West Ham very much in the hunt, but with us having to play all of these sides - apart from Liverpool - it is to a degree very much in our own hands.

We have Everton this weekend, Villa in a couple of weekends time, then West Ham, City and Blackburn in April, if we won all 5 that is 15 points that would most probably guarantee us European football!

Ok, we might not do this - avoiding defeat is essential though, and we can only play against what we are up against, clearly these teams will not let us play, but then again we will not be letting them play, but if we approach these games in a positive mindset this well and truly leaves things in our own hands...

It is going to be a battle between now and May 11th, and it could very well go down to the wire with it possible we enter the final round of games with a champions league and the uefa cup places still up for grabs, but if we keep doing our part, therefore keeping it in our own hands then we really do have a great chances of achieving something very special this season.

For any of this to happen we need to kick into gear and show our best football again, which in all honesty we have not shown for a long time, we cannot escape from that fact - but even so we are still on a decent run of league and cup form!

We have ground out results recently, which is often the sign of a good team but we cannot keep doing this - and to be honest nor do I want to keep seeing this, as I want to be entertained again - it is time to put our foot down again and finish the season like the spell we had between early September and mid November, and we are capable, we have the players to do this so it is time for them to step up to the plate and deliver again!

If they do deliver, a run like we had earlier in the season is possible, and then as Campbell said 'you never know how far we can go'...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 28 2008

Time: 11:54AM

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I don't see Sol being here for more than then next 18 months and I suspect next year he will see some bench time too. But in the meantime his contribution is crucial and along with Defoe, Diarra and Jamo forms the backbone of the team.
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28/02/2008 12:14:00

Time for the talking to stop and the action on the pitch to begin. These are tough games coming up but games we CAN win.
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28/02/2008 12:18:00

We will learn a lot about ourselves this month. The league games with Everton. Villa & Spurs will have a huge say on whether we will finish high enough for the uefa spot.
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28/02/2008 12:35:00

Hammers won't be easy either - AND... Spurs will be fun with JD up front... but they are all winnable guys
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28/02/2008 12:38:00

Agree we need to up the ante, otherwise last season's 9th will be replicated. Mind you if you asked me this back in late August last year I would have taken it for sure. Staying in the Prem and delivering wins Home and Away is a joy for all to savour. If we keep doing this year in year out (whilst missing Europe) who amongst the Pompey faithful can complain....not I.
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28/02/2008 12:43:00

Much harder to do it this year than last year, but we must believe we can, and pick up a gear or two - and go for it. We still have 2 routes to Europe open, so it really is in our hands.
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28/02/2008 12:52:00

that's true Tracy, but it's true for all the teams.
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28/02/2008 13:48:00

Agreed it is in our hands, and the Ref's. We can play poor and win, we can play excellent and lose, but if a Ref makes the wrong call its fatal.
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28/02/2008 13:50:00

keep winning and we will do well, easier said than done but its that simple isnt it...
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28/02/2008 14:22:00

Nice article. Good to see captain Sol giving the thumbs up and I've no doubt he'll play his part. We CAN win at Everton. Once that midfield gels, we could compete with the best clubs in europe. The downside is, we'll need to get to europe to keep THAT midfield. Krunchie to score the winner (or be instrumental in it) on Sunday.
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