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A Villains point of view

When we played in December between a few of you it was basically said that you were 'undecided' with how your season was going at that point - is that still the case now?
I was on the fence, quite rightly I think as the league really wasn't taking a shape at that time. I can now see that we have made great strides this season, our style of play has improved - I wasn't keen on the early long ball and hoofing tactics - and there is a real team spirit. The team spirit I think is what has kept us up at the right end of the league this year and has been crucial because of our lack of numbers. To be fair we have also been very lucky with a lack of injuries, it was a big risk but it appears to have paid off!

You were also between you 'unsure' on Martin O'Neill's signings from last summer and felt you needed more in January, particularly a right back - did you get what you wanted?
We did need more, I think MON would be the first to admit that, but for whatever reason the players he wanted weren't available. I wasn't as disappointed or surprised by the lack of January signings as the top teams don't let their best players go half way through the season. I was, like many other fans, gutted at the lack of summer signings though! We did get Wayne Routledge from Spurs and I think he'll end up a good signing for us, although he is yet to appear for the first team. A right-back is still needed and major spending has to happen this coming summer and I have faith it will. You can only ride your luck for so long but what this season has proved is we have some great talent already at the club and just need to build on that solid foundation.

'Carew, Young and Agbonlahor' were the men that you said Pompey should watch in our last meeting - are these still the danger men for us now?
Yes, that trio on their day are a menace and hopefully they will know just how serious this game is to our (and your) European aspirations. We also have the very solid Martin Laursen who can defend like a warrior and is our third top scorer just to add the icing to his considerable cake!

Sorry Mr Fear, I could not resist you said 'I doubt your defenders will be able to keep up with Ashley Young!' Having sat with you for the game, and spoke about this very subject at the time lets talk about this statement and how it actually was…
I have a short memory, we won with ease didn't we? :o(

Where do you reckon Villa will finish this season then?
6th and just outside Europe but with a win in the Inter Two Bob, we'll be back in the Uefa. We are amongst a very few who could finish higher but ..... I do think with one or two more signings last summer, we'd have been realistically challenging 4th. But then, who knows, the extra players brought in might have upset the balance!

What about Pompey?
My feelings exactly... oh sorry, I see what you mean. Err, if you beat us (you won't!) you are in the mix for 6-7th. The FA Cup run is an impressive one, I would imagine you must be favourites for that now, although I'd love a non Prem team to win for the romance of the cup!

I pray we do - and we will probably never have a better chance again, but I would guess that you desperately want us not to win the FA cup; as if we do it will reduce the European places via the league even more.
Correct sir, although I think only 5th would get us into Europe anyway so not sure you winning it would make a massive difference, for 6th to get Europe we really need the top four to win the Carling Cup and FA Cup.

I remember you saying 'Matty Taylor, your right back or Niko Kranjcar' when asked which Pompey player you would take from our squad and put in yours - any changes on these thoughts?
My thoughts change daily or hourly to be honest. I am still confused as to why we let David James leave Villa though, he should have been our number one and we've never replaced him with better.

You all went for Villa wins last time; I went for a Pompey win - I was right… So go on then who is going to win this time Pompey or Villa?
Yes and there was me kind enough to invite you to our gaff, did you invite me down to yours? Not on your life. Was it something I said!? I feel deeply wounded! ;o) Villa win, only thing that I can consider at this point as it is a crucial 3 points. A draw would just about do but then, we could then be seeing a gap open up above us and the chasing pack closing in.

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Date:Friday March 14 2008

Time: 1:40PM

Your Comments

having met the fear i can testify the image above really is him :-) thanks for the answes, appreciated...
pompeyrug
Shame on you for not inviting him down the gaff Rug...looks like he seriously needs a pint !
Toronto4Pompey
I like The Fear .. always has a good appreciation for his team and others teams around them... To do the double over Villa would be a massive coup but they are going to be up for it tomorrow especailly after their 'slip-up' on Wednesday. Would love to see Villa qualify for Europe as I think the are a quality side wih a quality Manager..but obviously not at Pompey's expense
Chix
Have to say I'm looking forward to this one. Villa are a skilful and fun team to watch and it's a good matchup all around.
Toronto4Pompey
thing was i was going, as the tickets i was borrowing we for the brummie and the villa game, but the villa tickets were then sold on viagogo so i had to miss out - had i gone i was always inviting the fear, he would have to sample a monster mick, i'll do this next season... the worst part about going to the brum game - and had i gone - villa would have been that i went to 2 games that 'might' have qualified me for a semi final ticket, but wouldnt have had a stub for either, just as well i went to old trafford then isnt it, which all being well will mean im sorted for a ticket i think i deserve for my years of service anyway :-)
pompeyrug
it'll be a good game i reckon fellas, and Chix you are spot on The Fear is a top man, he comes across well on t'internet, but is sound when you meet him, as i say next season when we play villa i'll try and gte him along and get him in the brewers for a pre match pint too!
pompeyrug
Not the Fear that is Lennie the Lion :0) Nice answers though will be a tough one though. PUP
eastneydave
It will be a tough game, but we have proved this year that we can win these types of games. Hope that the lads are up for it, and it would be nice to be on 50 pointes tomorrow night. Will Harry stick with the 4-4-2 ofr go back to the one up front, i hope he gives Milan and Jermaine the chance to play alongside each other again.
Owenspompey
very tough game, but i disagree. we have prooved that we have been unable t win these types of games. the loss's to everton, and spurs stick out, but so do the draws with liverpool and west ham. we struggle to win the games with a lot of pressure attatached - and this, insidentally, includes fa cup games against lower league oposition. i think that we should be expecting a draw, at best...
pompeycarpet
oh, and one other thing..."but I would guess that you desperately want us not to win the FA cup; as if we do it will reduce the European places via the league even more." - in what way?
pompeycarpet
What do you mean romance of the cup, I want to see a non prem team win the cup. That stops now, serious stuff for serious teams. for the good of football we will win the cup & not embarras ourselves in Europe either.
storagematt
i get your point, even if we dont win it the places have been reduced - i think i wrote these questions before the united game tbh tho...
pompeyrug
Didn't get the result you were looking for Fear ... Oh well there's always next year !.... On a separate note I was drinking in my normal Pub and it was invaded by Villa fans ... Great bunch of blokes all up for a bit of harmless banter and a few songs.. a credit to your club
Chix
thats what you love to see isnt it - a good crack between opposing fans, clearly we always want our team to win but going about it in the right spirit is what you want to see, some teams can do this, others cant...
pompeyrug
 

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