Date:Monday April 28 2008
I base my assumption on a couple of issues, the first is we have won nothing yet, we have a great chance of course, but there is a tasty bit of silverware without our name anyway prominent yet, it is right at the beginning with the likes of Huddersfield and Blackpool.
Secondly after the game on Sunday I was listening to The Quay in the car on the way home, several disgruntled fans felt the need to vex their feelings on air, a lot were saying how awful we are now playing, one went as far as to say that every single player in a Pompey shirt was going through the motions, I would love to have seen him put in a room with Distin who could explain his lung-bursting run to break up an attack in the first half, or Diarra, who could explain how he simply dwelled on the ball and never stood out like a shining beacon, he could also have a word with Kranjcar who was so uncommited he managed to come off better in a 50-50 challenge with the impossing Samba.
To top it all off, I read in The News tonight, a letter saying we should be in for signing David Villa, one of the most sought after strikers in Europe! I'm sure he would love to swap Valencia to play in the decrepit Fratton Park in front of the sub 19,000 crowd who could be bothered to turn up.
A reality check is needed in many quarters, in out part of the world we are in the prime spot, we have a first final in 69 years to look forward to, our nearest and dearest rivals are on the cusp of League 1 football after lording over us for years, Bournemouth are in administration, facing extinction and hovering just above League 2 football, and finally Aldershot are only just emerging from the ashes of near extinction after more than 20 years of non-league and financial meltdown.
I have watched Pompey for nearly 30 years now, I first went in '79 during the dark years, I cleary remember '83 and the first sniff of success in winning Div3, I recall the joy of promotion and then relegation with Bally, and I remember the 15 years of snatched success in the F.a Cup (1992) and the odd great result like Spurs in 1985 and beating the then mighty Leeds on their own patch in 1997.
Today we are in the hallowed land of the Premiership, we have quality players we could only of dreamed of signing only 6 years ago, we are chasing honours, we are chasing European football and have plans for a new stadium and new training ground.
Sit down people, pour a drink and be grateful for what we are receiving, it could be worse, so much worse, just ask Vital Saints!
Date:Monday April 28 2008
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