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Top 4 is out of reach for most

Firstly Peter Storrie and then Harry Redknapp joined Kevin Keegan in saying that the 'big 4' will remain the big 4 for the foreseeable future...

Keegan said that he had 'no chance' of bridging the gap after seeing his side lose to Chelski on Monday, then yesterday Storrie said 'I think you have to be realistic in the game now. It is very, very difficult for any side to break into the top four for some years', while Redknapp said it would cost 150m to do so! Time to dig deep then :-)

Whilst I do completely agree that we do have to remain realistic in our ambition, ambition has to see you aim high. Maybe by sharing these thoughts at this moment in time is just Pompey's way of playing down the slump that we have seen recently, as although we might have played poorly a fair few times this season overall we should not really be 'as low' as we are, and should - in my thinking - be closer to the top 4 than we are.

Had we not tossed away many of the points that we had carelessly done so this season, missed the penalties that we did that cost us wins or taken our eye so badly off the league in favour of the cup as we have then I seriously feel we could have been close to, if not in the top 4 anyway! It sounds crazy, but think about it and it is true really?

Yep, the gap is big but it can be breached, for us and others, so if we start going into the season with a better attitude than 'the 24 points on offer from 'the big 4' are merely bonus points, so whatever we can pick up from them will be extras' and remember that the season runs from August to May, it does not stop around Christmas time or when you get to 40pts - whichever comes first - then why should we not be capable of breaking into the top 4?

So long as Rafa Benitez continues to rotate his side as much as does in the early months of the season Liverpool will be the club most likely to be picked off, no matter how many millions they spend... People will say 'their class shone through in the end', but just look how close we were to them for so long this season, add those points dropped that we should not have, and had we kept going until the end of the season we would be right up with them now!

We are an established top 10 side, we should now be looking to make the next step up and this is possible. I am not saying that I am expecting these things but nothing in impossible if you believe, self belief is worth so much - if you have a defeatist attitude you will be defeated.

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 7 2008

Time: 8:54AM

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There are leagues within leagues in all the top European divisions. The Prem is a great example of that. Our league probably has four sections. The top 4, 5-10, 11-15, 16-20. No real rocket science. Thankfully we have jumped into the second band & long may we stay there. Breaking into the top 4 does require an obscene amount of dosh which must be generated on a world wide basis or via a multi billionaire. When you consider the options of lower league football, I will quite happily have what we have now even if that means never breaking into the top 4. Being this close is great. The chance to win a major trophy i& qualify for Europe is amazing. Let's not take any of it for granted or get complaicent. Be very grateful & happy with our lot. A new stadium would top it.
storagematt
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07/05/2008 09:35:00

the difference between the top 4 and us is consistency. we will play amazingly 1 week, beat man u - then the following week, lose to a team allready rlegated (e.g. watford). consistency comes with not changing your squd too much, letting the players settle, and adding quality whenever possible. with our first team changing almost every year, none of our players have properly settled - but i am sure they will soon!
pompeycarpet
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07/05/2008 17:29:00

I absolutely agree with Carpet. After Christmas we were a completely different side to the one we were before. We need consistency and all this talk of departures and arrivals is unsettling me. We sound like a b****y airport!
Gandor
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07/05/2008 18:45:00

True if you can hold on to players like Diarra, Kranjcar, Muntari & Defoe young talent to add to our more mature players & still add to the squad it could be possible, but yes this does take money. This is something the top 4 have more than us "CATCH 22".
pompeyyong
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07/05/2008 18:59:00

top 4 is the top 4 but we could and should have been that massively important P5 if the lazy buggrs had put an ounce of effort into one of the last 3 or 4 games.
russellm
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07/05/2008 21:56:00

just one game and that would have done it...i'm getting stressed again
russellm
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07/05/2008 21:57:00

Gandor more like T5, an un proffesional shambles
russellm
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07/05/2008 21:58:00

 

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