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Talking Pompey with storagematt

Vital Pompey has previously brought you the 'knowing me knowing you series' - which is still running, so others will be added and if you want to do one just email - now we have a little something extra this summer...

storagematt was asked 5 quick questions, this is what they said.

  • What are you expecting from Pompey in the coming season?
    After our highest league placing for 50+ years & winning the FA Cup for our greatest Pompey moment. Next season could be a bit of an anti-climax. I hope for a good season where we can still challenge for a top ten position. After decades in the lower leagues, we can't get carried away & presume we are entitled to anything. Fighting on many fronts especially the UEFA Cup, may take its toll on our league form & we should be patient with the team. We have come a very long way in a short space of time & consolidation amongst the big boys would be great.

  • Uefa cup - are you a fan of us being in this, or are you against it? Either way how well do you reckon we can do?
    I can't wait to mix it with European boys. I just hope we get past 'our 1st round' match & have a good go in the group stage & see where it takes us. There are quite a few games to be played even before the quarter finals loom in. We will be up against a lot of teams with a lot of European experience, irrespective of their country of origin. We have to safe guard against naivety & foreign refs who might see things a bit different to us. My fear is the trouble from the local police & the opposition's fans on the away trips.

  • Which 3 players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
    Where to start. We have been linked with so many & it's great that our current status & finances allows to do so. Up front we need someone with Defoe. Peter Crouch or Eidur Gudjohnson up front. SWP wide right. Shorey or Bridge at left back. (I know that is 5 but you know what I mean). I trust the club will get it right & we'll get what we want if we can. We must keep improving & can't afford to stand still.

  • If you had to select 1 player to get shot of - or maybe to rephrase or make this decision easier, 'sacrifice' - to make a signing who would it be and why?
    I think we need to retain as many as possible as we will need a quality squad more than ever before. I was disappointed with Nugent, Diop & Utaka, especially as they all promised so much. They may get better next season, they may not. But if I had to push one out it would be Utaka, he may still hold a high price abroad if Harry wanted to sell.

  • How many Pompey games do you expect to make this season?
    Having had a season ticket for the last 17 seasons, I am very fortunate to be able to get to go to nearly every home game. I hope that remains the same for the next instalment. Away games are a lot harder, with work & family commitments, so if I'm lucky maybe I'll get one in but there is more probability in getting to some of the European games.

    Thanks to storagematt for answering these.



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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Tuesday June 24 2008

    Time: 7:00AM

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    Another good and realistic response to the questions poised. I'm glad as MAtt says we are not getting carried away and expecting to automaticall improve in every aspect just because we won the FA Cup. We are all going to have to be patient next year and maybe accept a season with not as many highs... Consistency is now the key.. push on for sure but gain strength must be the ultimate objective
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    24/06/2008 08:07:00

    Well said Matt and followed up Chix. Let's just hope that a number of the fans feel the same and don't just come to the games expecting us to win everyone of them. With that attitude the crowd will be quiet and vey 'unPompeyish'.
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    24/06/2008 09:55:00

    We have picked up support in recent years that has only seen prem football. They don't remember the dark days. If clubs like Spurs, Newcastle, Man City have off seasons, so can we. As long as we maintain our prem status, everything else is a bonus. I'll only start to panic, when Harry retires & we can't replace David James etc.
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    24/06/2008 10:41:00

    The Dark days Matt now all Pompey fans SHOULD remember them. Otherwise they will expect too much. Nice replies and consolidation is the key word too.
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    24/06/2008 12:32:00

    God just imagine if we did gt relegated we'd loss half the fans =) ok mayb nt it is pretty hard nt to get over excited ad carried away bt yea its nice to c a postive and realistic attidude from u lot lets just hope all Popmey fans feel the same way hey. nice article
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    24/06/2008 13:26:00

    Matt, you had the same season ticket for 17 seasons? how did you manage that with the new electronic dooberies? :)
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    24/06/2008 16:05:00

    ChrisW. Somewhere I still have some of the old season ticket books. Ebay anyone?
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    24/06/2008 20:25:00

    The theme for all at the moment seems to be restraint. That's good; it's needed. Lets all enjoy and the moment that is being 2008 Cup winners! Glad you too think the same of Utaka, 8mil....Ummm? Shorey or Bridge, i'm with you on those two.
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    24/06/2008 20:38:00

    arr stop ur utaka bashin all he needs is a gd kick up the arse =) cause u gt 2 admit when he can b bothered to play he's a pretty gd player
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    24/06/2008 22:04:00

    Trouble is, pompeym@ - nobody can remember the last time he could be bothered to play! I bet he bothered to pick up his wages tho.
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    24/06/2008 23:19:00

    Good shout that, Gandor
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    24/06/2008 23:31:00

    bridge or shorey, i'd take either altho i must admit i like that russian left back - not the greatest defender in the world but adams could work on him :-)
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    24/06/2008 23:38:00

    yea i suppose Gandor lets just hope with some compertion nxt season he will try a bit actually make tht a lot harder =) and yea Rug would happily take any of the players u suggested any day
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    25/06/2008 10:19:00

    Utaka should go ... or put him up front in a two...He claims hes more of a striker than a winger and he has a pretty good goals per game ratio given his career record ... Use him properly or let him go Harry
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    27/06/2008 08:43:00

    Good shout, play Utaka up front or leave him in the dressing room.
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    27/06/2008 13:53:00


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