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Talking Pompey with UKTony

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...

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

  • What are you expecting from Pompey in the coming season?
    It would be nice to say "more of the same" but more pragmatically, I'd like everyone to play to their potential and for the team as a whole to play attractive football. A top 10 finish would be nice plus decent progress in each cup. What I'd really like, but don't expect to get, is a recognition from the media that we are a consistent threat to "the big four" rather than "a team who did rather well last year".

  • 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?
    Huge fan. Like cup matches, it's a chance to pit your wits against someone different and enjoy the possibility of saying "I was there". I reckon we'll get as far as the group stages; anything beyond that will be a pleasant surprise.

  • Which 3 players - that we could realistically sign - would you like to see arrive this summer?
    Dunne; I think we need to be realistic about Sol Campbell's chances of lasting a whole season. Someone up front to partner Defoe. Crouch keeps being mentioned and I think he'd do well if we got SWP as well.

  • 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?
    Utaka - no question. A constant disappointment.

  • How many Pompey games do you expect to make this season?
    I reckon 15 ish home league games plus Arsenal and Fulham away (family ticketing arrangements permitting). At least one UEFA game (2 if we are at home in the first match) plus perhaps 2-3 others. Say about 20 in total? More if finances, timings and the wife allow.

    Thanks to UKTony for answering these.



    The current top 10 contributors to Vital Pompey have been selected and approached to answer these questions but if anyone else wants to answer these questions simply drop me an email on portsmouth@vitalfootball.co.uk and/or visit this link and I will make it happen.

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    Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Saturday June 28 2008

    Time: 9:08AM

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    Nice one Tony. It would be nice to get some recognition from the press, but I reckon we may need to demonstrate more consistency before that happens.
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    28/06/2008 09:24:00

    Sod the press, the only people that give us credit is Sky Sports. Hi Tony, don't let the wife stop you from going to see Pompey. LOL.
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    28/06/2008 09:39:00

    Hi Tony, Good answers mate. I totally agree with the entertaining football. We used to be renowned for it, it's why Sky liked having us on the live games so often. But I suppose you have to reign in a little for success. Can't do a KK with no plan B or defence for that matter!
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    28/06/2008 09:44:00

    Sod the press? The more positive coverage we get, the easier it becomes to get quality players.
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    28/06/2008 09:46:00

    Tony, yet another Utaka fan then!!
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    28/06/2008 09:49:00

    Safety in numbers Simon?
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    28/06/2008 09:53:00

    Good stuff Tony still not done mine. Don't blame Gill for not attending more games!!
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    28/06/2008 11:28:00

    Cheers all. My thoughts on the three to sign are looking a bit thin aren't they.
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    28/06/2008 14:02:00

    Tony - can't you get your wife interested in coming along? Show here the pics of Jamo in last months Cosmo!
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    28/06/2008 18:05:00

    tracy thats shallow!!!! ;-)
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    28/06/2008 20:29:00

    Chris, not safety in numbers, so to speak, just simply stating what is clearly in front of my eyes!
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    28/06/2008 21:02:00

    Utaka for me was by far the best signing of last season. His skill is sublime, his ball control incredible and his workrate just oustanding. We got him for a snip and I reckon he's worth every penny (and more) Harry spent on him... I just can't see why people would knock him
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    28/06/2008 22:54:00

    Today self-help lesson was entitled 'Positive Thinking' The affect on the delusional...
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    28/06/2008 22:57:00

    ..... So do you read Cosmo too Penton ?
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    28/06/2008 22:57:00

    Ms Penton does, too much smut for me and my clean living lifestyle!!
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    29/06/2008 08:26:00

    Ms Penton does ... indeed... so you've never flicked through then ?
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    29/06/2008 09:15:00

    Nice answers Tony
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    30/06/2008 14:17:00


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