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Pompey season in review - April

Our total stood at 53pts from a possible 96 so far, so still roughly a 50% success rate in terms of points gained out of those available throughout the 2007/08 season but April was to see a rapid decline - in out league form anyway...

The month started with our biggest game in donkies years, the FA cup semi final! The palaver surrounding the tickets, the fact that we had the game moved to a ridiculously early time of 12.15pm was all cast aside as many of us fulfilled our dreams by seeing Pompey play at Wembley... It might not have been the cup final, which would have been our ideal occasion to watch us at the nations home for the first time but we were there! It got better though as by a little after 2pm on 5th April we knew would come back again the following month for the cup final as Kanu scored the decisive goal to beat West Brom 1-0!

Midweek saw a return to league action and a trip to Harry Redknapp's old team West Ham. We huffed and we puffed, but could not break through, but managed to in the end with a fine goal from Niko Kranjcar to seal another 1-0 away win.

For the first time since confirming out place in the FA cup final we returned to Fratton next. A near packed house greeted the heroes that weekend as Newcastle came to town for a game that was on setanta sports I believe? Our old trouble of failing to score at home returning to haunt us and but for David James we would have lost, but as it was we played out an entertaining enough 0-0 draw... Minds were starting to turn even more elsewhere...

The following weekend we were off to Citeh, as were the sky sports cameras. I had a cracking day out, and from where I stood - yep stood for the entire 90 minutes without once being told to sit down, a rarity in this day and age! - it was a decent game, but mistakes cost us dear... We were the better side for the opening minutes but somehow found ourselves two down inside 15 minutes, but when John Utaka pulled one back you still thought we could come back. Hermann Hreidarsson's needless sending off before the break left us with it all to do, but we still looked like getting something until another error allowed Benjani to brilliantly finish and kill off the game 3-1. His name was sung throughout, and you could see he wanted to come over to us but restrained himself.

We ended the month with the sky sports cameras again in attendance as Blackburn came to Fratton. We offered little and got nothing, losing 1-0 and ending the month on a sour note, but we were still in the FA cup final!

4pts from 12 on offer was a clear indication as to where our priorities now lay, and as frustrating as it was at the time, looking back and knowing that things worked out for the best I can accept this - I just wish I had known 100% at the end of April what I know now...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 19 2008

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

To be honest April was all about going to Wembley, we didn't care 'it was only the semi'. We were there. I didn't want to lose & remember being very nervous, scared of losing & all that would be lost for not making the final, winning & enjoying it. I was 25 when we lost in the last semi in 1992 & felt I didn't want to go through that agony again. So at 41 & wondering if I ever would see any Pompey glory, I wanted to win & thankfully as they say, the rest is history. As for the dip in league form, again to be honest, how cares, we won the one that mattered. Amen.
storagematt
The month we will always remember as Matt says for Wembley. Even the win at West Ham will long be forgotten as will the rest of the league performances before the memories of April 5th begin to fade.
eastneydave
Very true guys - Had the semi final been at the end of the month then things may have been a bit different. It felt bad at he tie to keep loosing, but we were on our way to the final!
sneakay
 

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