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Glad for the rest - now lets crack on again!

There is always a lot of talk about footballers 'needing a rest', and those that are not of international standard with Pompey - which is not many these days - do get a rest when the international break comes along. When this usually happens I am frustrated and do not want it, but with more and more Pompey interest in the England squad then my interest has suddenly grown to a much higher level interest again and I can just about tolerate this as I wait for the real thing to return... Pompey action!

I do not know about anyone else but in a way I was actually glad for the break to come around this time as this also gave me the chance to chill out for a bit, take a break and recuperate after a hectic week - and a busy start to the season...

The fans put a hell of a lot into following Pompey too, so we deserve a break too - and we are not being paid millions for this privilege, not that I am bitter, as I am not.

At the end of a week that started with a game against Spurs (h), then off to Vitoria SC and finished with a game against Stoke (h) I must confess that I was slightly pleased for a short break.

I travelled up to Pompey on the Saturday afternoon/evening, had an early morning on the Sunday as I went to watch one of pompey4me's kids play football before I watched us beat another Sunday league side Spurs! Then came the gruelling trek to Portugal to see us take on Vitoria SC, this started at 3am on the Wednesday and finally wound down about 10pm on the Friday, with around 2 hours kip in that window... Finally we had the Stoke game on the Sunday, and as my brother travelled up for the game with my mate but had to get to Fratton early I had to meet up with him even earlier than I would have, we were talking 11am for a 3pm kick off - so there was little option but to have a few beers whilst waiting for the game. I was happy to get my train journey home out of the way on Monday and then have a bit of recharging time!

Now, fully refreshed and ready to go I cannot wait for the weekend to come around - my only regret is that I cannot make the trip to Villa Park this season, although we have Braga (a), Fulham (h), Liverpool (a) and Wigan (h) in quick succession so this is going to be another testing period - unfortunately this time I have to knock the Portuguese trip on the head but will be at all the other games!

So, it is not just the players that need these rests, we, the loyal fans that spend hours and hours as well as thousands of pounds following Pompey all around the country (and now the globe) also deserve this from time to time, and I for one have been somewhat pleased for this break - but now say bring on the Villa...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 16 2008

Time: 7:22AM

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Well said that man. Like you, I'm a little disappointed not to be able to make the Villa game, but plenty more awaits us in the near future.
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16/10/2008 08:09:00

Good shout Rug .. it does get a bit hectic but I too am pleased we are returning to Pompey action this weekend.. Bring on the villa ..too right but it's gonna be a tough one... Another result like last year will do ..but we don't have Muntari this time.... We have Diarra, Defoe & Crouch instead..
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16/10/2008 08:12:00

That does sound all a bit hectic. Just imagine if you were doing Villa and Braga, that would be a whole lot of miles that you would cover!
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16/10/2008 08:49:00

Not doing Villa but Braga yes. Another long road trip. Yep toughie at Villa. If anyone is likely to get 5th it could be them. Hopefully Diarra will be ok & the England lads recover from their road trips!!!
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16/10/2008 11:38:00

Another win at Villa would be great, but a draw would not be a bad.
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16/10/2008 19:30:00

glad to see you boys are feeling the pinch that European footy brings! It's an expensive old game now isn't it lads!
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16/10/2008 20:14:00

Rug, good little team that 'H' plays in there eh!
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16/10/2008 22:27:00

I can't wait for Saturday as I want to know if Diarra/Davis/Hughes et al are going to be fit to play. I heard someone say that Defoe was coming back with an injury, I do hope that was a joke! (Even if a not very funny one).
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16/10/2008 23:57:00

PS: I think its fantastic what you boys do, following Pompey all over. If it wasn't for my GOB (Grumpy old B-----d), I would join you!
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17/10/2008 00:01:00

gutted i couldnt get to villa park this season - even more so now that the day is here!
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18/10/2008 13:30:00

yep they are a good team, still think that right winger they have is better than utaka... and he is only what, 7 or 8? :-)
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