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Massive month for Pompey

We are now at the end of what has been a draining week, both mentally and physically - one that I will not be sad to see the back of I must admit!

Today brings the start of a new month - football wise - and this month could potentially be one that makes or breaks our season, even at this early stage.

I have been impressed with the start that Tony Adams has made and how the players have reacted to him - some better than others, so perhaps his motivational skills are even better with some than his predecessors were... This good start must culminate in a win over Wigan at Fratton today though, and I am sure that we will get it - in fact, not that I am expecting it, I would not be surprised to see us spank them!

Obviously this month starts with Wigan, then we go to Sunderland and West Ham, next up we have a couple of home games as we face Hull and Blackburn. On paper, and of course nothing is won on paper, we are more than capable of picking up 15pts out of 15 here, if we did not at least break double figures I would be disappointed. A good return not only keeps a healthy league position it also opens a bigger gap on the bottom 3!

In-between Hull and Blackburn we face Milan in the uefa cup - quite what to expect I do not know at the moment, I reckon a lot will depend on our form going into that game... If we could get a result against Milan, the likelihood of us continuing our uefa cup progress into next year increases - again another good thing, even if it does stretch the squad.

A good return from this month 'should' not only all but eliminate any lingering relegation fears, but will also send us into December - again a month that potentially promises a good return on points, which could send us into the New Year on a high and in a healthy position, and a position that should convince players that leaving Fratton for most other clubs is a backwards, at best sideways move - we just have to hope that financial constraints do not mean that our squad is totally dismantled out of necessity. Adams has said that if players are sold without his say he will walk, lets hope this means he has been assured things are not as bad as some might have you believe? Whilst he, and we, hope that none go realistically at least one prized asset is likely to move on - but I think we expected that regardless.

We must do all we can between now and then to support the club - getting behind the team like we can will see the players react, and that will see the results achieved. Also, even though it is not cheap, turning out in force to sell out Fratton will help generate extra revenue, which all helps!

Yep, we have to take each game as it comes but Wigan starts a run of games that could not only be crucial for the rest of this season but future seasons as well. Come on Pompey, let's do this...


Also, and an other little note on this subject really - Joe Jordan will also have his future resolved this week, and I believe that keeping him on the coaching staff - which I hope we do - will also be a huge help to the weeks, months and years that lie ahead. So fingers crossed this happens too!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 1 2008

Time: 9:03AM

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Yep, a bib month. There are plenty of points on offer & other than Sunderland away, we could take quite a few. I agree a minimum of 10 pts. we also need to get those points on the board, just in case we do have a bad second half to the season. we can't rule out a loss of quality players & we can't expect wonderful replacements. We must secure the points now. As for Milan, enjoy the occasion.
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01/11/2008 09:34:00

Yep I agree too Matt & Rug..although I do think we can do Sunderland away.. We just didn't turn up there last year.. anyway.. Here's a prediction... A win against Milan and unbeaten league record in November and Tony to get Manager of the Month.. That'll do for a start..
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01/11/2008 09:50:00

We'd be nuts to let Joe go. So the scenario is; if the best bits of the team are sold in January we also lose our manager, who will 'walk'. Great - a VERY good reason for holding on to the Great Joe Jordan.
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01/11/2008 09:58:00

Need to pick up points and get the Euro back show on the rails. Don't come much bigger.
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01/11/2008 11:34:00

Jordan must stay, but I cannot see him continually being pushed down the pecking order, he has suffered before. It will depend on Adams recruitments.
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01/11/2008 11:57:00

I know Tony and Joe had a meeting yesterday to discuss Joe's role, I haven't heard the outcome, but I do get the impression Joe is staying at Pompey - thank goodness, he's been an incredible unsung hero for years.
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01/11/2008 12:31:00

Critical Month.. didn't get off to the best of starts .. did it...
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02/11/2008 08:45:00

Errr. So much for a good start. We can't keep being this unlucky otherwise we will be in serious trouble. If we ain't already.
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02/11/2008 09:14:00

I know it's not the done thing on this site to say anything against our Club, But we're in the Doo Dah, well and truly. I think this is the biggest crisis for many a year.
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02/11/2008 13:11:00

why do you say that? of course people can penton!
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02/11/2008 13:23:00

Not a crisis yet but it could easily turn into one .. but lets not forget the Great Escape was only three seasons ago .... So even if we enter January in the same postion as we did then, it's not as if we haven't been down (but not out) before..
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02/11/2008 19:41:00

We are now 3 pts of the bottom 3 & could well in truly in it come the end of the month, though it's May time that scares me. We are not even 6 months on from the greatest day of our lives & it's all going to rat ****.
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02/11/2008 20:37:00

Hey come on everyone we lost 1-0 to Liverpool up at Anfield and that was only through a penalty, and less siad about that the better, and yeah OK we should have got something more out of Wigan, but that doesn't make it a crisis. Defoe can't leave in January as technically he signed in February and therefore whether wants to leave or not he can't go anywhere until next summer. We have still got the players and I reckon the management to go on and still get our top ten finish, thats despite all whats gone and going to go on for the remainder of the season.
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