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Not the results that we wanted...

All Pompey eyes were on Ewood Park, Craven Cottage, Eastlands, St James' Park, the Britannia and White Hart Lane tonight - but would any of these do us a favour in our fight to avoid the drop?

Of course doing it ourselves and not relying on others makes things a lot easier, and I do want it to be this, but if we have to accept a helping hand from others to stay up as I am not proud I will accept this!

Blackburn 0-0 Everton
A draw, well I would have accepted that before the game as it keeps them behind us, but only by 1pt behind and their goal difference is better than ours - that might become a factor in the end!

Fulham 0-1 Hull
Hull winning was not good as they have been in freefall - obviously one win does not change things entirely but this could install some new found confidence that puts them 4pts ahead of us, and a little more away from relegation, albeit with a slightly worse goal difference...

Man City 2-0 Villa
Many feel Citeh were safe anyway, or near enough safe and this win over Villa not only puts them even further down the road to this it also extendeds their lead over us to 7pts, and more from the bottom 3, and of course they have one of the better goal differences in the league, certainly in the bottom half of the league...

Newcastle 1-2 Man Utd
A Manyoo win was totally as expected, but it was not easy! So no change, Newcastle remain level on pts with us but their goal difference suffered a little which worked in our favour slightly - thanks again Manyoo, god I do not like 'wanting them to win', but needs must...

Stoke 2-0 Bolton
A Stoke win was not wanted at all but was it really a surprise given their home record? This has been really good and has kept them afloat this season, without this form they would be all but down already. They go 1pt ahead of us but have a worse goal difference, but only just mind!

Another factor to take into account, people 'might' argue that Bolton were still in the fight, but I felt they were clear, but that said they are 'only' 5pts ahead of us but do have a better goal difference...

Tottenham 4-0 Middlesbrough
Lets be honest here Spurs are not going down, and were not anyway were they? So them beating Boro is better for us in all honesty - winning so well was not in the script though and not what I wanted! Spurs move 3pts ahead of us with a much better goal difference.

Boro remain 2pts behind us with a worse goal difference, that helps - now we just need to go to the Riverside and get something... Easier said than done?

So this is how these results leave the bottom half of the table...

Pos

Team

PldPtsGD
10Fulham2734+1
11Bolton2833-10
12Hull2832-16
13Spurs27310
14Sunderland2731-8
15Stoke2829-17
16Newcastle2828-11
17Pompey2728-15
18Blackburn2727-13
19Boro2826-20
20West Brom2822-29


All in all, following our unfortunate defeat on Tuesday, if you had offered me most of these results then I think I would have been pretty disappointed - ideally draws all-round would have been good but you cannot have it all your own way...

We drop one place with Stoke leaping above us - and others - after their win, but so long as 3 teams remain below us it is always in our own hands. It goes without saying that I would rather be looking down with at least 3 teams below us than looking up from a relegation place any day of the week!

Put it this way things are still very much in our own hands and with plenty of games against teams in and around the dogfight we can leave it that way...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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Date:Wednesday March 4 2009

Time: 10:26PM

Your Comments

WE STILL HAVE A GAME IN HAND THOUGH!!!
pompeycarpet
lets just not mention who it's against, or where it is though...
pompeycarpet
WE STILL HAVE A GAME IN HAND THOUGH!!!
pompeycarpet
lets just not mention who it's against, or where it is though...
pompeycarpet
lol, nearly every result went against yous!
meee93
lol, nearly every result went against yous!
meee93
blackburn have a game in hand aswell next week i think so they 'might' overtake us leaving us in the drop zone heading to boro...
hopefully manyoo would have already won the league by the time we play them in april - so they will be 'concentrating' on the champions league, fielding a 'weaker' side!
pompeyrug
blackburn have a game in hand aswell next week i think so they 'might' overtake us leaving us in the drop zone heading to boro...
hopefully manyoo would have already won the league by the time we play them in april - so they will be 'concentrating' on the champions league, fielding a 'weaker' side!
pompeyrug
Gutted by Hull's ever so late winner. Not surprised Stoke won but was hoping a draw. The old adage you can't always rely on others!
storagematt
Gutted by Hull's ever so late winner. Not surprised Stoke won but was hoping a draw. The old adage you can't always rely on others!
storagematt
storagematt, doesnt stop u from hoping though!
meee93
storagematt, doesnt stop u from hoping though!
meee93
we might need some help, but we do have to remember that things 'have' looked better recently and we are more than capable of sorting ourselves out without the helping hand - altho, as said i will take it if needed!
the boro game is huge now, even more so - win that and i will breath alot easier, a point will be better than nothing but defeat and i think its gonna be a long hard slog...even more so...
pompeyrug
we might need some help, but we do have to remember that things 'have' looked better recently and we are more than capable of sorting ourselves out without the helping hand - altho, as said i will take it if needed!
the boro game is huge now, even more so - win that and i will breath alot easier, a point will be better than nothing but defeat and i think its gonna be a long hard slog...even more so...
pompeyrug
Well as I said in the forum, we have five winnable games in a row coming up. This set of five games will really decide our fate. If we can get at least three wins out of these then I will feel we are pretty much safe. Three wins and a draw or anything better could see us back in the top half or at least mid table.
pompeywa
Well as I said in the forum, we have five winnable games in a row coming up. This set of five games will really decide our fate. If we can get at least three wins out of these then I will feel we are pretty much safe. Three wins and a draw or anything better could see us back in the top half or at least mid table.
pompeywa
i think ye have enough to stay up tbh
123spurs
i think ye have enough to stay up tbh
123spurs
Love the tables again, must have taken ages! Lol. Didn't go well for us tonight really, but we will be fine so all is good!!
MFFP
Love the tables again, must have taken ages! Lol. Didn't go well for us tonight really, but we will be fine so all is good!!
MFFP
Interesting, one big team will go down this season. Newcastle, pompeii, boro or blackburn. Don't worry it won't be you, mark my words!
shelf16
Interesting, one big team will go down this season. Newcastle, pompeii, boro or blackburn. Don't worry it won't be you, mark my words!
shelf16
Can't rely on others to do it for us, time for us to get the points on the board, 3 wins is all it probably needs, and there are enough "winnable" games out there
paultsmouth
Can't rely on others to do it for us, time for us to get the points on the board, 3 wins is all it probably needs, and there are enough "winnable" games out there
paultsmouth
We wanted four points from the last three games and got them do can't really complain.. although I am still confident we well stay up we need to our strikers to start hitting form ..Crouchy especially needs to score as does Nuge and Kranjcar (it he is playing that role) .. probably the odd one from Pennant too .. Gekas also ??.. Golas weill keep us up and we need to take the chances we are begining to create..
Chix
We wanted four points from the last three games and got them do can't really complain.. although I am still confident we well stay up we need to our strikers to start hitting form ..Crouchy especially needs to score as does Nuge and Kranjcar (it he is playing that role) .. probably the odd one from Pennant too .. Gekas also ??.. Golas weill keep us up and we need to take the chances we are begining to create..
Chix
Dammit and hell blast!! IF, and I say IF, we go down, I think it would be just unlucky - we really haven't been the luckiest of teams this season and I hope IF we go down, most of the players will stay to help us fight our way back to the Premiership
PFCGino
Dammit and hell blast!! IF, and I say IF, we go down, I think it would be just unlucky - we really haven't been the luckiest of teams this season and I hope IF we go down, most of the players will stay to help us fight our way back to the Premiership
PFCGino
plenty of big 'ifs' there Gino, im still convident we will stay up but 'if' we did go then i would be amazed if many stayed to help us get back up - that said some probably would but we just would not be able to afford to keep them would we?
pompeyrug
plenty of big 'ifs' there Gino, im still convident we will stay up but 'if' we did go then i would be amazed if many stayed to help us get back up - that said some probably would but we just would not be able to afford to keep them would we?
pompeyrug
We have winnable games in the run in but I hope it dosen't come down to the final game. Home matches with Bolton, WBA & Sunderland. Points can be gained at away days at Hull, Blackburn & a win at Wigan on the last day. That's sorted that then!
storagematt
We have winnable games in the run in but I hope it dosen't come down to the final game. Home matches with Bolton, WBA & Sunderland. Points can be gained at away days at Hull, Blackburn & a win at Wigan on the last day. That's sorted that then!
storagematt
Don't forget away to Boro - that's winnable too. We should use Boro away as the game to start a decent run. I know Rug, there's too many ifs, but unfortunately that's all we got right now!! I think James will stay because he went down with West Ham before and stayed with them, and Johnson, because he's just signed a new contract. As much as I hate to say it, Kranjcar is definately gone if we go down. Taking the risk on offering players like Pamarot new contracts could well save us next season IF we go down!!
PFCGino
Don't forget away to Boro - that's winnable too. We should use Boro away as the game to start a decent run. I know Rug, there's too many ifs, but unfortunately that's all we got right now!! I think James will stay because he went down with West Ham before and stayed with them, and Johnson, because he's just signed a new contract. As much as I hate to say it, Kranjcar is definately gone if we go down. Taking the risk on offering players like Pamarot new contracts could well save us next season IF we go down!!
PFCGino
Going down is not an option, we must stay up and i'm sure we will. If we can keep the team spirit we have now, and play like we have been playing over the last three matches, we'll be ok. Sure it's nice to get a boost with certain results helping us, but looking at the forthcoming fixtures, it really is in our hands and it is possible to achieve a mid table position...Even if it's very low mid table like 16/17th....PUP.
cornypomp
Going down is not an option, we must stay up and i'm sure we will. If we can keep the team spirit we have now, and play like we have been playing over the last three matches, we'll be ok. Sure it's nice to get a boost with certain results helping us, but looking at the forthcoming fixtures, it really is in our hands and it is possible to achieve a mid table position...Even if it's very low mid table like 16/17th....PUP.
cornypomp
Game in hand vs Manyoo - any chance that they will be knackered from their quintuple effort, so secure at the top etc. that they put out the St Winifred's Girls' Choir XI to play us? Or would we still have trouble beating some gap-toothed midgets in cardigans?
hammersmithblue
Game in hand vs Manyoo - any chance that they will be knackered from their quintuple effort, so secure at the top etc. that they put out the St Winifred's Girls' Choir XI to play us? Or would we still have trouble beating some gap-toothed midgets in cardigans?
hammersmithblue
Personally, I thought we were bloody lucky. Blackburn have beaten Everton twice this season and after their recent turnaround, I wouldn't have been surprised to see Boro beat Spurs. Then we really would have been in trouble.
PhilTaglia
Personally, I thought we were bloody lucky. Blackburn have beaten Everton twice this season and after their recent turnaround, I wouldn't have been surprised to see Boro beat Spurs. Then we really would have been in trouble.
PhilTaglia
That Boro result was really crucial, Jamies Dad did us a big favour there. Boro had started winning, they beat Liverpool and their confidence was on the up, they looked likely to hit a 'great escape' type run - which might have included the game against us. I was so hoping they'd get enough of a beating to hit their fragile confidence back down again - hopefully that should do it. Our game against them in 10 days time is SOOO crucial!
tracyc
That Boro result was really crucial, Jamies Dad did us a big favour there. Boro had started winning, they beat Liverpool and their confidence was on the up, they looked likely to hit a 'great escape' type run - which might have included the game against us. I was so hoping they'd get enough of a beating to hit their fragile confidence back down again - hopefully that should do it. Our game against them in 10 days time is SOOO crucial!
tracyc
i still think the three promoted sides will go down. arrogant maybe - but I think that when push comes to shove, they just don't quite have that last little bit of quality. However, WE need to get ourselves out of the mess, as stoke and hull are not going to let us get away that easily!
pompeycarpet
i still think the three promoted sides will go down. arrogant maybe - but I think that when push comes to shove, they just don't quite have that last little bit of quality. However, WE need to get ourselves out of the mess, as stoke and hull are not going to let us get away that easily!
pompeycarpet
We have a talented team now, not just a group of talented players. I feel sure that we will do it. I did not want Adams to go, but can see now that we have some organisation and the Players each know what they are doing. May stir me stumps and go to Boro as I think the team needs us for the big push.
Gandor1
We have a talented team now, not just a group of talented players. I feel sure that we will do it. I did not want Adams to go, but can see now that we have some organisation and the Players each know what they are doing. May stir me stumps and go to Boro as I think the team needs us for the big push.
Gandor1
We'll be ok as long as we can find the net.. Boro is a game we must not lose .. Win even.. and we need the effort we've seen in the past few games to do it .. We mean to send Chicken down.. sad but true !
Chix
We'll be ok as long as we can find the net.. Boro is a game we must not lose .. Win even.. and we need the effort we've seen in the past few games to do it .. We mean to send Chicken down.. sad but true !
Chix
Gandor's right, we do have the quality to stay up, and I do think we'll do it. I just have this nagging fear about it, just as I did that we'd lose the semi-final and the final. With Hart and Kidd at the helm they'll lead us to safety - starting with the win over Boro. (Sorry Gary-O, but you can come back home in the summer, I hope).
tracyc
Gandor's right, we do have the quality to stay up, and I do think we'll do it. I just have this nagging fear about it, just as I did that we'd lose the semi-final and the final. With Hart and Kidd at the helm they'll lead us to safety - starting with the win over Boro. (Sorry Gary-O, but you can come back home in the summer, I hope).
tracyc
It's funny you have that semi-final feeling Tracy, I was saying exactley the same to somebody last night.. It's like we know it's not going to happen deep down.. but there's this little devil whipshering in your ear saying.. well it might happen.. how can you be sure it won't..etc
Chix
It's funny you have that semi-final feeling Tracy, I was saying exactley the same to somebody last night.. It's like we know it's not going to happen deep down.. but there's this little devil whipshering in your ear saying.. well it might happen.. how can you be sure it won't..etc
Chix
 

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