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Pompey Survive! Part Two

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Survival – Part 2

Table as at 31/3/2006

West Brom 31-27 (-19)
Birmingham 30-24 (-21)
Pompey 30-24 (-27)
Sunderland 31-10 (-36)

As we enter the month of April, Pompey’s chances of survival have been enhanced somewhat following successive back to back wins over Man.City and West Ham. A rain hit Fratton Park in the last week-end of March has pushed another fixture into the already congested April programme, in what promises to be a very busy and nervous month for Pompey fans.

April 1st
April commences with a tricky fixture at the Fulham stronghold of Craven Cottage. It is a fiercely contested affair, given that Fulham are not yet safe, and that Pompey are fighting for survival. Half-Time passes with the game goalless. The second half opens up more, as the nerves of the opening 45 minutes are eased. As the game seems more and more like becoming a draw, a cross from Priske is suddenly deflected into the path of the advancing Benjani who nails it from close range. Pompey fans are jubilant but must wait anxiously for a further 10 minutes, absorbing constant pressure from the Cottagers. The whistle sounds and it’s 3 wins on the trot, with Benjani’s first strike for the club. And what an important one it could be. Results elsewhere are also encouraging as the early game sees Chelsea in a 2-0 win over Birmingham, whilst the home fans are calling for Bruce’s head. West Brom fight hard against Liverpool but a late Peter Crouch header resigns the Baggies to another 2-1 defeat. Sunderland also go down 3-1 at Everton’s Goodison Park.

April 4th
Birmingham are back in the hunt with a crucial 1-0 win over Bolton. Steve Bruce claps the fans in irony, as in the event of a loss tonight they may well have shown him the exit door.


April 8th
Pompey’s run of wins comes to an end after the Blackburn game finishes all square at 1-1. Harry Redknapp takes comfort from the fact that Pompey put in a solid performance against one of the leagues form sides. Birmingham are still causing concerns as they graft out a 1-1 draw at Wigan.

April 9th
The result we didn’t want as West Brom secure a vital away win, against local rival Aston Villa 2-1. Sunderland are relegated despite a 1-1 draw with Fulham.

Table

West Brom 33-30 (-19)
Pompey 32-28 (-26)
Birmingham 33-28 (-22)
Sunderland 33-11 (-38)

April 12th
Following Arsenal’s progress to the Semi Finals of the Champions League Pompey will now host the Gunners on this Tuesday. It is a hard fought affair, but Pompey cannot make headway and Arsenal prove too classy with a well drilled outfit, as we go down 1-0. We also miss a couple of chances. There are injury worries for O’Neill and Davis. Two days later Sunderland fail to pick up points at Old Trafford in a 2-0 defeat, although their matches are irrelative now to their survival.

April 15th
Pompey are back to winning ways with a thrilling 3-2 win over Middlesborough. Goals from Benjani, and another Mendes double see Pompey come back after trailing twice, whilst a result elsewhere has gone our way. Arsenal thump West Brom 4-1 which effectively puts us out of the drop zone for the first time in months.

April 16th
The grudge match between bitter local rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham finishes all square at 0-0. Both sets of fans invade the pitch, and many arrests are made.


April 17th
Pompey return to London and capture 3 more precious points in their bid to stay in the Premiership, this time at the expense of Charlton. A goal either side of the break, one a penalty, is enough to see Harry’s boys home 2-0. Stefanovic receives a warm welcome from the fans as he plays out 45 minutes without any problems. West Brom are held at the Hawthorns by Bolton 1-1.

And so the Easter break has been reached, with only a handful of games to go the Table looks like this…

Table as at 17/4/2006

Pompey 35-34 (-24)
West Brom 35-31 (-22)
Birmingham 34-29 (-22)
Sunderland 35-12 (-40)

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Date:Friday March 31 2006

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Your Comments

This guys not bad Les, if it comes true do you think he might get a shot at Part 3, the last of of the triology ??? LOL.
pompeygray
A penalty for Pompey you sure? Entertaining and I will take that, starting with that win at the cottage tomorrow.
danonash
Can't Birmingham be deducted 10 points for there Pitch invasion.
nelson
Yeah and if they take 10 of the villa as well, we will be home and dry!!!
danonash
dont you meen fulham?
lmatthews
brill aint he pompeygray. Do you know him?
lmatthews
Actually Les I saw him this morning....... like Pompey, having a close shave.
pompeygray
Very Clever
lmatthews
I think once we hit that 17th spot we won't go back into that religation zone. I just hope after Part 3 "The last of the Triology" is true and were in that 17th spot. Excellent
nelson
me too stay up Pompey
lmatthews
So i'm a bit drunk and just back from the game, what a game, end to end! Great noise from Pompey! What was the shoe thing about?
danonash
Lads, you're going to like hearing this, but in my eyes, YOU ARE STAYING UP!
Tierney
Thankyou Mr Bournemouth. It changes things somewhat, from despair to anticipation. We must not, however, get carried away. We must continue to focus on the difficult job in hand. A loss in the game in hand (v Arsenal) will see us remain in the bottom 3. There is sunshine at the moment, strong rays of Hope even...on which we must build. It is even conceivable that others like Villa and Fulham could still be dragged into the equation, but it still looks like 1 from 3 to survive.
pompeygray
I do hope Villa aren't dragged into the relegation battle. That would mean they have lost to Brum & WBA and no one wants that. So come on the Villa.
nelson
yer i guess
lmatthews
'come on the Villa??".....more like sh!t on the Villa. love to see all 3 of them go down, then maybe the West Midlands can be demolished forever.
nobby
brum and west brom will do for me, as long as we stay up
paultsmouth
I couldn't care less who goes down with Sunderland as long as we stay up.
nelson
Sunderland are doomed as soon as Pompey or west Brom win again. we need Villa to be dragged into so that they can really be trying when meeting the other 2. Not that they will need any motivation against Brum.
pompeygray
No sweat lads, you're as safe as houses. Next year though i think you are going to struggle, depending on what you do in the pre season, regarding spending. nffc
guinless
 

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