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Just as well the rest are as rubbish!

Before I begin I want to clarify the title, 'just as well the rest are rubbish!'

The could of course be viewed as disrespectful to our fellow relegation battlers - that is not my intention or what I am saying, I merely use these words to highlight just how lucky we got again at the weekend, a weekend when we 'could' and 'should' have done ourselves our own favour!

We of course got spanked 3-0 against Arsenal Saturday, the crazy thing is we had chances to have drawn 3-3, at the same time though Arsenal rarely had to put their foot down to get into a higher gear against a very defensively minded Pompey side once again, certainly from the start.

This defeat did not have the problems to us that it could have as everyone else also lost...

Saturday
Man City 3-1 Blackburn
Middlesbrough 0-2 Man Utd
Stoke 0-1 West Ham
Tottenham 1-0 West Brom
Sunday
Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle
Sunderland 0-2 Everton
Monday
Aston Villa 1-0 Hull

So that leaves the table looking like this going into the final 3 games of the season...



When you look at this - I know it is a bit tough to see - it makes it all the more frustrating that we did not have the proper go, and from the off, against an Arsenal side that clearly had their minds elsewhere and were proven in the few chances that we did have that the defence was vulnerable.

It also make me, as I am sure it does others, all the more frustrated at the fact that we failed to ensure that we were home and dry - on our own merit - by winning, or at least looking to win, against the likes of Stoke, Middlesbrough, Hull, West Brom and Newcastle. I hate to harp on about it again but against these sides we had the chance to win but in most we failed to show the intent to do so, and this leaves us with a 'squeaky bum time' going into the final games, when we really should not have needed it...

Next weekend sees quite a few relegation battlers come up against each other, which is good and bad - good 'if' teams draw, but bad if those that really could threaten us the most won and we lost at Blackburn, something I fear we will! You know me, I am positive about our chances against anyone and I rarely go into a game 'thinking we will lose', but as we will almost certainly go there looking for a point, hoping to win it, I think this could see us undone. I hope to be wrong, but I do not think we will see a good game at all, although Blackburn will probably be the side to most be looking for the win! As the home side you would expect this, why do we not do this as the home side...

Doing it ourselves to survive is the way it should be, unfortunately I fear that 'hoping' others slip up could well be something that we might have to do, particularly if we show not intent to want to beat Blackburn, Sunderland and/or Wigan, as I am pretty sure that all these sides will be looking to win when they face us!

We cannot keep relying on others, relying on what you do is the way you should go - and in all honesty had we done what we 'should' have done we would be safe by now anyway...we have the chance to secure safety this weekend, lets do just that...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 5 2009

Time: 10:50AM

Your Comments

Well said that man!! Whilst out drinking last night I took a very wobbly look at the League Table and genuinely couldn't believe we were 7 points off relegation - better than I had thought we were and it made my night. Safety is looking more and more likely now, I just hope this comment doesn't come back and bite me on the butt.
PFCGino
Well said that man!! Whilst out drinking last night I took a very wobbly look at the League Table and genuinely couldn't believe we were 7 points off relegation - better than I had thought we were and it made my night. Safety is looking more and more likely now, I just hope this comment doesn't come back and bite me on the butt.
PFCGino
Rug your table has not loaded. Lets just say that I can't see all the teams below us winning all their games, so therefore we are practically safe. Whoever wins out of Newcastle and Borough next Monday, will make us safe from the other one (does thst make sense?). If they draw we are safe from them both of them dependant on goal difference, which is very close. WB have little or no chance of winning their three games and Hull will have to win two of theirs. SO in summary, a perfect weekend for us coming is a point (or more) against Blackburn and Newcastle and Borough to draw, baggies to lose. Job Done
sneakay
Rug your table has not loaded. Lets just say that I can't see all the teams below us winning all their games, so therefore we are practically safe. Whoever wins out of Newcastle and Borough next Monday, will make us safe from the other one (does thst make sense?). If they draw we are safe from them both of them dependant on goal difference, which is very close. WB have little or no chance of winning their three games and Hull will have to win two of theirs. SO in summary, a perfect weekend for us coming is a point (or more) against Blackburn and Newcastle and Borough to draw, baggies to lose. Job Done
sneakay
Well lucky this weekend, could have so very easily been us in 17th with only 3 points lead. Still it isn't and thank god, although the tactics had me scratching my head again. Thought Bassinas was going to get a run out as he darted back into the dugout and was handed his shin pads, but alas, Mullins stayed on and tha was the end of that. I just hope that once safe Hart opens that play up and give Bassinas and Gekas a go. Or play Nugget up front with Crouchie in a 4-4-2. Lets go all out for a win and show some flare to our game again.
blarmy
Well lucky this weekend, could have so very easily been us in 17th with only 3 points lead. Still it isn't and thank god, although the tactics had me scratching my head again. Thought Bassinas was going to get a run out as he darted back into the dugout and was handed his shin pads, but alas, Mullins stayed on and tha was the end of that. I just hope that once safe Hart opens that play up and give Bassinas and Gekas a go. Or play Nugget up front with Crouchie in a 4-4-2. Lets go all out for a win and show some flare to our game again.
blarmy
Lets face it We are safe but the rest should make a comedy film called Carry on Losing!!
eastneydave
Lets face it We are safe but the rest should make a comedy film called Carry on Losing!!
eastneydave
good article Pompeyrug, articulated my frustrations precisley. I asked my forest fanatic cousin about Hart the last time he managed and he said it was using the same tactics now as he used at Nottingham Forest; so it seems defensive has always been his way
russellm
good article Pompeyrug, articulated my frustrations precisley. I asked my forest fanatic cousin about Hart the last time he managed and he said it was using the same tactics now as he used at Nottingham Forest; so it seems defensive has always been his way
russellm
Agree totally, the approach in the second half showed what might have been if we did that from the off. The nail of nothing to lose and have a go was the only option when we were 2 down. If we had that approach from the start Arsenal's cofidence could have taken a knock and we could have at least had a chance of goals and a point. Goals are what the game is all about.
dedmans
Agree totally, the approach in the second half showed what might have been if we did that from the off. The nail of nothing to lose and have a go was the only option when we were 2 down. If we had that approach from the start Arsenal's cofidence could have taken a knock and we could have at least had a chance of goals and a point. Goals are what the game is all about.
dedmans
We still need a point or two/three, and our luck will not hold for ever, we need a performance against Blackburn and Sunderland. Pity we did not sign Barton wasn't it!!
Owenspompey
We still need a point or two/three, and our luck will not hold for ever, we need a performance against Blackburn and Sunderland. Pity we did not sign Barton wasn't it!!
Owenspompey
WE ARE NOT SAFE !.. A loss at Blackburn a win for Hull v Stoke and a winner from Boro v Newcastle will pull us right back in it .. also if Sunderland lose to Bolton they are right back in it too and will scrap like billy-ho when they come to us Monday week... THIS SEASON HAS A FEW TWISTS AND TURNS YET .. and I've a horrible feeling we have had our opportunity to pull clear and mucked it up .. I AM SERIOUSLY WORRIED.. and fear we may still go down.
Chix
WE ARE NOT SAFE !.. A loss at Blackburn a win for Hull v Stoke and a winner from Boro v Newcastle will pull us right back in it .. also if Sunderland lose to Bolton they are right back in it too and will scrap like billy-ho when they come to us Monday week... THIS SEASON HAS A FEW TWISTS AND TURNS YET .. and I've a horrible feeling we have had our opportunity to pull clear and mucked it up .. I AM SERIOUSLY WORRIED.. and fear we may still go down.
Chix
You are right chix you are not safe yet the way this season has been going I think it is going to be a nail biting finish but I think you will survive.
Doody
You are right chix you are not safe yet the way this season has been going I think it is going to be a nail biting finish but I think you will survive.
Doody
We'll be fine, only just, but that will do me. It would surprise me if any of the bottom 3 get to 38 pts let alone 40! Of course it only papers over own cracks!
storagematt
We'll be fine, only just, but that will do me. It would surprise me if any of the bottom 3 get to 38 pts let alone 40! Of course it only papers over own cracks!
storagematt
Understand the worry Chix but I feel we have it still in our hands. Blackburn are not that special themselves. If it all goes cock up in that game then Sunderland have been very poor of late and I feel that the points will come. hope its not going to the Wigan game but I still think there is points for us in that one.Sooo! it takes the bottom 3 to get max points in all the games and us to do nothing It will be a Little clearer this weekend. I still think we will get 42points ( been right in the last two seasons with our points total) lets hope its three season in a row
race
Understand the worry Chix but I feel we have it still in our hands. Blackburn are not that special themselves. If it all goes cock up in that game then Sunderland have been very poor of late and I feel that the points will come. hope its not going to the Wigan game but I still think there is points for us in that one.Sooo! it takes the bottom 3 to get max points in all the games and us to do nothing It will be a Little clearer this weekend. I still think we will get 42points ( been right in the last two seasons with our points total) lets hope its three season in a row
race
 

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