Squeaky bum time?
Is anyone sitting slightly uneasy about Pompey's fate at the moment?
The Newcastle and Boro game producing a winner was not in the script for many people, who would have preferred a draw, although I do think that someone winning that game was better for us in the long run...
I say that as this meant mathematically another team less could catch us.
A draw would have meant that it was still possible for both to catch us, as it is only Newcastle can catch, and overtake, us now - Boro winning, due to an inferior goal difference would have been better, but hey ho!
1 out of 3 being able to catch us obviously leaves us with better odds of being ok as opposed to odds in our favour with 2 out of 4...
To be honest I still think that we will be ok as I do not think that the 3 teams that can catch us will all catch us, not that I am taking this for granted!
Sat 16th - Bolton (a)
Sun 24th - Manyoo (a)
Sat 16th - Fulham (h)
Sun 24th - Villa (a)
Mon 18th - Pompey (a)
Sun 24th - Chelsea (h)
Mon 18th - Sunderland (h)
Sun 24th - Wigan (a)
'If' one from Hull or Newcastle, or both, are beaten at the weekend then we are safe before we even play Sunderland.
On the other hand if both win, although on past form this is 'unlikely' but not impossible, then we would be only a point ahead of each, added to the 2pts ahead of Sunderland going into our game with them at Fratton on Monday, meaning picking up only a point would not be enough to secure survival...
Sunderland will come to Fratton looking to win, they need that win whatever happens this weekend! A win could secure their survival dependant on weekend results, so the best thing for us to do is fight fire with fire - forget this 4-5-1 mumbo jumbo, and setting out purely not to lose, that is not good enough, we must set up with a 4-4-2 formation and show some positive signs.
It will be a nervy weekend for us, but if results do go against us not as nervy as Monday will be! Then if that goes against us the following weekend will be torture, and the fear would then be that as others are taking momentum into this final game we might just pay the price for not having secured our own fate weeks ago when we had the chance, and we have had more than enough chances but refused to take them!
PLAY UP POMPEY!