Date:Sunday May 7 2006
REASON TO CELEBRATE?
The season came to a close, Liverpool were still hopeful of second spot, Pompey of usurping Villa and the party was meant to be in full swing…
As it happens both Villa and Man U won anyway, rendering the result meaningless, Pompey came out and huffed and puffed, Liverpool seemed content to just pass the ball around and the nearest we came to a goal in the first half was when Brian Priske underhit a back pass straight to Gerrard who could only find Kiely. Uninspiring it was, stimulating entertainment not, the lack of urgency was obvious.
The second half started with a goal at least, Harry Kewell finding Fowler in the box, and we all know he doesn’t miss those, this stirred Pompey from their slumber and we at last tried to score, although Dudek was hardly seen flying through the air. Peter Crouch who came in for some expected stick, which to be fair, he took in his giant stride with grace, slammed in another from Kiely’s parry, and result was sewn up, Koroman slotted a neat finish and then Cisse who seemed miles off blasted a third.
The result was academic, we were safe, and we sung “we don’t care, we are staying up”. The Liverpool fans were just as all fans are who have had success, absolutely silent until a goal and then they chant for five minutes and wait for the next one, it would be interesting to see how the established teams supporters would respond to a relegation battle, not in the manner of the blues I feel!
The players came out and did a circuit, although its not the same these days, it used to be an appearance on the balcony with all the fans claiming the pitch for their own, now that would mean an arrest, how times have changed. The lap of honour was more subdued than if survival had been clinched at Fratton, and we can only hope it was not a farewell from the likes of D’Allessandro and Routledge, and both can make permanent moves to the park.
What Pompey have to ask now is, is survival enough or do we make the leap to the next level? Man City and Charlton and the like all finished in the comfort zone of middle table again, we must now look to them as the next stepping stone and then think about a bit more, but until then sit back, relax, and savour the moment, for it all starts again in three months!
Play up Pompey
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul on behalf of all vital Pompey readers for his fantastic match previews and match reports. Cheers Paul!
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