Vital Football

Brown sets his targets

Brown sets his targets

Michael Brown, when talking on The Pompey Site, has given a 'captain's speech' ahead of the 'massive, massive' game against Stoke this weekend.

The Pompey captain, assuming he takes the armband back from David James when he is fit enough to return, has targeted 6 more wins and a couple of draws, to give us a chance of staying up this season: 'Stoke is a massive, massive game for us and we need to take three points.

'That would bridge the gap and keep the confidence and belief going, because the longer it goes on with a big gap to the teams above, the harder it gets.

'Six wins and a couple of draws would give us a chance. That would put us right in there with 36 points.

'We've got some fantastic home games left - of the top-four sides we've only got Chelsea left to play at Fratton Park.

'And then away from home we've still got places to go to like Burnley, Wigan and Bolton.'

ALL thoughts aside of 'having a club or not' etc. when you do look at Stoke, Birmingham, Hull, Blackburn, Chelski, Villa and Wolves all left at Fratton, putting aside away trips to Burnley, Liverpool, Spurs, Wigan, Bolton and Everton 'in theory' you could see the 6 wins - at home alone - from these games, 'in practice' it might not be so easy though...

It looks grim, but anything is still possible - although, how demoralising would it be though if we beat Stoke and then Burnley, to 'possibly' close the gap to 2pts only to have little option but to go into admin ahead of the court appearance in March! But 'should' this be needed, then needs must.

For now though, lets just focus on what IS happening for the time being and see what goes down - a win this weekend will be a welcome relief, as would a return from injury of Brown as I think we have missed his bite in midfield.

David James has also had plenty to say to The News today, saying he is back to his best and is looking to save Pompey - wanting us to go into every game with a must win mentality, something that he says Stoke is - 'a must win', as it is.

Another talking to The News, again, today is John Utaka who has launched an attack on Harry Redknapp for 'ruining his premier league career' by not using him as a striker enough - something that is now happening and he says seeing us see the best of him...

To be fair, Scum aside; I have to admit that Utaka has started to impress me in the 2 or 3 games before that when used as an out and out striker.


Bookmark and Share

Join the Vital Pompey Debate


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday February 18 2010
Time: 11:09AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Bellew Wants Lebedev Next


Ummm, captain speech. I don't rate Michael Brown. He's a dirty player at the end of his career. He doesn't lead or influence palyers on the pitch. And for the odd good ball & good tackle, is more likely to let us down somewhere on the pitch. Stating the obvious on how many matches & points does very little me. His actions on the pitch are what matters & like so manythings this season, he has been disappointing!!! Rant over.
18/02/2010 11:35:00
fair enough matt, but i will disagree :-) when he signed i was LESS than impressed but all in all - bar a patch i think maybe around the lead up to christmas - i think that he has been really good, and has impressed me.
18/02/2010 11:38:00
I think Brown's been immense. He's taken the club into his heart and plays every game like it's the last one. He's a proper old fashioned hard nosed english midfielder, and what he lacks in ability he makes up in work rate and committment. He's like Sean Davis, he works his socks off and he's a bit nasty, which I think Pompey need with the run in. We're too nice sometimes and I still think there's a place in the game for a few crunching tackles so long as there's no intent to try and injure a player.
18/02/2010 12:14:00
I must make an appointment with my opticians, because I see very different Michael Brown. There you go, opinions, we all have them!!!
18/02/2010 12:18:00
Right so Rug and Matt have fallen out!! Must be a joke there somewhere. Brown gives 100% and that is what we need now.
18/02/2010 13:12:00
I think Brown is a liability and an underhand thug. Anyway, we ALL know what SHOULD do it, but talk is cheap - just get on with it and do it on the pitch.
18/02/2010 15:23:00
Does Brown know something we don't, because from todays announcement he could be sold outside the transfer window. I don't think storageematt would be dissapointed!
18/02/2010 16:15:00
Michael Brown, a dirty uncontrolled player , please pick the six games you need to sit out of to save our season Mike. Ignoring the fact that we haven't had six league wins all season; to be fair some of the problem has to be blamed on Grants tactical errors, but otherwise old Mikey's got a great plan.
18/02/2010 18:45:00
Michael Brown, a dirty uncontrolled player , please pick the six games you need to sit out of to save our season Mike. Ignoring the fact that we haven't had six league wins all season; to be fair some of the problem has to be blamed on Grants tactical errors, but otherwise old Mikey's got a great plan.
18/02/2010 18:46:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Tollitt confident he'll have a Pompey future

Cook's already said the loan Tollitt is undertaking with Tranmere doesn't mean an end to his Pompey career as this isn't a forerunner to a Blues exit in the New Year.

Vital Pre-Match - League 2, 22nd October

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of matches this weekend, which will see us among those having a match in this upcoming schedule with three-points the aim of course.

Options increase for Notts County

It looks as though Pompey have a near full strength squad to call upon on for the visit we'll have from Notts County. Cook probably wouldn't change much from Plymouth?

Match Day Officials v Notts County (22/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Notts County this Saturday.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Pompey v Notts County
Suggested By: pompeyrug
Pompey win100%
Notts County win0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 13 9 2 2 29 10
2 Doncaster 13 8 2 3 26 10
3 Carlisle 13 6 7 0 25 9
4 Luton 13 6 4 3 22 9
5 Portsmouth 13 6 3 4 21 7
6 Grimsby 13 6 2 5 20 1
7 Accrington 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Crewe 13 4 7 2 19 0
9 Crawley 13 5 4 4 19 -1
10 Morecambe 13 6 1 6 19 -6
11 Mansfield 13 4 6 3 18 1
12 Notts County 13 5 3 5 18 0
13 Colchester 13 4 4 5 16 -1
14 Hartlepool 13 3 7 3 16 -2
15 Yeovil 13 5 1 7 16 -6
16 Wycombe 13 4 3 6 15 -3
17 Blackpool 13 3 5 5 14 2
18 Stevenage 12 4 2 6 14 -2
19 Cheltenham 13 2 7 4 13 -2
20 Exeter 13 4 1 8 13 -5
21 Cambridge 13 3 4 6 13 -6
22 Leyton Orient 13 3 3 7 12 -4
23 Barnet 12 2 6 4 12 -6
24 Newport 11 1 4 6 7 -6
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

10.Dorking Pompey4
Write for Vital Football