Date:Thursday February 18 2010
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.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Thursday February 18 2010
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