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Spurs it is then!

Spurs it is then!

As Chelski was spanking us last night their London rivals Fulham were being knocked out of the cup by Spurs.

So, we now know it will be Spurs at Wembley on Sunday April 11th - this of course means no Jamie O'Hara for us...

Fulham, with all due respect, would have been the game that I - and most others - would have preferred, in fact a recent Vital Pompey poll concluded as much. Clearly Spurs will be the harder game so our chances of making the final are slimmer, I just pray, that if we are beaten, that we are not spanked!

All in all I think that the biggest drawback for me at this now being our tie, other than the fact that O'Hara - who deserves Wembley run-out, there is always the final though! - will miss out is the fact that playing Spurs means that there will be so much media hype surrounding this, with it going into overdrive, meaning this will overshadow it and WILL become more about Harry Redknapp than the game itself. Attention will turn to how HE won the cup back along and how HE is Gods gift. I do not think I can take the 'Portsmouth is a t'rific little club', the 'I gave them wonderful times, the best years of their lives', and 'I left them in great shape' etc. etc. stuff that he will spout out, both pre and post game...

Clearly the fact that it is Redknapp - and not Spurs of course as that is how it will be portrayed, it will be Tottenham Redknapp FC - that is the opposition, and the supporting cast are ex-Pompey too will 'spice things up' but ultimately I do not want to win this game any more or any less than any other...ok, perhaps a little more!

Lets not beat about the bush here, even if we might not want it, the focus will be on things, and about things, that I mention but lets not let this overshadow things and RUIN our day out at Wembley - this IS about US, and not anything else, so lets not forget that fact and lets not let it spoil our enjoyment, whatever happens.

Yep it WILL take a monumental effort to beat them, but this is the FA cup though after all - the stuff of dreams and fairytales so anything is possible! Bloody hell WHY bother if we have accepted defeat before we even play!

Although PLEASE Avram I beg you do not pack the midfield purely with defensive midfielders such as Marc Wilson, Michael Brown, Richard Hughes, Aaron Mokoena, Papa Bouba Diop and Hayden Mullins, lets at least get something, or someone, in there with some creativity. Yep, I know your hands are tied in many ways but if you do go with this 4-5-1 - as I suspect you will - lets at least get some genuine width in there out on the flanks in the shape of Nadir Belhadj, Tommy Smith, John Utaka or Quincy. Lets have a go eh...

All in all Spurs WILL be heavy favourites, this could work against them and in our favour - the pressure will be off, whereas in a way it would have been greater against Fulham as we would have, on paper, had a much better chance. Like I say though lets NOT accept defeat before a ball is kicked, why should we!

Above all else though guys, as said lets enjoy this day and make sure that it does not become an 'anti-supporting' exercise against former Pompey personalities and remains a 'pro-supporting' of the CURRENT Pompey personalities, as this support could well help drag us through! Whereas this anti-support could only aid our demise...


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Date:Thursday March 25 2010
Time: 10:49AM


You ask for this not to be a game all about Redknapp Vs Pompey yet your first article is all aboout it. I know the point your trying to make but you should have just concentrated on the game. We've gotta be favourites but anything can happen in the cup, COYS!
25/03/2010 11:16:00
as a spurs support i want us to win but i hope both sides play well! i hope its a big enjoyable day for both! i'v always thought of pompy as a big club that like to play football! i hope if the worst hapens an you go down you make a swift return to the premiership! good luck in the future!
25/03/2010 11:25:00
As a Spurs fan i really like Pompey(I really do) and i really think whats happened to you guys is beyond a joke... But the bitterness you have with 'Arry has gone a bit far...
25/03/2010 11:35:00
I think the match between Pompey and Spurs will be very exciting ex champs vs wanna be's. 'Arry's role will def be played up by the media, but thats what they do isn't it? Shame about O'hara not being able to get a game for either team he does deserve it. All in all I think it'll be a cracker.
25/03/2010 11:41:00
May the best team win. I don't think Spurs will take you lightly though. You got into the Semis for a reason which means you are a formidable team regardless of league form. Like most Spurs fans, we actually like Pompey and I hope you guys somehow pull off a miracle to survive the prem or at least come back up as fast as possible.
25/03/2010 11:48:00
I just hope that after what those dirty cheating w**nkers did to us last night that we even have enough players left to field a team. I am gutted for O'Hara as his work rate and desire should be rewarded with a trip to the hallowed turf. Maybe he will still get the chance in the final against hopefully Villa, who knows. As he's not playing please oh please Uncle Avram stick Belhadj either on the left wing or up even up front with Freddy. Mind you I guess Boeteng will miraculously be fit again by then and wish to play and put himself in the shop window. if it wasn't for the fact that O'Hara is missing then I would stick him on the bench and earn the right to get back into the team, but if he on form and O'Hara not on the park then he could give us that extra in the midfield. Just hope that this Saturday and the Semi the lads give it there all and then nothing more can be asked of them.
25/03/2010 12:22:00
Good luck boys. Whatever the outcome i hope u guys come straight back up.
25/03/2010 12:27:00
Looking forward to the "dress rehearsal" at the weekend too. COYS!
25/03/2010 14:22:00
Yes spurs will be favourites but it's a one off game and anything can happen. Who would have thought we would've won at OT in '08? Who gave wimbledon a chance against Liverpool in 88? Cov against spurs? Whatever happens lets enjoy the day at Wembley and raise the roof. PUP
25/03/2010 15:47:00
Hoping for Pompey/Villa final. Good luck, gentlemen!
25/03/2010 16:09:00
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