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Why not eh?

Why not eh?

The closer the semi final has gotten, and the more this week in particular goes by, the more I am feeling we CAN and WILL do it on Sunday - by do it I mean beat Spurs you know guys...

I am 'slightly' puzzled by the 'bastion of invincibility' complex that some seem to have about Spurs though!


Granted they are a top side but thy ARE NOT as 'invincible' as many seem to think that they are for some reason and it is not beyond comprehension that we are unable to 'do 'em' is it?

In all honesty I did not want Spurs - Fulham winning would have been 'ideal', then again the pressure and weight of expectation would have grown, right? Would I have rather Spurs than Chelski or Villa though, certainly Chelski without a doubt! - and I groaned when we got them, perhaps for all the wrong reasons though? But when you, will I, stopped to think about it, put aside who it was and all the 'previous' involved and decided that this is OUR day, it is about Portsmouth Football Club as is and not as was and know I want to enjoy it I though it is 'only' Spurs when all is said and done!

Even so, as much as it is 'our day' and so on - as mentioned above - when all is said and done as much as I do intend to make the most of it and have a 'jolly up' make no bones about it I DO want to win as I want to return in May to WIN the FA cup again.

In many ways this is starting to remind me more and more of the Old Trafford quarter final in 2008. The pessimism levels then were amazing. Ok, given it was Manyoo and all the years it had been since we had beaten them at Old Trafford I understood that it made it 'tough' even if we did have a decent side. Yep Manyoo were superior but this does not always count for much in the cup does it!

Spurs ARE, as said, a top quality side and there IS a gulf in this quality, but is the gulf really - if we can put out as 'strong' a side as possible - that much different than that on that famous Old Trafford day?

With all due respect to Spurs they are not Manyoo and we are not playing at Old Trafford are we. It is at a neutral ground in a one off, no thoughts of 'replays' or 'playing for a draw and winning the replay' game here, it is a winner takes it all game! If we get the luck like we did in Manchester that day, and lets be honest whatever we say we did have some luck, that will also help.

Given ALL we have been through this over the past 10-months, and as PFC plays such a prominent part in my day-to-day life - forget the weekends - I can say that some of these times have been the worst times of my entire life, with the 'karma' stakes perhaps needing evening out and the scales of 'fate' leaning in our favour I cannot help but think 'it is meant to be' this weekend...

Yep we ARE the 'underdogs' and 'on paper' Spurs 'should' win, although having:

  • Been down to 'the bare bones', as we REALLY have been in every sense for most of the season.

  • Been 'on the brink' of closure on more than one occasion.

  • Having possible already been relegated by the time we play.

  • Been 'cheated' or 'ripped off' time and time again.

  • Left in countless debt and administration.

  • Not to mention the fact that we have failed to score in our last 3 games is ALL irrelevant on Sunday afternoon as this is the FA cup here.

    Underdogs can, and often do, prevail in the cup - the magic of this seems to make it so - and football is not played on paper is it... It might be viewed as a 'fairytale happily ever after' ending but we ARE going to do it, we CAN and WILL win on Sunday!


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  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Thursday April 8 2010
    Time: 1:00PM


    "On paper, Spurs should win"? On paper they should have beaten Middlesborough and Wolves but didn't, and on paper, Liverpool should have beaten us, but didn't. So I am going to Wembley thinking there is all to play for. If our luck is with us, we'll do it.
    08/04/2010 12:31:00
    will it be more impressive beating a top 5/6 side comprised of a load of our former players/manager (motivation = done) with the squad we have, or beating a full strength, man u side (at old trafford) with the squad we had in 2008? I think they are fairly similar, both we were expected to lose, both there is a tiny chance of us winning. Bring it on!
    08/04/2010 13:15:00
    True.. on paper Spurs should win.. lucky we are playing them on grass then eh !.. Bring it on boys and I look forward to all the Spurs squinnies who will claim (after they are beaten) that they should sack Harry and have a right to win cups and they are the best supported club in London and they are SUCH as BIG team .. yawn yawn yawn.. Hear it loud .. "***** all .. you're gonna win *****.."
    08/04/2010 13:19:00
    My biggest concern (as a Spurs fan) is that the Spurs players take to the pitch wondering which designer is going to make their suits for the final rather than focusing on beating Portsmouth on the day. That sort of complacency could be the biggest problem for Spurs. The 90 minutes odds on Portsmouth are about 11/1 with the bookies. That's about as one sided as it gets. If you really fancy it you could make yourself a few quid...
    08/04/2010 13:20:00
    Had a dream last night, we missed a penalty just before half time but their keeper got sent off. It went a bit blurry after that, but I'd fancy our chances against 10 men. Great read Rug, I can imagine Avram printing it out and memorising it for Sunday, pretending it's his own.
    08/04/2010 13:22:00
    I respect you lot and i am very worried about this game, you have a few players back whilst we have a few more players out, at this rate crouchy will be in the centre of defence! Its going to have goals in it with a very tight margin! I guess it will come down to who wants it the most on the day!! Lets just hope it isnt decided on a contraversial decision, like a sending off, pen or goal that shouldnt have stood!! Good luck to all of you for Sunday, possibly the final and next season!! COYS
    08/04/2010 13:24:00
    boy, are you in for a wake up call...This aint a fairy tale, and there will be no fairy tale ending....4-0 to spurs on sunday, and on monday when you wake up, all you will have to look forward to, is the championship next season!
    08/04/2010 13:25:00
    We didn't beat Middlesborough because we didn't play them Pay Up Pompey
    08/04/2010 13:33:00
    cyspurs - with you on that one - the Pompey dream will be over and they will be able to start planning in earnest for next season. Pompey will be up for it and will have watched the Sunderland game, but with the players that will be available to them on Sunday, they will not be able to compete. This will be a straightforward win for the mighty Spurs.
    08/04/2010 13:36:00
    You guys have a real chance. We also have MASSIVE injury problems, our whole defence and midfield is out almost.
    08/04/2010 13:48:00
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