Date:Thursday April 8 2010
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:
Date:Thursday April 8 2010
On this day in history...31st October (Friday October 31 2014)
'Forgotten man' almost back! (Thursday October 30 2014)
Maloney's chance (Thursday October 30 2014)
Pompey assessment - Shrewsbury 2-1 Pompey (Thursday October 30 2014)
On this day in history...30th October (Thursday October 30 2014)
On this day in history...29th October (Wednesday October 29 2014)
On this day in history...28th October (Tuesday October 28 2014)
Cup derby day for Pompey (Monday October 27 2014)
On this day in history...27th October (Monday October 27 2014)
On this day in history...26th October (Sunday October 26 2014)
|Deon aims to revive fortunes
» York : 31/10/2014 14:22:00
|Wilcox strikes out for goals
» York : 31/10/2014 13:57:00
|Oxford v Wycombe
» Oxford : 31/10/2014 13:43:00
|City chase elusive victory
» York : 31/10/2014 13:29:00
|On this day in history...31st October
» Portsmouth : 31/10/2014 07:00:00