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THAT is why we do it!

On the way up to Bolton today we, Ken, Richie, Tim and myself were talking about the thought of thinking 'why we bother' at times?

Of course it is in the blood. We cannot, or would not, change it - so that is why we do it really.

Even so I think it is understandable for people to something think 'do I really want to make the long trek to Bolton (or the like)?' Even more so perhaps for some at times, 'do I really want to do these types of trip alone?' - As can be the case...

All in all though the common thought, and theme was - as much as it is the fact it is out team - you fear you will miss 'one of those games' or 'a game that involves one of 'those' moments.'

In many ways that is what we saw in the 2-2 draw with Bolton on Saturday...

2-0 down, and dead and buried at half time seemingly, we manage to come back and get a draw - we could, maybe should have won in the end!

Talking to another guy after the game he said 'you going straight home now then?' I said we were, to which he said it was a 'long journey' for us to make, which it is, but my answer was 'it is always worth it isn't it!' Of course he agreed and we agreed we would not change it.

To come back and draw made this a special game but the atmosphere, and noise, that some 200 or so of us made was phenomenal, so to be a part of that was special.

The most special part of it all was to see so many Bolton fans wait behind at the end to applaud us, the stewards saying how much Pompey would be missed and best of all a group of Bolton lads waiting at our exit to applaud us, shake hands, and wish us luck and so on - sadly I have to say the Bolton fans, during the game, were incredibly quiet and our small numbers certainly showed them up. Then again we have before, and will again, show up bigger and better teams, who have greater numbers as we are Portsmouth Football Club...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 25 2010

Time: 10:00AM

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It is so sad to count the numbers. If we weren't deducted the points, we would have been in a position to fight for survival! It was great to see Dindane coming back and score. A hat-trick would have been better for the lad, but it was a good performance. I was a little bit worried with our defence; both Moka and Rocha looked nowhere near their Spuds performance. Maybe they are saving their best when it really matters.
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25/04/2010 10:19:00

Good write-up. I watched online... well done to the hardy 200.
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25/04/2010 10:50:00

p.s. I couldn't hear anything online but Pompey singing...
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25/04/2010 10:52:00

Well done Rug and the 200. It must give the players great heart to hear your support.
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25/04/2010 13:51:00

Good for Dindane, Utaka finally woke up and Freddie was the catalyst. Malta sorry but you are wrong, we weren't relegated by the PL we would still be bottom if the points were added back and probably too far from safety. We were relegated by poor strikers and in my opinion largely cos Hart and Grant were too negative for too long in games, they generally left it too late to take action. Uncle has learnt now but too late in the season.
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25/04/2010 15:11:00

We get applause from other fans, we get mentions everywhere we go, we get ESPN now amazed we are paying off the debts, yet the PL and FA still want to piunish us more with NO Europe, a decision i think hinges on the possiblity that Liverpool could finish 7th... So they need that spot for their cherish overrated, underperforming Reds...
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25/04/2010 16:28:00

'And gentlemen in Portsmouth now a-bed, shall think themselves accursed they were not here' Watched it on line, fantastic come back, fantastic support.
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25/04/2010 16:37:00

I'm guilty of shrugging this one off a bit and assuming Bolton would win. I was really proud of our lads again today. Unfortunately couldn't make this one, but will be at Everton in 2 weeks time for our last premiership game for . . um . . a while. Its nice to know a lot of opposition fans will miss us, we'll just take our Pompey atmosphere to the power league now instead.
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25/04/2010 16:41:00

A great write-up Rug. Sums it up perfectly.
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25/04/2010 18:38:00

That was nice of the Bolton fans. Well done Rug and the Two Hundred!
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25/04/2010 19:29:00

Russel - what are you talking about. If AG was the manager since the beginning of the year, pompey might be saved. he got a rock bottom team, players been taken from him, but still he did things with this collapsed team, that i really don't sure if ferguson or mourinho could, in the league and especially in the cup. Are you out of your mind, mate?
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