Vital Football

Grant on Everton defeat

Grant on Everton defeat

Pompey's season ended in typical fashion on Sunday. As soon as the goal went in, which was a corker to be fair, the first thing that any of us said as we turned to one another was 'was that not typical of our season!'

That about summed it up really...

Pompey did have the ball in the net for what looked, from where I stood - almost directly in line with the play, a totally legal goal from Anthony Vanden Borre. This was bizarrely disallowed for offside, something that Uncle Avram, as he told sky sports, could not understand, yet he too felt it summed up the season: 'we scored a goal, it was disallowed, two players were on the line. But, as I say, we are used to it this season.'

He, quite rightly so and as already mentioned myself above, paid compliment to the Everton goal as well as our own performance: 'it was good to finish with a good game, not good that they scored in the last minute, by the way a fantastic goal, but it was a good performance of course.

'We defended well and made some good attacking, the goal that we scored was a good goal but also Everton are a good team, they know how to pass the ball, they started the game very well but I thought in the second-half we could score.'

The 'speculation' continues to grow that Everton was his final league game in charge of Pompey, with the cup final at the weekend being his final game full stop, yet this is something he has denied saying that nothing has, or can, be decided yet: 'I think I am not the issue because first we need to see what happens with the club, I can not take any decision, even the club can not take any decision - even if they want me to stay - when they do not know what is the future of the club.'

I think that is fair enough to say, right?

You can watch his interview from sky sports - here.

Lets face it this weekend was NOT about winning or losing, it WAS about enjoying the ride and enjoying the weekend, making the most of the occasion - I think it was fair to say that the 1,800, or so of us that went as has been reported, did exactly that! It was a fantastic atmosphere.

It would have been nice not to go out, from the premier league years anyway, with a defeat but in a perverse kind of a way maybe it was best we did!

That is that then, for some strange reason I have this feeling that there is another big game coming up this weekend, a game that Pompey will be involved in against Chelski? Yet everyman and his dog expects a defeat at they spanked someone 8-0 on Sunday - live the dream guys, although WHATEVER happens lets savour that moment and PROVE that, even if we should lose, Pompey fans are NOT about 'skulking off' early even in defeat. I feel sure that many of us will stay behind and sing our hearts out even if we are beaten, showing appreciation to the manager, coaches, players and the hard working, honest and genuine, staff that this club has and of course Chelski.

Oh, and finally, with all due respect to Everton, as I had not been to Goodison before Sunday I had not experienced it, I have a few words on their ground. I am not one of those that is all for those 'lifeless' and 'soulless' bowls that we all too often see these days but if anyone dares to slag off Fratton Park I would refer them to such grounds, granted bigger than ours, as this one...That is not to say I did not like it, as I did!

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Trust

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday May 10 2010
Time: 1:12PM

Comments

0
Great article Rug, and I agree, I was shocked by the stand we were in. Weren't wooden stands outlawed after the Bradford fire? And rickety old wooden seats, and I was up in a top corner with a great big pillar between me and the tunnel area. Horrible. And what was up with the Everton supporters? Until they scored in the 94th minute I didn't know they could make a noise. Championship will be better. As for the goal, I haven't seen a replay, so its hard to comment, if there might have been an offside before it finally went in? It looked a good goal to me though. For the Pompey fans, a good bit of practice for singing our hearts out next Saturday, which we will do even if we lose 20-0.
tracyc
10/05/2010 13:28:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Wimbledon (not Plymouth) celebrating success

Who would have thunk it! Having come down to Pompey, Plymouth, Accrington & Wimbledon the Dons came through the play-offs and will now be in league one next season.

How Much Have Portsmouth Earned Since 1992?

With the £100million television ceiling being broken this season and handed to one club, where do Portsmouth fall in all time Premier League payments table?

Who Will Pompey Face In 2016/17 (31/5/16)

All promotions and relegations for the season of 2015/16 have been confirmed, so the full make up of League Two for 2016/17 is now known.

On this day in history...31st May

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 31st May.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile
Chix
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

PO - Plymouth MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Allsop9%
Davies3%
Burgess19%
Barton53%
Stevens0%
Evans0%
Hollands3%
Doyle7%
Bennett0%
McNulty3%
Roberts0%
Sub - McGurk1%
Sub - Close1%
Sub - Chaplin1%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)