The story of the season - Leicester (h) league cup
2010/11 season v Leicester in the league cup at Fratton, Tuesday 21st September 2010.
Having decided to go back to Dawlish with Trina on the Sunday, when she returned home after a weekend at my place, this meant making my way to the Exeter meeting point for the latest journey from that end - it was pre-arranged with Rob that I would meet him at Newton Abbott train station so I caught the 14.27 from Dawlish that arrived in at 14.40, the time we had agreed as he was coming straight from work in Plymouth so it was in the way really. He must have arrived a few minutes later, so when he pulled up outside the station in I jumped and off we went to meet Ken, who was already waiting for us when we arrived just after 3pm.
It was just the 3 of us as Richie had already committed to travelling to Stanstead airport with his mother to see her off for a holiday and Dom, who had come with us to Sheffield the Saturday before, informed Ken that he could not afford that, or any of the other journeys that were coming up in the immediate future - this was, of course, a bit disappointing as we enjoyed his company and its always nice to get another traveller in the group but it was fair enough...
The journey was fine until we reached Scumhampton area to pick up Rob's daughter Jodie, although it was not too bad all in all with a bit of a delay. Having collected her we moved on, again traffic was ok until we reached Portsmouth and then we had some trouble, but made our way through, tickets were purchased - mine was, as always, already put on my season ticket by Tony, who of course had been paid. With Ken having to meet various people Rob drove the car round to The Rutland to park up where we would meet him, it must have been around 7pm by the time all this was sorted, and a spot found as it was HEAVING round that side - which made it all the more disappointing that less than 10,000 made it into the ground that night, although there were plenty of reports of delays in getting tickets etc and that, I guess, cannot have helped. This still left time for me to have a couple of pints, so I was happy!
It might have been a different competition, although it was the same outcome for Pompey as we lost again losing the first of the double header against Leicester...Why it took us to be 2-0 down and down to 10-men before we woke up is totally beyond me - there was little sign of any changes being made until they actually happened, Steve Cotterill spend most the game in his seat with his arms crossed, almost resigned to losing the game! The old 'we can focus on the league' thoughts may well be the case but surely you take each game as it comes and approach each in the right way - I am not convinced we approached this one, or went about it, in exactly the right way or frame of mind, but hey ho!
Following the usual comments post match I think it is time that we started seeing Cotterill be more honest about things - we were not good enough, some did not want it enough and it almost seemed that he was one of them. Granted he cannot point the finger at people too much in public but I would hope that he does in private. He needs to make some BIG calls on Friday night and desperately needs to get this right from the off so we can be on the front foot instead of the back again having to chase a game - if this does not quite work out then what he says and does at half time needs to be spot on. To be fair he made some personnel changes at Sheffield United last weekend, he will have to be looking at doing this again on Friday.
It may well seem all doom and gloom at the moment but a win in the league 'could' turn things around - we seem to have gone an eternity without a league win. I honestly cannot remember the last time I saw us win a league game so if it is ingrained in the club that we will lose, invariably we will! This mentality needs to change. Wins breed confidence, and one of these in the league could make a lot of difference and we DO have decent enough players to be doing this so it is time we did.
Having travelled from Devon for the game it was a short journey back to Cosham as I was staying with my Aunty for a while due to the upcoming games and the fact that I was going to The Rose Bowl for the final cricket one day international between England and Pakistan on the Wednesday - so why travel home, come back on the Wednesday, get home in the early hours of Thursday and then travel back on the Friday morning for the league game with Leicester on the Friday night eh? As Gill, even though Tony said not too, dropped me back I was in shortly after 10pm, which was ideal, now for an ideal result against The Foxes on Friday evening!
God knows we need a result...
PLAY UP POMPEY!