Vital Football

The story of the season - Leeds (h)

The story of the season - Leeds (h)

2010/11 season v Leeds in the league at Fratton, Friday 21st - Wednesday 26th January 2011.

As always, with a home game, my journey began on a Friday - as was also fairly usual this began on a Friday night with a later train. Less usual was the fact that I began from my 'official home' and not Dawlish, as I decided it made more sense to leave from my end later in the day and spend this earlier period cracking on with some work.

The 18:02 - Exeter St Davids was on time, so that part of my journey was fine. I had decided that I would try to 'vary' my journey a bit in order to get in a little earlier. So, assuming my 19:27 - London Victoria ran as scheduled I planned to change at Salisbury and Scum Central, as opposed to the solitary change at Basingstoke, because in theory two changes or not I would get into Cosham a good half hour or more earlier...

Best laid plans and all they eh!

All was going fine until I got to Scum Central, then as if purposely done because I was a Pompey fan in the Scum area things went belly up! Having changed fine at Salisbury I arrived at Central to find my connecting 22:13 - Littlehampton was cancelled, no explanation or anything just cancelled, bloody trains, although not a First Great Western one for a change, a Southern Service one, which are said to be terrible anyway. Still, providing my Fareham connection, as it would be now - having decided to get back on the train I had literally just got off - was on time I would still get into Cosham 15 minutes earlier, so it was not a total write-off. That hope proved fruitless as the connecting train at Fareham was delayed too, so I got in a whole 2 minutes earlier than I would have having changed an extra time, technically twice. Hey ho...

Saturday arrived with the usual optimism that we cold get a result, and I really did think we could, and would, get something against Leeds.

Once again there was no pub visit as staying at my cousin's meant it was prevented this. We would again forgo a Monster Mick opting, as with the Hull game, to go for he chicken balti pie and drink combo. Once again a good choice, although this time unlike the Hull game I cannot say this was the highlight of the afternoon.

Today would be the first time I would see Tony and Jill in over a month, as they were back from the several week stay in Australia before, and during, Christmas - it was good to catch up.

Quite how we managed to only be 1-0 up at half time was beyond me as we had enough chances to have easily been 3-0 up at the break. Only the goal from Joel Ward, and what a goal, was all we had for our efforts. In typical Pompey fashion we tossed away the lad early in the 2nd half - despite Leeds contriving to gift John Utaka a goal to put us ahead again we once more allowed Leeds back, having to settle for a 2-2 draw in the end.

So, yet again Pompey's defensive frailties, and an inability to 'kill off' an opponent, cost us at Fratton as we let a lead slip, not once but twice. At least this time though we were not beaten. I say it 'cost us' although I completely enjoyed the game, I really did, lights going out an all - this felt like 'real football' again and all in all a draw 'probably' was fairest.

Steve Cotterill has praised the Ibrahima Sonko and Greg Halford defensive pairing and to be honest, in the 1st half at least when we had no pressure on us, I could not really disagree. I was not too sure when I saw them lining up together, but it worked, then again was this only due to the lack of pressure we were put under? The problem with Sonko is that he 'panics' and the more those around him panic the worse he gets, and once we concede a goal - which we are always likely to. A lot of the players do that and he 'freaks out', for lack of a better word.

With another game at Fratton coming up on the Tuesday it made little sense to travel back to Devon on the Sunday, as planned having previously booked a journey, so I just stayed in Cosham, well Whiteley on the Saturday, and then back to Cosham on the Sunday in preparation for the Burnley game.

All in all though, as said, I really enjoyed this game. The football, from both sides, was good, the entertainment value top class and the 'feel good' factor was felt. A real throwback to 'the old days', and I loved it! The lights going out, not once but twice, just seemed to add to it.

Of course it was disappointing that we could not have held on for the win although I do think that most would have happily settled for this before the game, our inability to defend cost us the 3pts again though. This would 'hopefully' be put right on the Tuesday against Eddie Howe's men...


  • Click here to make your prediction: QPR v Pompey.

    Join the Vital Pompey Debate


  • Frippy's Virtual Bookies - latest update and place your bets!

  • Writer:pompeyrug
    Date:Saturday January 29 2011
    Time: 12:09PM


    ***** offs
    29/01/2011 12:34:00
    I can only assume the system censored out the word "play" scotty. I don't think that's something we should be worrying about just yet. Another great write up Rug, if we can recreate that first half for every match, we should be closer to the top than the bottom. Unfortunately we seem to have the second half performance down to a tee by now.
    30/01/2011 00:46:00
    Page 1/1
    1. 1

    Login to post a comment

    Recent Portsmouth Articles

    Another Fratton disappointment

    That 2nd half on Saturday against Notts County was woeful - absolutely awful wasn't it. The first 15-minutes or so of it was like a pre-season friendly to pre-season!

    Match highlights - Pompey 1-2 Notts County

    What a disappointment that was! The 1st half wasn't bad, in fact large chunks of it were good but the 2nd half was just woeful with a soft centred Pompey beaten 2-1 by Notts County.

    On this day in history...24th October

    A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 24th October.

    Audio - Cook Talks County Defeat

    Manager Paul Cook has been speaking of his disappointment following defeat to Notts County this weekend.

    Archived Vital Pompey Articles

    Vital Pompey articles from

    Site Journalists

    Editor email
    Editor email
    no email
    no email

    Current Poll (see more polls)

    Notts County MotM
    Suggested By: Site Staff
    Sub - Naismith0%
    Sub - Main0%
    Sub - Lalkovic0%
    ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

    League Table

    # Team P W D L Pts. GD
    1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
    2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
    3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
    4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
    5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
    6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
    7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
    8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
    9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
    10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
    11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
    12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
    13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
    14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
    15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
    16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
    17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
    18 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
    19 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
    20 Barnet 13 3 6 4 15 -4
    21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
    22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
    23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
    24 Newport 12 1 4 7 7 -8
    Vital Football Comment
    Latest F1 News
    Latest Vital Boxing News
    Write for Vital Football

    Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

    Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

    Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
    Sky Bet League Two
    Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
    Sky Bet League Two

    Vital Members League Table

    The Vital Football Members League