The story of the season - Burnley (h)
2010/11 season v Burnley in the league at Fratton, Friday 21st - Wednesday 26th January 2011.
I had the rarity of non-travel for this one as I spent the time between the Leeds game and this in Cosham - working on t'internet allows you the freedom of working from wherever so long as you have net access. This of course saved money and prevented extra travel although it also allowed me to spend more time with family.
When the Tuesday arrived, due to the lack of travel involved I think, it did not 'feel' like a matchday and at times I almost forgot that there was even a game on!
I cannot recall the last time I saw Chixy, although imagined it was 'probably' the Hull game, having said that I am not convinced - so it was more likely a similar length or time since I had seen Tony and Gill? Anyway, the plan was for him to pick me up at about 5.45pm from the usual place then we would collect Rob I guessed. These plans changed as it was Darren, who was back at football after some health issues prevented him from going in recent times, that collect me then we made our way to Rob's to meet both. Chix would then drive from that point.
The first pint did not go down too well, stuffed from my curry before I left I thought. This must have been the case as the second went down a treat. Sadly there was not time for anymore, never mind though I thought as at least we had caught up, now it was time for the footie.
Had it been known that was the level of football, which we witnessed, we would have seen then I am not so sure I would have bothered as staying in the pub for an extra point or two would have been a much better option!
For me the game against Burnley, defeat or not, was as poor and un-enjoyable as the Leeds game at the weekend was good and enjoyable! It was truly shocking and I do not think that much can be said to defend the abject performance that, whilst still a bit off, was our worst performance in an age, apart from that Brighton FA cup game...
We could not take any positives from that really could we?
On the whole we have been pretty good at home, even during this winless streak that we are on, so the law of averages says that you will eventually get a 'dodgy home performance', lets just hope that this is the only one we get for the rest of the season. One again defensively we proved our own worst enemies, as we did not do nearly enough to prevent either Burnley goal, it was all too easy for them.
So, we have gone from a side facing relegation to one battling for promotion - we are now most definitely a side liking over our shoulders again a midtable finish now would feel like winning the league, as the bottom 3 looks more likely at this present moment in time so we better find some form soon or we will be right back in the brown stuff, although this time it will not be so easy to get out of it...
Ah well, a moan and a groan did a little to help on the way home. A quick check on Vital Pompey, that evenings results input and an email check later and I thought I may as well turn in as everyone else had. My visit would end the following morning. The 10:39 Portsmouth - Cardiff Central was the first train. Changes at Westbury and Exeter St Davids allowed me to be back at Dawlish on time for 14:27.
Now we had a 'mini break' as our FA cup exit meant no weekend game, the tough trip to QPR at the start of February on the Tuesday night would be our next port of call. If we wanted to avoid a spanking we would need to be a damn site better than we were in this game when it came to the nopower leaders.
Some players back from suspension - for all the benefit Aaron Mokoena and Dave Kitson will actually do, bar boosting numbers, other recovering from niggling injuries and dare I say it a new signing or two and there 'should' be no reason for us not to at least be competitive against QPR.
If we are, and on a good day with some luck, anything is possible...
PLAY UP POMPEY!