The story of the season - Sheff Utd (h)
2010/11 season v Sheff United in the league at Fratton, Friday 4th - Saturday 5th March 2011.
Having returned from Cosham on Wednesday night, needing to do so even with another home game to come on the Saturday because of work - which, as it happens I did not make anyway due to illness! - it was no sooner time to return to Cosham again!
17:12 - London Paddington was my first train, slightly earlier than my usual travelling on a Friday night but with this being the cheapest ticket available it was certainly a bonus. Changes at Westbury and Scum Central were on the agenda for that night with the first train jam packed. Fortunately my ticket came with a seat reservation but unfortunately someone was sat in this! Ordinarily I would not say anything but as I was still far from 100% the though of standing for a couple of hours through to Westbury did not appeal so I politely made them away and they moved on.
The first leg was fine, into Westbury pretty much on time for 19:11, I just had to wait for the connecting service, the 19:41 - Scum Central. That was spot on, as was the 21:13 - Brighton that would form the final part of the journey to Cosham, getting me in, as scheduled, for 21:50. So, by my reckoning, I was indoors by 10:10pm, ready for a nice early night in preparation for Saturday's game...
The traditional 'fry up' at Pegs with my cousin Matt was revived, after collecting some shopping for my Aunty of course. As ever this went down a treat. When back I had to do a bit of work, and decided to put a bet on Pompey to win - just a quid mind but seeing I had some money left in my account I thought why not bring back that tradition too, as I was feeling lucky!
Paul, my other cousin, arrived shortly after 1.15pm, by the time he had said his hellos to all and seen his sisters, obviously my cousins, kids who had come round to stay with 'Nanny' and we had picked up Saunders it was getting on for 1.30ish. To be honest, whilst I did not fancy it, I had the balti pie in the ground, as did Paul and Saunders, his round in fact. By this point I was well and truly stuffed...
We started, for a change in recent weeks, really well and for the first half an hour or so we were pretty rampant but could not break though. When The Herminator thumped us a head, on around 25 minutes, it was not unjust at all. From that time on though, pretty much, despite a few moments we looked nervy, edgy and above all else tired with some jaded looking players out there.
Even so we saw it through and a 1-0 win was enough.
'If' we actually find some top gear form just imagine the damage we could cause - as it was we were doing enough...
The play-offs, being talked about more and more, are still there to aim for but 50pts is almost certain to mean safety for us now. Talk walking back to the car was that we were something like 10pts off 2nd and between 7-9pts off the play-off places so its on, although all agreed people MUST keep calm and not get too carried away - a couple of defeats and it would be back to the 'what a load of rubbish we are' type thing.
Back at my Aunties, for about 5.30pm, this gave me plenty of time to put in the days results in the Vital database and then eat a Spag Bol that my Aunty had cooked - I needed to leave some as I was totally stuffed by that point.
With the Bristol City game in mind, which I was going to, and finances also in mind I needed to get back sooner rather than later and also as cheap as possible, so as it happened I found that a train leaving Cosham at 19:39 would get me back to Dawlish for 23:40, and at only £8.50 that would ding dang do for me. It was all fun and games on that 19:39 - Cardiff, a group of 'friends' were having a right old beer fuelled ruck that left one of them particularly agitated. Then these group of 'muppets' got on at Scum Central, and they really were w*****s, so I could not wait to get to Westbury - not often I say that as I cannot stand the place! - to get off and change, arriving in on time, 21:11. The 21:25 London Paddington - Plymouth that I would connect with was near enough on time, so all in all not a bad journey, it was a bit of a pain to have to wait for nearly 20-minutes at Yeovil Junction though, then again this was a scheduled part of this journey.
Now for a couple of days rest, and of course some work to be done, before, what is in effect a home game for us Devon based boys, the game at Bristol City - bring 'em on...
PLAY UP POMPEY!