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So, was it really worth it?

Of course it is easy to look back with the 'benefit of hindsight' or even attempt to say I 'told you so' but how much have we gained from our time in the US these past couple of week?

To say that the visit to America this summer was on a shambolic level to that of the one last year would be wrong, but it appears to have had its moments that were not that useful to PFC to be honest...

The heat, as odd as it might sound, has 'probably' gone some way to help increase the stamina levels of some but to be honest I still have to ask would a week or two around Europe - if we could not stay in the UK - not have been as beneficial, just about, as this time in the US of A?

Did we need to spend 2-weeks in America anyway, especially 2-weeks with just the one game - well technically 2 as we played the Battery XI?

We have picked up a few injuries, which to be fair we could have wherever we played, so on that front things were not bad and we were not constantly travelling but it seems the heat was too intensive, with this constantly mentioned as a problem by the players and coaching staff, before, during and after this tour.

Being stranded, as we now are, is a far from ideal way to end this tour and looks like it will impact on our last planned pre-season friendly with Betis tomorrow as a result...

Another US disaster?

Well, perhaps we cannot go that far, but as the title says you do have to question 'was it really worth it'...

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 29 2011

Time: 10:21AM

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If they want some sunshine you'd think they would have a few weeks in Spain, Portugal, Italy etc. All that way & no doubt high expense to play sides that have very little bearing on our game.
storagematt
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29/07/2011 10:42:00

no expense storage thats why teams go to the US, cause its all sponsored and very cheap. your also playing in state of the art facilities and against teams that are in the middle of their season so they provide a proper challenge because they're so much fitter. if your haven't guessed i disagree, the heat was unfortunate by the sounds of it, it was a heat wave and you could of got that in many European country's.
pompeym@
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29/07/2011 11:07:00

Well perhaps we shouldve arranged the Betis fixture on the Sunday or tried to get home a day earlier (in hindsight) the whole thing does seem to be a bit rushed. I thought Cotterill had it all under control, but again one unforseen circumstance could have robbed us of an important and enjoyable part of pre-season. The lesson of last year was to build a bit of tolerence so that we can easily get around (or have time to) any problems which may arise - maybe next year! I do hope the game goes ahead tomorrow.
pompeyweller
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29/07/2011 12:10:00

Its cheap, it has good facilities so it is a drawcard, It should not have been a problem, but no one can foresee the little issues that have occured. Its one of those things, missing the game with Betis would be a real shame but thems the breaks!
NZ_Portsmuff
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29/07/2011 12:30:00

Thems the breaks indeed NZ! but which numpty or numpties organised the tour and the game for Saturday?? Surely it must of crossed their tiny minds that the time frame for several reasons was unworkable!!! F**Kin idiots!!
pentonpompey
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29/07/2011 12:47:00

The match is now cancelled and refunds will be made - I hope PFC have good insurance.
PFCblue
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29/07/2011 15:49:00

 

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