Vital Football

Pompey v Scum - a view from the other side

Pompey v Scum - a view from the other side

It's been a nearly 7 years since 'that lot down the road' paid a visit to Fratton Park, and with the repercussions of the result last time around still leaving a bitter taste in their mouths, it's time to do it all over again. Ahead of the game, I got the opportunity to ask Vital Southampton editor Abe Hawken a few questions about his clubs recent goings on, and their chances this Sunday.

Here are his responses...


Over the last few years the two clubs have followed similar financial setbacks, with Southampton managing to come out the other side looking much more stable currently. Do you feel these problems are now behind you?
Yes - I do feel that our financial problems are behind us. We've never been the richest of clubs, but I feel now that we are stable and that we are definitely moving in the right direction. The club's stability is down to the late Marcus Liebherr who saved the club. He will never be forgotten and his name is sung around St. Mary's on a regular basis - definitely a Saints legend.

On the pitch, you've had a very successful last 12 months, and after a poor start to last season you managed to turn things around. How much of this do you credit to the appointment of Nigel Adkins, and can you see him leading the club to the next level?
Nigel Adkins has definitely turned it around for the red half of Hampshire. His positive personality has rubbed off on all of the players and you can tell that the team love playing for him. In many games, when we've been struggling, he has made changes that have turned losses, or draws into wins. I feel that we have a great chance for promotion - and Adkins can definitely do a job in the top tier... we've just got to keep hold of him!

You've started this season like a house on fire, and find yourself one of the favourites for promotion, but after a bit of a stall in form, do you still think the team is strong enough for automatic promotion, or can you envisage a slide down the table in the upcoming months?
Every team has a rough patch in a season. We've been unlucky, but poor away from home, but you can't question our home form. As long as we keep winning at the fortress that is St. Mary's, we could be playing Premiership football next season.

With your recent drop in form and Pompey coming into this match off the back of 13 points from 15 at home, it is looking like being one of the tightest South Coast Derbies in recent years, and yet, Southampton have been named rather considerable favourites for the match (Southampton (11/10) v Portsmouth (23/10)). Do you think the bookies have got this one right?
You are certainly right - this is going to be the tightest south coast derby for years. But we have proved that we can beat any side, and despite our recent poor away form, we have the players and team spirit to win on Sunday.

Rickie Lambert has been on fire once again this season; do you think that the team could keep up this form if he was sold or picked up an injury which ruled him out? Which other players do you feel Pompey should be wary of this Sunday?
We would certainly miss Lambert if he picked up an injury. In terms of being sold, I don't think he has any intention to leave the club. He is a huge presence and when he's in a one on one situation, you'd fancy him to find the back of the net. Adam Lallana is also on to certainly watch. He is so influential in midfield, we look so much more dangerous when he's on the ball.

Finally, I 4-1 would like to hear your prediction for the match...
I think that we'll be the one's having the last laugh on Sunday... Saints to win 2-1.

Cheers to Abe for helping out with that, and one thing is for certain, it is certainly going to be a memorably match one way or the other. Fingers crossed the atmosphere and the result all work out well for The Blues.

Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Scum.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Vital Pompey on: facebook Vital Pompey on: twitter

Join the Vital Pompey Forum Debate

Frippy's Virtual Bookies - here.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:PompeyFrippy
Date:Saturday December 17 2011
Time: 3:29PM

Comments

0
Can you please take that offensive picture off the site
Chix
17/12/2011 18:08:00
0
yes just what i was thinking
Super Bock 1898
17/12/2011 23:50:00
0
to be fair guys it is a 'view from the other side' so is it surprising that a scum image is used...
pompeyrug
18/12/2011 09:46:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Portsmouth Articles

League Two 2016/17 Golden Boot Battle (27/3/17)

With most playing 39 League Two games in the 2016/17 season, this year could still see a few players break the 20 goal mark.

On this day in history...27th March

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 27th March.

Vital View - League 2, 25th-26th March 2017

With Doncaster and Plymouth yet to play Portsmouth took advantage to close the gap and extend it on the chasing pack. Newport & Leyton Orient look likely to be relegated.

Video - Pompey 2-1 Newport

With Stevenage drawing and Blackpool the only potential challenger winning we've got a six point cushion on Boro that's effectively seven given our superior goal difference.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

pompeyrug
Editor email
Profile
eastneydave
Editor email
Profile
paultsmouth
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Newport MotM
Suggested By:
Forde20%
Evans0%
Davies0%
Clarke0%
Stevens0%
Rose10%
Doyle5%
Baker0%
Naismith50%
Bennett10%
Doyle0%
Sub-Chaplin5%
Sub-Lowe0%
Sub-Whatmough0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Doncaster 39 23 9 7 78 30
2 Plymouth 39 23 6 10 75 19
3 Portsmouth 39 20 8 11 68 26
4 Stevenage 39 19 5 15 62 12
5 Blackpool 39 15 15 9 60 21
6 Luton 39 15 15 9 60 19
7 Exeter 39 17 8 14 59 16
8 Carlisle 39 15 14 10 59 -2
9 Mansfield 39 15 13 11 58 5
10 Colchester 39 16 9 14 57 4
11 Wycombe 39 15 10 14 55 0
12 Cambridge 38 15 9 14 54 6
13 Grimsby 39 14 10 15 52 -2
14 Barnet 39 12 15 12 51 -3
15 Accrington 38 12 13 13 49 -1
16 Crewe 39 12 12 15 48 -9
17 Crawley 39 13 9 17 48 -13
18 Yeovil 39 10 16 13 46 -9
19 Morecambe 39 13 7 19 46 -15
20 Notts County 39 13 7 19 46 -22
21 Hartlepool 39 10 11 18 41 -16
22 Cheltenham 39 9 12 18 39 -16
23 Newport 39 7 12 20 33 -21
24 Leyton Orient 39 9 5 25 32 -29
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Hartlepool United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 14 2017 2:30PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Notts County (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Cambridge United (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Apr 29 2017 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.pompeyrug77
2.PompeyFrippy50
3.storagematt38
4.Copnor4327
5.stubbsy00724
6.FrattonBlue20
7.eastneydave19
8.Jimsmithswig18
9.Dorking Pompey16
10.pompeyweller14
The Vital Football Members League