Date:Sunday January 29 2012
Come on, hands up who honestly thought we would win at Peterborough yesterday?
Yep, my hand is raised, and it won me money! Then again I always think we will win, home or away, I am still deluded enough to believe this even though I am a fully-grown man!
Ok, lets try another approach, who can raise their hand to say that they honestly thought we would win 3-0?
Nope, no takers, I think that would be fair...
Whilst I have taken my eye off the ball in recent times I do recall Posh being involved in several 4-3, 3-3, 2-2, 5-4 etc. scorelines this season so I expected goals in this game, and had predicted 3 for Pompey with Posh scoring 2!
Thankfully they did not manage any which left Appy toasting an 'almost perfect' performance: 'for me it was almost a perfect performance. We won 3-0 away from home against a free-scoring side. You've got to be pleased with that.
'It was our best away performance since I've been here - not just the three goals and clean sheet but the way we were so controlled.
'Peterborough have some good midfield players who retain and pass the ball well, but I said to the players afterwards that the only way I could see them scoring was a 30-yard world-beater. I didn't think they got behind us on too many occasions.
'We kept our compactness and hit them on the counter-attack time and time again.'
Psychologically this 3pts could be worth even more than just the points we got...
Hear me out, with the threat of administration still on, 'if' we get docked some 10pts, I think that is the amount now being bandied about, then we would still be very much in with a shout of survival as the win not only took us above Peterborough but it also meant we are 10pts clear of the bottom three.
This is something Appy, maybe not quite in the way I view it, has seen too: 'it was more than three points today. It meant that we went above Peterborough in the table and used our game in hand to go 10 points clear of the bottom three.'
The fans, well again they got his seal of approval!
Although, as Appy says, you expect this anyway: 'the fans were superb. They didn't just fill the stand behind the goal but also behind me to the left where I could hear them.
'That's what you come to expect at this football club. We've got fantastic fans who trawl up and down the country week in and week out.'
And to, the two goal man, Erik Huseklepp what were Appy's thoughts on The Viking?
Well, as ever he was as honest in his thoughts: 'my biggest gripe with Erik has been that he can drop his shoulder and beat a couple of people, but there has not been enough end product.
'He was in a more advanced position behind the striker today and got his reward. His third goal, where he cut in from the left, was what I expect of him.
'I just want him to get better and better and I'm sure the two goals today will give him the confidence to do that.'
I think Appy sums things up perfectly here, right?
Often I have said the same sort of thought about him to others that he sometimes runs and runs but almost then runs out of ideas and does not really know what to do next...
This is The Viking that we want to see more, of course he will not do this every week but lets see it more often - if anyone can get the very best out of him it will be Appy you would think.
How well did he take his second goal though! It was Thierry Henry-like in the way he turned the defender and certainly Henry-like in the composed and measured way he executed it.
Next up, the first of the Pack The Park (here) games against Hull next weekend, lets do that guys...
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Date:Sunday January 29 2012
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