Vital Football

Reflecting on Birmingham win

Reflecting on Birmingham win

What a difference a half makes, or more to the point I guess what a difference a half time talk makes, then again you could argue merely what a goal can do!

At half time last night to go in at 1-0 down I think most of us would have taken than as Birmingham, for the most part of the 1st half, looked ready to add to their early goal at anytime!

Yet again though, as so often happens and most definitely did at the weekend, we came out in the 2nd half like a totally different side.

Granted the sending off very much worked in our favour and the opening goal took quite a deflection it seemed, not forgetting a pretty obvious handball by Chuck in the build-up to our second goal, but all in all I think we deserved this fortune!

The whole atmosphere was flat but as soon as the Chris Maguire goal went in everything changed...

Appy's words of wisdom during the half time break helped do the trick though.

He asked for more and certainly got it: 'I said to the players at half-time that I was disappointed with the goal we gave away, because it was a soft one but I also said I thought the game was there for the taking. I told the lads to step it up and increase the tempo. I asked them what they were waiting for, because they needed to go out and express themselves.

'I wanted to see more energy and enthusiasm because before the break we never really threatened to get in behind them.

'I told them it was the last chance saloon - and they responded. We got in people's faces in the second half and created some good opportunities. The players worked harder for longer and as soon as Chris Maguire scored the equaliser you could see it lift everyone. It gave everyone that little bit of belief. It took the pressure off the players and made everyone relax a little bit.'

As I said, much like Appy has, the Maguire goal - deflected or not - breathed new life into us and he gained praise from Appy as did Kelvin Etuhu who made a real difference when he came on, scoring a goal within minutes: 'everyone has seen enough of Chris Maguire already to know what ability he's got. I've got a lot of faith in the lad.

'Kelvin has been a little bit frustrated on the bench lately but he's come on and taken his opportunity.'

As the saying goes 'one swallow doesn't make a summer' although this win could act as a springboard to a dramatic escape by Pompey?

Appy knows that there will be 'twists and turns' before the season is done but knows that victory at Coventry at the weekend would make things 'very interesting' in the closing games: 'there are nine games to go and who knows what`s going to happen. There will be a lot of twists and turns.

'We've got a big game at Coventry on Saturday and we'll go into the game full of confidence. And if we pick up a victory it will make it very interesting.'

Whilst I think we have to be mindful of getting too carried away it is possible that this time next week we could be out of the relegation zone 'if' we can beat both Coventry and Hull but lets take it a game at a time though eh!

Coventry is a massive '6-pointer' now.

If we really are to pull off quite possibly the greatest escape ever we must win that one and if we cannot go into that with confidence, following our best home win in 18-months, then we never will!

Bring on The Sky Blues...


Click here to make your prediction: Coventry v Pompey.
Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Hull.

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.

Date:Wednesday March 21 2012
Time: 2:16PM


A brilliant win, more than made up for the disappointment of not beating Bristol City. Time for a huge away win on Saturday please.
21/03/2012 14:39:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...26th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 26th October.

After Game Player Interviews Explained

Scientific researchers have discovered that a tendency for professional footballers to overuse the words 'um' 'ah' and 'err' in post game press interviews...

Chaplin secured

Chaplin had a contract with Pompey until 2018 but ahead of the disappointing Notts County defeat he extended his contract with the Blues until 2019.

On this day in history...25th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 25th October.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Notts County MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Naismith0%
Sub - Main0%
Sub - Lalkovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Barnet 14 3 7 4 16 -4
19 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
20 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 13 1 5 7 8 -8
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

The Vital Football Members League