UK time is: 05:37:33
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Reflecting on Millwall defeat

Relegation into league one is almost a certainty for Pompey now following the disappointing defeat to Millwall on Tuesday night.

We started the game well, bar the opening couple of minutes. All in all we dominated 25-30-minutes of the opening 1st half but a failure to create too many clear-cut chances costs us.

Poor defending most definitely did cost us the goal with Millwall given far to much time on the ball on the edge of our area.

Appy said: 'we started the game really well. We got in behind them and down the sides. But we began over-playing, with people taking too many touches of the ball.

'Then we got hit by a sucker punch from a long punt upfield. We didn't deal with it and poor defending allowed them to score.

'The goal was a killer blow. The first goal is so important in football and you can't keep having to come from behind.'

In all honesty we were never really threatening in the 2nd half, it was all a bit frantic and the longer it went on the less likely we looked to get back into it - we did not even seriously test their keeper until the dying minutes...

We had no shape about us, the 1st half reshuffle did little to help us with that but confidence, energy and quality was exposed as lacking: 'in the second half the longer the game went on the more the confidence and energy drained out of the players. It was difficult to watch.

'A few of the players seemed to be fighting the ball rather than being at ease with it. We got into good areas of the pitch but then tended to over-hit and under-hit passes.

'It was frustrating and the players are as frustrated as I am. There weren't many options to change it because we had kids on the bench.

'But credit to Millwall - they play a very simple game with two banks of four and two men up front who work very hard. They do the basic side of the game well and made it very difficult for us.'

It will take a minor miracle for us to stay up now. 9pts adrift on Bristol City with only 12pts to play for, we would have to win all 4 games and hope that our relegation rivals lose all of their games...

All scenarios, in particular us wining 4 on the trot, are highly unlikely but while it is 'mathematically' possible Appy has to retain a sliver of hope: 'I'm not stupid and I know it's going to be very difficult. But there is still mathematically an opportunity and we'll be desperate to try to win the game at Doncaster on Saturday.

'There are still 12 points to play for and let's see if we can win four games. It's going to be very difficult, but it`s not impossible.

'If we win at Doncaster on Saturday and Bristol City lose at Birmingham then all of a sudden it's game on again. You just don't know.'

Unlikely, but not impossible but the realist in you has to say that we are going down - and the realist also has to say that over the course of the season we, probably, deserve it as we have not really been good enough.

I appreciate that we have had to operate in difficult, to say the least, circumstances but with or without a points penalty relegation would 'probably' have happened anyway - but while there is hope, albeit it very, very slim hope we have to fight on.

At the end of the day though our biggest worry now is not relegation to league one, I can cope with that, it is what will our future even be...

PLAY UP POMPEY!

Click here to make your prediction: Doncaster v Pompey.
Click here to make your prediction: Pompey v Palace.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Vital Pompey on: facebook Vital Pompey on: twitter

Join the Vital Pompey Forum Debate

Frippy's Virtual Bookies - here.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 11 2012

Time: 2:02PM

Your Comments

It just seems to go from bad to worse, one day we might hear some good news for a change. but im not banking on it...
nobby1954
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Portsmouth Articles

On this day in history...17th December (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Robbo looking to stay (Tuesday December 16 2014)

How long does he have? (Tuesday December 16 2014)

On this day in history...16th December (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Pompey MOTM - Accrington (h) (Monday December 15 2014)

On this day in history...15th December (Monday December 15 2014)

On this day in history...14th December (Sunday December 14 2014)

Archived Portsmouth Articles

List All Vital Pompey Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. pompeyrug 81
2. cornypomp 29
3. eastneydave 26
4. storagematt 26
5. gentleman jim 19
6. Emsworthianblue 18
7. mslorna48 12
8. Jimsmithswig 11
9. Copnor43 8
10. PFCblue 6

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Accrington 20 9 2 9 -3 29
12. Cambridge 19 8 3 8 7 27
13. Wimbledon 20 7 6 7 -2 27
14. Portsmouth 20 7 5 8 -1 26
15. Stevenage 20 7 4 9 -2 25
16. Northampton 20 7 3 10 -1 24
17. Oxford 20 6 6 8 -3 24

Breaking League News

Smith Closing On First-Team Spot
Southend : 17/12/2014 21:31:00
Brown Considering Williams Recall
Southend : 17/12/2014 21:31:00
FA Cup - Mansfield 0-1 Cambridge
Mansfield : 17/12/2014 21:25:00
Moore - It's Not An Impossible Task
Hartlepool : 17/12/2014 21:20:00
Belles ring out for Christmas
York : 17/12/2014 19:16:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do not like asking but how long does AA have...
Suggested By:  pompeyrug
Until Christmas 46%
Until the end of the season 46%
He wont get sacked 6%
Not sure... 2%