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We cant...can we?

So victory, which was a must, over Palace on Tuesday and other results going our way (ish) means that the 'probable' relegation from the nopower is delayed another game...at least!

Brizzle's to drizzle away...
With just 2pts from games against Barnsley (h) and Burnley (a) in their final two games needed by Bristol City as much as the heart wants them not to get this, and tells you they will not, the head tells you such a scenario is highly likely!

They are on a decent little run of form so to get just 1 point, or less, from a possible 6pts on offer would be a surprise - especially given Barnsley woeful form of late...

Then again Pompey also have to do our bit, turning back-to-back wins into back-to-back back-to-back wins is almost unheard of for us in recent times!

Of course Derby (h) and their local rivals Forest (h) are both more than winnable but the reality is that even this, if we did it, would not be enough...

At the end of the day all we can do is hold up our end of the bargain and hope!

You can pinpoint 'this and that' as being 'if only' moments but the reality is we (if we do) will go down after a season in which we have deserved to. Yep, the administration (again) and 10pts penalty that went with it not to mention the impact of this situation has not helped at all but there were games we could, and should, have got more from but did not...

Let down by The Hammers...
Whilst, like I have said, we cannot really look to pinpoint specific games as being 'moments' to cost us and 'what we do' is down to us to achieve quite clearly we do, and have, needed a helping hand from others.

One such example was a helping hand from West Ham, and they did little to help us on Tuesday. Their game at Bristol City was one that most would have targeted, or at least hoped, as one West Ham would have won.

But hey ho, at least City did not win eh!

West Ham let us down in another way too, as they did not win they have almost certainly handed automatic promotion to Scum - as catching them is now unlikely to happen.

Fingers crossed that Reading can secure the title though to add to their secured promotion. Yep Scum will still go up but at least the Scummers would not go up as champions, as we did when we went into the topflight!

Over by 5pm on Saturday?
Whilst I of course do not 'wish' us relegated I think that the likelihood is Bristol City will get the points they need, in fact a win over Barnsley this weekend indeed, so regardless we will be down by the time we face Forest...

I intend to enjoy Forest come what may, but you tend to feel - well, maybe it is just me - that all will be far more relaxed and able to enjoy if our fate is already known by next weekend?

Then again how good would it feel to be at the City Ground if survival was secured on that day...

Hey ho...
Whatever the outcome to this season what we cannot lose sight of is that our survival as a club is paramount and the battle for that will rage on this summer...

I am sure, in some shape, way or form that Portsmouth Football Club will live on and I am also sure, well at least hopeful, we can start to enjoy this again in the years ahead without all the off-the-field b******s we have become oh so accustomed to!!

League one (at least, we could stay up but could also end up lower?) holds not fears for me, quite the opposite in fact as at least it can mean plenty of new, and exciting, grounds with some cracking days out that will be cheaper than ever!

And with (probably) a grand to replace in my bank account (wedding funds being used to pledge a grand, which I will lay down in full if it is a viable option!) I will certainly need my football to be cheaper...

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Date:Friday April 20 2012

Time: 12:50PM

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I'd be surprised if Bristol City won't murder Barnsley. BC sadly are in very good form & the minus 10 pts has killed us this season. As long as we live to fight another day, we will always be bigger than either of them & this old Pompey dog will have it's day again.
storagematt
I flew over today for the match, and as irony would have it, I flew into Bristol Airport and took the 35 minute bus ride from Bristol Airport to Bristol Temple Meads train station, and let me tell you, passing through Bristol City Centre made me realise how much of a threat we are to them. They are out in droves with flags hanging from windows and pubs urging their team on to safety, they know they are not safe yet.

Now a pessimist may see this as their fans getting behind their team, but I chose to see it another way. There is a lot of pressure on them to win at home tomorrow against a very mediocre Barnsley team. If they don't get an early goal I'm hoping that the pressure will move from the fans to the players, and that may work to our advantage. Of course, that will all tumble into irrelevance if we can't get the job done tomorrow, so here's hoping for 3 massive points and a final day showdown. Come on you Blues!
PompeyFrippy
It will certainly be exciting if we can keep the fight going into the final match. Certainly I feel that relegation is likely and in a way I've already accepted that it might happen, but the chance we just might beat the odds . . . c'mon!
tracyc
 

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