Toast 6#15 - Izale makes his point
After ninety two minutes at the Ricoh Arena yesterday Pompey were heading for defeat number eight. Then out of the blue up popped Izale McLeod to latch onto an Adam Webster through ball and slide it pass Coventry keeper Murphy. It is not the first time that a late goal has saved Pompey at the Ricoh - remember the Cup game in January 2010?
So the long run is over but it is only one point and there is a long way to go to ensure safety with a probable ten point deduction to arrive as a Christmas present from the Football League.
Yesterday saw another two debuts with Alex Cisak in goal and Jake Jervis coming off the bench in the second half, I believe we are fast approaching forty different players already this season and we are not halfway. The sides we play probably have lesser players but they are settled know each other`s names.
That late goal though will do wonders for morale as they always do but there are now two weeks before a trip to leaders Tranmere Rovers; partly because it lifts the Blues out of the bottom four.
For the record it was the first draw in the league between the sides at Coventry. No game next week as we are out of the cup.
The run they are all talking about
Someone asked me in the week 'can you remember that seven game run from 1975?` I naturally responded 'of course!` but to be honest it is a period in the club`s history that you choose to forget. Here is a list of the games involved and I was at the four home games but have no memories. It was actually nine straight defeats too.
21 Oct H Bristol Rovers L 1 - 2
25 Oct A Notts Co. L 0 - 2
1 Nov H Fulham L 0 - 1
4 Nov A Bolton Wanderers L 1 - 4
8 Nov A Plymouth Argyle L 1 - 3
15 Nov H Blackburn Rovers L 0 - 1
22 Nov A Hull City L 0 - 1
29 Nov H Oxford United L 0 - 2
6 Dec A West Bromwich Albion L 1 - 3
The run was ended on 13 December when we won 1-0 at Forest - which strangely is the same date that Pompey are due in court.
Only four goals were scored in the run but some very well known scorers - Peter Marinello with two, Norman Piper and Chris Kamara. Kammy played in most of those games so if he makes comment anywhere in the media make sure he takes his share of the blame!! His goal (at Bolton) was his first ever league goal. In total Pompey went nineteen games without a win! That was a bad season Pompey did not win a home game until January at the fifteenth attempt. The crowd stayed with them though, for example for the FA Cup fourth round replay with Charlton on January 27 a crowd of 31,722 turned up - Pompey lost 3-0!
In fact autumn was not good for Pompey in the mid seventies, the next year, 1976 saw a run of eleven games with no win and in 1977 things got even worse with a fifteen game winless run. In that run that dropped Pompey to the bottom of Division Three David Kemp scored eight goals and became the league`s leading scorer. Strange Pompey fact that one bottom of the table and the top scorer - strange but true!!
Did you know it has recently been predicted that by 2025, no living person will be more than six feet away from an ex-Chelsea Manager.
Good to hear that Mark Clattenburg has been cleared of all charges against him and will return to refereeing at Southampton on Wednesday. But just when you think the racist debate is over I read Espanyol's Ghanaian midfielder Mubarak Wakaso has accused Spanish referees of booking him because of the colour of his skin - thanks to the Beeb for that.
New year`s day
Pompey`s match at Swindon on January 1 will kick off at 2pm. Apparently the police requested this move so they can get back to the staff party.
It was heart-warming to hear the standing reception that Ricardo Rocha got when he replaced Gabor Gyepes on Tuesday night. It was the kind of welcome saved for star strikers or big signings not a 34 year old defender. But Ricardo won a place in Pompey heart at Wembley in the Spurs semi final with that man of the match performance.
Even a ten year old son of a friend of mine was excited when he heard the news; it is strange how some players are popular especially after being sent off twice in his first few games. He looked back to his old self on Tuesday apart from the penalty. He would be perfect alongside Gyepes who we all hope will get the all clear after the heart problem he suffered that night. I do believe the Hungarian and the Portuguese internationals could really gel at this level despite both being in their thirties.
The bid gathers pace
Not sure I should call it the bid or the takeover. But the news is good that the money is now beginning to pour in as fans honour their pledges and others join them. The Trust has acted most professionally and impressed everyone.
One example was this week when VP`s own Pompeytim have read the prospectus in fine detail asked a whole number of detailed questions. I had asked Tim to do this and I am not sure whether he remembered but I sent these questions to the Trust spokesman, Colin Farmery.
Within forty eight hours I had their equally detailed replies which had been checked by the Trust`s legal eagles. As Tim put it himself 'It would have been unheard of to have had any answers from the previous regimes, and if they did respond, it just wouldn`t have been believed anyway.`
That is why we the fans must ensure that their hard work is rewarded by achieving their ultimate goal!
Trust in the Trust