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Pompey Back to Earth

Pompey Back to Earth

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"It wasn`t our day today".

Joe Jordan after the defeat to Manchester United. It may not have been our day, but it`s going to take many days and nights of going to Old Trafford before we can finally call it 'our day`.

And that`s not because Portsmouth were a bad side, or deserved to lose, or anything like that. The result against Manchester United put the whole season back clearly into perspective, and hopefully reminded a lot of people that we are just Pompey, albeit Pompey on probably their best run of form since the beauty of the sides in the 1940`s and 50`s.

A win at Old Trafford might have actually done more harm than good. I know that`s a contentious idea, but if Pompey had come away with three points, the confidence would be up too high, and the whole bubble would be stretched to bursting point. Forget UEFA cup, we would be expected to get into the Champion`s League and do so probably by Christmas. I bet there would be a few people predicting the 'title push isn`t over yet for Portsmouth`.

But, thankfully, that never happened. Now we can go back to life at Fratton Park Farm knowing that we were simply outclassed by a Manchester United that is firing on all cylinders again, and on this form should win the Premiership over Chelsea. Portsmouth showed themselves well, and no credit should be taken away, especially for a side missing three of its for key defenders.

But we are still Portsmouth, a team that barely escaped relegation last season, and has flirted with the drop year after year after year. It will take much hard work and team rebuilding to create a fully developed side year in, year out. How often does a team overreach itself, make Europe at the first go, and then plummet out the Premiership the next season because the team has too high expectations, and doesn`t have the resources or players to back it up? (if you need help, think Ipswich 2000-2001).

Portsmouth may have a good first XI, but desperately need to strenghten, especially in defence, and perhaps another 'keeper. Good reserves are key to any team, as strength in depth makes a season, not a brilliant first team. If Chelsea lost half their team to food-poisoning, the players to step into the void would play just as well in all likelihood. Portsmouth aren`t in Chelsea`s category, and may never be, but they are in the Premiership, and the same applies.

Hopefully Portsmouth can now build a solid season having got the two hardest games out of the way. Hope and positivity are amazing things to have in a football team, and confidence being high is always a good thing. But let`s not forget that if someone had offered a top ten finish at the start of the season, then we would have pulled their hand off.

Give it five years. The Champion`s League will be on its way to Fratton (or wherever the ground is by then.)


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Date:Monday November 6 2006
Time: 4:41PM

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not many teams are going to get a result this season out of them.. so no disgrace really...
06/11/2006 16:46:00
yer but big gap between us!
06/11/2006 16:53:00
generally agree with the article but a couple of things spring to mind re hard games, we still have to go away to Liverpool and the Arse. although i'm glad this happens before Chrimbo cos at least come january we will know where we are in regards to the our contemporaries. Oh and in 5 years time we will probably still be playing at fratton park.
06/11/2006 17:38:00
hope the Gardner rumours are true, watched him play against us at dive heart lane, and he aint bad at all
06/11/2006 17:50:00
Get beat away at one of the best teams in Europe, still 4th in the prem & we're having an inquest?
06/11/2006 18:11:00
Much will depend on the next 3 games how far we have come. They might all be moderate opposition but no game in this flight must be taken for granted. We need to earn our points by hard grafting, week in week out. Fulham, Watford and Newcastle are all capable of causing an upset on their day, however we must be ready and well prepared for each of them. 7 points will do me.
06/11/2006 21:12:00
6 will do me
06/11/2006 21:13:00
strive to achieve storagematt, strive to achieve, learn from our mistakes, inquests are how teams good teams get better. And unless we get a good squad and learn we wont stay in 4th, 6th 8th or 10th. thats why we have inquests. here endeth the holier than thou sanctimonious bit. I think the point is as a team without any two from Primus. Johnston,Campbell and O'neil Pompey or Kanu are fragile.
07/11/2006 12:12:00
Sound like harry accepted defeat before the match. Lets hope its a bit different against Fulham.
The Rabbi
07/11/2006 14:25:00
you were a bit unlucky in the Man U game. But with all of the injuries and lasy few results for Pompey, I think that the score will be: 3-2 to Fulham or a draw.
wei, wu and shu
07/11/2006 15:19:00
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