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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...
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06/11/2006 16:46:00

yer but big gap between us!
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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.
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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
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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?
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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.
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06/11/2006 21:12:00

6 will do me
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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.
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07/11/2006 12:12:00

Sound like harry accepted defeat before the match. Lets hope its a bit different against Fulham.
The Rabbi
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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
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07/11/2006 15:19:00

How can we lose 3-2 of all results to Fulham just because of injuries that aren't even likely to still bother us by the time it's saturday? And at home? And with Fulham scoring three? I suspect biasm.
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07/11/2006 16:24:00

Don't preach russellm. I fully aware after supporting Pompey for over 30 of my 40 years. I was just putting it in perspective.
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07/11/2006 19:05:00

I think if we just pick up (i say "just" but its never easy) a couple of good defenders we should be looking to cement a top 10 finish. Should put us in a good position to push further up in the seasons to come. Still, we are relying on older players, which is fine, but ultimately not in all cases but in most is not long term. Its nice to see a young midfield, & personally I see our mid as bang on & am more than happy with it. The only other small detail is the strikers, same again, ageing but pretty solid. I yap on about this age thing, but if harry can pickup a "hasbeen" for pennies every season & make him top scorer then im all for it!! o & wei.....not a chance mate, this a Pompey 2-0.
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07/11/2006 19:38:00

storagematt, i thought i put the light hearted preachy bit into context about line 4, but there you go. Rabbi i think you have it bang to rights, and whilst i understand the tactical side of a decision like that, i think if i'd paid travel cost plus ticket cost to watch a great game in the theatre of dreams i would be a bit annoyed.
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07/11/2006 20:25:00

United are on fire, not many teams will get much, if anything from Old Trafford this season but if you don't go there looking to win you'll certainly get nothing! Back to winning ways this weekend hopefully and some new players in in January to strengthen the squad, it's needed...
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07/11/2006 22:08:00

Southend are magic.
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07/11/2006 22:14:00

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07/11/2006 22:32:00

Man u will be the main team this season so a loss was inevitable but 3-0 was a bit steep, don't forget that Fulham also have injury problems and have had all season yet are still grinding out results with the meagre squad that they have, this will not be a forgone conclusion for either team!
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08/11/2006 04:42:00

Never was Craven - last year you were CRAVEN for an away win. Pompey at home now, is we hope, becoming Fortress Fratton so your mob will need to be at it's best.
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09/11/2006 06:18:00


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