So much for that optimism...
You know I had looked forward to the Torquay game all week, from the Wycombe win definitely, as I felt that the win at Adams Park was going to prove a turning point for us and we would kick-on from that and get a win in this game at Fratton to give us some clear daylight and allow us to relax a little more against the prospect of relegation.
I, clearly foolishly, genuinely went into that game looking forward to it and with optimism that a corner was turned.
As Friday disappeared, and Saturday morning arrived my one concern as I travelled with my long-term friend Ken, and another of the South West regulars from Devon Lee, was that the elements would ruin the game and it would be called-off.
If only we had been that fortunate and it bloody well had been!
On the way up, I was particularly defiant about our future prospects and really talked us up - the talk, granted in the immediate aftermath of what we had 'endured', was completely different.
With just one effort on target it was difficult to scrape around for positives, the best that could be mustered being the fact that we did not pick up an cards and that the rain held off during the game as far as getting wet went!
That showing was bloody diabolical on Saturday and my 'new found optimism' has evaporated in 90-minutes of God awful tripe once again, which has regularly been the case for us this season regardless of the players and/or manager...
If that is how we plan to play out the (home) season I fear we might yet go down and what is more we would deserve too!
I hope we show much improvement, we clearly need to without a doubt, at home in the final games of what we have this season or season ticket numbers will drop dramatically next season, with conference football quite possible.
Hats off to Torquay though.
The Gulls deserved their win; on that evidence we should have got Chris Hargreaves as our manager, who will keep them up! They were much hungrier, showed more desire and most of all an interested in attacking positively from the off.
You would have thought they were the home side the way they started the game, with the qualities mentioned above. They wanted it, they were up for it and got the rewards - even, defending what they had they did this well to be fair and without panic.
It is a sad state of affairs when the most excitement was a fox wandering around Fratton, making his way across the Milton End, along the North Lower (passing right next to me) before heading out the Fratton exit to the car park- maybe he had the right idea!
Ok, I know Rome wasn't build in a day, but if fell in one...
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