Date:Sunday February 9 2014
Yet again as I write a Pompey match report I shake my head in disbelief. Three league trips to Devon have all ended in 1-1 draws but more importantly after leading at Exeter`s St James` Park for eighty four minutes two points are allowed to slip through the fingers. How crucial all these points dropped from winning positions remains to be seen. I calculate that fifteen points have been lost from winning positions on the road.
The home side made great efforts to get the game on including borrowing a supper soppa from Somerset CCC but the game was still played in a near storm force wind. Jake Jervis gave Pompey a ninth minute lead poking home a Ben Chorley nod down and both sides then traded punches until the fourth minutes of added time when Liam Sercombe was left unmarked in the box to slam home the loose ball.
Next week AFC Wimbledon make their first ever visit to Fratton Park and they will have a backing of 2,000 fans with them; expect another tough afternoon`s work. Although we may have found you the solutions in corny`s ten point plan.
Corny`s 10 point plan
Over in the forum in the week our regular contributor cornypomp put together a ten point plan aimed at sorting out all of Pompey`s current problems. The forum has been a little quiet this week so I thought it is worth a tongue in cheek airing. See what you think and remember corny has a great sense of humour.
After applying 48 hours of extreme overload to my somewhat shaky thought process I believe I've come up with the answer to Pompey's present problems...
1.) The Board need to urgently arrange for all future home games to be played behind closed doors with only away fans in attendance. If this can't be achieved, the number of home fans must be severely curtailed. Ideally... matching away fan numbers.
2.) As an appendage to the above: all home fans must remain quiet and motionless at all times. Failing that, Pompey players will need to be blindfolded and given ear protection.
3.) No pre or post match interviews to be given by either the manager or players. There's only so much 'we can take the positives' and 'there's more to come from me' that any self respecting fan can take.
4.) Barker must cease immediately the wearing of those ridiculous shorts... didn't his mum tell him to wrap up warm in the winter?
5.) All noting of game stats must be halted until further notice. I mean... I for one don't need continually reminding that we've had one shot on target in God knows how many games. It`s demoralising...
6.) Send notice to Guy Whittingham to quit sniggering in public or something nasty will happen to him..
7.) As much as I like Jed... someone needs to instil in his teenage brain that getting a ball into the box isn't the same as passing to the (oppositions) keeper..
8.) Team selection should be left to the fans via a web link an hour before kick off. Let's face it... the result won't be any more baffling than the present set up... I always thought you picked your best players for the job... apparently not!
9.) Barker needs to be told that just because certain players show ability with an Etch a Sketch doesn't mean they carry that creativity onto the playing field.
10.) And while I'm on the subject of creativity... someone needs to get on the next bus to Oxford and beg David Connolly for forgiveness, beg him to come back ASAP. Tell him.. Barker didn't really feel insecure about his superior knowledge and experience in the game.. That should do it :-)
That's my tuppence worth. I feel sure that if my advice is heeded there will be a startling turnaround in our form. So much so that the L2 table will be smouldering.
Well corny those are interesting thoughts the biggest question is how to get the players of the problem of lack of performance at Fratton Park. The atmosphere so out of place in League Two and the occasion is having the right effect on the visitors and the wrong on the home side. the only side that have frozen at the park were Morecambe the others in general have excelled of Pompey have been awful as they were last week.
Keith Blackburn 1940-2014
The death has been announced of Keith Blackburn the Pompey inside forward from the early 1960s.
Freddy Cox signed Keith from Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 1960 as he tried to build a side capable of holding the place in the second division they nearly lost the previous campaign. Blackburn made his debut at Fratton Park in a 3-2 win over Luton Town on 31 August.
He was to make just ten appearances that season netting twice as Pompey slipped into Division Three. New boss George Smith used both Harry Middleton and Harry Harris in the inside left position but on 2 December 1961Smith gave Keith the nod and the number ten shirt and he was a regular for the rest of the season as Pompey clinched the Division Three title - Keith weighed in with five vital goals.
Keith would play only five more times for Pompey before trying his luck in South Africa and apparently even made an appearance for their national side. Sadly records of South African football are sketchy around those times mostly due to their banishment from FIFA due the apartheid policy of their government.
Manchester born Blackburn returned to the Portsmouth area on his retirement from football and became a keen Pompey fan. He was a huge supporter if the charity work carried out by the ex-professionals club and wherever there was a function or event Keith would be there. I met him several time and it always showed me the attraction of our club when a man called Blackburn, born in Manchester and signed from Bolton with a board Lancastrian accent should support Pompey,
All at Vital Pompey offer their condolences to Keith`s family and friends.
See you all next week.
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