Date:Thursday April 17 2014
Yesterday you would have seen a special midweek 'Toast' on VP.
This look a look at the teams involved in the relegation battle and exactly who they had left to face - if you did not think that Pompey were going to be safe before reading that, after it you should rest all the more easier.
Basically beat Bristol Rovers at Fratton on Saturday and we are safe.
Which brings me on nicely to the first 'catch-up' bit of the past 24-hours or so as far as Pompey are concerned.
Bristol Rovers approaching a sell-out
The vital game with Bristol Rovers is heading towards a 'sell out', which would be great news both financially and support wise - we saw against Hartlepool what a difference this made and more of the same this weekend could see us over the line.
Not just good news for his season, but hopefully next to - we saw how the 'feel good factor' and 'end of season performances' boosted the crowds this season, so if we continue to end this season as positively as we have the last 3 games it could see more returnees next season too!
Bird's wings clipped
Ryan Bird was recalled from his Cambridge loan, where he was banging in the goals for fun, to help play a part in keeping us in the football league - something he was helping Cambridge get into...
He returned with a 'minor injury', or so it was though.
This has turned out to be worse than first thought with Andy Awford telling the News that he is not so sure that he will play again this season - he did confirm that Roman Padovani is back in training though.
The loan of Rhys McCabe is scheduled to end shortly but Awford is keen on extending this.
McCabe has not really done that much during his loan spell but under Awford, and against Dagenham in particular, he has started to impress and with Simon Ferry out again a need for him to fill the void is something that AA wants.
Pompey have 'played it safe', as far as the playing budget was concerned this season.
Iain McInnes has spoken about 'a greater budget' next season with him of the opinion that this playing is safe meant that we have under-performed, which quite clearly we have.
Although it does look as though a 'midtable finish', where the budget was aimed, could be the ultimate outcome anyway.
Better performances, fan attendance wise, and commercially continue to make the situation look good off the pitch so an increased playing budget for next seasons manager will be available - it will be a budget that will be expected to be followed up with a promotion push though...
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Date:Thursday April 17 2014
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