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Typical Flaming Pompey!

Typical Flaming Pompey!

In typical Pompey fashion they offered us hope with one hand, with the amazing win over United and snatched it away with the other following defeat to Watford.

Although I believed 100% that we would beat United and Watford before the weekend started, as frustrated as I am now that is has finished and we have 'only' won one of the two after we rolled over against Watford today, I think that the vast majority would have settled for pretty much what we got from the Easter programme if they were honest?

Having worked so hard to overcome United at Fratton on Saturday, Monday lunchtime proved a bridge too far as a team of Watford players, playing with the freedom of nothing to lose and looking to impress to earn starting places against United in the cup semi next weekend humbled us 4-2.

The outcomes of next weekend's cup matches will have a major bearing on the remainder of our season. A final involving Chelsea and United will make 7th at least good enough for Europe - I've previously made such claims but I'm almost 100% certain that these views would but correct this time no question about it! As Spurs are still involved in the UEFA Cup they will want to win that which could see their league form suffer. If they did win it would English football lose a place through the Premiership placing as a result or could we even gain another?

I hadn't and still haven't given up on our European hopes, despite today's setback. Ask yourself this question, when you take into account what most of you would have honestly been expecting from this Easter schedule have we really lost as much ground as you would have been expecting?

We can't be relying on others but this latest set back isn't as bad as it could have been and despite our generally shocking form in 2007 which makes the likelihood of going on a run of victories less likely, until it is impossible I will retain my dream of seeing Pompey in European football next season.

The match with Everton will be the key match for us but three points against Newcastle next weekend and we are again right back in the race, if Chelsea and United win to meet in the cup final even more so.

PLAY UP POMPEY!



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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Monday April 9 2007
Time: 7:49PM

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A UEFA place is still not out of reach - but to achieve this, we need maximum points at Everton on the last game of the season, that is after picking up maximum points at home to Arsenal, Newcastle and away at Aston Villa. So all hope has not been lost, mathematically anyway!
TruePompeyBlue
09/04/2007 20:07:00
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sublime to ridiculous? Pompey all over!!
paultsmouth
09/04/2007 21:03:00
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Jeeze, supporting Pompey is painful - it should display a health warning, "supporting Portsmouth may be hazardous to your health, stress levels and family committments". The team should be thoroughly ashamed of itself - Jeeze.
Et_tu_Pompeii
09/04/2007 22:32:00
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We are into 'crazy season' where literally anyone can beat any other team, as we've seen in the space of two days... Everton is the key game but if we go into the final match of the season needing to beat Arsenal at Fratton to get in I'll bet on it no question... I really want this but also think 'maybe it's not a bad thing if we don't get into Europe next season, are we really going to be ready for such a rapid leap forward so soon'... Newcastle are not a good side, the amount of players they've had out hasn't helped but they are still a poor team compared to teams they've had in years gone by. I'm always optimistic so we'll bounce back with three point on Saturday. Chartlon won't be easy for Everton nor will Wigan for Spurs let alone Fulham for Reading. So bring on the toon...
pompeyrug
09/04/2007 23:35:00
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Well we are definitely a better Home side than on our travels. If we can't beat struggling Fulham or Watford on their own turf don't expect any more points on the road until August. Dream about Europe by all means but that's all it will be now, merely a dream. I would say enjoy the remaining home games as we hope to reach 50 pts for the first time in the Prem.... Watford 4-2, No wonder Elton John married a bloke !!
pompeygray
09/04/2007 23:47:00
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To be honest, I'd prefer us not to get to Europe anyway as I feel it would be disastrous towards our Prem status. We are not United, Chelsea or Arsenal, we do not have the depth in our squad like they do and this was so extremely evident on Saturday - if we cannot field a strong enough side to defeat the worst club in the Prem then we have no hope of achieving anything in Europe. Equally, we would sustain more injuries and therefore not be able to field a consistent side each week.
TruePompeyBlue
10/04/2007 08:47:00
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Don't think you can call United the worst team in the Premiership TruePompeyBlue! We played then on Saturday didn't we. But I know what you mean - Watford on Monday... If we can get UEFA Cup football I'll still take it, if not I'll not be as disappointed as I would be to miss out next season if we are close in the closing weeks. A year on and we 'should' be better prepared with a stronger squad, hopefully... But will this really be stronger with Bramble in it...
pompeyrug
10/04/2007 09:22:00
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Yep, I meant Watford yesterday - still getting over the Easter mix up of days, lol!! As for Bramble, I think the only thing stronger with him in the side will be our chances of relegation!
TruePompeyBlue
10/04/2007 14:43:00
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bye bye europe!
VitalPompeyAdmin
10/04/2007 16:00:00
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You Hooorns! Not often I get to boast on another club's wall.
WFG
10/04/2007 17:41:00
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