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What a difference!

29th April 2006, Pompey were travelling to the JJB stadium in Wigan looking to secure Premiership status for a fourth term, the odds had been stacked against them since being bottom around Christmas. On the day we secured the vital win with a first goal for Benjani and a cooly slotted Matt Taylor penalty, the fans went wild, we came home and thought of the season ahead, would D'Allesandro sign, would Linvoy squeeze out another season?
Fast forward 364 days and Pompey face Liverpool in another vital clash, this time to stay in a European hunt! D'Allesandro went to Zaragoza, Linvoy squeezed out another season and if anything upped the ante, Harry pulled off a major coup in both James and Campbell, and Pompey announced incredible plans for a futuristic stadium at the Hard.
A year has been an amazing journey for the blues, if we carry on moving forward at this rate the sky is the limit! We may miss out on UEFA this year, but hopefully we have battles for Europe, rather than battles for relegation in the years to come!

Play Up Pompey!

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Writer: paultsmouth Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 28 2007

Time: 10:35AM

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Great turnaround, everyone should enjoy it why sit pretty
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28/04/2007 10:48:00

i meant sit pretty
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28/04/2007 10:48:00

It has been excellent to have been talked about as a decent team although the BBC and others have a long way to go in this respect. Great to be on the national news re the stadium and to have the Herzog guy design it is such a coup the Council will be only fools and Arrses to turn it down - what a feather in the City's cap that would be - and I could see it from Ryde! As for the end of this season, looking at the fixtures, beating Everton I think is crucial. Otherwise we finish 9th. OK but mildly disappointing. No, hugely disappointing. Ah, well.
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28/04/2007 11:15:00

BTW what do we think of this reF?
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28/04/2007 11:15:00

I don't think we actually appreciate how good it has been this season, due to the high expectations that kicked in so early in the season. We got used to being a top 6 side from the off. The Jan/Feb blip quickly took the edge of that & despite some great results since we could find ourselves a bit short of the top 6/7. That in turn has brought some disappointment. I wonder where we will be in 12 months time?
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28/04/2007 11:35:00

Come on guys Europe is in the reckoning and one step towards that is the defeat of Liverpool 2day
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28/04/2007 12:15:00

i agree with Et-Tu_Pompey....1st lets put the stadium into perspective here. There are massive infrastructure issues, the planning application rests on 20% of the attendance arriving by boat and the devlopment partners have dropped out of as many projects as they have completed, the locals are bound to lodge blocking applications and then there is the small fact of the club also needing to raise an additional 100+mill of the 360 miilion required to start the development. as there is no access to Gaydamak senior monies this money must depend on increased income from TV and Europe. But as we all know Sasha looked at pompey first as a property devlopment opportunity and PFC as the vehicle to do it so he may well succeed Good luck i say. 2nd A great club needs great attitude and the issue for me here is Storrie, his personality has frequently derailed sure deals including that of D'Alessandro and the clubs proffesionalism off the field for which he is responsible is continually called in to question, so we have still some way to go in that department. 3rd the team, Harry has got to think big and as rabbi pointed out 451 for a must win away game is not it. We need buys not loans, some dont have that loyalty, some cant play when you need them most, D'Allessandro did and should not have been let go/ driven out, Muntari needs to be bought, as does a Yak and a Dejan replacement. Harry needs to be tough with those who dont/cant perform even if they are his mates/captain. The reason i am slightly dissappointed with this season is because it is a season of might have beens, we know that there was no team that have occupied 6th or relegation places that we couldnt/ beat or shouldnt beat with a bit of effort and tactical nouse. Whilst i do not fear relegation and havent since i met the team at mancs airport following the wigan game I am concerned that we are able to replicate the same progress next season. Now i have put the world to rights i am off to a game against some mob called liverpool
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28/04/2007 12:58:00

2-1! get in!
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28/04/2007 18:55:00

I see no reason to be dissapointed in anything this season, those of us who are honest would've been happy with a top half place before the season started. When we were top 6 we were punching above our weight. If we had a stronger squad then i would've been disappointed with the way performances dropped during January and February, even if we finish 10th this season it will have been a fantastic season, we've now shown the likes of Obafemi Martins that Pompey is a good place to come to. Looking forward to some quality signings in the summer and an even better season next year.
Steve C
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28/04/2007 19:47:00

Thought The fans gave Alan Ball a moving and fitting send off today.
Steve C
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28/04/2007 19:51:00

Tremendous season especially at home, I'm really proud of our efforts and it'll be a huge bonus to get in the UEFA Cup if we beat Everton and Arsenal - the great thing about this year is that we only had about 4 really bad performances all season.
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29/04/2007 09:41:00

agreed about balley, SteveC cant agree, yep we would have been happy at the start of the season, but half way through in 5th place that is irelevant, the players got comfatable, lazy and unproffesional, that is stops it being a great season, its about doing what we have belatedly started to do again...its about winning. i'm not sure what your level of bad is StuartM but we didnt win for 3 months! The Obafemi's of this world go to other teams like the bar codes because they thought they would be in Europe .... LoL...... LoL , and i think the stadium plan anouncement is more about luring the Yak and Dej replacements than anything else.
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29/04/2007 17:05:00

I don't think the players got overly comfortable or particularly lazy i think that their form dipped to below their normal levels which was made to look worse by the fact that they had been performing way above their normal levels.
Steve C
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29/04/2007 17:47:00

not to mention again our post xmas performances
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29/04/2007 23:00:00

erm, watford, sheffield, fulham, charlton to name but four what should have been easy wins, then you tell me how many games we gave a way in the last 10 minutes. the league doesnt lie, look where theyare now and tell me if you were satisfied with our results against these teams.
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29/04/2007 23:00:00

Been watchingt Pompey 30 years it's always been the same, beat the top teams lose to the bottom teams. I don't ever see it changing, i suppose we had one season where we escaped it when we won promotion to the premier league but thats about it. Unless you support one of the big four you will always see your team lose to teams they should beat. At least we get to stick it to the big teams once in a while this way. Lets have Chelsea next season.
Steve C
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30/04/2007 20:54:00

What a difference indeed, it's hard to believe that with the same players on the whole we've transformed into a top 10, probably top 8, good chance of top 7 maybe even as high as 5th in a year...
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30/04/2007 21:20:00

Steve C Same as me bud, don't you just love it? It's Pompey innit???!!! If we can build on this season for next season, then Chelsea, Manure, in fact anyone had better watch out - the Sleeping Giant hasn't woken, it has been reborn!!!!
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01/05/2007 13:40:00

A message to all out there who have not registered on this site - what the hell are you waiting for???? Personnel in one or two places has changed on this site, some of the original are still here which is excellent as they are some of the best site journalists I have come across!! pompeyrug provides excellent match reports for you to get your teeth into and Paultsmouth (a good play on words and name which was wasted on one particular scummer!!) really gives you a damned good match preview to chew over.

So stop flirting, stop lurking, join NOW and get involved in one of the the best Pompey sites ever, we welcome everybody and you don't have to work for a radio station or have "insider information" to get involved, your opinion is what counts on here and very much so on the forum!

So stop faffing about with the rest, sign up and join the best now - you should see what's in store on here for next season!!
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01/05/2007 13:47:00

Again thanks for the compliments TBP... The man is right vital pompey is the place to be and is the place you will want to be next season...
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01/05/2007 20:57:00

No worries Pompeyrug, however one or two certain individuals have a problem understanding irony, so the main article that followed my previous comment has now been removed. Some people obviously missed out on the humour gene when they were being handed out - it was a play on words and at no time did the article or its heading ever mention Pompey were making a new signing. The heading actually reflected that as soon as anyone joins this site, a new signing would have been made. But it was far too clever for a couple, pity they have nothing better to complain about though.
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03/05/2007 06:58:00


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