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8 points from the first 6 games?

I would say 8 points from the opening 6 matches is what Pompey should at least aim for! Not my vote, yours in Et_tu_Pompeii's poll - although in terms of actually aiming for this as a minimum, I would agree but still feel we could get more.

8 points from the opening 6 games would translate at 1 win and 5 draws - if we view it from an unbeaten point of view, but with us facing Chelsea and Arsenal away people are probably accounting for at least 1 defeat - and we often get beaten without even scoring at Chelsea.

United do not like coming to Fratton, so we are more than capable of beating them as we have proved all but one year during our Premiership days. We can also beat Bolton and Liverpool, who also have to come here, something they will not look forward to.

Starting well could be pivotal to our season, so with all teams being at the same stage - lack of fitness and tiredness cannot be an excuse - who knows what might happen?

We could quite possibly lose every match, but my own thinking is I would not be at all surprised to see us win the opening 3 matches, then moving into double figures for points by gaining points from the next 3 games too, not to suggest we would win all 3, but I can easily see us winning at least one of these.

I make it sound easy. Yep, it is far from it but I am being positive. But the most important thing first of all is to come away from Derby with 3 points - and this will not be easy, but it is something we should be getting.

What the poll asked - How many points will we have after the first 6 matches of the season?

How you voted - Win some - 8 points 61%, Win most - 13 points 13%, No wins yet - 3 points 11%, Disaster - nil points 9%, Win them all - 18 points 6%

Current Poll - Harry Redknapp is working hard to bring in another striker, so even assuming he does we will lose most of our striking options when the African Nations comes around, maybe even this new signing should Redknapp go African again?

How would we cope with this - should we then look to bring in a loan signing in January to cover this, if so should we look long or short term at them? Lysimachus asks the question 'when the African Nations drains our squad, should we loan a striker for the rest of the season?' Let the poll do the talking before we do when it finishes.

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 19 2007

Time: 11:25AM

Your Comments

nugent says that he is lacking fitness, and so isnt scoring. The fact that he seems worried about not having scored yet is a good sign, as it shows that he is determined to make an impact. ... 8pts from our first 6 games would be a good start, any worse, and I feel the media piling on the pressure - but then, that would probably be unfair (media, unfair, never???) but lets take it a game at a time, and give Derby the "welcome to the premeirship" that they deserve
pompeycarpet
Let's not get carried away. 8 pts would probably mean beating Derby & Bolton & drawing 2 of the big 4. That would be great but it will be tough.
storagematt
Win at Derby you say? Sounds like one of the better away days on paper, but if Arry starts with one up front it's a nailed on defeat.
Tantona
I agree with you Tantona forget 4-5-1 Harry go for it and get three points at Pride Park. 8 points would be a decent start and provided we steadily built on it all year we would all be happy. However January and the African players being away still troubles me, i hope we can get some cover for various positions. Nugent will be off and running sooner than later, he will bea good signing, no BillyBig Time, just seems to be a decent lad.
Owenspompey
8 points doenst seem to unreasonable, however i just hope that we get that vital win over derby. we SHOULD get it, but then, derby think that they COULD get it as well...
pompeycarpet
Lauron was quoted in a spanish newspaper saying that our new owners - plural??? - wanted champions league football. it would seem that things were moving forward much faster than i was aware, and whilst champions league football can be a long term goal, shouldnt we really be talking about UEFA cup first? I know this isnt strictly relevant to the article, and perhaps deserves one itself, as, mentioned in the same paper, news about another 8million euro bid for kanute has been suggested. (pompey.rivals.net also speculates we are in for defoe and crouch)
pompeycarpet
Wouldn't mind seeing a 4-3-2-1 diamond against Derby tried out with O'Neil, Mendes and Muntari across the midfield with Utaka and Talyor sitting behind Nugent
blarmy
God one blarmy, mind you there will be many different ideas before the season kicks off. Personally i would love Benjy to be ithe starting line up to support Nugent, but we cant have everything.
Owenspompey
maybe a 4-3-3 formation? nuggent, kruchi (left) and utaka(right) upfront, mendes, o'neil, and muntari centre, and move matty taylor to left back - that'd be fun...but i dont see it happening. Sadly, we dont have many more friendlys (bournmouth) to try out new formations, so i think we will just be going with what harry knows.
pompeycarpet
Like the idea Blarmy, Mind i imagine Harry will be ultra conservative. Can't imagine he will want to concede in our first game. I can see him changing things as the game goes on, dependant of course how the 1st half/60 minnutes go.
pentonpompey
Come on guys!!! this is pompey, my moneys on us loosing to Derby & beating ManU!! sound crazy dont I, but we all know deep down....:)
CharlieChimes
What odds us getting a result at Chelski?????being as we've never got a point against them. Lose to Derby and turn over Lamps and co. Now thats a Pompey trait...Man U/ Watford anyone?
pentonpompey
5 pts I'm afraid is all we are likely to get. I have us winning 1 drawing 2 and losing 3....but better times will lay ahead once we rid ourselves of the top 4 contenders.
pompeygray
Yeah got to agree with the 8 points from first 6 games, beat Derby, draw Man U, beat Bolton, lose Chelsea and Arsenal, Draw the Pool. That will set us of on a great run with a 6th or 7th place finish and Europe here we come!!!
blarmy
carling cup final anyone? all the playors seem keen on a good cup run this season (wel, richard huges does), and it would be good practice for when/if we get into europe
pompeycarpet
I can see us getting more than 8 points to be honest. I would hope that we beat Derby, and Bolton should be a mere shell of the team they were, so another three points there. I can also see us having points off the Gunners whilst still in their missing Henry phase and the Pool as they will be on rotation and won't have gelled. Will it not also be champions league qualifiers about this time??? Will be happy to take any points of Chelski and Manure but even if we don't that could still be 12 points. As for the ACoN, please remember that benji is not going as the Zimb have not qualified. So our only striker at the mo that we will loose is Lua. Utaka and Muntari from the mid will go which may be more of a problem in my eyes, especially if they play as well as I am hoping.
sneakay
i was trying to remeber if zimbabwe had qualified...and came to the conclusion that the had...ooops :( That leaves us with the strikers, but little backup, so loanee would still be useful
pompeycarpet
the issue is our away form, if that is half sorted we shall be looking at ten points, top half and a tough start over and done with, but it wont happen with 4,5,1
russellm
that is great news - clearly im sad for benjani and zimbabwe but delighted we wont lose him afterall... i agree with you sneakay, i can see us with around 12 points from 6 games too... bloody 4-5-1 wont see us do much - as usual - away, come on 'arry its time we went for away wins...
pompeyrug
 

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