Pompey - the bar has been raised
The performance from all the Pompey players, tactics from Harry Redknapp and general all-round play from Pompey in the game against Chelsea has set a new standard to which all away fixtures should be measured.
Yep, we might have lost but unlike so many away days from the past few years we really went out with a positive attitude.
We may have looked to firstly keep things tight at the back, as you would expect - with Sol Campbell fantastic - but also looked to attack Chelsea, so we proved once and for all that a positive, but not all out attack policy is the way to go, even against the best - and is the way to bring plenty of success for us this season.
As you would expect in typical match of the day fashion the 'edited highlights' depicted things exactly as they were... who am I kidding, the highlights made it look as though Chelsea launched a virtual all out assault on Pompey, particularly in the 1st half, when we know that was not the case.
Credit where due though, the pundits at least gave a very positive and glowing review of the game, with Mark Lawrenson particularly generous with his praise, even saying 'Pompey deserved a point'. It is a little worrying that Lawrenson seems to be heaping praise after praise upon us!
I was disappointed with the level of credit we were given in those highlights, but we all know it was better than we were given credit for and the soon to be added pfcTV highlights will paint a much better and fairer picture.
Either way, as I say the bar has been raised, we have set ourselves a performance level that needs to be repeated, which if it is then we will win far more games on the road than we lose, with it also more than possible that we can compete with the very best, as we showed at Stamford Bridge - bad day for Chelsea or not.
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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