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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.

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The Journalist

Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday August 26 2007

Time: 7:00AM

Your Comments

Rug totally agree mate. I was hoping that with our great home form HR had been building a squad capable of transferring that form to away matches. Yesterday showed we are well on the way. Of course MOTD showed Chelsea of being worthy of a point but we know differently. Do we still need that killer instinct up front?
eastneydave
We were excellent but, to be fair, Chelsea didn't have a great game so let's not get carried away. Sometimes I feel like Redknapp doesn't trust his team to play expansive football away from home but I think this could turn out to be a pivotal game in changing his way of thinking about away games.
Pompeyscum
agreed chelski were not at their best but we showed - even if motd didnt - that we can get at the best... so as you say Pompeyscum this should convince 'arry that we can play really good football against the best teams, we dont just need to defend and should make him try this more often, which in fairness he didnt really send out a team to defend against derby either did he. the difference between us winning let alone losing was that 'killer instinct' that eastneydave points out - if we can find that the possiblities are endless...
pompeyrug
I agree with u Rug! but u know what Pompey r like, we love a good "Underdog" match...but our mentality sux when it comes to playing teams were supposed to beat away from home!! We deffinatley need to have the same attitude as we did yesterday when playing away for all games....I guess we just gotta wait & see..but I do predict that we will get a woopin of one of the teams that get relegated, it seems a bit of a trend..Brummies 5-0? Watford 4-2?!..
CharlieChimes
How come we went 2 up front away from home against chelsea, but played 1 up front at home to manure???? Hope we wont be seeing that again!
pompey4me
i think it all started with the 2nd half against united - 'arry changed to a 4-4-2 at half time in that match didnt he, which showed we can play that way even against the best - as we had united in the past at home anyway. i think that 'arry now knows we have the players that are more than good enough to diploy a 4-4-2 formation - or even more attacking! - home and away. if we see a 4-5-1 at home again i will be amazed...
pompeyrug
well, rug, i was amazed and incensed the first time!
pompey4me
mate i wrote an article on the fact that i was 'not happy' to put it mildly that we went with a 4-5-1 - or whatever the hell it was against united - at home so i too was incensed. once i can accept, just, twice well...
pompeyrug
i am informed by Sky yesterday morning that we didnt allow Chelski to be good, Rug will recall i have said that the bar has been raised when we judge our existing players etc, and from what i saw against manure and from what can glean from papers, sky, bbc, and radio i am given to understand we are rising to the challenge. I think its the first defeat where i have still bought all the papers to read about it, glowing references all round.
russellm
in regards to 4,5,1 rug will have received a moan from me at after virtually every away game we played last season, starting confused, developing into angry, then a prevailing depression
russellm
finally before i sod off to yet another family barbecue, Lawro got most things right about us last year
russellm
yep, i can agree with that mate, you were not amused last season with the constant use of 4-5-1. i must admit i was alittle niave to this and gave the benefit of the doubt far too often - but dont now... another barbie and a few drinks i bet :) enjoy russ, its been good to have you round again as you had been missed recently!
pompeyrug
Raise that bar Pompey, raise it.
storagematt
 

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