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A missed opportunity

A missed opportunity

Firstly, I have a couple of confessions to make, I have to take a share of the blame for our defeat last night, as I had to tempted fate before the game...

I do not get to many games these days so I uttered the most ridiculous words on the way to the Fortress to my cousin Paul and Steve, the boyfriend of one of my other cousins Louise, 'I have not seen us lose a game for X amount of years!'

Right away I knew I had committed a cardinal sin.

Not content at that I thought to myself - but did not share until after the game - that I do not think that I have ever seen us win a midweek game when I have gone, granted there might not have been too many, but home and away I cannot remember a midweek win.

Now, confessions out of the way, as I could not bring myself to doing it last night I could not do a report on the shambles when we crashed out of the league cup, today I have to leave Pompey so I will be on the train most the day - but then again to be honest I do not think the match - certainly from a Pompey point of view - deserves a report anyway, as it was a real mess and basically carried on where Saturday left off...

Very, very few players came out of the defeat to Blackburn with much credit, who in all fairness did not have to play particularly well to beat us, not saying they did not play well as they deserved to win and they do have a very good side, a well-organised side full of players that look dangerous.

In Benni McCarthy - who deserved the applause that he got for apologising when the ball smashed into someone in the crowd - and Roque Santa Cruz they have two fantastic strikers, the two wide players Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Bentley offer top service and quality and at the back they look very tight, Chris Samba was a different class, mopping up everything - so it is little wonder teams are meant to be looking at him.

The 3 of us agreed after the game that Blackburn are the team to challenge and us to look to reach, as if they do not finish at least 5th we would be surprised, the thought even being that if anyone could break into the top 4 it could quite possibly be them.

The stand out player for us was Niko Kranjcar, he was fantastic and looked a danger every time he had the ball, but did not get it enough and when he did others did not show enough to help him.

Anyway, now that the confessions, the moaning and the praise for the opponent are out of the way we really have missed a chance this season.

Yep, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal might still be in the cup but had we won last night we would have only been 2 wins away from the final - I would love to see Pompey win a major trophy, which as much as it may now be 'belittled' the league cup is still a major domestic trophy.

As much as I want us to finish high in the league I do not see it as a chance for us now 'to concentrate on the league' as I heard so many people saying after the game. I would rather have won the league cup than finished somewhere between 7th and 12th, which although we could finish higher - if we get the right players in January - we certainly need to improve.

Yep we have missed a chance here fellas, but it is our own fault.


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Date:Thursday November 1 2007
Time: 9:22AM


. . . gutted . . .
01/11/2007 10:13:00
A missed opportunity indeed....
The Rabbi
01/11/2007 10:22:00
Atleast none of you are blaming Nugent, Thats good, as i still think that guy will be a major player in time, and his unlucky/lack of confidence/over trying approach, call it whatever you want, will come good in time. Another Benji?
01/11/2007 10:54:00
I hope you're right about Nuge, I still think we should give the lad a chance to shine, we always knew he would be one for the future and not an immediate superstar, but I admit to doubts starting to creep in last night when I saw that miss. But lets keep the faith with him and hope he gets a chance to shine (and takes it) soon.
01/11/2007 11:15:00
We have hit a bad patch as I thought we would - every side does. We need to work on tactics 4-5-1 worked against Reading but is it the formation for home games? Nugent needs to play games to be sharp in front of goal. Tracy is right 'Keep the Faith'. and welcome back Midge not heard from you for a while.
01/11/2007 12:55:00
We were really rubbish last night, and it is now up to the squad to put it right at Newcastle on Saturday. Nugent needs games to improve his sharpness, and cant be blamed for the loss, we were bad all round the park. Well done Blackburn you did a job on us and deserved to win, hope you get to Wembley.
01/11/2007 13:21:00
Glad to hear that people are not blaming Nugent, I didnt see the game and from what the papers say they make it seem like it was his fault. but then i guess that is the papers!
01/11/2007 13:25:00
Nugent should get the same amount of time to settle as Benjani. I don't think he will though. He'll be playing for another club by the New Year. I blame Heather Mills personally...what was that all about?
The Rabbi
01/11/2007 14:38:00
Well i'd have to say we were awful in the first half, but there was much improvement in the second half and on another day we may have turned it round. There were long periods when we laid siege to Blackburns penalty area but nothing would go right. Crunchy was absolutely fantastic and just keeps getting better, with him in that sort of form i don't fancy Englands chances of getting a result. Nugent needs to play top class football, he worked hard last night but his timing was off on the one real chance he had, if he was playing games i'm sure he'd have buried it. The 2nd goal was a direct result of chasing the game, any other time the ball would've been put into touch instead of trying to play out of the corner. I'd also like to absolve Rug of any blame for the result, as my friends will tell you it's my fault, i missed one home game through illness (Reading) since then we've done nothing at home so it must be my presence that caused it.
Steve C
01/11/2007 15:57:00
Steve great news about Crunchy getting better and better two weeks before he faces the once mighty England.
01/11/2007 16:19:00
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