Date:Monday November 12 2007
After the 0-0 draw with Man City yesterday, which a lot of people were disappointed with, we now go into the international break - which seems to have come at a good time for us to be honest - and this gives us a chance to take stock of things and reflect a little...
It was a touch disappointing, in fact more frustrating not to have beaten City yesterday, but I also think that we cannot be too quick to dismiss the part that they played. It was obvious pretty much from minute one that they came to Fortress Fratton with a game plan to contain us and leave with a point - bare minimum - at all costs, which they got.
This is something that we will have to get used to, but this is something that is a sign of how far we have come as who would have thought that as little as a year or so ago, as much as teams might not have liked coming here, that so many, probably in fact the vast majority - if not all - premier league sides would come to the Fortress and happily go away with a point - does this not show the direction we are going in? Clubs genuinely fear playing us!
We have to remember that we are now 13 games into the season, rapidly approaching the midway part of the campaign and we have still only lost 2 league games - and even 1 of them saw us robbed at Chelsea - a feat bettered only by 2 other clubs, United and Arsenal - and they sit 1st and 2nd in the table. Yep some clubs can equal our record, but only those 2 can better it.
If we can push through until January without any major damage - by this I mean as fewer defeats as possible between now and then, ideally none, which I think is possible despite the teams we have to play - then we can then look to strengthen a little more when the window reopens, so if we can add that little bit of extra quality up front then even when teams come here with their game plan we might just have that extra something that can make the difference.
It is incredible to sit here after so many years of terrible performances and results on the road to have won twice as many games away as we have at home, so as long as we keep doing the business at home ironically - and something that few of us would have thought possible - our away form could quite possible make the difference between success and failure this season, another first...
So in summary, as disappointing as it might have been to have 'only' got a point against City lets keep an eye on the table and remember we are still 6th, only 7 points behind United - and possible Arsenal after they play tonight - and well within striking distance of City in 3rd, who are 3 points better off than ourselves.
I might have previously said we have to bask in the glory, as we do, but then said we have to try and contain our ambition but lets not reign this in too much, no more of this 'but we are Pompey' mentality, but lets also not expect too much - but with over 2 months of unbeaten league football and what will be 9 months of unbeaten home league football by the time Everton comes round things are fantastic aren't they!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Monday November 12 2007
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