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Time to take stock of things...

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!

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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 12 2007

Time: 5:55PM

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It shows how far we've come that we're disappointed with a draw against the club currently 3rd in the league! And is it 9 unbeaten now? It was a good match, yes a shame that the ball just would not go in the net - would have been lovely if Nuge had broken the duck!
tracyc
whenever i wach a match, live, on tv, or any other way, we always have the worst luck ever. to hit the inside of the post, and then go out for a corner is pretty much impossible!
pompeycarpet
one other thing: corners. we had 10, city had 1. and yet, every single corner was cleared by the first man - if we want to acheive things in the league, we should be making the nmost of all our oportunities - and with sol, sylvain, kanu, taylor, and others in the box, we should definatly be getting the ball in there from the corners. only 1 went to plan - and davis got a shot off - but in the last few games, thats all i can remeber.
pompeycarpet
totally agree carpet!!!! what the hell was goin on with the corners? Ive seen Muntari pop in some good corners this season, but we definately lacked in the department on Sunday! I still feel we didnt play to well in the second half, & all I every want is for us to play to our potential, & yesterday, our best would have beaten Man city, so Im not goin to except a draw with those guys, yes their very good this season, but if I know we should win a a game, I wont except a draw wether we just lost 9 games, or won them all!!!
CharlieChimes
We should have beaten them, as they came to hit us on the break and try to steal win if they could. But we have come such a long way in a few games, and we should be gutted we did not beat them. Their keeper made that great save, and Nugent nearly broke the net, Matty looked determined to prove a point as well, good for him. We will probably regret not beating them at the business end of the season.
Owenspompey
doubtless we will regret not beating them, west ham, and maybe even liverpool, if there results dont pick up. it will be extremly dissopointing if we DO come to regret it, but it is just as likely that other teams slip up, as totenham have already, and we finish comftably where we deserve...on top.
pompeycarpet
well, were playing good football, agasint a team who arent that bad. if we had lost, they should of scored, vassel, then that would be an issue, I feel that we need to take our chances, cough, defore, cough! : )
PompeyGleamer
agreed that we cannot afford to waste our chances - and also agree with your thoughts carpet on the set peices, which i think overall have been poor recently, we need to be making the most of the height we have in the team... we might regret not beating liverpool, west ham and city but we have plenty of time to make sure that we dont.
pompeyrug
wherever we finnish, we will look back and see where we would be had we got all those extra 6 points - and i would be surprised if that will not have moved us up a place (future perfect tense...i love it)
pompeycarpet
ye but hoow many other teams think that, i mean liverpool if they dont win the titles, will look back at our game, and so on
PompeyGleamer
yep, its all very well looking back at matches and saying 'we should have won' but there are also games that we have won, or will win that maybe we shouldnt have or didnt deserve to so it basically more or less evens itself out during the course of the season doesnt it...
pompeyrug
whatever happens, happens, we might regret thesse games, but we should be looking to the future and for games which we can get points from
PompeyGleamer
As I was leaving the game some youngster late teens, said, 'that was ****'. Yes we were disappointed not to win, yes we unlucky with the woodwork etc, but it wasn't ****. Losing at home to Crewe, Port Vale & Grimsby in the mid 90s was ****. Even Barcelona have a dodgy few games. We are Pompey, fighting above our weight & anything around the top 10 is brilliant. We are not champions league material, at the moment. We should have no regrets.
storagematt
god the days of losing at home to the likes of crewe - ive never left a game early but a defeat to them at fratton one year was the closest i ever got... i was edging towards the exit when they scored another goal near fulltime, i think the whistle went virtually right after - so totally agree storagematt those days were *****, some days now are 'frustrating' but i will take these anyday of the week... unbeaten in 2 months and almost 9 months at the fortress isnt bad is it!
pompeyrug
Thought you would win this one but shows you how far man city have come on since the changes.
will it ever happen
they were lucky. very lucky...reminded me of the pompey man u game in the FA cup last year, a wise old bafoon (mcclaren) said before the game that going into big games, you need a solid defence, a bit of luck, and to take your chances. in that game, we did them all - but then andy cole mucked up an open goal, and we went out. but man city came here with the same thoughts - they had a bit of luck (nugents miss) defended well - but didnt get any chances, so had few to take.
pompeycarpet
Considering how fantastically we're doing this season, just factor on the 'might have beens'....say we managed to beat City and had scored the two missed penalties in other games....it's almost Roy of the Rovers stuff......
Tantona
Apart from the drubbing at Chelsea, Man City have been hard to score against and the city keeper hart had an outstanding game. On another day you could have had two or three exspecially Johnson.
dazza71
ye, its just really frustrating, losing points through keepers having blinders, 6 points at home alone beacuse of the oppositions keepers.
PompeyGleamer
 

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