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Thing's do not surprise Sol

The current run that Pompey are undergoing away from home - the win over Birmingham at the weekend being our 6th straight in all competitions - does not surprise Sol Campbell at all as he told the Pompey site.

The Pompey captain feels that this is not a surprise because of the quality we have within the squad, both in terms of a starting 11 and also those that can come in if needed: 'we're a lot stronger this season with more depth.

'We can chop and change things and still get a result which is important. We've got quality right the way through the squad'.

The opening 14 games have been fantastic for Pompey and we really are in with a great chance of getting into Europe next season, so providing we can learn from our mistakes of last season - which we look like doing - then I am not afraid to say surely we will be playing in Europe next season...

This is certainly something that Campbell is hoping we can do - the learning from mistakes part - and he does think that we can make it, but he is still remaining level headed: 'I hope we've learnt from missing out on Europe last season.

'It's looking good but we've got to stay focused and not get carried away.

'We've carried on from where we left off last season and we need to keep that going'.

My thinking is December is going to be a very big month for us, we have got a lot of tough games coming, several of which 'on paper' look as if they could be stumbling blocks, but if we keep doing what we are doing we should fear no one and I firmly believe that on our day we can beat anyone anywhere.

If we can get through to the new year unbeaten - which I think we can - at the very least with minimal damage we will be in fantastic shape going into the re-opening of the transfer window so adding further quality to the starting 11, let alone squad could then see us push on and who knows where we could finish... One thing I do firmly believe though is that the passports will be needed next season!


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 27 2007

Time: 8:00AM

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Agree, December will prove to be a telling time. There certainly are some toughies, so it won't be until January when we might have some gimmies again. Injuries and the African Nations and the FA Cup may also play a part but the squad is more than capable. I think we can make 6th but we just have to keep plugging away. Fratton has to be more productive point wise, we musn't keep drawing, wins are what we need, starting with Everton I hope.
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27/11/2007 10:04:00

Everton looks a toughie after their mauling of Sunderland last weekend. Of course, it was Sunderland, and Everton were at home, but we daren't under-estimate them. We followed up our 7-4 with a nice 2-0 away win at Fulham, I think it was the start of our away-wins run? Everton will be confident and looking to do something similar.
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27/11/2007 10:08:00

Actually we nailed Blackburn first Tracy and apart from our 7 against Reading the other 3 of 4 Home games all finished 0-0. Hope it's entertaining (3-2 maybe)...'C' is not for Campion is it ?
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27/11/2007 10:19:00

everton wont be easy but if we can get the month off to a good start - which i think we can - it will set the trend for the games that follow... i still maintain the thought that we could go through december unbeaten, but lets 'take each game as it comes'.
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27/11/2007 10:20:00

sunderland defended terribly against everton, so i dont think many teams would have failed not to have scored 7 against them on that form would they... at least 4 goals came after balls travelled at least 50 yards!
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27/11/2007 10:22:00

We just need to keep accumulating the points and get to the magic 40 as soon as we can. Sunderland were awful against Everton, but they are a poor side anyway. I hope that Distin and Sol would be more capable than the Maccams, we need to just keep playing as we are, fearing no-one and putting the poor performances like Arsenal and the cup game with Blackburn far behind us.
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27/11/2007 10:49:00

we have had a few poor performances, or below par performances this season but as you say Owens only the arsenal and blackburn games have seen us really punished - so if we keep picking up point we are in for a hell of a season... tbh im not even thinking about 'getting to 40pts as quick as we can' as my aims and expectations have long since gone past just getting to that point... hopefully we will have learnt from last season tho, we got to the 40pts then we seemed to have a poor attitude for sevral months before realising the season wasnt over!
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27/11/2007 12:55:00

Its good to read Sol saying these positive things, its a sign that he's happy here and not likely to be lured away anywhere else. After all he's part of the reason we are doing so well.
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27/11/2007 14:24:00

everton will go into the game looking to attack us, as they will be high on confidence, and will be wanting to beat us. now, can you remeber what happened last time a team came to pompey and played attacking football? in fact, the only time a team has come to fratton to play attacking football...could be ..."easy on the eye"
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27/11/2007 18:59:00

i think everton will do what most other teams have done at the fortress - come for a point and hope to get more, if they do go out attacking then we will rip them apart on the break...
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