Date:Monday December 3 2007
Once again Pompey drew a blank at home after the draw with Everton, was it worth the long journey? As always when going to watch Pompey play of course it was, even if I was left a little frustrated, but upon reflection am I really that unhappy? In all honesty no.
For the first time since the Reading game, you know a certain game that ended 7-4 to Pompey 'the landlord', his brother, plymouth graham and Geoff were on the road again, joined this time by my will be sister-in-law. As with each of Pompey's home games since then we drew a blank, with another 0-0 draw.
Speaking for myself, but probably in all honesty all of us from our crew this did not make the day any less worth it, clearly we were a little frustrated, but when all was put into perspective Everton are a good side, well organised and will be there or thereabout with us come May. Also the journey too and from and the banter and fun and games had each way and the lock in at my brothers local latter that evening made it another crackin' day!
As for the game itself I thought it was entertaining enough, in the 1st half we looked the side much more likely to win it did we not, the 2nd half in the main again we seemed more likely but we seemed to completely run out of ideas and were very flat for a large portion of this half.
We have now become far too predictable at home. Our 'away formation' needs to stay just that, an away formation, we need to revert to a 4-4-2, or even a 3-5-2 at home, this 4-5-1 come 4-3-3 just is not doing it at home.
I do like Kanu but the fella looked nowhere near fit and by not going to a 4-4-2 when he came on once again we wasted Benjani playing him out on the right.
The thing that wound me up probably most of all was the fact that we had Matty Taylor and Dave Nugent warming up for the best part of 20 minutes yet neither got a sniff… the game was crying out for more width, so why Taylor was not brought on I still do not quite now?
I pray that we will make the switch to a 4-4-2 next time though - we need to.
Coming away from the game initially I had the thoughts of 'it felt more like a defeat that a draw' and 'it was 2 points dropped', but giving it some 24 hours pondering and reflection time when things are put into perspective this in not a bad result, not scoring at home again was a major frustration but drawing with teams like West Ham, City and Everton is not that bad really is it, if we were doing this against the likes of Bolton, Reading, Wigan and so on then I would be worried...
Lets remember we have gone past 9 months unbeaten at home now, and by the time we play again we will have been more than 3 months unbeaten in the league! We are on our best ever premier league run - currently 10 unbeaten - and we are 6th in the league, not bad is it and surely most of us would have been more than happy with this in August?
Yep, I know you can say that 'but for dropped points we would have been higher', but at the same time we could also argue that these points 'gained' could also be worth so much when all is said and done...
Bring on the Villa!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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Date:Monday December 3 2007
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