Date:Saturday January 2 2010
Pompey step out in the 3rd round of the FA cup today, and oh how times of changed from 2 years ago, then we were setting out on the road to Wembley, blissfully unaware of troubles to come, our squad was about to be joined by Defoe, Campbell was playing for England along with James and Johnson, and we were pushing for Europe.
Back to the harsh reality of 2010 and its all gone a bit pear-shaped, if we are to believe the crystal balls in the tabloids, the revolving door at Fratton is going to turn one way only, Pompey don't have a lot of quality left at Fratton, what there is looks likely to move on once more, leaving squad men and kids to were the once proud blue.
No Africans today, thats for sure, they have left to play a cup competition in the middle of a domestic season, the only ones left weren't deemed good enough for their squads or never qualified.
Also absent will be O'Hara, Spurs don't want him cup-tied, and if truth be told he may well not play for us again.
Team selection today will give pointers to who is likely to depart, if Boateng, Begovic and Kaboul are all 'rested', expect them to depart sometime soon.
Williamson may make a long awaited debut, Wilson is in with a shout of a recall, while Smith may come in from the cold for a run out.
Purely just to see if he will figure, I seem to remember Defoe being an unused sub 12 months ago.
Coventry will fancy their chances, they like us have a few loanees who may not be able to figure, Chris Hussey has been granted permission, while Jack Cork may get the nod from Chelsea. Martin Crainie may have a point to prove to his old club.
Coventry have a few familiar faces, Leon Best is top scorer, while old foe Clinton Morrison has happy memories of Fratton, he figured heavily against a relegation threatened Pompey a few years back, scoring for Palace in a 4-2 win.
Coventry haven't found goals easily to come by this term, so 9 goal Best is your man, though Eastwood and Morrison all offer a goal threat.
Pompey haven't met Cov in the cup since 1963, our last meeting though was a 4-0 win for Pompey as our team was on the crest of a wave in 2003 as they swept to promotion.
A trip to form side fulham
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Date:Saturday January 2 2010
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