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Boro 2 - Pompey 0

The Riverside

Sat 03-05-08, 3pm

Attendance: 24828

Can I have my money back please?

If we were left in any doubt that the cup final was the most important thing on the minds of those connected to Pompey, this was confirmed yesterday afternoon when we quite literally rolled over and died for Boro, losing 2-0.

Boro 2 - Chris Riggott 40, Tuncay 53
Pompey 0

Jamie Ashdown
Glen Johnson
Sylvain Distin
Sol Campbell
Hermann Hreidarsson
Arnold Mvuemba
Papa Bouba Diop (Sean Davis 67)
Lassana Diarra
Niko Kranjcar
Milan Baros (Dave Nugent 67)
Jermain Defoe

Substitutes Not Used
Asmir Begovic
Richard Hughes

I do not want to take the victory away from Boro, I congratulate them on their win and for doing the double over us - and also thank their fans for all the support they gave us for the cup final - but there will be no match report as such, as there was not really a match to report on so I will do this instead...

PLAY UP POMPEY! - It is just a shame you could not be bothered to yesterday...


To the majority of players and staff at Portsmouth Football Club

Whilst I can understand that the FA cup is the 'main focus' for the vast majority of you, as it is the fans I am absolutely disgusted with what I witnessed on Saturday afternoon - and as such I was wondering if I could have my money back?

I had to leave my home at 5.30am on Saturday morning, spent the best part of 7 hours on the road travelling up to Middlesbrough - the same coming back, with this costing me - and three others - £34 each in petrol money, with a further two - who joined us along the way, paying £10 each, this is before you add the costs on the ticket, which at £24 is a near 'bargain' by today's prices! So that is almost £60 before a ball is even kicked.

If we are not really going to 'try' then could we not have at least had some players put out on the pitch that would be willing to have a go? The vast majority of those that started the game will start the FA cup final I have no doubt, so if they were not 'up for it' should we not have put in players that were, or at least brought them on earlier instead of 20 minutes from the end...

As said, I can appreciate that the cup final is a huge thing to be looking towards and players do not want to get injured but we have thrown away a glorious chance to finish in the top 5 with the increasing lack of application since the FA cup semi final - the season did not 'take a break' between that and the cup final. We could have had 5th place almost wrapped up by now, had we even had a hint of interest yesterday we could still have been well and truly in the race to finish 5th - and as much as winning the cup will boost Pompey's standing, finishing 5th in the league would have boosted this yet further as many people still look to the league status before the cup before deciding where they want to play their football, as someone told me this week.

The FA cup is weighing heavy on my mind too, but I still have to 'turn up' for work - which I have to work extremely hard at to get even the smallest of small portions of money they are on to pay for these games - I wish I had the option of not having to do so, and I still choose to 'turn up' for games, it is just a shame that most of the players on Saturday were not required to do the same thing!

I spent a lot of time looking at the technical area and only once did I see anyone in it, well Gareth Southgate aside, as he seemed to be in it for the full 90 minutes. In terms of Pompey I mean, this being Tony Adams towards the end of the game, I was quite amazed not to see Harry Redknapp up and barking orders at the players at all, I did not even see him out of his seat to be honest.

If we expect to be able to merely 'turn up' on cup final day and win we are sorely mistaken, if we turn up on cup final day off the back of another defeat to Fulham next weekend then I seriously worry that the 'momentum' that we will be carrying forward will be hard to shake, they say winning becomes a habit, the same applies to losing you know...

Also, do the players not believe in coming over to the fans anymore? Few did this at Manchester City recently too. Yesterday, one that was in the box at full time - I am not sure who - applauded us, but only Sean Davis, Dave Nugent and to his credit Sylvain Distin who walked from the other half to come down to us actually took this effort to do so. It is funny how two of these three were ones that actually put in any effort as they try almost in vein to win themselves a spot for the cup final, and would have no doubt offered us full commitment for 90 minutes, but only got 20 apiece at the end - give me this type of effort and commitment any day.

I am used to seeing us lose, I can deal with this as I have seen this enough over the years all over the country, and as much as the costs of going to football have become higher and higher I begrudge paying this less when there is actually some effort on display, something I saw little of on Saturday. It was still a good day, but I could not help feeling, as the day ticked round to becoming almost a full 24 hour one by the time I finally settled down to go to sleep, was it really worth it? If they cannot be arsed, should I?

My details will be found at the top of the letter, so hopefully the players will have a whip round of pocket change and they will be able to reimburse me, and the other Pompey fans that travelled?

A disgruntled, cheated and livid


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday May 4 2008

Time: 10:18AM

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Pompey have been cruising for a while now, that's why players like Mvuemba looked good on the day, he has something to prove, Nugent should of got more of a run out as well, the set piece issue needs adressing quickly, Riggott wanted it more, and Tuncay was plain unmarked
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04/05/2008 10:29:00

Do you think Baros proved why he won't be signed yesterday? There are only so many chances you can miss.
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04/05/2008 10:31:00

Rug, a brave article, to be admired. Yesterday had been coming for some time, how many times have we played well since November last year? The promise of 5th place and the cup final placing have masked the true situation from the fans who have been carried on a wave of utopian enthusiasm. Too many players are not pulling their weight.
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04/05/2008 10:39:00

not good enough is it? The final should be the icing on the cake but you should still have pushed for 5th after the saeson you have had.
The Fear
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04/05/2008 10:45:00

thanks mr bond, disgusted it cost me a fortune yesterday in time and money!
i know people will not agree as 'the cup is the most important thing' but if we keep playing like that, well we only have one game left, we'll lose the poxy thing im telling you - and do you know what as much as i pray this isnt the case and do not want it of course we will deserve to... the season didnt end when we got into the cup final.
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04/05/2008 10:46:00

Totally agree Rug, this season could turn out to be a real damp squib finishing 9th in the PL and runners up in the final. Our current run is appalling and the final certainly wont be a cruise.
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04/05/2008 11:18:00

Feel for those that traveled it was bad enough on Pfctv.
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04/05/2008 11:39:00

The problem you now have is you'll need to win the cup final to get into Europe, and whilst your lads will of been coasting through games the Cardiff boys will be still in a competitive frame of mind. Once out of this, it is hard to get back into at the flick of a switch.
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04/05/2008 11:56:00

I was doodling on the computer last night waiting for Pompeyrug to return from Boro and tell us all about it. Now we know..... I am glad you mentioned the players coming over to acknowledge the fans - or not. This is something I have noticed the other teams doing but not ours. You always get a wave from Jamo and from Nugent if he's on the pitch, but I don't recall anything from the others. Does anyone know how Cardiff have been doing lately. The one thing I liked about Cardiff in the run up to the semis was how unconfident and negative they were compared to cocky Barnsley and quietly up for it Baggies. So I was delighted when I heard we were to play them in the final. Not so sure now....
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04/05/2008 13:18:00

Cardiff's last game today Barnsley, one saving grace their form has not been great either
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04/05/2008 14:04:00

Oh by the way Gandor you will always see Sean Davis applaud the fans home & away
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04/05/2008 14:10:00

We've all travelled round the country & seen Pompey lay down & die. However it was usually in the lower leagues or when we were struggling in the prem. However, we can forgive after the positives over the season.
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04/05/2008 16:20:00

I know a couple of away season ticket holders who did not make the trip because they feared this type of performance and result. It is just not good enough!!
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04/05/2008 17:18:00

I listened to this on PFC TV and it sounded flat and uninteresting. A shame because, as has been pointed out, it's not necessarily easy to get back in the mood. Thank goodness we have a proper game next week against someone who will be up for it and show some fighting quality.
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04/05/2008 19:31:00

surely the priority is securing european football? if we had tried in 2 of the last 3 matches, then we would be 5th, with only fulham to play. then all the pressure of winning the cup would be off, and we could just enjoy the game at wembley. why did we throw this opportunaity away?
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04/05/2008 19:50:00

Rug Top article - make sure you send it to Harry ASAP - if Cardiff can put on a show against Barnsley we have no excuse.
FP Dec 16th 1972
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04/05/2008 19:59:00

Nothing worse than a very long journey, a lack lustre performance. A waste of a lot of hard earned cash. Sadly all part of being a die hard fan. No refunds.
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04/05/2008 20:00:00

Overreaction. I could reel off a list as long as my arm of more frustrating away performances I have been to. One in particular was our pee weak showing up at Arsenal this season - but nobody asked for their money back, no we were on an OK run of form and it was against Arsenal afterall right? Rubbish we were much tamer then. We showed pretty reasonable effort against Bburn and again it was frustrating against Boro but we're still game and trying. If James had been fit we wouldn't have conceded any of the 3 goals from the last two games. Yes, yes, we missed out on 5th because other results went our way - it's frustrating but all part of the tapestry of being a fan. I didn't hear many rounds of 'you're not fit to wear the shirt' ringing around on Saturday. However - I did like the letter - very eloquently written. And I do also agree that making more use of fringe players, probbaly starting with them, would be a good idea - at least we can bring people on from the bench if we need to. 'arry not using the reserve string does kind of kill the argument he doesn't care, doesn't it. That was the piece I disagreed with the most.
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05/05/2008 20:20:00

You're right Rug BUT it's not the first time they've appeared to be playing within themselves. My only surprise is that someone hasn't vented their spleen in this manner before now. Makes you wonder....which is the real Pompey? Are we punching above our weight or have we yet to fulfil our true potential?.....I'd really like to believe it's the latter.
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07/05/2008 11:12:00


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