Date:Sunday January 3 2010
Attendance: One man and his dog
Was there a football match on yesterday? Didn't feel like it, I took my eldest and indoctrinated my 4 year old son yesterday, I took them to a barren area called Fratton, about 11,000 turned up, 3,000 of which were from the midlands.
I'm 39 now, when I first got the Pompey bug as we got promoted from the 4th division, I was about to turn 9, through the 80's and early 90's I travelled all over watching my fractured heroes, the average crowds fluctuated between 8,000 and 15,000, only when the big boys came down for a plum cup draw did the ground really fill up.
So after 7 years drinking from the ambrose filled cup of the Premiership, we have imploded once more, kid yourself all you want, but Coventry and Leicester is back to who we will be playing next season, and the crowds of 15,000 will be the norm once more, yesterday was a taster.
I know this a match report, but the football has paled into insignificance of late, I sat up in the unusual surroundings of the North stand yesterday, the match was honestly a blur, Pompey were out there in body, minds obviously elsewhere, our two best players were the two most likely to depart very soon, and the two who seemed to care most of all.
Pompey pushed in the first half, old frailties highlighting our predicament, Piquionne, willing runner that he is, missed a couple of headed chances he should of buried, and then the defence stood of a bloke called Bell who cracked home from distance for Coventry.
Pompey had been on top, but were behind, following the script for the season, we rallied briefly towards the end of the half, Hughes chipping in a cross for Boateng to nod home, parity restored.
Sitting in the stands, it was obvious to me and the other freezing souls where our problems lay, we had absolutely no natural width, Coventry were solid through the middle, but with no plan B we could not get behind.
On came another who was supposed to be on massive wages which is crippling us, and to be fair he was lively and seemed the most likely to score, Utaka testing the substitute 'keeper who denied us last year for Swansea.
The game petered out and the fans trickled home, a couple of hundred decided to protest at the Frogmore road entrance, chanting for the board to go, my opinion was that the board still hasn't arrived from Saudi!
More of an epitaph than a football report, but I sat through ninety odd minutes and nothing stuck, the off field stuff is now dominating PFC as a whole, not just for me in the stand, but the players on the pitch now, Pompey are disappearing before our eyes and we can do little about it.
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Date:Sunday January 3 2010
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