End of an era (error?)
The exodus and surgery starts now, well to be honest it had already started before kick off, Jason Pearce and Greg Halford had to watch from the stands as Pompey bade farewell to the championship, both have transfers lined up and were left out to protect them.
The bench had a few pointers to next season, Jed Wallace sat next to another youth product, in Grant.
On the field was a bit of re-hash, Rekik slotted into centre back with Rocha swapping places.
The game was a flat end of season affair, no one in blue seemed that up for it first half, no one in red was either to be fair, summer holidays awaited, nothing to pay for, ho wants to sit on the beach in plaster?
Pompey took about 2300 fans to the City ground, as usual they were in party mood, Neil Allen of the news wrote on Friday that faced with relegation, Wolves booed, Coventry cried, Pompey partied, how apt.
We as fans take the brunt of any emotion that Pompey, can throw at us, we've had some unbelievable highs over the last ten years, 5 trips to Wembley, a tour of Europe and some world class talent to admire, Ronaldinho and AC Milan graced our pitch, we had 3 England internationals at one point, plus two midfielders that were to later sign for Inter Milan and Real Madrid, extreme highs for anyone who has watched Pompey over the last 50 odd years.
Now come the lows, Pompey are a financial car crash, the squad will be dismantled over the summer, hopefully very quickly, that way our young, honest and talented manager can find the base to re-build, he reckons only about 3 of the current squad will remain, if so, new faces will come in, young hungry players if the signs are to be read, but nevertheless it will be Pompey we support next season, whatever level they are at.
As a footnote to any younger fans who have only known higher tier football, trust me challenging for promotion in league 1 will feel just a good as vying for the premier, a competitive Pompey will be good to watch whatever level it is at.