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Don't Panic!

Don't Panic!
However, just to make sure that you don't think that we are all doomed, now is probably about the right time to remind you where we came from.

Ten years ago, in the 1998/99 season, Portsmouth was going into administration, before Milan Mandaric; took over - however that still did not save us from the inevitable relegation fight the following year, when we narrowly avoided relegation when we won on the final day of the 2000/01 season, and Huddersfield lost. Go further back, to 1978, and Pompey were relegated to the fourth division!

How things have changed since then! Sol Campbell (before the Man City match) even dared suggest we should be looking on towards breaking into the top 4, Arsene Wenger also suggested that Pompey, alongside Man City, would challenge the top four all the way.

Then there's Southampton to compare ourselves too. Not long ago, there was one team in Hampshire struggling in the first division (and financially), and one playing premiership football. Now, the situations are somewhat reversed, and we even have an academy, that looks like it could have it's first few players break into the squad this year - in Matt Ritchie - and there look like there will be many other's following him. Liam O'Brien, Paris Cowan-Hall, too name just two!

And then there is this season. It will be something special - as our showing in the UEFA cup proved. The question of course, is "how special?" can we, or should we, better last seasons 8th placed finish? Can we challenge the top four? Can we win a cup?

The important thing though, is probably not to get too carried away. Our squad is not that strong. We are still building our team, and whilst the 20 million we spent on our strikers seems a lot, the 50 million Man City spent on there's puts it to shame. Man City look strong, and will only get stronger in January, Everton are always good, Villa look very impressive, Tottenham have an excellent selection of players, West Ham, Sunderland, Newcastle - even Middlesbrough and Wigan - are all targeting top half finishes, and getting into Europe. This is not going to be an easy season, and we should expect not to go out perfectly for every game - it's just not possible!

Our Next game against Tottenham is going to be Big. Not massive, as 6 points, considering our start to the season is still a good haul (a win against Middlesbrough, and draws against Everton, City and Tottenham, is probably what you would expect) - so if we lose that, and the carling cup game midweek, then there is no reason to panic.

Written by pompeycarpet.

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Date:Tuesday September 23 2008
Time: 8:11AM

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Carpet well said!! People are definitely panicking but it was just one of those days (I hope). Let's concentrate on the next game not dwell on the last.
23/09/2008 09:20:00
Sacha get the checkbook out and get Appiah in, Davis injured, a wardrobe in midfield, we need someone to support Dijon. PLEASE MAKE HIM AN OFFER
23/09/2008 09:26:00
Ask your dad for a fiver
23/09/2008 09:50:00
why panic? we have one more point than we did after 5 games last season, and still +5 points from the same team fixtures - just coz the GD is shot to sh it we cant start panicking just yet - but we DO need to stop conceeding in almost every match - we need a squad rotation. i think realistically we have no chance to beat chelski so put out a reserve team that will fight to the bitter end.
23/09/2008 10:54:00
Hey guys i have just been watching the game against Man City again and i couldn't belive what i just saw i don't no where to start ok maybe from James who was sleeping while Elano almost scored from corner and then Dunne kick the ball back in the net. Cambell where was he ???? Younes Kaboul no words for him bloody awful. Distin always caught out of position. Glen Johnson totaly destroyed by Robinho. Traore to much going forward down the left side created a big hole there. Belhadj i think he was to blame for totaly not covering the space and leaving the City players so they can pick up ball easily (SWP). Diarra not bad but also lose the balls to easily. Davis injured. Peter Crouch a lot of bad headers and one good chance missed. Jermain Defoe played like he never played with Crouch and also missed a god chance. John Utaka sell him sell him quick LOL. I just hope that the game against Man City was just a bad day. BTW Appiah is injured really bad that is the reason why Fenerbahce didn't renew his contract he didn't play almost a year and because of injury Arsenal skiped on him so i think we should too shame he is good player.
23/09/2008 14:09:00
I'm not. We lose a game, it could have beeen 4-2 on another day. They took their chances & we didn't. Yes a bit sloppy but maybe they were mentally tired as well as physically tired. No panic.
23/09/2008 14:12:00
No panic...I just can't bring myself to write about us this week. I can't remember the last time I felt this let down by us. So best thing is i say nothing. It won't stop me being in the Milton tomorrow night though!!
23/09/2008 14:31:00
Nicely said Carpet and PP.
23/09/2008 14:41:00
The worrying thing is that Diarra has a knee ligament injury Davis has a torn groin muscle and Diop a torn hamstring.
23/09/2008 17:45:00
And of course you can add Krancjar to the injured midfielders.
23/09/2008 18:31:00
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