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Tracyc's view from Newcastle



Of course a week or so ago he'd said they need to win all their home games, starting with Pompey.

It started to feel as though we weren't even in this match, we were being expected just to turn up and oblige the Toon Army by getting beaten. I started to feel really nervous before we set off for the game. Don't know why really, as this game, much as it is crucial for Newcastle, is much less so for Pompey. We're not completely safe, but a point would help and a defeat wouldn't be a total disaster. Yet somehow you feel the three points for this would get us so close to safety. . and you want them badly.

There's also the fact of having travelled 350 miles, paid for hotels, taken time off work. Plus there's the massive stadium that's going to be full of loud, passionate Newcastle fans, hopefully making a fantastic atmosphere. And how many Pompey fans would have made the trip? Would it just be us and Mr Westwood? Yes we want to win this, and badly, that's why I was getting nervous.

So the time came to make our way into the city centre. As you'd expect there were people in black and white everywhere. But there did turn out to be a few hundred Pompey fans. The Toon fans had been told to raise the roof, and we'd been in Newcastle on Saturday night, we had heard how much noise they can make when they want to. The stadium announcer and the opera singer doing 'Blaydon Races' fired them up at the start, but it didn't last, and before long it had turned to whistles and hisses and boos. Whereas we got more and more lively and behind our team as the match went on. We all stood up all match, and in the second half in particular we just sang and sang. When I looked at the home fans they were all just sitting silently in their seats, although they did start to boo a bit as our singing went on and on.

As for the football - Newcastle came at us relentlessly for 10-15 minutes, but we weathered the storm. We had chances, they had chances, and as the match went on we pushed harder and harder. Crouch had a nailed on one-on-one with Harper, but managed to shoot straight at the keeper. We also had a penalty that wasn't given, and Hughes hit the post late on. Jamo kept us in the game, except for one dodgy moment which Newcastle couldn't capitalise on. As the match went on late into the second half it was all Pompey, they were pushing and pushing for the win. You had to remember the rhetoric and wonder which of these teams were the one desperate to win their home game.

Going back amongst the Newcastle fans, there was a mix of resignation to their fate, and hope that they can still stay up. I guess it's not over till the fat lady sings, but I think the fat lady has some accommodation booked in or around the north east of England in 4 weeks time.

As for us, it would take an amazing chain of events for us not to be safe now, and if we play with that kind of spirit, we're going to be OK. I was proud of our team, and proud of our fans.
Wy-aye Pet!

Written by tracyc.

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Date:Tuesday April 28 2009

Time: 8:49AM

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thanks for this tracy, its fantastic this wasnt something i was expecting to come through from you at all - a very welcome, and enjoyable surprise, made for really good reading...
the pompey fans sounded brilliant as always, 300 out singing what 50,000 or so?
pompeyrug
Perhaps in these days of equality we can say it's not over till the fat MAN sings and they had a very fat man singing last night. Signed their own death warrant.
hammersmithblue
Loved the way they tried to get the crowd going pre match by singing 'walking in a shearer-wonderland'. How embarrassing.
jonathanl50
Great report tracyc. considering nearly everyone was expecting us to go there & lay down & die & let the 'mighty' Newcastle walk all over us, I thought we did well. I don't think too many would sleep if the Geordies got relegated. Can't see them getting anymore than 7 points from their remaining games. Here's hoping Boro get something from their clash!
storagematt
it was a joke wasnt it, they bang on about teams like newcastle and so on having such 'brilliant' support but newcastle had to be 'inspired' to do this last night, and that backfired horribly - the fat man got them pumped up but when the barcodes didnt automatically respond to this on the pitch this 'positive energy' soon turned into 'negative energy'...
pompeyrug
Really smashing account Tracy, wish I could have been there. Read it out to Geoffrey and he was laughing as well. Sounds like you had a fantastic time at one of THE games of this season. Not quite up there with Milan and Europe, but way above all of the others in terms of atmosphere and fun. RESPECT TO POMPEY!
Gandor1
Classic stuff Tracy. Sounds like a great time despite the nerves. I know Gandor wanted to be there as she told me during the game that you had gone and she wanted to be there with you.
eastneydave
There were 321 Pompey fans and 47,000 Newcastle. It was not a sell out game and the amount of people leaving with still over 10 minutes to go was a joke.
Great article Tracy - sounds like you had a great time.
sneakay
Thats a superb article Tracey, glad you had a great time, well done to all of you for making so much noise!!
pentonpompey
Thanks for that Tracy - an enjoyable read. I managed to watch all but the last half of the second half due my internet connection doing down (a bit like Newcastle United!). I thought that the Geordies booing whenever we got the ball was quite naff but of course it didn't make any difference. I was also delighted to hear the 300 Pompey fans sing loud, proud and clear!
Squee
chris hughton has come out and 'applauded' the support saying how fantastic it was... i agreed... until i realised he was talking about the barcodes!
pompeyrug
Yeah, I have read some accounts of the barcodes support, and it is nothing like what Tracy says - and I know who I believe......
Gandor1
It makes you proud to be Pompey.
tracyc
 

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