I know that the notion has been bounced around but just how similar is Paul Hart's 2009/2010 team to that 'let loose' on the Premiership by Alain Perrin in 2005 - the season of the great escape.
On the 13 August 2005 Pompey stepped out against Spurs at Fratton Park led by Alain Perrin, perhaps one of Portsmouth's most disappointing managers in the opinion of many. The team that headed out were:
Westerveld; Griffin, O'Brien, Stefanovic, Vignal; Mornar, Viafara, Hughes, Robert; LuaLua, Karadas.
Succumbing to a 2-0 defeat wasn't the best of starts and for a large chunk of the season to come results went the same way.
Now, the most likely squad to head out against Fulham for our season opener, in my view (and I emphasise this is simply my guess at the team), could be as follows:
James; Finnan (injury permitting), Distin, Kaboul, Hreidarsson; Mullins, Hughes, Basinas, Kranjcar, Utaka; Nugent.
Perhaps I am simply being cynical but I can see some heart-dropping similarities between the two sides. Especially if you are even more pessimistic and perhaps consider that we may be waving farewell to Jamo and replacing him with Cudicini, or even more of a daunting prospect, Niemi.
Consider as well how poorly the 2005 squad performed in the league - rock bottom come Christmas - then would it be fair to assume that the same fate is in store for the current 'team?'
I must confess I am not sure either way, many of you may argue that the likes of Distin and James currently give the team something they did not have in 2005 - reliability. However the comparisons in the overall lack of class in both teams should be noted.
So what do you fella's reckon? Are we in the same boat sailing towards the fizzy pop seas as we were in 2005? Do you think the 2005 team would have a better chance this coming season than the class of '09? Or is another great escape on the cards?Written by portsmouthcityfc
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