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Three things you learnt last week

Three things you learnt last week
Slightly later than usual, as I spent the weekend away - missing three fairly active days of news, speculation and football. We saw our finance director leave, Pompey win a game, and then we got our dream cup tie. What a weekend to miss! Particularly following the preceding 4 days, in which we failed miserably to do anything. We didn't get the transfer embargo lifted, we didn't get the winding up petition removed, and - amazingly - we didn't sell anyone either! So, with such an eventful week, these are the three things that I would say summed up our week:

1) The FA cup: It's got Pompey's name on it. Accompanied by the number 2008. However, it is looking fairly promising for 2010 too, as we got a very favourable draw - an all championship tie between Reading and West Brom will guarantee a championship side in the quarter final, and we were drawn against the lowest placed club guaranteed to be in the 5th round - Southampton - a club who are in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle of there own, two divisions below us. It is by no means going to be an easy game, however I think most Pompey fans would agree if they could have picked any team in the draw - it would have been Southampton.

2) Mark Jacob knows exactly how to build up expectations. That's right. We were promised a "big week". Did we get it? No. As I said in my introduction - in the first 4 days of the week, absolutely nothing changed at the club. We went in to the week with the same player we came out of it with. The premier league still don't want us to sign players. The winding up petition still stands, however there is still a chance we could have a vast chunk of the debts removed. Maybe next week then? Peter Storrie is apparently "very confident" the transfer embargo will be lifted. Yesterday. Oh well.

3) There's no point in the pre-match press conference. Well, not if your name's Avram Grant anyway. And who can blame him? Everyone knew what was going to be asked, and everyone knew how he would answer questions. So by not turning up, he really did save everyone all the trouble. It also had the added bonus that we were reading stories about how he hadn't shown up, as opposed to how the team were failing, the club was failing, and the fans were failing. A pretty smart move if you ask me then.

So, that's it. Another week passed, and we get look forward to fresh start. Maybe next week, I'll be writing about how great things are looking - I should finally be writing about a premiership game, and hopefully, I'll be writing about how our unbeaten start to 2010 has continued.

Either way, it's almost certainly going to be eventful!

Written by pompeycarpet.

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