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Five games. Five wins. Five clean sheets.



If you had given me those seven words after the 1-1 draw at home to Derby County, I'd have thought you to be the new Charlie Sheen - but with form finally hitting the gates of Fratton Park, reason to be optimistic has returned for Portsmouth fans'.

Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Scunthorpe United saw Dave Kitson and Aaron Mokoena hit the back of the net, two players of unlikely scoring ability over the past few weeks; for very different reasons.

Captain Kitson raced through the Scunthorpe defence to send the hosts one up, before a shot destined for South Africa from Mokoena ricocheted off of the backside of an onrushing Scunthorpe defender, slotting the ball under his own goalkeeper.

Although for another win, there was still little to appease the boredom of some sections of the Fratton End, with some around me having conversations between themselves for the best part of the entire first half. However, in the stage of the season we are - with a squad barer than Danielle Lloyd's chest in a room full of footballers - wins prioritise over attractive football.

The ongoing absence of Portsmouth talisman Liam Lawrence was another encouraging sight for Portsmouth fans', albeit a strange one. The South Coast club have gone on to succeed in the majority of this run without the former-Sunderland man, a welcome feeling knowing that Lawrence can only improve our side on any given day.

The enforced inclusion of Ricardo Rocha has also been of great credit to Pompey's late run, with the Portuguese defender an ever-present unit in the heart of the Blues' defence. Rocha's return may not have been manager Steve Cotterill's first choice to replace a forever-out-of-form Sonko, but a change that will no doubt make the gaffer re-think Rocha's inclusion from now on.

Saturday's tie at home to Sheffield United has created a history-making scenario for Portsmouth 'keeper Jamie Ashdown, who could go on to equal Pompey's post-war clean sheet record of six games on the bounce, set by Peter Mellor.

The Portsmouth number one was an unlikely candidate to start in goal after the club cancelled his contract at the end of last season, but the Reading-born stopper has gone on to be a talisman at the back for the Blues, stopped in his tracks only by dodgy defences and the odd obligatory goalkeeping howler.

Brett's Babble:

For me, although I loved the days of watching the likes of Lassana Diarra and Niko Kranjcar spray 40-yard passes around a vibrant attacking midfield quartet, I've come to realise the severity of life in the Championship; a place inhabited by two-footed lunges, hoof tactics and general lesser ability - but I love it.

At least, with the Championship anyone can win or lose, form isn't a factor. One week you can go out and get rinsed 3-0, and the next turn over the top of the table side 4-1 in their own back yard. (That score was completely fabricated, honest).

This league, for me, is ten times what the Premier League is, and I don't mind us being here for a long time.

Written by Dan Brett.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

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    Writer: Dan Brett Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday March 3 2011

    Time: 3:41PM

    Your Comments

    good article, as always, Dan. i know what you are saying about the nopower league - it really is, on the whole, such an even league which makes it all the more exciting.
    i am happy to stay in this league for a while to come, altho, as much as i do no really want it, you can see the financial appeal to a promotion again - even if we came down again right away, as i suspect we would. a bit of a yo-yo few years and 'if' we do things right we could put PFC in a 'healthy' position...
    pompeyrug
    well said that man! although, i do think the EPL has got a lot better in the last 2 years, with the rise of city and spurs its opened up the competition a lot more. You just have to look at Wolves beating all the top 6 apart from arsenal (i think) but losing to everyone around them at the bottom to see that, but i agree i'm enjoying life in the 2nd tier and i think next year could be brilliant with the lot down the road seemingly on for promotion along with a couple of other south coast teams hopefully, would really give the leage an extra edge
    pompeym@
    Being over here in Chiang Mai (Thailand), I would like to see us return to the premier simply because I could get to see the games, but I can understand the appeal of the championship as I was there at the start of the season,& flew out here the day after we beat Bristol City 3-1, just keep them coming.
    pompeyyong
    I would like to see Pompey get promoted, then - as if we were baggies in disguise- they'll get relegated but the parachute payments, which will all be payable to Pompey, could see off the CVA or give the team a massive financial investment. Either is good but I'd prefer the first option as the club becomes that much more sound, marketable and financially independent.
    russellm
    Hmmm let me see , 5 games Mok the Weak plays in defence, 8 goals conceded , 5 games Mok the Weak doesn't play in defence, 5 clean sheets! I JUST CAN'T FATHOM IT !!!!
    russellm
    I really am enjoying the Npower league and don't mind at all if we don't go up to the Prem. Wouldn't it be nice if we could make the playoffs and win the title and then refuse the promotion? Only its so nice to keep winning - its just the prize I'm not too keen on........
    gandor1
    I think ifwe can get to the play offs and have another trip to Wembley and get a bit of cash from having a large crowd there, then that would be great. If we lose then thats fair enough and we stay for another year, but if we won and get promoted then purely on the financial front this wouldn't be a bad thing and give us the bit of cash to stabalise us more. Also it would be more attractive to potential new owners in being a Prem club. If we are good enough to go up, then we are good enough.
    blarmy
    Being in the premier league was great but i said all along I enjoyed the Championship more, Closer games for one thing, better banter amongst opposing fans but most of all top, middle or bottom theres always something to play for. I hope one day to see Pompey in a position to challenge at the top of the PL but the Championship will do fo me until then.
    Steve C
    I think ifwe can get to the play offs and have another trip to Wembley and get a bit of cash from having a large crowd there, then that would be great. If we lose then thats fair enough and we stay for another year, but if we won and get promoted then purely on the financial front this wouldn't be a bad thing and give us the bit of cash to stabalise us more. Also it would be more attractive to potential new owners in being a Prem club. If we are good enough to go up, then we are good enough.
    blarmy
    Great to hear from yong!! But I agree with Dan this is a great league for real football supporters!!
    eastneydave
    I agree with you Dave, but my reasons are I suppose are selfish as the prem has 5 sometimes 6 live games at the weekend here,then theres midweek games, & I can watch them on 50" screen in my own bar, nice but its not Fratton Park, & its not Pompey.
    pompeyyong
     

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