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Thoughts about Barnsley

Thoughts about Barnsley
I have just got back home (Saturday night) after a long adventure to Barnsley today.

First thanks to PompeyMart for letting me know about a lovely little pub in Rotherham that I would never have found in a million years, but was cracking.

Today we saw far fewer fans than at Blackpool, but the very same spirit. The away crowd is more or less 100% die hards, so no trouble with getting the noise going. It was relentless - what I was expecting at Fratton on Tuesday. Song of the day was:

"Minus 10? Who gives a f**k?
We're super Pompey & we're staying up!"

The team, however, looked leggy again. I know we have a small squad, but should they look that tired?

Barnsley had a purple patch in the first 15 mins, but really didn't look that much better than us.

There were some good performances:

Ward shaking off a nasty looking injury to see out the game
Henderson had a cracking save

On the downside:

Futacs' early promise a few games back has vanished. Offered nothing today
TBH was nothing like he has been of late
Eric looks exhausted

But special mention goes to...

Kitson. Well doe mate. Your team is down to the bare bones, so you get yourself off with two stupid challenges. When on a yellow card, watch yourself. Don't go in like that. So bravo - you leave your remaining team mates to battle out the rest of the game without you. Didn't even clap the fans as he trudged to the tunnel.

I don't know what to suggest. Should Appy give them a few days off? Light training? I don't know, but the team just looks knackered.

Bad to see us in the bottom 3, but I still think we are way better than those teams around us. However, we can't afford to leave it too late.

Any other thoughts on the game?

Written by Pompeytim and originally posted in the forum here.

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Date:Sunday February 19 2012
Time: 11:54AM


I have to say, my expectations were 'realistic' going to this match. I'd spent Friday reading that we didn't have enough players and wondering if the match would even take place. We have a tiny squad and a massive injury problem. Add to that a ginger idiot who gets sent off before the break, putting even more pressure on the lads. Considering that, they held up well and it was only the last 15 minutes that they crumbled a little. OK, they didn't create much, I think just the one good chance for "Oh Lord, it's Joel Ward!" But considering everything, I think the boys did well. So did the fans, great performance by them as well. Lets just hope that we have some players back from injury soon. Oh and a shout out to the Barnsley supporters - what a nice bunch of people. And wishing us well with the club's problems and saying what a great bunch of fans we are!
19/02/2012 16:47:00
I met some Barnsley fans in a pub in Covent Garden after the semi against WBA. They were a great bunch. I was hoping to meet up with them before the final but it wasn't to be.
19/02/2012 22:19:00
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