Birmingham 5-0 Pompey, 21-01-06
Once again this was a game that I had to go through listing to it on radio 5
. I started it almost convinced we would take something, anything from it, quite possibly all 3 points - how wrong I was!
We started well and it looked good until 5 minutes in… Jiri Jarosik
put Birmingham ahead - cue the 1st punch of frustration and anger of the wardrobe but we could still get back into it I soon told myself.Jamie Ashdown
brilliantly denied Chris Sutton
but the 2nd still came after 37 minutes, Jermaine Pennant
scoring this time, cue the 2nd punch of the wardrobe - but, optimistic as I am I still felt we would come back...
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so the 'danger man' Emmanuel Olisadebe
came on - but it was soon 3-0 when Matthew Upson
headed home. The day was going from bad to worse, the wardrobe took its 3rd pounding!
There was no coming back from this - a couple of missed chances from Benjani
and another when he was denied by Maik Taylor
3-0 became 4-0 after Noe Pamarot
conceded a penalty that Mikael Forssell
converted in injury time - the wardrobe took hit number 4 and number 5 came right after - by which time my knuckles were almost bleeding! - when David Dunn
waltzed through to complete a 5-0 rout.
I had always remained hopefully that we would survive at the end of the 2005/06 season, but I must confess that I worried big time after this mauling...
Things did not get much better in the weeks that followed, until, as we all know 'Pedro Mendes' match
' against City and we then eventually pulled off the 'great escape' - what an escape it was, 'dead and buried' is an understatement.
What had been a horrible afternoon, a depressing afternoon in fact that left me in a foul mood and a devastated state at the thought of what was to become of my beloved Pompey was eventually well worth it - in a way - as the Brummies might have won that particular battle, but we went on to win the war!
PLAY UP POMPEY!
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