Date: 30th April 2018 at 9:27am
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Well, as I said in the title, at least we now know. Pompey, as was likely ahead of this game anyway, will definitely miss out on the League One play-offs this season.

As it happens, victories for Scunthorpe and Plymouth meant the Pompey result at Bury became irrelevant, but the Shakers’ win added salt to our wound on a miserable Saturday afternoon for the Blues.

Yes, Bury were bottom of the league and had already been relegated, but that didn’t mean Pompey could simply rock up at Gigg Lane and expect to collect the points. If nothing else this season has taught us this. So, in many ways, unsurprisingly given the campaign we’ve had a lowly side put us to the sword as another Luke McGee mistake – he’s made a few recently – allowed George Miller to get the home sides winner.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I do think it’s been a decent season. However, you can’t lose the number of games we have and feel we’ve done enough to warrant a top-six finish, as we haven’t. I do feel the Blues will come back stronger for this and do well next term, or am I letting my heart rule my head?

Now, with the pressure off in many ways, hopefully, we’ll end the 2017-18 season positively next Saturday when Peterborough visit Fratton Park, giving the home faithful a send-off into the summer I think we deserve.


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2 Replies to “At Least We Now Know”

  • Sorry Rug you are leting your heart rule your head, we have a manager who clearly could’t spot the deficiencies in the squad in January, if he did why did he go out and sign a injury prone goalkeeper a bit part midfielder and a defender who’s barely played since he’s been here. He’s now saying the side lacks experience a bit rich after tearing most of the experienced out of the side last summer. I would’t sign any of the players he’s brought in on loan there has been to many enept displays this year, they have all proved they aren’t good enough, and that means he will have to start more or less all over again. Sorry but I see little progress this year and I can’t see how we will next year with this man in charge, I await the the next batch of cheap young loanee’s to come in over the summer.

  • I’m with Rug.
    THis season has, overall, been a really good one.
    In August we’d have snapped the hand off anyone who offered the chance of being near the play offs with half a dozen games to go.
    We’ve had a load of our home grown youngsters being given game time. Can anyone say that Ben Close, Brandon Haunstrup and Jack Watmough haven’t been generally excellent when they’ve been in the team. Adam May will be a really good player for us too. And don’t forget, even though he hasn’t quite progressed as we’d all have hoped Connor Chaplin is still a young goal scorer.
    Add in Matt Clarke, Jamal Lowe and even, for me anyway, a really good young keeper and we have, with the few experienced ones we have a good foundation for next year and most of them are home grown or developed by us.
    Kenny said we’d have to build on what we could produce or develop and we have. Of course we need strengthening for next year. Of course we need some experience (Anyone knocking the efforts of Evans, Burgess, Rose or Pitman?) but pick up the odd one or two. Find a few gems not getting games at Premier league teams and we’ll be on out way.

    If there have been disappointments this season it’s been the disappointment that most of the loan players have been. I’ve said elsewhere I’d only keep Walkes and O’Keefe and, possibly Ronan although how he fits with Jackett’s statement that we need to have good, strong athletes to compete in this league I don’t know. Has he really been that much better than Adam May was when he was in the team.

    What do we need next season? Luck with injuries, goals from more players, plus one or two unearthed gems in the transfer market.

    As we were told, we weren’t going to buy our way out of the league. Lets carry on giving them same support the team and manager deserve and build on this year.

    Are we disappointed we haven’t made the playoffs? Of course we are. But does anyone believe that a team that loses more than a third of it’s games really deserves to go up?

    THat has been this season. Let’s look forward to next and hope we pick up another Matt Clarke (and keep him) especially if the next one is a centre forward!

    Paly Up Pompey (as always!!)

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