Date: 18th July 2011 at 12:06pm
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This may sound an ‘odd’ statement to make but the prospect of welcoming Chelski to Fratton in a pre-season friendly, when this fixture was announced, did little to appeal to me to be honest.

Of course attracting a club of that stature to Fratton was impressive but it seemed ‘old hat’ to me in many ways and as such did not appeal…

Fortunately this did appeal to the masses and we had well over 19,000 turn out for the game at the weekend, and this was a good workout for PFC – yep it was only a pre-season friendly but we put in a good shift and got plenty of pluses from this I think, despite the 1-0 defeat.

Results are not the important thing in pre-season at all though are they?

‘Perhaps’ by being Chelski’s first pre-season opponents, at least as far as the opponent that would be their new manager Andre Villas-Boas’ first game in charge – I think an ‘XI’ had taken on Wycombe but he was not in the dugout, has worked in our benefit?

The News today reports that Villas-Boas is open to the idea of them potentially lending us a helping hand: ‘when we get back from our tour to Asia, decisions will have to be taken over some of our younger players for the new season.

‘I had a chance to speak to Steve Cotterill and we exchanged a couple of ideas.

‘Portsmouth is an emblematic club with this support that everyone knows. Pompey is famous for it.

‘So it depends. There is always plenty of interest for Chelsea players but it’s up to Portsmouth and ourselves to make that decision and to make sure the players are happy.’

Whilst I would still like us to bring in a few more permanent players first it goes without saying that bringing in some loanees for the season is something that we – like just about every other nopower side – will look to do.

So, bringing in some of their younger players may well be something we could now do?

Full backs Ryan Bertrand and Patrick van Aanholt have both been mentioned by The News, so with it being my thoughts that fullbacks are certainly something that we need these ‘might’ be options.

I know that I would be happy to take either for the season, if not both!

They must also have an up and coming striker that we could look to borrow, but after we have signed one of our own permanently if we can.

The opening match that Villas-Boas was in attendance at may have very much worked in our favour as it appears that Steve Cotterill was able to ‘woo’ him.

This could see a ‘fruitful’ relationship grow as a result, although to be fair we have had a decent footballing relationship with the Londoners anyway, have we not…

So, all in all this friendly looks like it has worked in PFC’s advantage in more ways than one! Perhaps we were fortunate with this; then again it ‘could’ have been a strategic move from the hierarchy at PFC that may well reap dividends in many different ways?

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