Date: 29th April 2008 at 9:19am
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You can understand why Jermain Defoe is frustrated at the fact that he will miss the FA cup final cant you, as he also had to miss the league cup final having already left Spurs to join us! But the silver lining for him, as he told The Daily Mirror would be playing in Europe next season should we beat Cardiff: ‘of course it’s frustrating to miss the Cup final. It’s something I think about every day.

‘The good thing is that if we win against Cardiff then we’ll be in Europe next year, which is where we all want to play’.

Despite the fact that he will miss his second cup final of the season he has no regrets at all about joining Pompey – and why should he! We are very much moving forward, ok we might stutter from time to time but come on guys all good things come to those that wait, so after waiting as many years as we have I do not think we can be too unhappy with our lot at the moment can we…

The most frustrating thing for me about having Defoe cup tied is the fact that this rule, although it is a long standing one, is certainly a bit dated now in this day do we not think?

The FA seem willing to bend rules whenever it suits – allowing Cardiff to play in the uefa cup next season is the most recent example – yet things like the ‘cup tied’ ruling, which would clearly benefit games as a spectacle, as you would have the best players playing will not be changed. When all is said and done when you are paying good money you want to see the best players play – stuffy old-fashioned rules are denying you this. I know it might be unfair on players from the past that were penalised that way, but so much else has changed about the game so why not this?

Whilst I am on a roll, another ruling is the suspension procedure – why should you be suspended from a cup competition if you pick up the suspension in the league and visa versa? If your suspension begins in the league surely it should end in the league, not carry over to a cup competition. If you are suspended domestically you are not penalised for a European game, so why can we not work the same system covering domestic games – is it really that difficult…

PLAY UP POMPEY!

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