Date: 17th December 2011 at 10:33am
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Well, it inches ever closer now!

What you may ask, although should you really have to?

I can only be referring to one thing at this current time with it literally around the corner now…

Still not sure, well it is the derby with Scum at Fratton on Sunday of course!

Dress it up, or play it down even, as you might but no one can ever really, seriously, say that a derby with your nearest, fiercest and most despised of rivals is just ‘another game’, as it is not…

A derby is always ‘special’ and highly anticipated but the south coast derby is not just ‘any derby’, let alone ‘another games’, is it. It is one of the most, if not the most, highly charged derbies of all.

After back-to-back 4-1 wins over our ‘friends down the road’, one to all but relegate them some years back and another, in their backyard, to help us on our way to another FA cup final, it goes without saying ‘revenge’ is something they want, and in our backyard this time…

Pretty much whatever happens after this if Appy can manage us to a win he will take his place in folklore, as will the players if they can make us proud – if they cannot ‘get up’ and/or ‘motivate’ themselves for this game then they never will!

Given the standing of both clubs it was ‘probably’ safe to say that Scum were ‘favourites’ until a week or so ago but given the form of both in this period maybe not but anyway this tag, league placing or current form counts for nothing going into a derby!

If I could get one present for Christmas then I know what I would want it to be, 3pts against them…

What does this game mean to you though, and how much would it mean to you for us to come away from it triumphant?

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