Pompey have now played 6 of the 8 English Premier League teams playing in Europe this season, and are now settling down into 11th place.
Only an under performing Tottenham side, and an Everton team, fresh from 2 defeats have yet to face us from the 8 teams competing at the “higher” level, and surely, after our performances, they must be dreading it. Only Arsenal – ironically branded “special” by Harry managed to beat us convincingly, whilst the “special one” (now departed) side did not deserve the points they took.
Surely, after breaking our away win duck, we can move on to the next level, and assert ourselves as a team that, not only challengers for Europe, but one that people associate with Europe. The players coming in all said that they came because this club is going places, and with plans for the stadium coming along, our youth team playing well, and our first away win this year, everything looks to be lining up for one good year for us!!!
However, as we all know, this is Pompey we are talking about. Last year, we beat Manchester united at home – when they could ill-afford to lose – and then went on to lose to Watford the following game – after they were (practically) relegated. Frequently, we will play out of our boots in one game, then collapse the following one. The win against Blackburn was a step in the right direction. After a series of good results, there was a risk of complacency settling in, but we shook it off.
Now, having played the best teams in the league, its time to move on, and knock up some points, before the hard games come back round again. “13 points from the next 6” – I wouldn’t bet against 18.
Written by pompeycarpet.
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