Am I the only one amongst our collective Cup fever to have noticed the plight of our local rivals to the west?
While Portsmouth proudly sit in sixth position in the Premiership and look forward to a trip to Wembley, Nigel Pearson’s Red and White Army will be watching the Sheffield Wednesday versus Coventry fixture tomorrow night with absolute fear. If Wednesday manage to avoid defeat then the Saints will be marching into the bottom three of the Championship.
With a tough run in, home fixtures against promotion chasing Bristol City, play-off hopefuls Burnley and Sheffield United, as well as difficult away trips to Charlton and worst of all West Bromwich, time might soon be called on their time in the Championship.
Memories of the Hawthorns should be enough to bring a very worried look to any one unlucky enough to frequent St Mary’s after Pompey lost on purpose to relegate them. Should they suffer a similar fate then I’m sure Pompey fans would have little or no sympathy for them given that they looked down on us for about 30 years. Only relegation (thanks Harry!) made them see sense and realise that Pompey are the Pride of the South Coast.
A few things ‘Saints’ can look forward to in the ‘lower leagues’ is entry into the FA Cup 1st Round, an entry in a new competition, the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, which unfortunately carries no entry into Europe should they win it. Other bonuses will include trips to Brighton, and Millwall, and the substantial loss of revenue and players.
My only regret about the whole thing is that John Hughes is no longer presenting sport on BBC South Today. I would pay to see his smug face reporting his team’s demise. I know its Tuesday tomorrow but come on you Wednesday!
Written by The Rabbi.
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