Angel plunges Pompey into drop zone

Last updated : 14 December 2003 By Alex Dale
It's not all doom and gloom at Fratton Park as only ten points seperate Leeds in nineteenth from Fulham in fourth, but the team's poor form is cause for concern. Harry Redknapp bemoaned the performance against Everton at the weekend, saying: We are giving sloppy goals away and throwing away games."

"For the first goal, they played the ball inside our full-back and you wouldn't see that sort thing in an under-12 game. There was more bad defending for their second goal and now we are in a relegation battle."

As if it were needed, the position adds added spice to the return game at St Marys this week, as Portsmouth will be desperate to end a five game streak without a win against their nearest and dearest neighbours, who somehow find themselves in sixth place.

The result in that game will tell us more about what plans Harry Redknapp will have when the transfer window re-opens - Nigel Reo-Coker has been linked with a move south for about the 8,000,000th time as the midfield looks increasingly threadbare. If Portsmouth lose against Southampton, then the pressure for Harry to wheel and deal to the standard he is known for will have never been stronger.