Having been interviewed before Pompey's most recent home victory against
Earlier in the season you said automatic promotion wasn't a realistic target.
It's amazing how a good run of form can completely change the outlook of a football club. Indeed, we seem unbeatable at home (31 games unbeaten in the league at the City Ground - yes, 31) and our away form is finally picking up (3 wins from our last 4 trips).
As shown, we are within grasping distance of automatic promotion. While this is something that the club will be aiming for, I still believe play-offs await us, which is certainly worrying considering our last 3 attempts. Anything less would be seen as a failure.
I have had hope squashed so many times as a
Billy Davies has been linked with the vacant
Perhaps surprisingly, not in the slightest. He was also linked with the
His failure with
Do you expect any significant January activity at
Much to everyone's surprise we have already signed two players! Tudgay from
We're in the market for a left back as well, following Ryan Betrand's return to
Given Pompey's recent struggles on and off the pitch, you will surely be expecting a big win at the City Ground on Saturday?
When the in-form team plays the out-of-form team, the script usually deviates away from the expected. Saying that, our home record is phenomenal, and if we were a top 10 Premier League side the media would be going crazy about it. At home we play with a confidence and creativity that we seem to so annoyingly lack away. When this doesn't go to plan we have still seemed to have dug our heels in and scraped through with what's needed, which while not pretty to watch is still satisfying.
I am expecting a win, but am aware our unbeaten run must come to an end at some point, and probably some point soon. On a side note, good job securing
Are there any major weaknesses in
Spies! Alas, there may be. Our main left back Ryan Bertrand has returned to his parent club Chelsea, after a highly successful loan spell here. Our options to replace him are rubbish. We have Joel Lynch, who has played about 10 minutes of football in the last year and is regarded as a complete liability (as well as being a centre back anyway), Julian Bennett who, again, hasn't played for us in over a year due to injury and being loaned out and finally Chris Cohen who is a very talented football player in midfield, he is not, however, a left back.
Also, while we have some ace creative attacking midfielders in Majewski and McGugan we sometimes lack a steady head in the middle of the park. McKenna our captain looks like he may be on his last legs and Moussi can be compared to an octopus at times with his style of play. It leads to nerve-wracking moments.
Predict the outcome of the match.