The Story So Far

I said before the Villa game that the result of that match would give us a great indication of how our season is going to turn out. But we drew...

A win would have seen us leapfrog one of our rivals for a UEFA Cup spot (if that is our aim for the season) whilst defeat would have done serious damage to our expectations even at this early stage of the campaign.

A draw means that Pompey currently lie in 7th place in the table with 13 points from 8 games. That's a very good start considering last season we had 12 points after the same amount of games, although we had played all of the "big four" this time last season.

The main criticism some will say about our season so far is that we haven't managed to beat anyone "decent". Tottenham are bottom of the league, Everton are in a bit of a crisis, Middlesbrough are mediocre whilst I still maintain that Stoke will get relegated and finish bottom of the league.

On the other hand, out of the four defeats we have suffered this season; three of them have been heavy thrashings. Chelsea have completely outclassed us twice whilst I don't even want to remember the humiliation at Eastlands.

The other defeat at home to United early in the season was a tad unfortunate, but I can't say we deserved anything from that game. I can say that at full strength we will be a match for anyone at home and after the Villa result, hopefully away from home too.

Now we have the added extra of the UEFA Cup to contend with (after getting through the first round the hard way) it will be interesting to see how well the squad holds up with these extra games. Getting knocked out of the Carling Cup was probably a blessing in disguise as there is no way we could have coped with three competitions.

The next few games will determine how well our season is going to shape up. After that all important match at Braga we have a run of games where I feel we can win every one (with the exception of Liverpool away). Obviously, we won't but if we can accumulate over 20 points before December then we'll have done very well.