Too Little, Too Late

Last updated : 01 November 2007 By Jim Bonner
I couldn't follow the game last night due to work commitments but obviously I'm disappointed that we've been knocked out of the cup at home to Blackburn.

From what I've heard from others, Rovers were worth their win as we couldn't get going in the first half (a notion that Redknapp agrees with) and we deservedly a goal down after McCarthy's simple goal. We didn't make use of our dominance in the second half and paid the price when Mendes lost the ball and resulted in their second goal.

Kanu scored in stoppage time but the game was already over and we were out of the cup. I heard David Nugent missed a "Solanoesque" sitter and all that's going to do is push him out of the door faster. People are also saying that Pedro is still rusty, which won't help his cause either.

Niko Kranjcar seems to get better and better though, whilst Matthew Taylor got a good half under his belt. With Hreidarsson struggling for Saturday we could see Matty playing in his old left back position up at Newcastle.

Only 11,778 fans turned up which is unsurprising given that the game was overpriced and against a team we've played once already and will have to play again. The pricing system at the club needs to be looked at before more fans stop watching Pompey because of empty wallets.

As I said before, I'm disappointed that we're out - more disappointed than a lot of other fans it seems. I thought we genuinely had a chance of winning the Carling Cup this year and a trip to Wembley would have been fantastic, as well as the UEFA Cup spot that comes with winning the trophy.

From a selfish point of view I'd now like to see either Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool win the cup as that will almost certainly mean that finishing 6th in the league will be good enough to qualify for Europe.

For the time being, Blackburn have sealed off one route into Europe and we'll now have to focus on finishing 5th in the league or try and cheat fate by getting to the FA Cup Final.