Countdown to Saints v Pompey derby almost over

IT has been circled on the calendar for months – the jokes about earthquake damage causing millions of pounds worth of improvements have been done to death, as have the threats of keyboard warriors on either side of the divide.

That’s right, it’s derby time again.

Almost two years since the last one and much has changed.

For one, we are now back in the position that most Saints fans are accustomed to – above Pompey.

But, as ever, we appear to be doing things the hard way.

For most of this season, Saints have been flying and playing some fantastic football.

Yet over the last few weeks, questions have begun to be raised about our away form and injuries have shown the squad to be a little thin.

However, that pales into insignificance when you consider the ongoing woes at Fratton Park.

Chairman arrested, implicated in a £250m bank investigation, smallest squad in the league and the threat of a points deduction refusing to go away.

Now is not a great time to be a Pompey fan and they would much rather have our problems than the ones they currently face.

The last time we played them, despite being almost 40 places below them in the league, the game was much closer than the 4-1 scoreline suggested.

Their final three goals came in the last 25 minutes or so from players they couldn’t pay.

Those Pompey team members have long since gone, replaced by purchases and loans more becoming of Portsmouth’s financial muscle.

Meanwhile, most of the Saints team are still here and have been added to with some quality additions.

All Saints fans know that and I know most find it hard to get too worried when Pompey fans gloat about that result.

So, on paper and through red-and-white tinted glasses, we’re certain to win, right?

Well, those of us who have been supporting Saints for long enough know that is not how this club works.

The ability to throw a spanner in the works has long been endemic.

Adkins (and Pardew before him) have done well to largely eradicate that problem over the last two years, as shown by the relentless march to promotion at the tail end of last season.

Some scars take a long time to heal though, so I can’t help but worry about what might be.

But, unlike us fans, the Saints players need not fear the past.

They know what they can do and can point to some of the hidings they have handed out already to better teams than Pompey this season.

So, while in one respect this is just another potential three points on the way to possible promotion, it also presents a nice opportunity to send a message – not just to Pompey, but to the rest of football: The Saints are coming back.

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11:21am Tue 13 Dec 11

Norwegian Saint says...

Oh dear Dan.... you have just started a joke board on here ;-)
I will start....
Poopey!!!
Oh dear Dan.... you have just started a joke board on here ;-) I will start.... Poopey!!! Norwegian Saint

12:25pm Tue 13 Dec 11

St Retford says...

The last paragraph makes a good point. I think the three points are a given for us, but if we can stick five past them then the message it will send out would be a formidable one.
The last paragraph makes a good point. I think the three points are a given for us, but if we can stick five past them then the message it will send out would be a formidable one. St Retford

1:45pm Tue 13 Dec 11

St.Yorkie says...

Surely all we need to be concerned with is an away win. We create plenty of chances - we must finish them and be wasteful like in the first half against Blackpool.
So 3-points, better than 4-1 margin, and bragging rights back where they belong!
All my Christmas wishes wrapped up in 95-mins period.
It's only a game I hear some of you say...but Shanks had it right!
Surely all we need to be concerned with is an away win. We create plenty of chances - we must finish them and be wasteful like in the first half against Blackpool. So 3-points, better than 4-1 margin, and bragging rights back where they belong! All my Christmas wishes wrapped up in 95-mins period. It's only a game I hear some of you say...but Shanks had it right! St.Yorkie

5:51pm Tue 13 Dec 11

batesieboy says...

As usual, I am perhaps a little cautious, and would be happy with a point to help towards automatic promotion, or maybe the title eventually. We still have plenty of time to give them a bloody good, and well-deserved hiding when the Skates have to come to us.
As usual, I am perhaps a little cautious, and would be happy with a point to help towards automatic promotion, or maybe the title eventually. We still have plenty of time to give them a bloody good, and well-deserved hiding when the Skates have to come to us. batesieboy

7:26pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Norwegian Saint says...

Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again.
Please respond with your comments.
Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again. Please respond with your comments. Norwegian Saint

1:09pm Wed 14 Dec 11

St Retford says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again. Please respond with your comments.
It might be annoying but those adverts pay the wages of the people on the Echo. Necessary evil, I'm afraid.
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again. Please respond with your comments.[/p][/quote]It might be annoying but those adverts pay the wages of the people on the Echo. Necessary evil, I'm afraid. St Retford

3:05pm Wed 14 Dec 11

City Final says...

Norwegian Saint wrote:
Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again.
Please respond with your comments.
Damned annoying at work as well .... till I discovered Ad-blocker :)
[quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again. Please respond with your comments.[/p][/quote]Damned annoying at work as well .... till I discovered Ad-blocker :) City Final

8:37pm Wed 14 Dec 11

rocketone says...

Dan, how safe is your job to go writing good things about Saints and pointing out we should win ?
And a big thank you not stating how Pompey are not likely to be paying their players come January. Should make them get up for the fight that will be a very intense atmospheric derby.
To make a comment like that you would probably be sacked in the morning !
Dan, how safe is your job to go writing good things about Saints and pointing out we should win ? And a big thank you not stating how Pompey are not likely to be paying their players come January. Should make them get up for the fight that will be a very intense atmospheric derby. To make a comment like that you would probably be sacked in the morning ! rocketone

8:45am Sun 18 Dec 11

Pompey~Blue says...

Ha ha, you're just a bunch of Scummers!!! Play up Pompey!!
Ha ha, you're just a bunch of Scummers!!! Play up Pompey!! Pompey~Blue

11:10am Sun 18 Dec 11

OSPREYSAINT says...

St Retford wrote:
Norwegian Saint wrote: Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again. Please respond with your comments.
It might be annoying but those adverts pay the wages of the people on the Echo. Necessary evil, I'm afraid.
Fair enough but surle they could set the controls so that we caould watch them if we wanted to, not resetting every time you refresh.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Norwegian Saint[/bold] wrote: Dan, I know you read these comments, please, please, please can you remove the "Premier league" advert. It takes up a lot of memory on my monthly allowance and I may well have to leave the Echo site where I have enjoyed commenting and reading the news on here. I know I am not alone on this, each time we comment, there it is again. Please respond with your comments.[/p][/quote]It might be annoying but those adverts pay the wages of the people on the Echo. Necessary evil, I'm afraid.[/p][/quote]Fair enough but surle they could set the controls so that we caould watch them if we wanted to, not resetting every time you refresh. OSPREYSAINT

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