jubel2016dLørdagens kamp mot Plymouth må vinnes, men selv med seier tror Michael Pantling det skal mye til for at vi sikrer oss direkte opprykk.

Michael Pantling har ved flere tidligere anledninger delt sine tanker og meninger rundt det som skjer i og med Pompey. Han er den av våre medlemmer som oftest er over og se Pompey live. Det er ikke få ganger i året Michael setter seg på flyet fra København til London. Senest var han over og så Pompey slå Dag & Red 4-1 på bortebane forrige helg. Lørdag er det svært viktig toppkamp mot Plymouth hjemme på Fratton Park. Her er Michaels ord før den kampen:

Stigende form
Pompey Plymouth fixtures are always highly competitive and Saturday is going to be no exception with the added factor of that illusive 3rd promotion spot. It was great to see Pompey beat Dagenham & Redbridge and finally win more than 2 in a row. Our form is improving and Plymouth have started to struggle so we have a very good chance of maintaining our momentum by beating them. Our away win at the beginning of the season was slightly fortunate as Gary Roberts’ penalty was as a result of him going over ever so easily in the box – but it all counts in the end.

LES OGSÅ: - Det ser bra ut

Foretrekker Evans framfor McGurk
gareth evans jublerHis performance will be crucial on Saturday and I hope that Evans (bildet til høyre) if fit enough to start in preference to McGurk. Davies had a very rare off day last Saturday and again I hope he will be “back to normal” – he has been otherwise superb all season. Bennet is so frustrating at times – clearly skillful but horribly inconsistent – we need the “good one” to turn up not only on Saturday but for the rest of the season. Burges, Clarke and Webster have all done fairly well in any combination all season as can be seen by the goals conceded. I’m happy with the return of Jones – he has done OK since his recall. What this does mean is that there is little chance of Whatmough getting any playing time while there is still a chance of promotion or that all important 4th place to play for. Doyle turned things around last Saturday and remains irreplaceable and things have looked more solid with Holland’s return to favour after his injury. Close plays more attractive football but lacks experience and robustness. For me, our biggest problem it up front. Smith is a bit hit and miss and likely to attract the referee’s attention for all of the wrong reasons. McNulty was far better partnering Lavery – such a pity we couldn’t keep him. I cannot see Chaplin getting anything but a few minutes at the end of games – he needs somebody to play off which doesn’t really suit our current system.

Tror Oxford og Accrington går opp med Oxford
Unfortunately, I don’t think that anybody can catch Oxford and that we will lose out to Accrington simply because of the remaining fixtures – we struggle against teams who don’t want to play fancy football – York will be fighting for survival and Wimbledon will be rough and tough. Hartlepool are in good form and Wycombe were very well organised when we played them in November. We have simply drawn too many games in the past and remain inconsistent. I hope that Pompey prove me wrong but I think our route up will be via Wembly.

I remain a big fan of Paul Cook even after some of the shine has rubbed off and the utter gibberish he comes out with at press conferences. He has built a highly competent team from very little and we are in the best position in years and can play nice football. He is also very mindful of the support, particularly away. For me he is our best manager since Avram Grant – not that I don’t appreciate the efforts of Guy Wittingham and Andy Awford – without them (and the other former players who supported them) we wouldn’t even be here. A few changesin the Summer and we could really be going places but that must include a decent striker (or two) and cover for Roberts/Doyle.

So – 3 points for Pompey on  Saturday but we will need an awful lot of luck and extreme effort after that.

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Michael Pantling er fortsatt tilhenger av manager Paul Cook.