Man City losing today leaves them 6 points behind us with only 2 games to go. Given that their goal difference is 0 and ours is 21, I doubt they can leapfrog us in the table. I expect, well not expect, presume Pompey will beat Cardiff in the FA Cup. Should that happen, they will get into Europe no matter where they finish, be it 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th. Aston Villa, our main threat for 5th place. Even if they beat us tomorrow (hope they don't) and secure 5th. We can come 6th or 7th and get into the Intertoto Cup (technically a Europe competition in itself, and one which we'll easily progress through).
However, I'd still like to see us finish 5th.
Adam Doyle, Posted 26/04/2008 at 17:47:55
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1 Posted 26/04/2008 at 19:47:11
As the debate about squad depth and personell has been raging recently, I think we can deduce we will not have a huge squad next season, certainly not any bigger than say two more regulalrly featuring players (i.e. no Grav or Shandy type figures) - we are too skint. 5th is ours to lose. We simply MUST hang on to it.
2 Posted 26/04/2008 at 19:53:58
3 Posted 26/04/2008 at 20:08:51
4 Posted 26/04/2008 at 20:16:52
Our worst case is for Portsmouth to finish 5th, lose the FA Cup and Villa 6th. In that scenario we have nothing and Villa have applied for the Intertoto Cup
If we dont tackle anyone for the rest of the season we may also have a chance in the fair play league route. If that's a possibility then I would rest Neville for sure.
5 Posted 26/04/2008 at 21:18:01
All thoughts should be solely focussed on beating Villa tomorrow and Newcastle two weeks later (and also to pick up whatever we can at Arsenal). That way we can achieve Europe by right. Only after the Newcastle game should we consider anything else.
6 Posted 26/04/2008 at 21:47:30
7 Posted 26/04/2008 at 22:10:23
8 Posted 26/04/2008 at 22:11:32
If Pompey don?t win against Blackburn and we beat Villa then they cannot catch us under any circumstances.
So its quite simple. Beat Villa and we shouldn?t have anything to worry about.
9 Posted 26/04/2008 at 23:43:01
We need Baines at LB...Lescott and Yobo in the middle...Hibbert/Nev at RB....5 man midfield..Pienaar,Ossie,Arteta,Carsley,Fernandes..with The Yak upfront alone...AJ/Vic/Jags/Grav/Wessels on bench...COYB
10 Posted 26/04/2008 at 23:46:12
11 Posted 27/04/2008 at 00:02:32
So RUBBISH Spurs ONLY won the Carling Cup!
That cheers me up no end, sob sob, wheres me gun?
12 Posted 27/04/2008 at 00:53:34
You going to shoot me or yourself?
13 Posted 27/04/2008 at 01:20:44
Anyway, back to Everton...if I?m not mistaken, isn?t Cahill the only one missing for tomorrow? However, he didn?t play against Fiorentina in the 2nd leg...so in "theory" we?re as strong tomorrow as we?ve ever been all season? Plus Baines and Manny are fitter and have played quite a few games sinre then... in theory we shouldn?t have a problem! Gulp!
Fingers (and everything else) crossed!!!
14 Posted 27/04/2008 at 02:21:18
P.S: Hope both Dick and myself get to see next season
15 Posted 27/04/2008 at 02:56:55
16 Posted 27/04/2008 at 03:38:35
Pack ya bags now!
You won?t need a theme park, the whole year (knowing Everton and Kenwright and Moyes as we all do) will be one big bloody rollercoaster ride!
I just hope if Neville ever goes on Mastermind (is that show still running?) knows all the answers because he certainly can?t PASS.
Ho ho ho.....I?m in a good mood....I hope I?m STILL in a good mood at about 12:45pm eastern time tomorrow.
Come on lads!!!
Santosh and Dick want to go on holiday!!
17 Posted 27/04/2008 at 14:12:33
18 Posted 27/04/2008 at 14:32:30
19 Posted 27/04/2008 at 15:05:29
20 Posted 27/04/2008 at 18:26:10
Let's be honest , Villa are well equpped, they are big & strong; we have Lee (get booked every game) Carsley, Neville, Hibbert and that 6-ft powerhouse Ossie!!
21 Posted 27/04/2008 at 20:11:31
Let me explain in words of as few syllables as possible:
My point was that quite a number of people were ’glorying’ in qualifying for Europe by the Inter-Toto or Fair Play league - that’s pathetic, especially when it was still in our own hands to qualify by a much more proud and honorable route.
We had the biggest game of the season coming up and some were prepared to party on perhaps qualifying for the Inter-Toto!
That’s small minded and, yes, lacking pride.
Please also explain why letting slip a winning position twice has anything to do with pride?
22 Posted 27/04/2008 at 23:03:57
I actually agree with you full on. A season that had so much promise is reducing into nothing. The fact that we didn?t strenthen in January, says a lot. If we were still in the Uefa Cup, how would we have coped with even more games?
23 Posted 28/04/2008 at 00:06:08
Glad we’re on the same page.
However, don’t lose the faith. I just happen to believe that the second half performance was heading back to where we have been when things were going well.
I have a funny feeling that there are still a few turns left in this one yet. Let’s hope they turn in our favour.