Portsmouth: Returning to Predictions

Ryan LynchCorrespondent IIMarch 24, 2009

STOKE, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21: Hermann Hreidarsson of Portsmouth is challenged by James Beattie of Stoke during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Portsmouth at The Britannia Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Stoke,England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

After a significant hiatus from writing, I thought it a fitting time to return to write about Portsmouth's current situation.

It is especially apt when one considers that since the media and the club finally decided to hit the "panic button" over their involvement in the relegation battle, I have been largely quiet.

Prior to Pompey's dealings in the January transfer window, and loss after loss under Tony Adams during that month, I had been rather vocal about my opinions and my fears.

And now, although it disappoints me to find the club that I love in such a perilous position, I will take some time to gloat.

Go ahead. Have a read. I'll wait.

When I originally wrote that article, people were only just beginning to become disenchanted by the reign of Tony Adams, but few were calling for his head. When I wrote that article, we were still in the top half of the table.

The negative comments I received for writing it and similar prophetic articles were numerous; many of them including obscenities (leading to their removal) and declaring that I knew "absolutely nothing about football."

Other, more friendly comments simply stated that there were teams that were going to struggle a lot more than Portsmouth, and that there was no way we were going to fall as Southampton had.

More than two months on and I'm sitting in my usual seat at Fratton Park before the Everton match, discussing Pompey's precarious position. The season ticket holders that sit around me—who have all been following Pompey since the 60's and 70's—fear for the club, too.

One of them reasons: "If Southampton went down with that brand new stadium, good training facilities, and a great youth system...what chance do we have if we go down?"

Those were exactly my concerns at the beginning of December, when I wrote that article, with the whirlwind of speculation surrounding the club's worrying financial situation. Southampton were relegated after 27 years in the top flight of English football, and for the past two season, have struggled to even stay in the Championship.

With all of that said, however, I have never believed Portsmouth will go down this season.

While it's been a fear of mine, I have constantly held the belief that we will pull things off and manage to stay up. Saturday's solid win over Everton has gone a long way to helping the club on its bid for survival.

Still, I can't help but return to my previous predictions, and admit that I believe the club did everything necessary to ensure the club don't go down this year.

We brought in some solid players—specifically Pennant and Basinas—and we only lost Jermain Defoe (who obviously wanted to go) and Lassana Diarra (who we always knew was going to go).

Had we lost even one of Crouch, Johnson, or Distin, things could have been very different.

In regards to the holiday fixtures themselves, the poor results that we got—specifically the West Ham and Bolton games—are a large part of the reason that we are in our current position

While Portsmouth aren't yet guaranteed another season of Premier League football, things are looking a lot brighter. The last relegation spot is still well-and-truly up for grabs, but Portsmouth look much more prepared for a battle these past few weeks than they did in Adams tenure.

Each fixture needs to be taken as it comes, but hope is firmly taking root on the South Coast and the team will look to build on the win against Everton.