Portsmouth v Leicester City
Friday September 24th 2010, 7.45pm
By Andrew Daffern
you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may
The game was scheduled to be played on a Friday night due to
Sky televising the match. This meant that a number
of Leicester fans would be forced to take a day off work to get
to attend this fixture. Another surprising thing was Leicester
had also been drawn away to Portsmouth in the league cup in that same week
at Portsmouth (what are the chances of that!), we had won that game
Luckily I managed to get some time off college and decided to book a weekend away in Portsmouth, staying in a Travelodge. We left good old sunny Nuneaton at just gone ten, It was first a local service train to Coventry, then a Virgin Train to Southampton & then another local service train To Portsmouth. Arriving into Portsmouth for 2pm (Very long journey, Tired!), we went straight to our hotel what seemed quite away from the city centre so we forced into jumping into a taxi. After having a wash & a bite to eat me & my father left for ground at half five. Sadly yet again on our away ground travels, we noted that there were not many signs pointing the direction of the stadium. Luckily we were prepared, as we had brought our own map. Once in the right direction, you could see the floodlights of the ground from quite some way, away. Also there were a few burger vans outside the ground so don’t complain about lack of food!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of
away end then other sides of the ground?
The away end entrance is covered in a long wall of painted
pictures of Portsmouth legends what is good to see more clubs should look
to do this. We got through the turnstiles and then you have to walk
up some stone built stairs to get into the stand, to be honest I thought
that the stands were not that big and some looked quite old and
We started the game as usual poorly, just couldn’t put a pass
together, constantly losing possession. Morrison stupidly gave
a penalty away by handballing in the box and Lawrence for
Pompey converted the penalty to put the home side one up. After that
Leicester were hanging on and things weren't helped with one of our team
being sent off. Lawrence grabbed another to make it 2-0. By half time
the boo’s had started from the away supporters, the team looked completely
different from the side that had won here three days previously. Not
many Leicester fans had made the trip I was later told just over 500 fans
had attended the game. There were a lot of empty seats around us in the
The second half was even worse! We conceded two quick goals before pulling one back. But once the fifth went in, we like a number of other Foxes fans began heading for the exits. Whilst walking away from the ground we heard another roar and we knew it was then 6-1.6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Leaving the ground we felt very disappointed, to say the least. It was quiet around the ground as it was only mostly Leicester fans that had left early.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Well felt down for the rest of the weekend, but viewing the historical sights around Portsmouth still made the trip worthwhile. The result put us bottom of the League and in my mind it is time for the manager to go. I’m not 100% sure if I would visit Portsmouth again but you never know.
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