Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday October 31 2008
In the build up to the game between Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic at Fratton Park, Vital Latics took the cyber highway and met up with our counterpart from Vital Pompey, Chix, for a chat about the Latics, Pompey and the week just gone, lets see how it went:
Hi Chix a bit of an exciting week down on the south coast, any of it expected?
Hi worbo, emotional rather than exciting.
No. Not in the slightest, I thought 'arry was at Pompey for life. We had a scare with the Newcastle offer but with what he said after he turned it down we didn`t expect him to go anywhere.. Despite what some might say now!
Sorry to see Redknapp leave?
Yes. 'arry had wormed his way back in to our hearts after his last adventure and although we all feel betrayed now, nobody can deny what he achieved for us.
Is Tony Adams the man to carry on the legacy or is he the cheap option?
Although I think we will see a number of changes with Tony. He`ll be keen to show that he is his own man and not a mini 'arry
How was the season shaping up before the upheaval?
Top 7 or 8, in group stages of UEFA Cup - Inconsistent away from home but doing ok - As expected
Where do you see your season going now?
No different: Top Ten finish.. maybe a good cup run… Would love to retain the FA Cup
What`s your summer signings been like, any good?
Peter Crouch took a few games to settle but him a Defoe are beginning to click. On the left Traore and Belhadj are fantastic prospects.
All in all pretty good
Who should the Latics fans watch out for in the Pompey team?
Crouch, Defoe, Diarra, Traore, Belhadj, - The first two could bury you, Diarra will run the midfield and Belhadj & Traore will terrorise your right back
How`s the European adventure going?
Difficult to judge really.
We qualified for the group stages (just). Then we lost the first group game, but as it was away from home it really doesn`t matter. Basically we have to win two of the four games to qualify which is doable although I don`t think we will beat AC Milan - But what an event if we did !
How do you feel the Latics will do this season?
Before the season started I had you in a group with Fulham, Bolton, Sunderland & Boro` and thought that if any of you have a poor start you could get sucked into a relegation battle along with the three promoted teams.
Now we are 10 games in, Hull and West Brom look stronger than I thought. So I worry for you and for Bolton.
If you had to pick one of the current Latics players to be in your squad who would it be and why?
Do I really need to answer this?
Amr Zaki without a shadow of a doubt, the guy is pure quality. I think you are going to lose him though. Zamalek will like the sound of Man City and Chelsea chinking millions. Why didn`t Bruce buy him when he had the chance?
Who do you think will finish in the top 4 and bottom 3 this season?
Top Four: Same as always - Chelsea as champions Liverpool Runners up
Bottom Three: Bolton, Stoke and I think if you lose Zaki`s goals…Wigan. If you can keep him I`d say West Brom
Prediction for Pompey Vs Latics?
We played well against Fulham but dropped two points because we didn`t kill them off when we had the chance.
We withheld Liverpool for the whole game except for a moment of madness by Papa Bouba Diop.
It`ll be Tony`s first (official) game in charge at Fratton Park so I think when all those things come together we are going to murder you. Come back and gloat if I`m wrong by all means, but Pompey are going to be in bullish mood so I reckon 4-0.. Sorry !.. But it is my honest opinion.
I`m gonna get moaned at by Gandor on VITAL POMPEY now for not being diplomatic, but I speak as I find and I don`t do diplomacy very well . Good luck for the season, after Saturday obviously and I hope you can somehow keep Zaki and retain your premiership status.
Thanks for the views Chix, lets hope that Adams underestimates us as much as you do though it was nice to see that you think B*!t*n are going down
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