Oi!! Liverpool v Portsmouth
So we blow a chance to go 4th. Given our dismal away form this was the perfect match to win-up against a team with an injury record worse then ours, one that hasn't won at Anfield in 55 years, and one which David James aside showed precious little against Newcastle on the weekend. But we draw 0-0.
I don't care that the news report said Portsmouth spent all their time coming up with ingenious tricks to break up play and waste precious minutes. That's their prerogative. Our midfield still had Garcia, Pennant and Gerrard (Carragher the holding player) with Crouch and Kuyt up-front. That's enough fire power to win at home. Face it, MU and Chelsea would have blown Portsmouth away despite their defensive structure. In fact both already have, 3-0 and 2-0 (or was it 2-1?)respectively when Portsmouth were both defensive and with more fit players on board. We struggled to create too many against Man City either on the weekend. People might bleat about the Gunners being unable to break down stacked defences but ours is no different a problem with theirs at home.
I say all this however, without watching the game - Foxtel had MU - Everton on. And MU won 3-0 without Scholes, Giggs and Saha - they showed us how football should be played, with a mix of attacking play and defensive solidity. Mind you, Red Nose Ferguson has in the recent past had rotten luck with injuries. He didn't complain; just got on with the job and they never slipped out of the top 3. Our turn to stop bitching. Despite a rubbish start 3rd is still achievable, and you never know if MU slip up given their lack of depth. In that sense even 2nd could be achievable though that is the drunkard in me talking. It's already a two horse race and the Gunners will still be favourite for 3rd. I hope Spurs don't get their act together...