Fine achievement is worth celebrating

Fans' day is a day of celebration for the Fratton faithful
Fans' day is a day of celebration for the Fratton faithful
Mo Farrah after missing out on a gold medal
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We may go into the game tonight a little envious of what Norwich are on the brink of achieving.

But we are not so envious to overlook the fact we go into the game safe in the Championship for another season – and that is a cause for celebration.

For us the game is essentially a dead rubber.

We can finish a place or two higher and get a better financial return.

The focus is on Norwich, though, and whether they can get the win to put them on the brink of the Premier League.

We’re not in a position just yet to be aiming for the Premier League.

Norwich are where we are aiming to be.

We have to be content though, with being secure in this division for another season after our difficulties.

It’s actually a game I am really looking forward to.

The Sky cameras are in town and the onus is on Norwich to get the win.

There is the fans’ day going on in the build-up to the game and there will hopefully be a feel-good factor about the place.

It’s good to see the fans and the club working together.

The club have to do all they can to retain the fans and attract new younger supporters.

They have to try to build bridges and move forward and this is a good way of going about it.

I’ve heard David Lampitt is preparing to go into a dunk tank before the game.

Fair play to him for doing that. Can you imagine Peter Storrie offering to do the same thing? There would have been a queue three miles long in the car park behind the Fratton End!

Norwich are a strong side, as they showed at their place earlier in the season.

They put us to the sword in the first-half but fair play to Steve Cotterill, he changed things around at half-time and we totally turned the game on its head.

It’ll be interesting to see if Steve goes the same way tonight.

They have good players all over the pitch but there are Pompey players with big motivations.

They either have a platform to showcase their talents or they are battling to show they deserve to be retained.

I think we have the ingredients to have a very enjoyable day and night.

There are a few contenders for the The News & Sports Mail player of the season award.

Jamie Ashdown has been ever-present and you could count the mistakes he has made on less than one hand.

Over the course of a season even a David James or Alan Knight will make a couple of mistakes.

Jamie has been excellent, though, as has Hayden Mullins, who has missed just the one game.

Liam Lawrence was outstanding before his injuries and you can’t ignore the impact of David Nugent.

But there is one player who just edges it in my book.

Joel Ward has been thrown in and used everywhere this season but has responded superbly.

Joel has shown a brilliant attitude. He is a local boy who has shown what can be achieved with real dedication.