Pompey’s last-gasp heroics against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday mean that there is still everything to play for at Fratton Park tonight.
In a season of ups and downs (and sadly more of the latter than the former), the most extraordinary twist so far must be the dramatic end to the match in Yorkshire.
How often in the past – if ever before – has a team got to the end of normal time, losing in a match in which defeat would mean relegation, only to not just equalise but actually grab another goal to win against all odds?
The eventful finish was a testament to the efforts of the players on the pitch and, just as much, the determination of the hundreds of supporters who made the long trek north to support their side.
Not for them the ‘sing when you’re winning’ outlook on life.
True to form, in the face of their side going 2-0 down in the first few minutes and seemingly staring relegation in the face, they simply cranked up the volume.
That level of support and dedication to the cause must have an effect on the team and is characteristic of the passionate following that Pompey enjoy.
Compare and contrast, if you will, the thousands of empty seats vacated early by Spurs supporters at Wembley on Sunday as their side crumbled in their FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.
Pompey still have a mountain to climb in their last three matches, starting tonight against Crystal Palace. We hope that loyal fans will pack the Park to show once more the diehard support that is part of Portsmouth folklore.
Even that may not save the club from relegation, but it will demonstrate once more to potential buyers the special ‘extra’ offered by existing customers of the company for sale. We’re not sure you could really put a price on it. We are sure that, in a season in which the club has long teetered on the brink of calamity, fans have again shown their real worth.
They will sing loud and proud again at Fratton Park tonight. Let us hope that their fervour is soon marked by a discernable turn towards stability again.
Play up Pompey!