Kenny Jackett probably won’t be so keen on the idea, but I wouldn’t mind if Pompey were to draw at Rochdale in the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon.
Of course, I’d rather the Blues got the job done with a win but I’d not say no to a replay. Because I’m coming to the conclusion that I enjoy night games at Fratton Park more than Saturday afternoon affairs.
Last Tuesday was our second successive home league game under the lights, and although the match was no classic, I enjoyed it tremendously.
There’s something about approaching the city and then the ground and seeing the lights shining out.
Luckily I make my way there from the north (well, the M27) so the two pylons I can see are the two that are still in operation.
I do worry about the day the club decide to stop using the remaining two working columns. If it happens I shall lead the protests in the hope that a big campaign can prevent a little piece of Fratton magic dying.
Anyway, back to the point (yes there is one), and Fratton under floodlights feels like a completely different ground to the one we experience in daylight.
The walk up the alleyway from Clarkes Road to Tesco (it was more like a lake than a lane on this occasion), the hanging around in Frogmore Road, the walk round the ground, the hustle and bustle underneath the North Stand… they all seem more atmospheric when it’s dark.
So 0-0, or 4-4 or 5-5 for that matter, would do me nicely at Spotland this afternoon. It would give us another night out down the Park for the replay, and would mean a further one – for the Charlton game which I assume would have to be rearranged again – would await.
I just hope the electricity bill isn’t so big we have to sell Ronan Curtis to Barcelona!