The All-Seeing Eye took a sideways glance at Pompey’s draw with AFC Wimbledon yesterday.
REMEMBER THE FALLEN
Pompey do their remebrance brilliantly these days and are an example to so many clubs in the country.
Among the dignity of the war veterans, there was the poignant Last Post and there was also an excellent programme cover depicting poppy fields on Fratton Park to ensure the memory of the fallen lives on.
There was also a touching moment in the 83rd minute when former boss Bobby Campbell was remembered.
Gone but never forgotten.
READY TO JOIN IN
Paul Cook has shown himself to be quite adept at joining in from the technical area when he gets the opportunity.
The Pompey boss nipped on to the pitch in the first half with a nifty backheel to give the ball back to Ben Davies.
He then offered a quick apology to fourth official to ensured he wasn’t in too much bother.
Cook was later caught on TV joining in with the Pompey fans’ rendition of Paul Cook’s Blue and White Army – at least the clapping part anyway.
SAFETY FIRST, BRIAN
Brian Murphy showed that he has learnt a valuable lesson from his unfortunate error in the FA Cup win last weekend.
The goalkeeper was caught with the ball at his feet on his last outing at Fratton Park, which Macclesfield to steal an equaliser.
No such trouble this time around as he dealt with a first-half backpass.
This time, he launched it first time over the north stand out of the ground and into the adjacent car park just to make absolutely sure.
ROBBO THE ROCK
Former Pompey skipper Paul Robinson ensured AFC Wimbledon left Fratton Park unbeaten after a solid display.
He was given warm applause at the end by Blues fans but he might have been the matchwinner too.
It looked like it was his first-half header that was ruled out for offside, although journalists were still arguing over whose header it was some time after the final whistle.
With little else of note happening, a disallowed goal suddenly seemed important.
Pompey have plenty of French connections with so many of their former players having come from across the Channel.
But as a city, it’s a common gateway to the country that was targeted in such horrific circumstances on Friday evening in Paris.
French duo Nigel Atangana and Rommy Boco proudly carried the French flag on to the Fratton turf before kick-off to warm applause.
The French national anthem – the rousing La Marseillaise – was also played before the start of the game, which is surely the first time that’s happened at Fratton Park.
Pompey fans also made their own feelings pretty clear on the events in the French capital with some chants directed towards those who claimed responsibility for those crimes.
But among the many innocent victims was the cousin of the Blues’ FA Cup-winning midfielder Lassana Diara.
A popular player during his short stay, the familiar chant from seven years ago – to the tune of White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army – rang around once again.
Hopefully, someone lets him know he’s dtill revered and has got plenty of support at Fratton Park.