Portsmouth home. What was the score? 2-1
There I was throwing my guts up on a boat in the middle of Lake Michigan, when I received a text from Vito who occupies the seat next to me in the Covered End. "We won 2-1, we were shit, Euell scored and an o.g. All I can really say though is that we were shit!"
Well it cheered me up. I was in agreement with Curbs that a win was a win and so I went back to my throwing up. And let me just tell you about the one that got away - a 20lb salmon was looking me in the eye after I had reeled it in 80 bloody feet and the chain smoking idiot first mate somehow lost it between taking it off the line and putting it in the poxy net. Gutted, but despite the puking we had a good - if long, 6 hours - time fishing, catching enough salmon to keep me in dinners for a week or so.
So after reading the reports, I think Vito's comments may have been a bit harsh on the team. It seems there were improvements from all over the pitch, particulary from Lisbie and goalscorer Euell. Rommedahl looks like he is getting into his (quick stride) and Murphy's impact on the team will only improve as he blends in with his new team mates. Although it does seem Danny's memory is a ton better than Jeffers as according to Curbs the 'fox in the box' "is not yet on first name terms with the players." (more
I'm not a Kishishev fan but if he can go through a game without making a cock up, he can always be trusted to chase everything 100% and it sounded like he performed his role well in protecting a week earlier shaky back four.
And then we had the wonderful piece of luck four minutes from time when Shaka Hislop failed to get down to David Unsworth's header. "It was one of the worst goals I've ever seen," said Harry Redknapp. Sorry Harry, there is no such thing!
And finally, can I conclude by saying how nice it is to see Chrystal Palarce at the bottom of the table. Long may it continue.
Reports from those who were there: BBC Sport
; Wyn Grant