Portsmouth boss, Kenny Jackett, thinks that the ‘Fratton Park faithful’ can help Portsmouth beat Arsenal on Monday night when the two sides meet in the FA Cup.
Look. I know Arsenal lost on Thursday night and have been a bit of a shambles for a while, but before I even start with this let’s remember that just the week before Arsenal went to Olympiacos, where they know a thing or two about intimidating atmospheres, and won.
“It’s a big task, definitely, a big challenge, but if we can pull off an upset it would be great,” said Jackett.
“With the type of crowd we have at Fratton Park, there is no reason why we can’t.
“There is a good link between the players and the supporters – they’ll be right behind the team.
“I wouldn’t necessarily use the word ‘intimidating’ but it’s an old-fashioned ground, tight, a fantastic, passionate crowd and we have to use those assets.
“We would be stupid not to.
“With so many new stadiums now, that is quite unique.”
Now, I get what he’s saying. New stadiums can’t quite capture and hold an atmosphere like the old ones can.
But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still League One Portsmouth.
The only shock we will see on Monday night is if Arsenal manage to not make a dick out of themselves in some way.
Should Portsmouth win, it will most certainly have less to do with them and their fans and more to do with whatever way we’ve decided to cock up this week.