Local Derby

Yesterday my team Southampton, played our arch rivals Portsmouth. The game was a hard fought 2 2 draw, a result which helped neither team.

We thought we had the game won when we took a 2 1 lead in the 89th minute, only for them to score an qualiser in the 93rd minute.

This shot is of the crowd around us celebrating what they thought must be the winning goal.

Our paths may diverge this summer. They look like they are headed for relegation and maybe even oblivion as they could easily go out of business.

We are in the chase for promotion to the Premier League. We are top of the league still, but only just and we play second at home next friday, a game I fear that we will not win.

I wish Pompey the best in their struggles, and Saints the strength and luck to get over the finishing line and win promotion. Though the animosity between the two cities runs deep, no-one wants to see you go bust. Well, I don't!!!

Come on you reds, keep the faith!!!
Great crowd shot, I can feel the energy
posted April 8th, 2012  
@sugarmuser Thanks Sharon, we could feel the concrete moving underneath us, it really is an incredible sensation!!
posted April 8th, 2012  
There is nothing like a English football game! My hubby supports Grimsby (who really aren't doing great, though they perked up mis-season for awhile) and there really isn't anything like a hotly contested game!
posted April 8th, 2012  
Love the perspective. looks like a very exciting event
posted April 8th, 2012  
Heard the Pompey away fans the other day, must have been noisy in there. Result suited Reading and Portsmouth will be happy enough with the point
posted April 8th, 2012  
@runningbk Funny that, they were very quiet from where I was, and we seemed very noisy. I think the only winners yesterday were Reading.

We have a tough run in, and Pompey are doomed. Really can't see them staying up when you look at all the fixtures. That said I think we need to up our game to even finish 2nd!
posted April 8th, 2012  
I find the whole concept of segregating fans of opposing teams facinating. Here, regardless of the football code, you just sit anywhere. There is normally a mix of fans of both teams and generally it makes for amusing banter, and it's only when someone is too drunk or obnoxious there is any trouble. But then securityusually gets involved and they are turfed out...
posted April 8th, 2012  
You could do that in some grounds in England, but not in a game between Southampton and Portsmouth as they have a strong loathing of each other. I believe rugby is different again and not sure they segregate.
@seanoneill, the Saints v Reading could be a good one. I'm personally hoping Reading and Southampton go up and West Ham get relagated.
posted April 8th, 2012  
Great atmosphere shot.
posted April 8th, 2012  
Great capture!
posted April 8th, 2012  
@asutherland1964 It i sjust a bit different over here Andrew. The Portsmouth fans had all to come by coach from Portsmouth, in convoy. They were parked up in a fenced in area, and bussed out again in teh same way. Last time the police took a more relaxed view on this game there were close on 100 arrests and more than 10 poeple were jailed for their crimes!! I find it rather pathetic that grown men hate each other because of the town they are from, but then I did stand through the whole match and sing some of the rather rude songs about our friends from down the M27.
posted April 9th, 2012  
@runningbk I will second that Mike. Sneaking feeling that Reading will win at St Mary's on friday, and that it will be a fight to the line between us and the Hammers. FIngers crossed for Saints win at Palace today, and that the Hammers lose to Brum. Then for one night only I will be a Brighton fan tomorrow!!! Squeaky bum time!!
posted April 9th, 2012  
@jennywren @lizzy_lu123 Thanks Jen and Lisa. Hope The Blades do it too Lisa, have always had a soft spot for them and not been too keen on The Owls!!
posted April 9th, 2012  
Great shot, I can feel the atmosphere.
posted April 9th, 2012  
@primitiveprobe Thanks Andreas.
posted April 9th, 2012  
What a crowd! Great capture!
posted April 9th, 2012  
Great perspective and I love the feel of the crowd.
posted April 9th, 2012  
Got your result today Sean. Currently supporting Birmingham :)
posted April 9th, 2012  
@runningbk definitely!! Come on you blues!!
posted April 9th, 2012  
That is a big crowd!!! Great capture!
posted April 10th, 2012  
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