Sent Her Forward analysis: anatomy of a league title
When Perry Northeast and his then joint-manager, Katie Poore, led Portsmouth to the brink of a Premier League title success in their debut season at the helm before falling just short, they analysed the reasons for their eventual shortcoming. Continue reading
Portsmouth 4-1 Southampton Saints – the story behind the glory
Few people, even among the most diehard Southampton supporters, would have expected anything other than a Portsmouth win.
Defeat for the Premier League Southern title-chasers against opposition from the tier below was unthinkable.
But after Sunday’s painful 6-3 defeat to title rivals Charlton Athletic, last night was not so much whether they won – or even by what score – but how they won it; how they responded to the hammer blow of twice surrendering leads to emerge pointless from their visit to south-east London on Sunday. Continue reading
Analysis: a look in more detail at the story behind last night’s Sussex Cup final
Everyone who plays Brighton, whether Watford from the Super League or Wivelsfield Green from the core of the grassroots pyramid, wants to be at full strength to give themselves the maximum opportunity against a slick passing side who never give anything but total commitment.
Chichester City (like many other teams this season) did not have that opportunity last night as they defended their Sussex County Cup title against the club they beat in last year’s final. Continue reading