There were again some disappointing attendances in the FA Cup but notable exceptions came at Selhurst Park and at St Mary’s, the former because Palace were up against top-class Premier League opponents and the latter because it represented one of football’s most fearsome derbies.
And, if the most dire financial forecasts of last week come true and Portsmouth go under, then their fans will have some consolation in knowing they trounced their bitter enemies in one of the club’s last games. I tend to believe that football will somehow save the club, no matter the wrath of the Inland Revenue.
However, if the worst happens, think of some of the immediate consequences the game will have to face, not least that all of Portsmouth’s league results this season will be erased.
Both Manchester United and Arsenal, who’ve beaten Portsmouth twice, would lose ground to Chelsea. And Liverpool, despite losing at Fratton Park in their worst performance of the campaign, would have an advantage over Manchester City, Villa and Spurs. Now that couldn’t affect any Premier League pleas for mercy, could it?