I saw a funny thing tonight: an old Pompey game was on the Big Match Revisited. It was an away game at Millwall in the mid-70s when Pompey fans claim they had a big rivalry. The funny thing is there were no away fans there at all. If there was one he was keeping himself very well hidden. I know Pompey didn't travel north of London but what is their excuse for having no away fans at all at a London game? Hopefully, they were less afraid to go to Wimbledon tonight and at least 50 of them turned up to see their team lose.
Is there any other country in the world whose home games are more like away games because thousands of fans born in the country support the opposition? To a certain extent, I could understand it in the 1960s and 70s when the Indians were recent immigrants or first generation Brits but they have been citizens here for several generations now. Yet nothing seems to make them happier than seeing England beaten.
England cricket has been very welcoming to players with Indian heritage. There have been plenty of players with Indian ancestry selected over the years and we even made a player born in India captain of the England team for many years. In fact, only 5 players ever captained the England team for more test matches than Nasser Hussain.
The Indian fans certainly put pressure on the England team and give India an advantage. So, perhaps they should have home and away sections at test matches, with the majority of tickets for home fans only, like they do at football?
McCarthy showed some improvement on Sunday. He came out and punched a couple of crosses instead of always retreating into his goal and instead of letting in his usual 3 goals, he only let in 1. But, his long kicks all either went straight out of play or to Man United players and he seemed to do everything in his power to avoid the Greenwood shot that United scored from. That was caused by the panic that sets in with him when opposition players are attacking his goal. It would have been easier for him to let the ball hit him. That cost us 2 points to add to the 1 he lost us at Everton, where Forster would have saved 2 of those goals
McCarthy hasn't kept a single clean sheet this year. All of our clean sheets have come when Forster has been in goal. Over a season, the points McCarthy is costing us are going to make a massive difference to our league position.