But... it was another win ugly game against a not very good team, full of turmoil and bereft of a manager!! Admittedly, there were some good things about our play...Ronan Curtis and McGillivray shine out plus Whatmough and Clarke. Thought Hawkins had a good game but he needs to improve his heading ability in front of goal. Apart from that I thought our team was pretty average and at times dire and soon we will come up against a good team and we will be trounced. So far we have been very, very lucky to come away with wins but it cannot continue playing the way we do with the players we have. Mr J has got to recruit AT LEAST one very good mid fielder plus another striker...the question is..where from? Sorry folks...need to spend some money.
I was at the game, and agree with your observations for the most part. We were 100% better than we were against Luton but, as you say, we still weren't great. However, I was encouraged by Kenny's post match interview as he can clearly see where our weaknesses lie. As far as the players were concerned, I believe we may have found an absolute gem in Ronan Curtis. He was outstanding, and is sure to become a fan's favourite. His 2nd goal celebration is worth a watch if you haven't already seen it. The passion he showed was incredible. He could have had a hat trick as he nearly scored an absolute worldy mid way through the first half. Both his goals were assisted by Hawkins who I thought played very well. He wins headers that Pitman can't, two of which led to the goals. His weakness is his ability to score goals which as a striker is quite important! He had four good chances, including two headers, which I reckon Pitman would have taken at least two of. Naylor looked better in a deep holding role. He is a very good tackler, but his ability to pass the ball is woeful. I'm hoping this will come with time in the team, getting to know his new teammates better. Whatmough and Clarke were great again, and Walkes did much better at right back, but I still don't rate him highly, the same can be said about Lee Brown. He's OK, but I think Dion Donohue could be better? On a positive note, Craig Macgillivray looks the real deal, a definite step up from Luke McGee. Jamal Lowe was completely overshadowed by the outstanding Curtis, and when he came on Danny Rose was very poor, the worst Pompey player on the pitch. He replaced Close who I thought played well, but looked knackered by the time he went off. Evans was OK, but that is about it. On the subject of meeting a better team and getting trounced, I think Luton are one of those teams. I'm sure they will be up there at the end of the season. Finally, my lads and I stayed up there on Saturday night - I won't be rushing back to Blackpool. We had a great night with loads of other Pompey fans, but we won't be rushing back. It is a right sh7thole.