Well, that was something of an anti-climax, wasn’t it? Games against the likes of Wigan, Rochdale and Plymouth took a toll on Pompey I reckon.
Defeat at Bradford deflated us, which looked obvious against Charlton as we never really got going and slipped to another defeat, one that couldn’t be argued against as the Blues got what we deserved, absolutely nothing.
Charlton dominated the first half. The best thing we could have said about it was the fact we would somehow get through to half time level. That was until Nicky Ajose made the breakthrough and ultimately secured the Addicks’ 1-0 win.
The injury to Jack Whatmough was unfortunate, forcing Kenny Jackett’s hand with one of his half time changes, but too many had an off day. In fact, some seemed disinterested, surprisingly for a game of such importance.
Yep, a disappointing way for our top-six aspirations to end, which ought to lead Jackett making changes, trying something different and looking towards persons new in the last two games. However, Saturday’s loss, coupled with the abject performance we saw, made it abundantly clear we’re not ready or good enough – at this point – to go up. 19 wins and 19 defeats isn’t promotion winning form.
On the flipside, a near-certain top-10 finish is nothing to scoff at, which I would have taken back in August, but the penultimate Fratton Park game of the 2017-18 season isn’t one that will be remembered too fondly.
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