Pompey crashed to another defeat, hot on the heels of last weeks demolition by Arsenal came another no-pointer at Blackburn.
I’m getting a bit sick of it all right now, the team is the same whoever we play, wherever we play. I can predict the team 2 days in advance, so for all those scouts at games it must be a joy to know Pompey will play one upfront, cram the midfield with Stonewall types, and basically hope to hit you on the break.
I hate to be critical of Paul Hart and Brian Kidd, but the football Pompey are churning out right now bores me silly, some may say its a results business, but I’m firmly in the ‘entertainment business’ camp, if I’m expected to dish out £600 a year to watch football, I want two sides playing it.
The match was played in steady rain, this obviously didn’t help proceedings, and Blackburn scored with the first effort on target after half an hour, James dithered a bit by all accounts, the prescence of Samba proving unsettling, and Pedersen was left to steer into the net.
Crouch seemed exiled up front, he was by himself and the midfield was showing few signs of making late runs into the box.
Pompey had their first proper effort on almost the stroke of half-time, predictably it came from a corner rather than open play, Hreidarsson heading narrowly wide.
On 53 minutes Pompey made a couple of attacking substitions, Kanu and Utaka coming on, but this was all undone when Blackburn got awarded a penalty straight away, Hreidarsson handling a ball into the box.
Up steps McCarthy and its game over for another week.
Pompey did spark a little in the last 20, Pennant shooting wide after good link uip play, and then Utaka rounded Robinson, but Ryan Nelsen slid in to block his weak roll toward the net, it was almost vintage Utaka from 18 months ago, but his finish will further frustrate the already tetchy Pompey support.
Just to emphasise this statement, with a couple of minutes left on the clock, Pompey got their first penalty post-Defoe, but like his last effort against West Ham, Utaka blew it, and when I say blew it, it was last seen orbiting Venus.
Game over, no points, no leadership, no inspiration.
Pompey resembled Holland today, not total football, just flat.
Sorry Hart, but time to tinker, all his shortcomings as manager are becoming evident now, good at organising, but not so good at inspiring, thing is Pompey crowds have had entertainment for the last 6 years, ready salted football will be hard to revert back too.