Date: 28th January 2013 at 10:16am
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It was a ‘new look’ Pompey on Saturday afternoon, although the outcome was the same as usual with us slumping to another defeat against bottom of the table (as it stood) Hartlepool…

Although, to be fair, whilst the outcome was the same as usual this was a game that I enjoyed much more than I have for a while – yep, quite clearly the ability is lacking but the application of effort and commitment was not for the most part!

Guy Whittingham felt that our play, and chances we had, meant we deserved more: ‘I’d like to look at the shooting stats because I’m sure we had more chances than them, but we didn’t put ours away.

‘I don’t think Simon Eastwood had much to do in the second half apart from pick two balls out of the back of the net.’

All the while we fail to convert our chances we will be punished, as we were.

Again though, to be fair, I am not so sure that it was a case of ‘not converting chances’ as their keeper did make some fine saves, especially in the 1st half and you just cannot do much about that can you!

Something we MUST change is the defensive errors, we made some terrible ones and they were punished: ‘I’m very disappointed with the result. We had enough chances in the game to score and our defending was poor for the first and second goals.

‘We were going for it when they scored the third, but the ones before that I wasn’t happy with.’

I know I keep banging on about ‘100% effort, commitment and passion’ being what I am looking for – that is a key ingredient for me and will retain my interest, but some wins would be nice at some point too, losing to a side that most would have pined hopes on beating is a disappointment and cannot hidden.

If the showing we saw was an indication of what is to come for the rest of the season, perhaps we will continue to lose more than we win but it will leave me somewhat satisfied as I will feel I am getting something back from the games, seeing the boys give it their all (even if that is not good enough to get results) and at least see us go down fighting…

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