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The Opposition View - Portsmouth

Following last night's last-ditch 2-2 draw at Portsmouth, here are some views on the game from Pompey's caretaker manager Andy Awford, coach Alan McLoughlin, striker Patrick Agyemang, and a selection of their fans.

Awford was unhappy with his side's first half performance.

'The first half wasn't good enough. Even if we'd had a 10 or 15 per cent better performance in the first half, we'd have won that game,' he said.

'In the second half, I couldn't fault them for effort, tempo and application, but I don't understand how it can be so different from the first half to the second half.

'We were rabbits in the headlights in the first half. They were scared to play out there.'

'To be fair to them, what a performance it was in the second half, but then we just switched off at the end.'

Coach McLoughlin was bemoaning his side's lack of concentration for the equaliser.

'It's a tough pill to swallow tonight, it really is,' he said.

It was chalk and cheese, the first half performance compared to the second half. They've had a royal roasting at half time and they've come out and responded to it.'

'We get back in the game with a magnificent performance in the second half, the crowd got behind us, and we took the game to Wycombe who only had one or two forays forward.'

'A corner comes in, people are organised, people know who they're marking and they haven't done their job, simple as that, but that lack of concentration, that lack of desire to go and defend in key situations, and it literally was the last kick of the game.'

'I sat behind the dugout because I really didn't want to see the last corner come in, and I can't believe that the ball's gone in. It's a cruel blow, but that's football. If you don't concentrate until the last kick of the game you're going to get punished.'

Pompey goalscorer Patrick Agyemang said 'It's disappointing. In the second half we turned it round and we were creating more chances and we're just gutted not to finish with a win.'

The Portsmouth fans were naturally disappointed, but most conceded that the draw was a fair result over ninety minutes.

The following extracts are taken from Vital Pompey, truebluearmy, the pompeychimes and Fratton Faithful.

Portchester PFC wrote:
'In all fairness we did not deserve to win, PA came on and completely changed the game but before that we didn't deserve anything out of it.'

Selsey Bill wrote:
'That was a strange one. For the first 10 minutes or so, we looked up for it, and good enough to compete, then for the next 10 they were in charge, and after the inevitable defensive clanger they took the lead. For the rest of the first half, we were as dire as we have been all season. We came back out after the break and looked no different, but the whole complexity of the game changed with the introduction of Patrick Agyemang. If Agyemang and Connolly play, we win. We didn't really deserve to win based on our first half performance alone, but in the manner it happened, the draw felt like a loss.'

Brads90 wrote:
'Ten seconds!!! Cannot believe that !!! How the **** did that happen. Once again our defensive line has let us down.'

scumslayer wrote:
'Some mystic forces have ruined N'Gala. Under no pressure to clear that ball and he hooks it out for a corner like his feet are F****** bananas! And Devera...I know we can't bring drums but can we bring a rifle? Absolutely robbing a living and WE'RE PAYING!'

rumourmonger wrote:
'On came Agyemang and we looked a different side. Pat then smacked home a header and amazingly three points looked a distinct possibility. But this is Pompey. N'Gala needlessly gave away a corner and from that came another, and from that came their sub who clearly wanted the ball more than our defenders did and into the net it flew. If someone had said at half time that we were going to get a draw I'd have bitten their hand off but losing the goal in stoppage time meant it felt like a defeat.'

Lemmi wrote:
'An enormous improvement in the second half, but the defence is, to quote Alan Hansen, woeful. Why can't we defend set pieces? At least Awfs changed tactics when needed and once big Pat came on we were much better. He can hold the ball and pass. At times the ball was attached to his boots by elastic.'

Pompeytim wrote:
'What a shame. A dreadful first half, but a spirited second half showed that Wycombe were there for the taking. '

Chix wrote:
'Connolly and Big Pat changed the game apart from that woeful penalty ... Bird tries but is just not a lone striker. Defensively cr@p.'

pompeyrug wrote:
'Really thought we would hold on, but sadly once again the conceding of a needless corner (the one before the corner that they scored from) cost us dearly. We really need to find an alternative option to Agyemang when he isn't around.'

blue architect wrote:
'I feel really let down. The new manager needs to sort out this Jekyll and Hyde team we have and hide the self-destruct button.'

Corkhead wrote:
'How many points have we lost in the last 5 mins this season? I would suggest that is the urgent priority for any new manager to address.'

lovedeanblue wrote:
'Plus defending corner kicks.'

KenWright wrote:
'And practising penalties, even I could have saved Connolly's latest effort.'

pfc_blues wrote:
'If our keeper could catch a ball, I feel we would have won tonight.'

And finally, some good news from Pompey's Danny East...

@east_danny wrote:
'Thank you for all the messages people! Really appreciated. Yeah it's true last night the X-Rays showed I'd fractured my neck however...I had some great news this morning!! further scans have shown that there doesn't seem to be a fracture. So happy right now, high on morphine too!'

Next Game: FA Cup - Wycombe v Preston North End

Saturday 7th December 2013 - 3.00pm

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Date:Thursday December 5 2013

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