Date:Wednesday October 10 2012
Pompey reverted to type on Tuesday night!
A decent turnout, with all due respect for the Paint Pot Trophy and Wycombe the visitors, and an 'expectancy' I would think of a decent performance and another Pompey win was soon washed away when the good work of the past 3 games was undone in 90-minutes, well basically inside the opening 8-minutes...
Just when we thought we might have turned the corner a little, at least in terms of the 'conceding early goals', and we dared to hope that we were on our way up, not only did we conceded after just 13-seconds we allowed Wycombe to storm into a two-goal lead within minutes!
The conceding of the early goal again left Appy furious: 'we shot ourselves in the foot with the way we started the game. I've said it until I'm blue in the face - if you don't start games well, you're facing an uphill battle.
'The first goal is crucial at any level of football and the majority of times that we've picked up points this season it's after we've scored first.
'I didn't give them too much feedback afterwards because I'd probably end up losing my rag. It was sloppy from us.
'We need to move on very quickly and make sure we come out of the blocks a lot quicker.'
Whilst we were the architects of our own downfall in many ways Wycombe came into this with 'little to lose' really and they gained a lot.
Credit was also given to them: 'Wycombe did ever so well. They started quickly and scored two good goals. There's always the threat of the counter-attack with them because they've got so much pace up front and they used it wisely.'
Any defeat is disappointing, as much as I recently said that I feel much more 'emotionally detached' theses days I still do not like losing - especially to a side we should beat really!
That said Appy knows that the weekend is what 'really' matters, which is true, even if progression in The Paint Pot Trophy would have been nice: 'we'll make sure the lads recover properly for Saturday. Obviously three points against Crewe is more important than getting through to the next round.
'But that's not an excuse - we would have loved to progress in this competition.
'We had a lot of opportunities in the first half, but it didn't really happen for us. I'm very disappointed.'
I was not at Fratton on the night, and whilst it seemed like we were poor at times we created a hell of a lot of chances, the failure to get enough on target and convert the ones that we did looks like it has cost us once again!
We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and make sure we recover against Crewe.
A win on Saturday will go someway to making up for this and give us a better chance of league one survival this season, should we not manage this then the chances are we will be facing Wycombe again next season at league two level...
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Date:Wednesday October 10 2012
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