Pompey remained undefeated in the FA cup for another week, but that was the only real plus point today.
Bristol came with a plan, 1 man upfront and Jamie McCombe was in to counter Crouchs height. Trouble is Pompey went with one up front as well, Tony Adams will no doubt say it was 3, but Kranjcar was deep and Nugent wide right.
Adams has obviously gone back to basics with Pompey, thing is with Adams, basics means clean sheets first, the rest is a bonus. Pompey played with one upfront at home, this shored up midfield, but took away a threat to City's back line, ok Defoe has bailed on us, but surely Nugent would be best played as an out an out forward?
The game was not without chances, Styvar cleared off the line from Wilson, Kranjcar headed a great chance wide, and Distin forced a great save from the 'keeper, but Pompey are looking a bit like Shane McGowan at the moment, toothless.
Second half and Nugent curled one in that was well saved, Kranjcar smashed one into Basso's body, but Pompey had David James to thank for preventing another defeat, Bradley Orr forcing a fine save with about ten left.
All this leaves Pompey still floundering around somewhat, the clean sheet was a bonus, but a lack of firepower and real leadership on the pitch makes us look a bit rudderless right now.
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