Date:Sunday December 15 2013
Richie Barker knew there was work to be done, he now knows the extent of it. My first thoughts after the defeat were that it was just more of the same, on reflection though I feel this was perhaps just me being sucked into the general apathy sitting over Fratton park right now.
Let's face it, it was another two preventable goals that beat us, I do feel that we are somewhat bereft of a bit of luck right now, we had two efforts hacked off the line and Jed Wallace hit both the post and crossbar in his cameo role as sub, luck is most definitely not a blue colour at the moment.
There was another new era of optimism about the place once more, the new manager and his director of football had done the tub thumping and the crowd was swelled by a few fans eager to see a brave new dawn.
Pompey would of liked an easier opposition than Welsh Newport, perhaps the Isle of Wight outfit would of been more preferable, then again, they may be visitors soon if our plummet down the footballing pyramid continues!
Newport made all the early running without any real alarms, Racon and Cooper were making a go of it on midfield while the first choice pairing of Agyemang and Connolly were harrying around up front.
The inform Jolley had the first real chance of the match, his timing was all wrong though and he made a hash of his attempted shot.
Pompey were slowly building a momentum though and were looking quite dangerous from set pieces, the dead ball deliveries had a threat about them were being bombed into the area.
Agyemang looked like he had broken the deadlock, a cut back found him nicely and he blasted at goal, the ball looked destined to nestle in the Fratton end net, a yellow shirt though got a block in and the stalemate was preserved.
The half time chatter was all about the lack of a hot drink in the south stand lower (some plum never turned the urn on) and a somewhat improved performance against a strong Newport outfit. Surely we would kick on second half?
Newport were again on top early in the second half, Pompey were keeping it tight still though and looked to be gaining in their own attacking aspirations.
But like so often this season the concentration levels slipped for a moment, Newport got down the left and ball was played right into the heart of defence, Flynn arriving to smash high into the net, Pompey were back in all too familiar territory, a goal down and with it all to do, rather than give us a rocket though, the defence parted once more to again let a ball travel distance in the area to be converted by the same man, Pompey were flat on their arse.
You could visibly see the confidence levels drop, Newport could play keep ball and Pompey had to work doubly hard to make any sort of inroads, Barcham almost did like he had in the last two home games, that is provide very little then explode momentarily, he cut into the area and smashed in a shot that was parried into air, no blue shirt was on hand to stab home though.
Wallace was on for Holmes and looked a lot livelier than some of his team mates, he almost scored straight away, his stretching shot beat Pidgeley but cannoned off a post back into play and safety.
Racon had a header again smuggled off the line safely and then Wallace hit the frame again, his mishit cross clipping the bar and again falling safely with no fox in the box to sniff it out.
Pompey left the field to boos once more, the gloom has well and truly settled over Frogmore road right now, maybe influencing the somewhat harsh reaction to another home defeat.
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Date:Sunday December 15 2013
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