If that game was anything to go by, Pompey have laid out the towels on holiday already, for me it was a total waste of an afternoon, for some young kids who were going to their first ever Fratton game, it was probably their last. There in lies a big problem, Pompey have nothing to play for in terms of promotion or relegation, both are improbable now, they do however have us fans out there, if they can't put in a shift for the people in the stands, then they should not bother turning up at all ( bit like Passley really), it's all well and good singing the praises of the fans in the papers and on social media, but if how can you expect people to shell out week after week to watch the football equivalent of a party political broadcast?
Pompey fielded the same side that lost 1-0 in last weeks poor performance at Wimbledon, I agree with stability and continuity, but surely those work best in a performing side, not one that was intent on showing as much attacking belief as an Italian army?
Shrewsbury were the better side from the off, they are on the threshold of league 1 football, basically where we all hoped Pompey would be this season, on the pitch Dunne put in a shift, Wallace tried to force the issue but failed on the day, I thought our new left back was bloody awful, Butler is apparently being looked at from higher divisions, yet he can't make a poor Pompey side right now. Tubbs has aspirations of being the top scorer in the division, not a chance if we cannot fashion a worthwhile chance in 90 minutes.
Both goals came from Bobby Grant, both were cracking finishes, but only after Pompey let him take aim unchallenged from outside the box.
Paul Jones pulled off a great point blank save with time ticking away, while Jed Wallace had pompeys only worthwhile effort at goal, saved unorthodox ally by keeper Leutwiler, Grandison at the back reminded me of Darren Moore from years past, strong in the air, strong on the ball and never gave Taylor a sniff.
So, our season is over by the end of March, tell that to the fans though who are still expected to watch the dross, if by any small chance any member of the Pompey staff do read online media, please, please, play attacking football for the next two months, it may leave us open at the back, we are losing anyway, but give us fans something to watch until the end of the season, you never know, the nine year olds may want to come back again!,