Sunday, January 29, 2012
Posh downed by Pompey
Yesterday the two teams went into the game on the back of poor runs with Peterborough in 15th in the Championship and Portsmouth in 16th. By the end of the day they had swapped places.
Portsmouth's off the field problems have been well documented recently, nevertheless their fans got right behind them and it was a fairly decent number who turned out to support them.
That said we wouldn't have felt too sorry if they had gone back to the South Coast without any points and with McCann, Frecklington and Boyd coming back into the Posh team we were fairly optimistic that Posh could finally get another win on the board. Things didn't get off to a good start. A poor clearance from player of the month (those awards are always a curse) by Gabriel Zakuani bounced around six yard box before Erik Huskelepp put the ball into the back of the goal for Pompey.
Posh played themselves back into the game and there were some good passing moves and plenty of pressure. However, daft mistakes and bad luck as well as speculative shots and looking a bit lightweight in general compared to the Pompey defence meant they never put pressure on Portsmouth's goal. Portsmouth on the other hand didn't look like they fancied attacking much but when they did they looked lethal on the counter attack. Inevitably just before half time when we were thinking that Posh might get back into it and put another complexion on the game, or go in one down at the break and regroup Portsmouth hit them on the break and Jason Pearce put the visitors two up.
It was clear that Posh were going to change things around once the second half started and they didn't take long to put Mark Little on, who gave them more options out wide, but still they couldn't threaten the Pompey goal despite George Boyd playing well and pulling the strings in midfield. We had expected to see Emile Sinclair introduced, as he would have given them something different and a bit more threatening in the air up front. However, Darren Ferguson didn't agree and introduced Ryan Tunicliffe.
Peterborough have been well noted for their never say die attitude over the last couple of seasons and Paul Taylor and George Boyle really embodied this attitude. Well, they did until the 79th minute when another Portsmouth counter attacked again and Huskelepp got his second.
After that the long suffering Pompey fans were in ecstacy, a lot of the Posh fans looked like there was a fire drill and Posh were left chasing shadows.
A disappointing result, but a good day out at London Road.
The picture shows Erik Huskelepp putting Pompey 1-0 up.