I have some observations on last night’s antics, just from the highlights I saw.
0-1 - It was very naive of Ferrier to bump into their player like that, but I’ll guarantee that if it had been the other way round, any referee would have waved that away and probably made a remark about his breeding for good measure. It was certainly no worse than Osbourne’s innocuous tackle against Accrignton and he’s old enough to know better.
0-2 An unfortunate goal, but the defence was caught napping and left Roberts totally exposed and therefore blameless.
0-3 At least Guthrie attempted to make a telling challenge. It looked like a lucky break to me and his team mates hardly covered themselves in glory covering him. There was plenty for them to do after winning the ball in midfield.
1-3 Referee underlines my earlier comment.
2-3 Frustrating it was so late. 5m earlier and Portsmouth would have had nightmares about another potential 3-3 from 3-0. It could have been a brilliant finish and improbable point, which would have meant so much psychologically.
WM - Mike Taylor is better than this, but should not be led by Rego into the silly pub banter he has on Friday night with Franksy and Tonka. Until last night, I moaned that we weren’t covered enough. If this is the standard we can expect, I’m quite happy for them to ignore us. At least Tom Marlow sounds interested.
Overall - The goals conceded were poor, but six weeks ago this would be have been 1-4 or 1-5 instead of 2-3. We need to make sure that last night was a blip and not the norm.