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Guy Slams York Display

28 September 2013

Boss angered by lack of desire at Bootham Crescent

There have been plenty of positives to take from Pompey defeats this season.

But Guy Whittingham was livid at his side following their 4-2 humbling at York.

The Blues were poor throughout and Wes Fletcher’s early strike set the tone of the afternoon.

Jed Wallace’s impressive second half equaliser offered some hope for the travelling army of fans.

That was extinguished, however, when Lewis Montrose, Ryan Jarvis and Fletcher all scored in quick succession.

But it was a lack of effort at Bootham Crescent that angered Whittingham the most.

The Blues boss said: “It was a poor performance. You can protect people if you think they’ve given their all, but we didn’t do that.

“I’ve got to say that’s the first time that has happened and it’s got to be the last time.

“I’m extremely disappointed. It started right from the first minute – we didn’t win a header and suddenly they’re on top of us.

“All we ask of our players is that they show desire, but York showed more of that which is the most disappointing thing.

“I’m surprised because if you’ve seen our previous games you’ll know thay we work hard. But we haven’t gone and put ourselves in the right places to the ball.”

Teenage midfielder Wallace was the only Pompey player to evade Whittingham’s wrath.

He said: “We came out for the second half, looked a bit brighter and Jed scored a good goal.

“I think he was the stand-out player for us and showed a side to his game that we hope he can take forward.

“He’s maturing all the time. He’s a good player and he proved that with his performance.”

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