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Guy: Sort It Out

7 September 2013

Boss says Blues have to deal with their away-day problem

Three League Two away games and three 2-2 draws.

It is certainly not a terrible record – and one that many teams would probably be quite happy with.

But Pompey should arguably have won all of their matches on the road this term.

The Blues led at Accrington and Mansfield, only to end up having to settle for a point.

And it was the same story at Cheltenham, where goals from Patrick Agyemang and Johnny Ertl were not quite enough to secure victory.

The Robins’ equaliser – one of two goals scored by Jermaine McGlashan – came deep into stoppage-time.

And Guy Whittingham knows his side have to stop gifting their opponents a share of the spoils.

The Blues boss said: “We had a good discussion in the changing room afterwards and there were a lot of calm heads.

“We’ve got to make sure we get this problem sorted because it’s now three away games where we’ve been in front and not seen the match out.

“Our first half performance was decent enough. But it was backs to the wall after the break and we didn’t keep the ball well enough.

“We created a number of good chances in the first half and even started the second brightly, but then we stopped playing the football we’re capable of.

“That ultimately cost us as we were put under a lot of pressure towards the end.

“We mostly defended well and coped with everything – John Sullivan didn’t have much to do – so the result is really frustrating.”

Despite the late disappointment, Whittingham was still impressed with his team’s performance.

He said: “You’re more worried if you don’t play well, but that’s not the case with us.

“Everyone knows that we’re conceding too many goals and we need to finish games off, but we win and lose as a team. We know where we need to improve and we’ll work hard to do that.”

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