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DOYLE: WE HAVE TO ACCEPT CRITICISM

24 February 2016

Skipper reflects on Barnet defeat

Pompey’s fans made up more than half the attendance at Barnet.

But their only reward was witnessing a 1-0 defeat that saw the Blues drop to eighth in the League Two standings.

John Akinde grabbed the only goal from the penalty spot after the striker was adjudged to have been fouled by Adam Webster.

Some of the travelling supporters vented their feelings at the final whistle – and Michael Doyle has no complaints about that.

Pompey’s skipper said: “It’s a difficult time for everyone involved at the club and you could see the frustration from the fans at the end.

“We don’t want to send them home like that and they don’t want to see displays like that from us.

“We’re as frustrated as they are, but we know how much time, effort and money they put in. They’re passionate people and you just want to apologise to them.

“It was hard for me to walk over to them at the end, but it’s easy to take the plaudits when you’re playing well.

“These are the times when you’re going to get questions asked of you as individuals and as a team.

“We’ve gone from chasing the top three to now trying to cement a place in the play-offs.

“At the minute we’re a bit vulnerable as a team and it’s hard to put your finger on the reason for why that is.

“People will probably question that performance, but I can promise that it’s certainly not down to a lack of effort.

“It’s hard, but we move on to the next one and it’s just about trying to get that win as soon as possible to give everyone a lift.”

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