Blues' desire MUST return against Rochdale
By Site reporter
Wednesday 02 Oct 2013 21:21:00
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Pompey's players will be challenged on Saturday to show the lack of desire Guy Whittingham felt they showed at York was a one-off. The manager said the display in the 4-2 defeat at Bootham Crescent was the worst since they ended their long losing run last season at Hartlepool.

 

The manager told The News: 'That was our worst display since that February time. I think you can dismiss the period before that because of everything going on at the club. But, certainly, since we’ve had a settled side I don’t think we’ve had a performance like that.

‘That’s why you don’t see it coming because you don’t change anything, you don’t change your training routines or what you say to them or what they do. Saturday wasn’t there and that is not good enough from all of us.

‘Again, we have come away from home and scored two goals but we have let four in because we didn’t have the desire to stand up to them and they worked harder than us. I haven’t seen it before.

‘You are thinking, perhaps it is a thing where everybody raises their game against Portsmouth – and it might be the case. But it just hasn’t happened before. We have handled that pressure before but didn’t step up on Saturday.

‘We didn’t move the ball quick enough, we backed off, we went backwards too much, we went sideways too much. Where we have been bright and lively before and shifting the ball quickly, we didn’t do that enough.

‘That is mental bravery as much as anything else. I can’t believe I’ve witnessed a performance as lacklustre from a Portsmouth side for six or so months.’

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