‘Embarrassing’ – These disappointed Portsmouth fans react to play-off blow at Sunderland

Portsmouth narrowly lost the first-leg of their play-off semi-final at Sunderland last night, despite the Wearsiders playing for over twenty minutes with ten men.

After a drab first half in which neither side could gain the upper hand, the game turned in Sunderland’s favour after sixty-two minutes when substitute Chris Maguire produced a stunning volley from fifteen yards after Pompey’s double player of the season Matt Clarke failed to get enough purchase on a clearing header.

Controversy followed five minutes later when Black Cats defender Alim Ozturk was shown a straight red after bringing down Gareth Evans, referee Andy Woolmer judging the challenge denied the Pompey forward a clear and obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Evans was unlucky to hit the bar from the resulting free kick, but despite the man advantage, Pompey failed in their quest for the equaliser.

Sunderland held on and were unlucky not to double their lead when Maguire hit the post late on. They now take a narrow lead to Fratton Park for the second leg on Thursday.

Even though they are far from out of the tie, Many Portsmouth took to social media to express disappointment with their team’s performance which some felt was not up to scratch.

In particular, Many expressed disappointment with their team’s failure to press home a man advantage in the final twenty minutes, with some feeling the tactics were too negative.

Here is a selection of their responses to the blow to their promotion hopes on Twitter.







  1. We need strikers who know how to get goals !! THE BBC site shows that out of 5 or 6 shots in previous games only few were on target ?
    The team manages to win a a run of games and then they cannot manage anything better than a draw against
    teams that are near the bottom of the table and losing to Sunderland with 10 against 11 is unforgivable.
    I actually wrote to the CHIEF exec a few weeks ago when we were on top form and winning and at the top only to find a few weeks later the slide set in and we slipped down from our automatic place . I said in my letter what was Mr jackett thinking about sending on a team that was giving away penalties and just being no good at all
    It is just so disappointing and I do not think at present we deserve to be promoted as the team seems to lacks any ambition sa all which makes me very sad

  2. I’m sure they don’t want to go up because most of the players are not good enough for the championship and they will have to find another team

  3. They cannot beat Accrington at home what chance have they got against Sunderland and with a striker like Hawkins that can’t score

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