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.
Embarrassing really isn’t it. Embarrassing
— Sam Harrington (@sxmhxrxixgxn_) May 11, 2019
Shocking that…dismal performance
— Dell ⚪️⚫️ (@agbnufc) May 11, 2019
We have bottled it like in 2016
— Chad Dixon (@ChadDix10446337) May 11, 2019
Didn't look like we wanted an equaliser after they were down to 10. Should've gone for it at that point.
— Mike Searle (@MikeSearle493) May 11, 2019
Offered nothing going forward, onto the second leg tho
— . (@AnotherDickEd) May 11, 2019
Doncaster would have turned us over tonight. Absolutely dreadful
— Woody (@m___wood) May 11, 2019
25 minutes against 10 men and didn’t have a shot on target. Absolute shit
— dean packham (@Packham93) May 11, 2019
Reading these comments I take it the second leg has been cancelled and we are out of the play offs, relegated and in administration??? Bad times
— Chris Reed (@ChrisRe43862970) May 11, 2019
— Pompey Hazza (@hazzaYT) May 11, 2019
We should have played till Monday without scoring a goal…
— Ni[o (@Nio62487226) May 11, 2019