Portsmouth’s difficult start to their League One campaign continued last night with a 2-2 home draw with Burton Albion.
It was a result and performance that heaped further pressure on under-fire manager Kenny Jackett, with Pompey fans not slow to vent their anger on social media after the final whistle.
It could have been much worse, Nigel Clough’s well-drilled outfit came into the game full of confidence after four wins in their last five away games in all competitions and raced to a 2-0 lead after only six minutes through goals by Sbarra and Wallace.
However, Pompey were thrown a lifeline when Burton had Joe O’Toole sent off in the twenty-fifth minute, and Curtis pulled a goal back soon after. However, a tense Fratton Park had to wait until the ninety-fifth minute for returning forward Brett Pitman to level up from the spot after Ellis Harrison was brought down in the box.
BBC South TV & Radio Sports Reporter Andrew Moon tweeted a snippet from the post-match press conference in which Jackett replied when asked to send a message to frustrated supporters ‘I’m very frustrated with the start to the season…. we’re at the stage where we need a win or series of wins to turn the season around.’
The tweet garnered a hostile reaction from many Pompey fans who are far from happy with the Welsman. Many fans questioned his tactics and style of play not to mention his ability to inspire and motivate the players.
Pompey are currently eighteenth in League One, and If Jackett doesn’t start winning soon, it looks like the Pompey board might have a decision to make, as the following selection of responses to the tweet illustrates.
Absolutely clueless manager imho. Football is the easiest game to play. Yet #Jackettout makes it look incredibly hard. He has to go. The fans are quickly losing all patience . If this team loses badly against the scum it could get ugly.
— Porchy. (@ShantasticMrFox) September 17, 2019
He needs to go. No plan B. Terrible tactician. Awful football. We deserve better
— JM (@the3rdmitchell) September 17, 2019
Well done captain obvious
— Ell (@FookingEll) September 17, 2019
Sick of hearing him. His passion is draining to watch Where's his motivation for the players on the sidelines. That's a home game can't beat 9 men now 70 minutes against 10 men. Don't think I've ever not celebrated a goal at fratton Park before…
— Darren (@Nineteen862) September 17, 2019
Very inspiring words 🤥
— Niall Judge (@Niall_Judge26) September 17, 2019
Then play the best players in their respective positions Kenny it’s not as if we are short anywhere.
— Adrian Parish (@AdrianParishUK) September 17, 2019
I'd start with a style of play that doesn't involve slowly working the ball side to side before hitting bad crosses into packed boxes.
— Mark Somerset (@mark11s) September 17, 2019
We’re six games in and already KJ is talking about the need to turn the season around. That’s concerning.
— Brendon Bone (@brendonvbone) September 17, 2019
Inspiring as a bit of driftwood with weed on it floating by Victoria Pier
— Gazz top (@ethelmurmanknee) September 17, 2019