Portsmouth’s poor start to the season continued after they were held 0-0 at Fratton Park by Steve Evans’ Gillingham side.
Goalkeeper Jack Bonham was the hero for the visitors, pulling off three good saves at Fratton Park to leave the home crowd baying for the blood of manager Kenny Jackett.
The Gills went into the game looking for a point and nothing more; they offered little in the way of attacking threat, but were comfortable for much of the game against a toothless Pompey.
Gareth Evans’ almost gave the home side the lead in the second-minute, but his shot from outside the area drew a fine save from Bonham, diving low to turn the ball behind. Ben Close then had a an effort saved by Bonham, who impressed all afternoon.
Sean Raggett did have Bomham beaten, but his thumping header came back off the post and the rebound was scrambled clear. Finally, another smart save from Bonham kept out Ellis Harrison’s low drive.
Whilst it may have been a case of not taking their chances, Pompey fans have been left increasingly frustrated at their side’s lack of attacking intent. As far back as last season, they’ve been unable to break down stubborn sides and the two blank play-off semi-final outings have proven that.
One thing is for sure; these supporters want to see the end of Kenny Jackett.
Not good enough, time to go kenny
— Ashley Ladd (@AshleyLadd10) October 12, 2019
Dominate? How about a little honesty here, simply not good enough. We won't go down for sure, that being said we will not make the playoffs!
— Col.Sha (@TattwoU) October 12, 2019
In the area devoid of any positivity, and for the smallest of silver linings…think we’re finally seeing what all the fuss was about regards Sean Raggett! Very assured all of a sudden!
— Daniel Kirby (@DJKirby14) October 12, 2019
Relegation awaits !
— Nick Dibben (@Dibbs1988) October 12, 2019
“Dominate” think I must have gone to a different game 🤔🤔 how many shots on goal were there??! Athmosphere is slowly getting sucked out of Fratton park 😞😞
— Andy Watson (@MrPoos) October 12, 2019
"dominate"???? Did you watch the same game I did? We lacked any kind of attacking threat, just like we did in the play-offs!
— Jonno_23 (@Jonno_23) October 12, 2019
Lack of quality in centre mid, Pitman and Close offered nothing going forward!
— Martin Wake (@martinwake81) October 12, 2019