Fleetwood and Portsmouth shared an exciting 2-2 draw in League One last night, a game which was a little low on quality but certainly high in entertainment.
Joey Barton’s side are one of the surprise candidates for promotion, and they took the lead when on-loan Barrie McKay finished at the second attempt past Alex Bass. They went on to have the better of the play, but Pompey got level ten minutes before the break. Another on-loan player, this time Norwich City’s defender Sean Raggett, angled a looping header over goalkeeper Alex Cairns.
Still Fleetwood impressed and Josh Morris hit the post with a free-kick as the half wound down. They went in the happier of the two sides, who were locked on points going into the encounter.
The home side came out in a different mood in the second period and took the lead through the unfortunate Harry Souttar, who deflected Ryan Williams’ cross past Cairns. Within seven minutes he had made amends though, bagging the game’s final goal from a Ched Evans header back across the area.
The stalemate left the two sides in fourth and fifth, still level on points with a four-goal swing in Pompey’s favour. After the game, Kenny Jackett revealed he wasn’t happy with the defending his side showed as they missed the chance to jump above Oxford in third.
He claimed they ‘didn’t get their defending right’, something the fans were quick to jump on.
Bloke is an absolute genius. That’s what happens when you play a full back at centre back, a midfielder at right back and have a CB sat on the bench.
— Ed (@edmac316) March 10, 2020
Kenny Jackett AKA….. pic.twitter.com/4hC4v4CiHv
— Steve Richards (@SteveRi29957301) March 10, 2020
Defending or attacking I'd say. Half our team can't pass cross or shoot and hit a f..ng barn door from 15 yards. And your penchant for hoofball has destroyed quality players who came with goalscoring pedigree….. Pitman, Marquis to name but 2. Hoofball sucks.
— TJHooker (@tjhooker1151) March 10, 2020
The forward hoof ball wasn’t much better either was it
— Dean Johns (@DeanoPFC16) March 10, 2020
Get this joke out of our club now ffs
— jackett out! (@tdnba1982) March 10, 2020
You can say that again the defending tonight was appalling every single corner they had they looked like scoring
— brad (@brad030600) March 10, 2020
Why play the hoof ball straight down the middle when the opposition centre back is 7ft tall?! Team’s running out of steam and lacks any ideas. The left hand don’t know what the right hand is doing!
— Steve (@SteveWillie6) March 10, 2020
Yes Jackett is to blame but tonight apart from having to name a team with burgess he picked the team everyone has been screaming out for, and the end of the day the players are to blame tonight they got frustrated easily and fell for fleetwoods mind games
— mitchel waudby (@mitchwaudby) March 10, 2020
Kenny with the blindingly obvious.
— Michael (@BoxingFanatic_) March 11, 2020
Dead right Kenny
— Gordon Baker (@GordonDBaker) March 11, 2020