‘Wouldn’t blame you if you left’ – These Portsmouth fans send clear message to 29-y/o

Portsmouth’s horrible record in play-offs continued last night after being held to a 1-1 draw by Oxford United.

It was the fourth stalemate between the two sides this season and it meant the tie went to a penalty shoot-out. It was a compelling tie that could have gone either way, with John Marquis hitting a post in extra time for Pompey.

However, it wasn’t to be and when it came to spot-kicks, on-loan Cameron McGeehan saw his effort saved by former Pompey stopper Simon Eastwood. That condemned Kenny Jackett’s side to another year in League One and a second successive defeat at this stage of the season.

McGeehan’s inclusion in the starting line up wasn’t entirely a surprise, but fans were shocked to see him paired with Byrn Morris instead of captain Tom Naylor. Naylor has been a regular for Pompey throughout the season but didn’t feature in either of the play off games. He took to Twitter this morning to express his sorrow at the situation, telling fans he was devastated.

“Words can’t describe with the way I’m feeling today,” he tweeted. “Me and the boys are devastated in missing this great chance of promotion. Thank you to the fans all season sticking behind us.”

Whilst he may well not be mentioning his omission from the starting lineup, Pompey fans have made little secret of their feelings towards manager Jackett in the replies to Naylor’s message. With two failed play off attempts behind them, there is a level of discontent brewing at Fratton Park which perhaps could be problematic for the manager going into next season.

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