‘Nice to see him take responsibility’ – These Portsmouth fans react as key figure issues statement

Portsmouth started the 2019/20 season slowly and had to build up to a top-six spot, something currently being reflected in this season’s early endeavours.

After a 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town on the opening Saturday of the season, they were once again held to a dour stalemate, this time away at Rochdale, who many tips for the drop.

The result means both sides still await their first wins of the season, but it could have been even worse for Pompey. Ollie Rathbone was just wide with a volley for the hosts early on, before Matt Done’s shot was cleared off the line late on. Indeed, Rochdale had by far the best of the chances, with Stephen Dooley forcing a good save from Craig MacGillivray too.

The result leaves Portsmouth 17th in the table, albeit with just two games of the season gone. they were beaten 4-0 by Brighton in the League Cup last week too, and have now not scored a goal in 322 minutes of football, plus injury time across four matches.

The poor start has prompted £1m striker John Marquis to issue an apology of sorts on Twitter. He claimed to be disappointed with the results, even though two clean sheets were positive. He also mentioned that if the team keeps creating chances for him, he will eventually begin to put them away.

Portsmouth supporters are already unhappy at what they perceive to be a lack of progress from Jackett’s side, and plenty have flocked to Twitter to issue their verdicts on Marquis’ comments. In fairness to the former Doncaster hitman, he seems to have struck a chord with supporters for having the honesty to come out and make a statement, as you’ll see below.

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