Match stats: Portsmouth v Grimsby

Cod Almighty | Match Stats

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Division 4

Portsmouth 4 Bennett (12), Rose (35), Baker (45+1), Naismith (47)

Grimsby Town 0

Attendance: 16,492 (527 away fans)

Mini Report

Hey, this is going oka.. SHIT! Unlucky deflection, no? SHIT! What? again? SHIT! SHIIIT! Oh, look, Dizza and Comley. Too late. 

Cod Almighty man of the match: Shaun Pearson

Collins and Pearson battled manfully in a system which wasn't working. The rest? Often in the wrong place and definitely all at the wrong time.

Cod Almighty un-man of the match: Marcus Bignot

Sorry gaffer, but there was no need to make the changes you did after the weekend. Watch the game and react to it rather than sticking with a system which isn't working.

Our gaffer says

"When you come to Fratton Park, you need your defence to stand up and be counted but their attacking line got the better of us."

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Their gaffer says

"For the first time, especially at Fratton Park, people are seeing Portsmouth Football Club play and I think that is huge"

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Us

After a decent opening period, Town were undone by Pompey's width and pressing style of play. We sat too deep and ignored the left of midfield. Resorting to hoofing long balls to distant strikers played into their hands.

Them

Clearly hitting their stride as the season draws to a close, Pompey are going up. They took their foot off the gas a little once they hit their fourth but maybe they were tired, hey?

Grimsby 'til I die... or cry?

527 Mariners 250 miles from home. On a Tuesday night.

Treat the support better, Marcus or patience will wear thin with these ridiculous formations, selections and excuses.  

 

Official warning

Robert Jones

A couple of wayward decisions but Town were well beaten so any criticism would just be nitpicking. 

Readers' digest

Squad rotation and choice of formation by way of a tombola (no, not him). One that everyone will want to forget so for goodness' sakes don't have the players watch it again in train

Line-ups

Portsmouth: Forde; Evans, Clarke, Burgess, Stevens, Doyle, Rose, Baker, Naismith (Lowe 68), Bennett (Roberts 44), Doyle (Chaplin 86)

Subs not used: Davies, O'Brien, Hunt, Linganzi

Town: McKeown; Davies, Collins, Pearson, Andrew, Maxwell, Osborne (Comley 57), Mills, Jones (Disley 57), Asante (Yussuf 81), Vernon

Subs not used: Vose, Bolarinwa, Boyce, Dyson