Adam Webster rues second Brunton Park heartbreak for Pompey

  • Charlie Wyke netted last-gasp leveller against Pompey in April in a 2-2 draw
  • Paul Cook’s men drop to fifth in League Two following Saturday’s draw

Adam Webster was left to nurse double Pompey heartbreak after another cruel Brunton Park outing.

The central defender was a member of the Blues side which suffered the agony of a stoppage-time Carlisle United leveller in April’s 2-2 draw.

Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler

Adam Webster. Picture: Joe Pepler

And lightning struck twice when Keith Curle’s side repeated the trick on Saturday as Danny Grainger’s stunning strike five minutes into time added on stole a point.

It was harsh on Paul Cook’s side who had initially slipped behind against the run of play when Grainger netted from the penalty spot just before half-time.

Caolan Lavery and substitute Marc McNulty turned the game around with goals inside three second-half minutes.

That appeared to be enough for a first win in five for the Blues.

The ref said first contact was outside so I don’t know how he has given a penalty

Adam Webster

But then Grainger gave Webster that familiar Brunton Park feeling – and a 2-2 draw.

Webster said: ‘It was very frustrating and we are hugely disappointed but there is not much you can do about an absolute wonder-strike like that.

‘It was pretty heartbreaking to be honest but it’s another point and another game unbeaten,

‘It was on his (Grainger’s) weak foot, he cut in and you are thinking it’s on his weaker foot so let him shoot.

‘But he is never going to do that again, let’s be honest.

‘What a strike and sometimes you have to take your hat off.

‘Last season their equaliser was also in the last minute, which was devastating as well.

‘I had come on as a substitute in that one, I remember it very well.

‘It’s not a very nice thing to deal with again but we move on now, we’ve got some big games coming up and hopefully by the end of this week will be where we want to be.

‘For the majority of Saturday’s game we dominated, had a few chances here and there and although we were behind at half-time, we were always confident we could win the game.

‘We played some really good stuff, too, that’s what we are all about.

‘When they went 1-0 up they sat back a lot more in the second half but we were always going to get chances.

‘When we went 2-1 up we fully deserved it but unfortunately they scored in stoppage-time.’

There was also frustration from the Pompey dressing room over the penalty that was – and a spot-kick that wasn’t.

And Webster thought the wrong decision was made by referee Scott Duncan for both.

He added: ‘I thought their pen was outside, as did most of the boys.

‘The ref said first contact was outside, so I don’t know how he has given a penalty.

‘We should have had one for Ben Davies, it definitely was in the box.

‘His was in the box and theirs was out of the box going into it.

‘The ref got them wrong.’