Boss: Week deserved a better result

Jed Wallace on the ball for Pompey against Brentford
Jed Wallace on the ball for Pompey against Brentford

Guy Whittingham expressed his disappointment that his Pompey side were not quite able to deliver the victory to live up to the celebrations of the club’s survival.

The caretaker Blues boss saw his men put in another gritty display against a side who are chasing League One promotion and could well have taken all three points.

But those two late goals saw Pompey leave empty-handed, even if the week’s events were the bigger of the two results.

Whittingham said: ‘It was the performance that the week deserved but not quite the result unfortunately.

‘I was pleased with 80 minutes of the performance.

‘But you expect your side to hang on to a lead and see the game out from that position, despite the pressure that Brentford were putting on us.

‘It was spirited but it has been for the past 13 or 14 games.

‘We have to remember that this group of players has done fantastically well for us since they came together. It is probably top six form.

‘And you’re so disappointed for them because we came here wanting to win and to give the supporters something else to celebrate.

‘We knew it would be tough to come here but we felt we were deservedly in front.

‘And I thought we looked quite comfortable up until they equalised.’

Regardless of potential points deductions, Pompey are now five points from safety but with only two games left, while rivals Oldham have four games to play.

And Whittingham knows what that means as relegation could be mathematically sealed tomorrow night with other fixtures being played.

He said: ‘We know where we are and we know what’s going to happen to us but despite all that has gone on, we haven’t just been competitive, we have been in really good form since February.

‘That is a real credit to these players.

‘That’s definitely something to take into next season and something to build on.

‘Hopefully, it means we can turn the corner now.

‘We know there is every chance we will be in League Two next season but now we have something to build on and we can push forward again.’