Dunne: It’s just not good enough

James Dunne. Picture: Joe Pepler
James Dunne. Picture: Joe Pepler

JAMES DUNNE fumed at Pompey’s inability to perform at Accrington and admitted: It wasn’t good enough.

But the Blues midfielder is refusing to give up on the play-offs after the 1-1 draw at the Crown Ground.

Our passing has been sharp and we’ve been closing the opposition down, but we didn’t do either. It wasn’t good enough.

James Dunne

Dunne made his return to the team in Lancashire after his two-game ban for picking up 10 yellow cards.

But he was part of an often-sloppy display against Stanley.

The 25-year-old felt Pompey were lucky to go in level at the break as they were opened up by John Coleman’s men.

Stanley were then reduced to 10 men eight minutes after the restart when Anthony Barry lunged in on Danny Hollands.

Pompey never really looked likely to break through the home side’s defence, however.

And Dunne stated his team were lacking in too many departments to turn one point into three.

He said: ‘We didn’t play well. I thought we were lucky to go in level at half-time.

‘The second half was a bit better but our final-third play wasn’t good enough.

‘The only positive was a point but you want all three.

‘It was a weird game. We weren’t our normal selves.

‘The passing on the ball wasn’t good enough, we were taking too many touches and the game was open.

‘In the second half they had a man sent off and then backed off. We tried to break them down but couldn’t do it.

‘We couldn’t make the most of our chances.

‘We needed to move the ball quicker. That’s when you move them about and gaps begin to appear.

‘That’s when you are able to break them down. We didn’t do it quick enough to do that.

‘It was decision making, too. I had a shot from 35 yards when I shouldn’t have shot.

‘Our passing has been sharp and we’ve been closing the opposition down but we didn’t do either.

‘It wasn’t good enough.’

The result means it’s two draws and a defeat from the last three games as the gap to the top seven was stretched to 10 points.

That’s a huge chasm to bridge with 11 games remaining in the League Two campaign.

But Dunne has not lost hope of a late surge into contention and pinpointed Pompey’s charge to safety last season as an example of what can be achieved.

He said: ‘We’re not giving up on the play-offs.

‘We need to go again. We need to stay positive and get back on track against Luton next weekend.

‘With 11 games to go and 33 points to play for we are 10 points off the play-offs.

‘If we go on a run again we might have a chance to do it.

‘Last season there was a run put together that took the team from the bottom to within a few points of the play-offs.

‘We need to be consistent and perform away as well as at home.

‘We are capable of putting a run of results together.’