Guy lifts lid on his York response

Guy Whittingham. Picture: Joe Pepler
Guy Whittingham. Picture: Joe Pepler

Guy Whittingham has revealed his dressing room reaction to the York debacle.

The Pompey boss has told of how he dealt with the abject performance, as the Blues served up a shocker at Bootham Crescent last weekend.

Whittingham insisted he made it clear to his players in no uncertain terms that a display like that would not be tolerated.

It was a departure from the Blues manager’s usual measured approach.

Whittingham is keen to now draw a line under those events but made it clear his player’s efforts have to be put right moving forward.

He said: ‘Last Saturday was a day when I thought they needed a reaction – and they got a bit of a reaction.

‘I suppose I kicked off but I tried to make it controlled.

‘There were no tea-cups to throw around. You don’t get tea anymore!

‘But there are times when you need to do that, for sure, and I recognise that.

‘The players need to be left in no uncertain terms about how you feel about their performance.

‘Do they get that with a shouting and screaming match?

‘Or do they get that when you look them squarely in the eye and tell them sternly: “You won’t get away with that”?

‘Players have to realise those things aren’t acceptable.

‘Whatever led to it has to change.

‘It’s done now and we move on but I don’t want any team who represents this football club to play like that. Simple.’

Meanwhile, Pompey have completed the signing of Gavin Mahon on a one-month deal.

The 36-year-old yesterday inked the agreement and goes straight into the squad for today’s clash with Rochdale.

Whittingham said: ‘He will get about people and has good experience.

‘Gavin’s on board with what we’re trying to do.’