Guy Whittingham has reflected on the booing of his team after the defeat to Scunthorpe and admitted: I feel the fans’ frustration.
Pompey slumped to a fourth successive loss when they went down 2-1 to the managerless Iron on Saturday.
At the final whistle, the Blues were booed off by many sections of the home crowd, while the Fratton End chanted ‘that was embarrassing’.
Defensively the hosts were once again the instigators of their own downfall in a result which now leaves Pompey in 18th spot.
Inevitably, the pressure is growing on Whittingham as manager – and the club legend conceded he understood the reaction from supporters.
He said: ‘There was a little bit of booing last week at Wimbledon but it’s frustration. We are all frustrated and I understand people’s frustration.
‘It didn’t happen last year but that was a different situation, it was backs against the wall, we were doing well, competing and putting a team out every week.
‘This year – because of who we are – there are expectations.
‘I’m not upset by the reaction on Saturday.
‘It concerns you but they have the right to give their opinion.
‘Among that booing was a lot of applause as well because I think a lot of people do appreciate what we are trying to do here with a new team.
‘It is frustration because we are all here at a big football club in this league, some people’s expectations are that we should be racing through it.
‘Not everybody thinks that, though. You will find all the staff and everybody within the club don’t.
‘We have to keep reminding ourselves there are 16 new players, it’s a youngish squad and we are trying to gel all these players together.’
Pompey host Southend tomorrow night and another defeat is unthinkable.
The Shrimpers beat York 2-1 at the weekend to climb into fifth in League Two.
Despite Saturday’s result for his team, Whittingham believes there were positives.
But problems clearly need to be resolved if he is to arrest the current worrying slump.
‘We played some good attacking football,’ he said.
‘We created some chances – their keeper made the best save of the game and we hit the post and the bar.
‘You have to work it out on the training pitch like you always do.
‘The players have been good on the training pitch, they have been fantastic.
‘It’s just transferring it from the training pitch to out here.
‘We went with a system we thought would cause them problems and it looked good in training – unfortunately it didn’t get the result.
‘We know we have got good footballers – the problems aren’t going forward, that is obvious.
‘We cannot score three goals every week to win games.’