Hollands: We didn’t show killer instinct

Danny Hollands slammed ‘sloppy’ Pompey for letting Aldershot off the hook.

The captain was a frustrated figure after the Blues were held to 2-2 draw by the Conference Premier side in the FA Cup first round yesterday.

Andy Awford’s side had to come from behind to snatch a draw with Hollands’ leveller nine minutes from time.

That was after Pompey took the lead after 16 minutes and had chances to be out of sight in the first 45 minutes.

The Blues were punished for that as Jordan Roberts levelled just before the break.

The Shots then forced Pompey on to the back foot as they gained the ascendancy.

Hollands was annoyed they were given the chance to do that.

He said: ‘It’s disappointing.

‘They are a team from a lower division who we are expected to beat.

‘They came here and raised their game. But we’ve gone a goal up and could’ve and should’ve gone two or three up.

‘Then they got a goal at a critical time and went in with their tails up. We let them back into it.

‘They were then full of it in the second half when we haven’t acquitted ourselves as well as we should have.

‘We were sloppy at times, and then you fear the worst when they go a goal up.

‘We were one up and should have been two or three. If we get that second goal they wouldn’t come back at us.

‘We made it tough for ourselves.

A chorus of boos from the home fans greeted the full-time whistle.

Hollands could understand that reaction from the fans.

He said: ‘People have off days, and things didn’t quite go together.

‘The fans here are fantastic but they want perfection. I’d be the same, but it didn’t happen.

‘We have to give them something to shout about and the next round to look forward to,.

‘It’s a frustrating game football. One day you are the best thing ever and the next you are getting booed.

‘There’s a lot of passionate people here.

‘We’re not stupid. People pay to watch us and we appreciate them turning up week after week.

‘So I can see their point and why there were boos. We don’t mean to have a bad game or play badly, so hopefully they can stick by us.

‘We are still in the hat and we feel we have enough to go there and complete the job.

‘We have to come back fresh and look forward to putting it right.’

Teenager Ben Close paid a heavy price for being caught on the ball for Aldershot’s second goal.

Hollands backed the 18-year-old to learn from his mistake but knows the manner of both Aldershot efforts were an issue from Pompey’s point of view.

He said: ‘The goals are a concern. They are avoidable.

‘Ben’s willing to play and he’s a great footballer.

‘He knows himself it’s a mistake. He doesn’t need me to tell him that.

‘People will have a word at the right time, but he was very good in other areas.

‘You don’t want to boot it long all the time, and he’s a good footballer.

‘He will be a great asset to this club.’