Carson Error Gifts Shrimps Draw

Last updated : 26 January 2014 By Jim Bonner

Pompey are still looking for their first win of 2014 after being held to yet another 2-2 draw on the road after an entertaining match at the Globe Arena.

Jake Jervis started a match played in chaotic conditions and made a huge impact despite the wind influencing proceedings and the pitch cutting up to barely playable standards late on.

Pompey started the brighter and got their reward for some early pressure when some good build up play led to Jed Wallace crossing the ball from the left and Jervis getting just enough on it to send it through the legs of Barry Roche on the tenth minute.

However, this was not a Portsmouth match like recent weeks under Richie Barker and more like the early away days of the season under Guy Whittingham and Morecambe came back into the match.

They got their equaliser when a barrage of long balls into the box finally paid off and Mark Hughes managed to squeeze his header under the crossbar.

That did not deter Pompey and Wallace could have given the visitors the lead again when Jervis sent a cross to the far post but goalkeeper Roche was brave enough to dive at his feet and prevent the goal from being scored.

Morecambe should have taken the lead when Sonny Bradley tripped Padraig Amond in the box but Amond's spot kick was at a good height for Carson who was able to dive and parry the ball away, much to the relief of the travelling fans at the opposite end of the ground.

Those fans were soon cheering as another good move down the left saw Marcos Painter whip in a decent cross for Jervis to tap in his second goal of the game at the far post despite the pressure of the Morecambe defender tracking him.

Portsmouth ended a good half of football on top but the match descended into a scrap as the wind blew against them in the second half.

Fans might have been forewarned abou Carson's upcoming error as he failed to hold a couple of shots and had to gather them at the second attempt.

And then on the 76th minute Jack Redshaw received a long ball and struck a tame shot at the Pompey goalkeeper only for him to let it slip through his hand and gift Morecambe the equaliser.

The hosts pushed for a winner after that but didn't really look like grabbing it despite a couple of long shots late on and the match ended in a draw.

As mentioned before, Guy Whittingham may as well have been in charge of this match as the same characteristics of his tenure emerged during the game, most notably the failure to go for the third goal in the second half in favour of protecting a lead.

Richie Barker will undoubtedly point to the wind playing its part and that Pompey only drew because of a goalkeeping error but the mentality of this team needs to change if they're going to win games because Roche had little to do in the second half and Morecambe deserved their draw in the end.

Still, there were some positives to take from the game.

Wes Fogden looks like a really good signing and played his part in both goals and Jed Wallace played well on the other flank, with Pompey's pace notably dropping when he went off with a knock.

Joe Devera played well again and has certainly regained some confidence since the turn of the year, so much so that he now looks like a competent defender.

There weren't really any terrible performances on the day, even Carson had his moment with the penalty save. However, if possible, Barker needs to sign someone who can really give a standout performance and galvanise this team, especially if Wallace leaves before the end of next week whether it be for Peterborough or another club.

The result leaves Pompey in the same position in the table but three points above the bottom two going into Tuesday's match with Wycombe Wanderers.

On a final note, it was great to hear the Portsmouth fans in full voice again. The singing barely stopped for 90 minutes and was a vast improvement on recent showings. Hopefully the players will soon give us something to really shout about.

Pompey Player Ratings

Trevor Carson: 6 - A mixed bag of a performance.

Daniel Alfei: 6 - Looks a good prospect and hopefully his loan can be extended.

Joe Devera: 7 - Accomplished performance.

Sonny Bradley: 5 - Gave away a penalty and looked a bit ragged at times.

Marcos Painter: 6 - Solid as usual.

Wes Fogden: 7 - Full of energy.

Nicky Shorey: 5 - Outbattled in the second half.

Romain Padovani: 5 - Played Pompey into trouble occasionally and seemed a bit lax.

Jed Wallace: 7 - Best performance for a while.

Ryan Taylor: 6 - Linked play and held the ball fairly well.

Jake Jervis: 8 - Scored twice and worked extremely hard.


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Thery Racon

Andy Barcham (Wallace 67): 5 - Never got into the game.

Patrick Agyemang (Jervis 87): N/A - No late impact.