More Away Day Misery

Last updated : 12 April 2015 By Jim Bonner

Pompey's miserable season continued with yet another poor result away from home as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Morecambe.

Yet again the visitors conceded an early goal as Alex Kenyon somehow managed to beat two defenders to Jamie Devitt's corner and head the ball past Paul Jones after just ten minutes.

A Matt Tubbs shot that was saved by Danny Ward was all that the 652 Pompey fans had to cheer in the first half as they decided to make their own entertainment by doing the conga in front of the stand behind the goal, that's how bad the performance was from Andy Awford's men.

The second half saw Kenyon score again as the Pompey defence again couldn't deal with a corner which saw Jones push the ball back into the box when he should have done better and therefore allowed the Morecambe midfielder to strike home the rebound.

The main talking point from a Portsmouth point of view was Josh Passley's horrific looking injury which saw him collapse and then be stretchered off following a collission with Laurence Wilson.

Thankfully he was discharged from hospital in Lancaster today after being kept in overnight as a precaution and he is now returning to Portsmouth. It would be surprising to see him make another appearance this season after the incident yesterday.

As for the football, there was some good news for Pompey fans to celebrate as Conor Chaplin bagged his first professional goal with a sweet strike from the left hand edge of the box into the far corner.

There was eleven minutes of stoppage time for Pompey to find an equaliser but instead they were caught short at the back and a poor clearance from Nyron Nosworthy was capitalised upon by Padraig Amond who smashed the ball past Jones to secure the win for the Shrimps.

People who were unfortunate enough to watch the game and stay sober through it say it was the worst performance of the season with no Pompey players deserving of any praise. That is a bold statement having witnessed some utter dross in the last few months but the performance and result cannot do Awford's chances of keeping his job any good come the summer.

The result keeps Portsmouth in 14th place in League two for now but they could fall as low as 17th by the end of next weekend should they lose to Stevenage on Tuesday and then Bury on Saturday.

It would then be very difficult to see how Awford would improve on Pompey's mediocre 13th placed finish last season and that is with a full season under his belt and a better squad to boot.

Should that be the case then the board have a massive decision to make once this wretched season is done.