Own Goal Finishes Pompey's Season

Last updated : 22 March 2015 By Jim Bonner

Ben Chorley's early own goal was enough to see Pompey lose at Kingsmeadow and kill any faint hopes of a successful season.

Chorley, in for the injured Jack Whatmough, stuck out his foot to deflect Craig Tanner's shot behind Paul Jones after just six minutes of a dreadful game where Pompey's only real chance came from a Matt Tubbs header which was well saved by Ross Worner.

Andy Awford bemoaned his team's lack of creativity after the match and that has been Pompey's major problem all season, especially away from home where the results have been dire for the most part. It's up to Awford to rectify this problem (amongst others) next season, if he gets the chance.

Fans are increasingly losing faith in the man who they all want to succeed in the job but he was given the target of promotion this season no matter how much the people in charge played it down and he has failed to deliver.

The only real thing for Portsmouth and Awford in particular to aim for this season now is to improve on last season's mediocre 13th placed finish, a position Pompey currently find themselves in after yesterday's defeat.

You would fear for Awford if his side fails to finish in the top half this season as it wouldn't represent any kind of progression on last season and even if last season's finish of 13th was to be matched, this campaign would still be worse due to the embarrassing FA Cup exit to a non-league team for the first time in the club's history.

A finish like that would surely have certain members of the board ready to swing the axe in the summer, especially now Mick Williams, one of Awford's backers, is no longer on the board.

What might be in Awford's favour is that he's still a young manager who is learning his trade and that he'll learn from his mistakes of this season come next year. He'll also be able to scrap most of the dead wood in his squad and bring in some players who can get Pompey over the line come May 2016.

As for this current season, it might as well be ended now from a Portsmouth perspective.