Pompey have the quality to turn the corner

Greg Halford was Pompey's best player against leeds, despite being at fault for the goal
Greg Halford was Pompey's best player against leeds, despite being at fault for the goal
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Greg Halford, by all accounts, was Pompey’s best player at Leeds.

So it must be doubly frustrating for Greg that he has lost his man for the crucial goal at Elland Road.

It’s a credit to him that he has put his hands up and accepted it was his fault.

Unfotunately, those are the margins between a defeat and a handy point against a team who you would expect to be a top rival.

It was a performance of two halves, which you obviously can’t get away with.

In the end, though, it’s switching off at a set-piece which has proved costly.

We have spoken about getting on that run and the signs were there it was going to happen.

The last couple of games have seen that stall, though, and the players sound as if they are at the end of their tether as to why that’s the case.

It’s confidence.

That gets eroded when results aren’t coming.

You go into a game hoping for the best rather than controlling the situation and making the win happen.

You quite simply have to pick yourself up and go again in the Championship.

We have seen that the levels in the league this season are much of a muchness.

It’s going to take time to get things right at Pompey, that’s for sure.

Most fans seemed to be happy with talk of stability this season and a top-half finish.

Obviously they go to the games, though, and want to see performances and results.

When that doesn’t happen, I guess it’s natural they get restless and frustration comes to the fore.

If the fans get agitated, pressure builds and negativity is the last thing you need.

I doubt it helps when Southampton are doing well down the road and so are Brighton.

It sounds as if one or two supporters are starting to have a moan about Steve Cotterill, too.

That’s going to happen, I guess, when you have lost four out of your last five games.

But there aren’t cracks appearing on the inside of the team and, when you have that unity among the players, things invariably will turn around.

The players and staff will have the international break to stew over that result, when they could do with a game to get it out of their system.

But there are decent players at Pompey. Players with the quality to turn the corner.

The last few years have been difficult. There have been a lot of highs and lows.

When you think about all the successes, the FA Cup, European football and then almost going under, everyone associated with Pompey has been through a lot

It’s been a crazy time and it might just be that the next couple of years are about stabilising.