Alan Knight column: Switch the records to get a different view

Kyle Bennett Picture: Joe Pepler
Kyle Bennett Picture: Joe Pepler
Conor Chaplin and Brett Pitman. Picture: Shaun Boggust

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A few people have been getting a bit frustrated with the home results after the latest draw with Mansfield.

The gaffer believes in his philosophy so there is no need to tinker around.

We are second in the league and have lost one game all season.

He’s not trying to hide from it and knows we should be winning more games at home. But he believes that will come and so do I.

I think some home supporters might be getting a different perspective on how the season has started.

So just flip the home record with the away record for a moment.

If it was five wins, two draws and no defeats at Fratton Park with two wins, five draws and one defeat on the road, not many would complain about that.

In fact, I think people would be a lot more positive.

One defeat in 15 bodes well for the future and it doesn’t matter where you are in the league, there is always stuff to improve on.

The ultimate goal is to get out of this league.

And I don’t think it matters too much where you get the points if you end up achieving that objective.

Let’s remember, we have seen a lot of teams play a defensive way at Fratton Park this season as well and that can take time to figure out.

It didn’t happen too much in my day – teams used to just go at it and try to beat each other.

Now it’s a modern thing where the game has become more tactical, even in League Two, so then your flair players become a lot more pivotal.

Gary Roberts will be instrumental once he is back to fitness and fully firing again.

And people get frustrated with Kyle Bennett but I think he might be trying a bit too hard. I like the kid – he never hides and is always trying to make something happen.

I think we play some excellent football but sometimes you have to win games ugly and you might need a trigger – a set-piece, a penalty or maybe a bit of luck at the right time.

Away from the football, we’ve been arranging the Christmas dinner at Fratton Park for the homeless and people in recovery on December 14 with Faith and Football.

Finally, Tanya Robins’ sister and niece have been involved with a group of brave ladies in producing a charity calendar.

They’ve got their kit off for a good cause – A Touch of Magic – and this year they are raising funds for Hannah’s holiday homes, providing holidays to terminally ill children and their families.

Keep an eye out for it in local shops.