All-Seeing Eye: Pompey 1 Accrington 0

Match Referee Kevin Johnson has to come off with an injury and become the Fourth Official where he is replaced by Assistant Referee Brett Huxtable, during the The FA Cup match between Portsmouth and Accrington Stanley at Fratton Park
Match Referee Kevin Johnson has to come off with an injury and become the Fourth Official where he is replaced by Assistant Referee Brett Huxtable, during the The FA Cup match between Portsmouth and Accrington Stanley at Fratton Park
Brett Huxtable. Picture: Joe Pepler

Walsall v Pompey: referee watch

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There’s nothing wrong with you!

Sympathy and empathy are clearly at the top of the list of qualities displayed by the Fratton faithful.

That was seen on Saturday, as referee Kevin Johnson picked up an injury and found himself needing to be replaced late on.

Johnson pulled up with what appeared to be a muscle injury and found himself needing treatment from Pompey physio Sean Duggan.

Pompey fans made their feelings know in no uncertain terms by suggesting there was nothing wrong with the Somerset official.

Apparently, there was, though, because with two minutes left, Johnson was unable to continue.

And, for the second time this season in a Pompey game, the referee needed replacing.

With Johnson soldiering on as the fourth official, assistant referee, Kevin Huxtable grabbed the whistle with fourth official, Steven Plane, running the line.

Bells Makes Some Noise

The Bell family did their bit to ingratiate themselves with Pompey.

Accrington Stanley assistant manager, Jimmy Bell, seemed keen to kick off on the final whistle as he raged at Pompey players and officials.

That caused a kerfuffle as he had to be separated from Blues staff, who themselves have strong connections with Accy.

That followed on from Bell’s son, Elliott, inadvertently smashing a ball into a Pompey groundsman tending to the goalmouth in the warm-up!

Crooks Gives Officials Bum’s Rush

There’s a lot of noise being made about Accrington Stanley captain Matt Crooks.

But, apparently, he was the one making a lot of noise on Saturday.

Crook is the crown jewel in Stanley’s assets and has been attracting plenty of attention this season.

But eyes were on the midfielder for a different reason at Fratton Park, as there was a delay to the team-sheets being handed to officials as he had to make a late dash for the toilets.

You Suck, Pompey!

Boom! Mine! You suck!

Not exactly the standard kind of language among fans at a FA Cup match.

But those in earshot of the hardy 158 Accrington Stanley fans who made the long trip south for Saturday’s game, may have been surprised by what they heard.

Because those kind of exclamations are all part of the lexicon of a certain Jesse McClure.

McClure, for the uninitiated, is one of the central characters in popular cult TV programme, Storage Hunters.

That sees a diverse bunch of characters blindly bid on the contents of lock-ups in the hope of making a few quid.

In one of the most bizarre link-ups in English football, it turns out McClure is, in fact, an Accrington Stanley fan.

As part of Stanley’s link-up with sponsor Plastic Box Shop it appears Pompey’s League Two rivals have picked up a leftfield follower to boot.

And the wonderfully-sideburned one made a special journey for the cup clash.

McClure tweeted: ‘I flew all the way from Los Angeles to 
@officialpompey to support @ASFCofficial And yell “YOU SUCK.” I love you, but this is war!’ Surreal.