Carlisle 2 Pompey 2: Gaffer For A Day

Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler
Marc McNulty. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Chris Gibbs, 56, from Southsea, gives his verdict on Pompey’s draw at Brunton Park.

Been here before haven’t we?

It is deja-vu after April’s match which finished in exactly the same manner for exactly the same result.

It makes you wonder if we have actually moved on from last season?

Comparing our squad from then to now and there are five players still here, while we are higher up the league and not losing as many.

But we are not brave enough in front of goal and fair play to Danny Grainger, who was.

What did you make of the performance?

We deserved to win considering we bossed the game but if you don’t shoot you are not going to win matches.

Carlisle’s first goal was the first shot they had and although we were in control, we hadn’t really threatened them. Our lads at the back are doing alright, although I don’t know what Christian Burgess was thinking with that challenge.

The foul on Ben Davies looked on the line of the box to me.

We have players who are good at holding on to the ball but we need somebody to put the final pass into the penalty area, our strikers need service.

You can be as brilliant as you like when you are 1-0 down but what’s the point?

We could win one and lose two and get the same amount of points as three draws, so why not throw caution to the wind more?

Other teams around us may be losing more but they are picking up more points.

Any players stand out for you?

I know Marc McNulty was only on the pitch for a short period but he seems to have something about him and put in an important performance.

It was great to see him pushing on towards goal when he scored, others should start doing that.

As a team we seem to go across the goal.

There was a joke going around during the match that we should be sponsored by Shippam’s Crab Spread! We move from one side of the pitch to the other with no effort to break into the box apart from him.

It’s just a shame McNulty didn’t remain out there, when looking for a third goal to kill it off we might have got it with him still on the pitch.

Now on to tomorrow night when York visit.

Every game now seems to be termed as a ‘must win’ but this really is.

Our away record is technically keeping us high up the table.

But we still need wins at home.

Let’s throw caution to the wind.

Scoring goals is the main problem and the attacking three in midfield need to create.

Chris’ ratings: Brian Murphy 7, Ben Davies 7, Christian Burgess 6, Adam Webster 7, Enda Stevens 6, Michael Doyle 5, Danny Hollands 5, Gareth Evans 5, Adam McGurk 6, Kyle Bennett 7, Caolan Lavery 7