Comment: Pompey Boo-boys got it wrong

Carl Baker holds his head in his hands after a chance goes begging against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler
Carl Baker holds his head in his hands after a chance goes begging against Mansfield Picture: Joe Pepler
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Regrettably, an obvious talking emerged from Saturday’s 4-0 win against Mansfield that didn’t centre on the result.

Instead, it was the Pompey boo-boys who monopolised all the attention.

Blues players Carl Baker and Noel Hunt, plus manager Paul Cook, all refused to criticise them in their post-match interviews.

Cook, though, did sound a warning to fans as to the potential fear factor that may be generated should such hostilities continue at Fratton Park.

I’ll be less reserved with my words.

If you booed, you are in the wrong – plain and simple.

You also failed to grasp what was occurring right in front of you.

All of those so-called disgraceful, outrageous, offensive sideways passes were actually tiring out the disadvantaged visitors who were having to work double time to make up for missing men.

Cue the well-worked, game-clinching second goal, which began amidst a series of boos, only to end with Noel Hunt slamming the ball into the net ahead of a queue of Pompey players lining up to do similar as the Stags’ dogged defensive resistance was breached.

And as the hosts’ tactics paid off and the floodgates opened late on, with the boos turning to cheers, never had the fickle nature of football been more evident.

My advice to those who insist on booing their side is to at least wait until Pompey are losing next time.