Cracking goal could be key for Blues

Pompey celebrate David Nugent's cracker
Pompey celebrate David Nugent's cracker
Dion Donohue. Picture: Colin Farmery

New boy’s bitter-sweet Pompey experience

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On the balance of play, it was probably a fair result.

It was uncomfortable for both teams in tough conditions but Pompey adapted better in the second half and utilised the wind to their advantage.

Derby created virtually nothing in the whole game but the one opportunity they had ended up in the back of our net and that has to be a worry again.

The goal Pompey conceded was a poor defensive one to give away.

Greg Halford was caught ball-watching after Aaron Mokoena went for the first header and then went out to cover the left-wing to try to block the cross.

Halford had a reasonable game, although Derby didn’t give him that much to do.

He doesn’t strike me as a natural defender, though, and lost his concentration at a vital moment.

Pompey looked the better side in the second half.

They upped the ante and although they didn’t manage to create too many chances, they probably deserved their equaliser.

It was a great strike from David Nugent but it was funny because he didn’t look too happy to be shifted out to the left flank when Kanu came on.

As it turned out, Kanu managed to chest down a decent ball from Jonathan Hogg and Nugent cut in from the left to beat Stephen Bywater all ends up with a cracking finish.

It could be a key goal in the season because it has given Pompey a five-point cushion between themselves and the relegation zone.

It was probably never going to be a classic, free-flowing game – especially in those conditions – as it was two teams who are low on confidence.

Derby would probably have taken a draw before the game considering their own form, although they may not have been so happy to concede such a late goal.

The wind didn’t exactly help but it wasn’t as bad as I’ve seen.

When I was assistant manager at Forest Green Rovers, we were playing Tamworth and our goalkeeper took a goal-kick that he then had to save as it blew back towards his goal.

He tried one more time to take it but it then went behind for a corner and the ref abandoned the game.

In any conditions, you have to be able to adapt.

You have to be able to deal with it.