Lawrence: You were right to boo us off

111643_PFC_SCUNTHORPE_07/05/11''Liam Lawrence. ''Scunthorpe United V Portsmouth FC at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (111643-611)
111643_PFC_SCUNTHORPE_07/05/11''Liam Lawrence. ''Scunthorpe United V Portsmouth FC at Glanford Park, Scunthorpe.' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (111643-611)
Former Pompey defender Sonny Bradley has a word with Peterborough forward Marcus Maddison    Picture: Joe Dent

Pompey v Plymouth: The Opposition View

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Liam Lawrence admitted visiting Pompey fans were right to boo their team off at half-time at Glanford Park after a ‘diabolical’ first-half showing against the Iron.

The Blues trailed 1-0 at the interval after lively on-loan Leeds winger Ramon Nunez gave the home side the lead on 26 minutes with a brilliant strike.

David Nugent equalised with his 14th goal of the season in the 80th minute to ensure Pompey picked up a point from their final Championship game of the 2010-11 season.

But the Blues could easily have been out of it well before the break, with already-relegated Scunthorpe determined to give their fans something to cheer about before they’re return to League One.

Captain Michael Nelson and Michael O’Connor both went close to piling on the misery before Steve Cotterill’s side had even registered a strike at goal.

That came on the stroke of half-time from Blues skipper for the day Lawrence, whose volley veered wide of keeper Josh Lillis’ near post.

The effort encouraged a chorus of sarcastic cheers from the Pompey fans packed in the away end of the ground.

But those good-natured cheers soon turned to boos as the Blues players left the pitch for a half-time dressing room ‘rollicking’ from their manager.

And Lawrence felt the fans had every right to show their dissatisfaction at what they had just witnessed.

‘In the dressing room, he (Cotterill) said a lot of things,’ revealed Lawrence.

‘He absolutely caned us from one to 11 and he was right to because I think that was probably the worst 45 minutes I’ve ever been involved in.

‘It was shocking and we were rightly booed off at half-time by the supporters.

‘They made the effort again to come and fill the stand and we were diabolical.

‘After losing the last game against Norwich, we sort of said we needed to put it right and we needed to go way for the summer with a win under our belts. But we were so poor at times in the first half it was untrue.

‘I’m surprised we didn’t get booed earlier because the fans had every right to.

‘When our fans cheered the shot I had I put my head down and sniggered. I couldn’t believe it.’

Lawrence admitted he was unsure why things didn’t click for Pompey during an uninspiring opening 45 minutes.

However, he admitted Nugent stepped up to the plate in a vastly-improved second-half display to ensure the travelling support had something to look back on fondly from their visit to Glanford Park.

He said: ‘I don’t know what went wrong. We didn’t get to grips with them, nobody looked as if they were trying and nobody looked as if they had any heart in it for the first 45.

‘We switched the formation around a little bit in the second half and sort of got to grips with that – and the pitch, which was awful.

‘We also got to grips with them a little bit and started to play a little bit.

‘We got in behind them and got a few crosses in and from there we managed to get the equaliser.

‘But fair play to them – our supporters – they’ve got character and I’m glad we got the equaliser so they didn’t go home on the back of a loss.’