Midfielder can’t excuse cup exit

David Norris
David Norris
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Pompey midfielder out to turn Jackett’s head

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David Norris insisted there were no excuses for Pompey’s Carling Cup exit.

The Blues new boy refused to blame the chronic lack of numbers in Steve Cotterill’s squad for the loss to Barnet.

Pompey were well beaten by the League Two side last night.

The 1-0 scoreline could easily have been more as the visitors carved out a number of clear-cut chances.

Pompey had just two outfield players on the bench but that was no reason for the loss for Norris.

Norris said: ‘It’s disappointing. Very disappointing.

‘We know what these games are all about. When you play a lower league side it’s mainly about your attitude and we fell short on that.

‘We haven’t got much choice coming off the bench but we have players who can play different positions and different systems.

‘We haven’t got numbers but we have the personnel to change it if we need to.

‘So there aren’t any excuses. We’ve let ourselves down and the fans down.’

Norris dismissed the idea that fewer games could help his new team this season, too.

And he apologised to Pompey fans for the performance.

He said: ‘It’s not a good thing to go out.

‘We’ve lost the game, disappointed the fans and are out of the competition.

‘I just want to apologise to the fans who paid their money to watch.

‘You would have thought we’d be buzzing after getting a late goal on Saturday but when we conceded we stopped doing everything.

‘We were direct in the second-half but couldn’t break them down.

‘That’s disappointing because we’re the Championship side.’