‘Must-win’ game ends in defeat for Pompey

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Pompey’s miserable run continued with a 2-1 defeat to Southend today.

Joe Pigott and Ryan Leonard’s goals cancelled out Adam Webster’s opener on a bleak afternoon at Fratton Park.

Craig Westcarr attempts to get the better of Southend's Adam Thompson Picture: Joe Pepler

Craig Westcarr attempts to get the better of Southend's Adam Thompson Picture: Joe Pepler

That has put Andy Awford’s job under intense pressure with his side now winless in eight games.

Chairman Iain McInnes branded the game a ‘must-win’ match in his programme notes.

After a bright opening the Blues lost their way as the game wore on.

There were chants of ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ from the home crowd as Ryan Taylor replaced Andy Barcham.

Both sides finished with 10 men as Barry Corr and Paul McCallum were sent off.

And there were inevitable boos on the final whistle on a black day for Pompey.