Pompey unable to Iron out woes

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Pompey suffered their fourth loss on the bounce as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to managerless Scunthorpe today.

Two goals from David Syers cancelled out Tom Craddock’s opener in front of a crowd of 14,550 at Fratton Park.

Simon Ferry is dispossessed by Sean McAllister Picture: Joe Pepler

Simon Ferry is dispossessed by Sean McAllister Picture: Joe Pepler

Boos rang out on the final whistle, along with chants of ‘that was embarrassing’, on another day to forget for the Blues.

The result will heap more pressure on Guy Whittingham as dissenting voices among Pompey fans grow.

It was a lacklustre opening to the game, with neither team getting a foothold.

Niall Canavan denied Tom Craddock as he was about to shoot in the third minute, and Pompey old boy Deon Burton had a couple of half-chances from distance fly wide.

Sam Winnall should have opened the scoring after 16 minutes but fired wide when clean through.

Then Trevor Carson superbly saved Sean McAllister’s 30-yarder after 31 minutes, before Winnall fired wide from the same distance.

Pompey made the breakthrough, however, nine minutes before the break with their first shot of the game.

Ricky Holmes was the architect as he reached the byline and delivered a delicious cross, which Craddock greedily nodded home.

But the Blues’ lead lasted four minutes as Scunthorpe levelled from Andy Dawson’s corner, with Syers prodding home at the far post when unmarked.

Scunthorpe had two great chances to go in front at the start of the second half.

Burton was clean through inside a minute of the restart, but Carson saved superbly in their one-on-one.

Then the striker should have scored when left all alone in the box, but lost his balance as he shot – allowing Carson to gather.

Barcham then saw his shot blocked, before Holmes cracked the cross bar with a curling shot from a tight angle.

Keeper Sam Slocombe superbly denied Johnny Ertl in the 59th minute, as he somehow kept out his goalbound header.

Craddock burst clear 11 minutes later but saw his left-footed drive hit the foot of the post.

It was Pompey’s best passage of play, but they saw themselves fall behind with 20 minutes left.

It was that man Syers again with the goal as he was on hand to put away Winnall’s shot, which was initially saved by Carson.

There was huff and puff from Pompey over the final 20 minutes.

But the leveller never really looked on the cards on another poor day for the Blues.

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