Kitson, Ashdown and Friend should all feel disappointed with themselves

Dave Kitson missed a hatful of chances on his return to Reading
Dave Kitson missed a hatful of chances on his return to Reading

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When I played against Swindon for Pompey, there was nothing more I liked to do than score against my old club.

Sadly, it didn’t work out for Dave Kitson against his old team on Saturday.

Those missed chances were crucial moments in the game.

Kitson had a really good chance early in the match and you would expect a 6ft 3in centre-forward to take a header like that or at least get it on target.

He then had another chance when the keeper fumbled David Nugent’s shot.

They should be put away in all honesty.

As much as he is revered by the Reading fans, he will be disappointed.

If we’re honest, over the course of the season Kitson’s performances have been indifferent.

He’s got to get more consistency into his play.

It’s difficult for him when you’re down to 10 men because you have to change the way you play.

But what is certain is that Kitson has a lot more to offer.

He is trying to recapture that form he had with Reading and hopefully that will come in time.

It must be frustrating for him as well.

We’ve seen he can do it and he’s done it before. So we know he can do better.

Another Reading old boy, Jamie Ashdown, will be disappointed with his part in the first goal.

But there were other elements to that goal that should have been stopped before it got to that point.

The clearance out from the corner got to Jimmy Kebe and he should never have got to it. He was then able to get away and two square balls across the defence got to Shane Long.

Long was then given too much time to assess it, get the ball out from under his feet and get the shot away.

Then it went under Ashdown’s body – he had 18 yards to see it and he will know he should have saved it.

I’m not blaming the referee for the defeat at all but unfortunately, we saw that Mr Friend wasn’t a friend to Pompey again.

I don’t know what him and the assistant were doing for the penalty decision because it was just inept.

By the letter of the law, Rocha deserved to be sent off.

But we could see from where we were it wasn’t in the box and he failed to consult his assistant who had a better view. They should have at least come together and discussed it.

But I was pleased with how Pompey applied themselves when they were down to 10 men. They didn’t go 4-4-1 – they continued to take the game to Reading.

I’ve seen Pompey get beaten 2-0 on plenty of occasions where they were properly beaten 2-0.

But there was real effort and commitment in the display.

And it was great to see Danny Webber coming on towards the end.

It will be a major shot in the arm for him after such a hard year.