Brown: Hellish journey to Doncaster affected Portsmouth

Pompey left-back Lee Brown. Picture: Joe PeplerPompey left-back Lee Brown. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey left-back Lee Brown. Picture: Joe Pepler
Lee Brown believes a hellish journey was behind Pompey's lacklustre first-half at Doncaster.

The Blues' four-game league winning streak ended with a goalless Keepmoat Stadium draw on Saturday.

Yet Kenny Jackett's team were fortunate to avoid conceding during the opening 45 minutes as Rovers dominated the limp visitors.

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Pompey were much improved after the break and could have won the game as roles reversed.

And their left-back blames the traffic jam-affected trip to South Yorkshire for being behind their slow start.

Brown said: '˜In the first half the boys couldn't find their legs really '“ we had a long trip up there on the Friday, six-and-half, seven hours on the coach.

'˜We did everything we could, trained early, left early, but you can't dictate the traffic and it's one of those things '“ you get on with it.

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'˜I don't want to make excuses, but it's going to be a factor after the week we've had with two away games.

'˜The gaffer touched upon it at half-time. When you have three games in a week and that last match is away and travelling seven hours on a coach it's going to take its toll, everybody's human.

'˜It showed in the first half, but we've got that spirit in the squad now and found something within in the second half and could have gone on to win it.

'˜It was a tough game at Bristol Rovers in the week, which it will be for any team, and then to go to Doncaster and get a draw and clean sheet away from home shows good signs.'