Holmes: I don’t agree with boos

Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler
Ricky Holmes. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Ricky Holmes expressed his disappointment as Pompey were booed off and insisted: We gave our all.

On the positive side, the Blues chalked up a second successive clean sheet and took their Christmas tally to four points from two games with the 0-0 draw against Northampton.

But after the Boxing Day win over Dagenham & Redbrige, it was certainly a missed opportunity to give the season a real injection of momentum against a team rooted to the bottom of League Two.

And the Blues winger felt the boos that greeted the final whistle were not deserved.

He said: ‘To come away with a 0-0 draw and get booed off, I don’t really agree with it.

‘The fans are the ones who pay their money, so they are entitled to say what they want and do what they want.

‘We are the ones who have to put up with it but I think it’s just out of frustration.

‘They have bought their tickets and spent a lot of money – we all understand that and I know there is expectation.

‘But I don’t believe there is one player in the dressing room who will go out there and not put in 100 per cent. We gave our all.

‘It’s two clean sheets in a row and we haven’t done that before this season. That is where we want to build from.

‘To take four points from two games, I think we would have taken that.

‘If we got a 0-0 at Southend on New Year’s Day, I’m sure we wouldn’t be booed off.’

It is, once again, an example of the gulf between the expectation among some supporters and the stark reality of a struggling side that is 17th in League Two – just four points above the relegation zone.

But with Richie Barker opting to use just one striker, there is no escaping the fact there were precious few clear goalscoring opportunities created by the home side.

Holmes said: ‘I think we had enough chances in the game.

‘It’s not like we are sitting at the top of the league against the team at the bottom.

‘We are down there with them. People have got to realise that it’s a point towards that 50 mark of survival.

‘At the moment, that’s what we are looking for.

‘But we haven’t been good enough this season – that is the bottom line.

‘So for the situation we are in, to get a 0-0 draw is not that bad.

‘We haven’t been in the best of form and they dropped off and let our centre-backs have it, so it made it hard for us to break them down.’

But the former Barnet man can certainly not be questioned for a lack of work-rate and insists the Fratton faithful will always get that as a minimum requirement.

He said: ‘I believe that is where football starts.

‘If you don’t work hard, you shouldn’t be on the pitch.

‘The way to succeed in this league is to make people make mistakes.

‘It’s my work ethic and I will continue to do that.’