Knight: Pompey’s defensive errors clouded good showing at County

Defensive errors cost Pompey at Notts County Picture: Joe Pepler
Defensive errors cost Pompey at Notts County Picture: Joe Pepler
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People are seeing this as a blip and it will certainly be interesting to watch how Pompey react to the Notts County defeat.

For what it is worth, I thought it was a decent game, regardless of the 2-1 result, and in my opinion we put in a good performance.

We had actually taken the lead through Caolan Lavery following a well-worked goal created from nothing between Kyle Bennett and Enda Stevens down the left.

When done properly, football looks so simple. People ask why you can’t do that all the time – if only it was that easy.

However, defensively we were found wanting and the Magpies equalised pretty much straight afterwards.

Then we come to the second goal, which was the hosts’ only really shot on target in the second half. Even if it wasn’t a shot.

Obviously, people are going to look at Brian Murphy, which is a goalkeeper’s lot, but the ball also came a long way before ending up in the back of the net.

You can’t just point the finger at Murphy, he could have done with a bit of help from someone. It just needed a player to take responsibility and head it clear.

I have seen it before, free-kicks hit into the box and end up creeping in at the far post, but not usually straight on. It is normally from an angle.

As a keeper you are aware of the possibility of a late run and a slight touch from an opposition player so you cannot commit yourself.

You can also sometimes get drawn to where the player is running and lose that half a yard, which makes it almost impossible to get back across goal, making yourself look silly.

It is about trying to read what is going on and you hedge your bets sometimes.

As a team, though, they must learn from that goal and ensure it doesn’t happen again.

Something which also requires looking at at present is the corner taking, with us having nine overall at Meadow Lane but not particularly threatening.

There is that lack of belief when the ball is delivered into the box by one of our players, and it is obvious set-pieces are vitally important in this division.

You have got to be looking to get more from those areas, anything which can kick-start your goalscoring.

Still, I’d like to praise Adam McGurk, who produced one of his best games for us so far. His movement and touch were very encouraging.

Moving on, the Pompey Legends took on Manor Old Boys at Westleigh Park to raise money for charity.

It was in aid of CLIC Sargent, which is the UK’s leading charity for children and young people.

However, it was a very unfortunate game for Stuart Doling, who fractured his ankle after riding a couple of tackles and twisting it as he landed.

Poor Stuey, he now will be hobbling around his fruit and veg shop in Lymington!