Pompey 0 Yeovil 0: Michael Doyle’s message to frustrated fans

Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey fourth in League Two following goalless draw with Yeovil
  • The Blues have taken nine points from a possible 18 at home so far this season
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Michael Doyle surveyed the Yeovil Town frustration and urged the Fratton faithful to hang in there.

The Blues slipped to fourth in League Two following a goalless draw with Paul Sturrock’s strugglers on Saturday,

You can see fans get a little bit frustrated when we are not passing through teams, but when teams set up like that with five at the back and five in midfield it’s hard

Michael Doyle

Despite dominating possession, the hosts mustered up one meaningful attempt on goal – delivered by Doyle in the 81st minute.

They failed to break down a stubborn Glovers rearguard action, which came under intense pressure – especially during the final 30 minutes.

At the final whistle there were boos from some sections of Pompey fans in the crowd of 17,309.

But skipper Doyle is adamant the points on home turf will soon start flowing.

He said: ‘It must be hard being a Pompey fan at the minute watching the games at home because you are watching attack v defence and we are not managing to win games.

‘It is frustrating, especially when you see how much possession we are having in the game.

‘As players, we ask the fans to stick in there and keep backing us because I am confident we are going to start scoring, there is no doubt about it.

‘At the minute people are probably throwing all sorts of stats such as we haven’t done this and we haven’t done that, all sorts going on.

‘I don’t want to keep harping on but we are still a new team, we have lost one game in 11, so you can look at all the negatives but also look at the positives because sometimes teams take a long time to gel.

‘I don’t think we have taken long but just at the minute things aren’t going for us.

‘Put yourself in the position where the club was last year and we are a long way from that this year.

‘Obviously it is very early but we are on the right road and I am sure fans are happy enough where we are going.

‘I am disappointed we are not top of the league at the moment – but we are going to get there, it’s as simple as that.’

Aaron McCarey superbly saved Ryan Bird’s first-half header for Yeovil but overall both keepers were rarely tested.

Instead it was another frustrating Fratton Park fixture, continuing from the defeat against Exeter which ended a nine-match unbeaten run.

Once again the hosts could not find a way to pick open an organised opposition defence.

And Doyle shared the fans’ frustration.

He added: ‘We dominated the whole game, we were in control of the game, we passed the ball.

‘You can see fans get a little bit frustrated when we are not passing through teams but when teams set up like that, with five at the back and five in midfield, it’s hard.

‘In the second half opposition teams can get a little bit tired and switch off and the game opens up, so we get chances and create things.

‘We just have to be patient.’