Pompey fans hailed by Donny chief

Pompey fans in top form at the Keepmoat Stadium
Pompey fans in top form at the Keepmoat Stadium
Pompey striker Conor Chaplin struggles to hide his disappointment

Southend 3-1 Pompey: They said what?

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Doncaster’s chairman has written to Pompey to praise Blues fans for their superb support at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

John Ryan wrote that the away supporters were a joy to host and deserved to see Pompey stay up.

More than 800 fans made the trip to Doncaster and helped inspire the Blues’ amazing comeback from 2-0 down to win 4-3.

Despite seeing Doncaster suffer relegation from the Championship as a result of that defeat, Ryan e-mailed Pompey administrator Trevor Birch asking him to pass on his thanks to the Blue Army.

He said: ‘I feel compelled to write to you to say what an absolute pleasure it was to host Portsmouth FC on Saturday.

‘I was so impressed by the conduct of your fans and indeed the atmosphere that they created.

‘I am obviously upset at some of the decisions made by the match officials when I thought we were dominant, however recognise that this is not a fault of Portsmouth as a club or indeed the fans themselves and I do not blame them for taking full advantage of our misfortune.

‘I would go as far as to say that if any set of fans deserve to stay up and benefit from such decisions then it is the Portsmouth fans.

‘I would really appreciate it if you could thank your fans for creating such a good atmosphere and wish them luck for the rest of the season from myself.’

Birch said: ‘It’s terrific to receive a letter like this from another club.

‘I was at Doncaster on Saturday and the Pompey fans were a credit to themselves, the club and the city. Even at 2-0 down the support was fantastic, so you can imagine what the noise was like at 4-3 up.

‘If all clubs had that kind of support then football would be in a far greater position.’