Whittingham: Blues must stop conceding frustrating late goals

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Guy Whittingham bemoaned Pompey’s second-half display after his side wasted a golden chance for a victory at Cheltenham.

The Blues boss felt his men had been too sloppy in possession at Whaddon Road as they conceded a stoppage-time equaliser to be held to a 2-2 draw in a game they really should have won with something to spare.

Guy Whittingham watched his men concede late on. Picture: Joe Pepler

Guy Whittingham watched his men concede late on. Picture: Joe Pepler

Whittingham said: ‘I would like to think our first-half performance was decent enough.

‘In the second half, it was backs to the wall. We didn’t keep the ball well enough, didn’t move it well enough and ultimately, the pressure put on us cost us.

‘You would like to think we should have been further ahead at half-time.

‘We had good chances and then in the second half, we started brightly.

‘But there seems to be something at the moment that we don’t keep playing the football we are capable of playing. That we have got to look at.’

Whittingham revealed there had been another post-match discussion among his troops but insists his players will get it right after they frittered away a winning position.

He said: ‘We’ve had a very good discussion in the changing room. It was all very calm.

‘We’ve got to make sure we get this problem right because it is now three away games where we have been winning the game and have not been able to hold out.

‘It’s frustrating, of course it is.

‘We defended pretty well and Sullivan hasn’t had much to do.

‘But they are a good bunch of guys and we know we will get this right.’