Gaffer: It's no longer in Portsmouth's hands to reach the play-offs - Charlton are favourites

Gaffer for the Day, Freddie Webb, aged 23 from York, delivers his opinion on Pompey’s 3-3 draw at Accrington...

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 12:39 pm
Gaffer for a Day Freddie Webb has named John Marquis as Pompey's man of the match in the 3-3 draw at Accrington. Picture: Daniel Chesterton/phcimages.com

Have you recovered from that drama?

What a range of emotions, it was such a roller coaster. You don’t get many games like that!

Off the top of my head, the only match I can recall being anything like Tuesday night was winning 4-3 win over Doncaster in April 2012, when Marco Futacs got a stoppage-time winner.

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There was frustration after the first half, to going to jubilation, to being downcast at 3-3 at the final whistle.

Looking back, I would definitely have a taken a point when 2-0 down, so I suppose it was good that we did get one in the end.

Fortunately, Crewe grabbed a late equaliser against Charlton in a 2-2 draw, which was a real bonus – so we’ll still in there.

Pleased with a point – or disappointed with a draw?

The first half was pretty atrocious, we were not really in the game, being punished for mistakes.

After the interval, it was completely different, fighting for every ball, with the substitutes giving fresh legs to help lift the performance.

I know Accrington had an awful lot of chances in the second half, but we fully earned that point, which was pleasing.

Certainly I would have taken a point at half time, but it was disheartening to drop a win in such a fashion.

Who stood out for you?

I don’t blame John Marquis for the own goal, it could have been any player, and overall he had a good game.

He grabbed two goals and, while, his assist for Ryan Williams’ goal looked dreadful, he still had an involvement in Pompey’s other goal.

Granted, he missed an open goal from two yards in the first half, but showed plenty of heart after that point. Many strikers would have gone missing.

Instead he kept on running, tried to get into the right places and demonstrated good character.

And what technique that was to score with the bicycle kick.

Can Pompey reach the play-offs?Unfortunately, it is out of our hands at present, with Charlton favourites to finish ahead of Pompey.

Looking at their remaining three games, they have Accrington, Lincoln and Hull. Certainly Hull looks harder on paper than it actually is, especially having already won promotion.

While we’ve already seen how tough Accrington can be, with Lincoln also close to securing a play-off place.

I believe our squad has the mentality to get into the play-offs, but it is out of our hands.

Craig MacGillivray 7

James Bolton 6 (Ryan Williams 8)

Sean Raggett 6

Rasmus Nicolaisen 6

Callum Johnson 6

Marcus Harness 6

Tom Naylor 6

Ben Close 5 (Andy Cannon 7)

George Byers 6

Ronan Curtis 7

John Marquis 8

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