Gaffer: Portsmouth fans can get carried away - Hull defeat doesn't mean end of promotion dream

Gaffer for a Day, Chris Dodds, aged 38 from Waterlooville, gives his verdict on Pompey’s 4-0 defeat to Hull….

Sunday, 24th January 2021, 5:30 pm
Gaffer for a Day Chris Dodd was impressed with substitute Ben Close's contribution in Pompey's 4-0 loss to Hull. Picture: Joe Pepler

Well, what can you say about that?

It was a poor performance, but I’m not too disappointed – and I won’t be shouting ‘Jackett Out’.

When we won at Hull in December, they were in a bit of a blip and it was a good time to play them. They look like a Championship side.

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Whether we had lost 1-0 or 4-0 on Saturday, there would have been some demanding the manager’s dismissal – and that’s your typical Pompey fan.

They can get a little too overexcited and become carried away with one defeat, Saturday doesn’t all of a sudden say we aren’t going to be promoted.

Let’s reserve judgment for 4-5 weeks time. It was one performance.

Do you believe Pompey can earn automatic promotion?

Promotion is the aim and, given the past few seasons, I will probably sit on the side of the fence of the play-offs.

I still think this side is good enough to get into the top two. Certainly I wouldn’t care if we finished second.

I thought Charlton would be right up there, but they’re too inconsistent. Without a doubt, Hull will be.

There are 4-6 places which could go to anyone. In previous seasons I would say 3-4 teams were certain to challenge – you can’t say that this season.

Who was your man of the match?

It’s difficult really, I would say it’s between Ben Close and Harvey White, with both coming on and giving us energy when we looked so flat.

Close gets my vote, though, for getting us going. In the first half we had nothing, but with him in the side we looked a little more fluent.

I don't think Close has ever done anything wrong, he’s just not Jackett’s kind of player.

I like White. I also watched him against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday and he’s not afraid of putting in a tackle, while has plenty of mobility.

What did you make of the decision to bring Close and White on at half-time?

It was a strange decision, I don’t think Andy Cannon had done anything particularly wrong.

If Jackett hadn’t done it then he’d have been criticised, but I would have left it maybe 15-20 minutes, just leave it a little while.

He kept Marcus Harness on, who has been out of sorts for a few games, while I wouldn’t be too fussed if Ronan Curtis went.

Curtis goes missing in big games, three seasons in he’s had more bad games than good. If someone came in for him, we’d be silly not to snap their arm off.

Craig MacGillivray 6

Callum Johnson 7

Jack Whatmough 5

Sean Raggett 6

Lee Brown 5

Marcus Harness 5

Tom Naylor 6

Andy Cannon 6 (Ben Close 7)

Ronan Curtis 5

Ryan Williams 6 (Harvey White 7)

John Marquis 6

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