Portsmouth's debt to Alex Bass after stunning showing to prevent Peterborough hammering
Kenny Jackett admitted Pompey were indebted to Alex Bass for keeping the score down at Peterborough.
The young keeper made a string of excellent saves in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at London Road to stop his side taking a hammering.
Bass’ first-half stop from Ivan Toney was world class and left League One’s top scorer stunned at how the 21-year-old kept the ball out of the net from point-blank range.
There were a number of other incidents, however, which were similarly impressive as the academy graduate continue to build on his promising reputation.
Bass said: ‘Alex did (make a number of saves) and he’s been good for us.
‘It’s been a good department with Craig as well.
‘They definitely worked Bass a lot more than we worked (Peterborough keeper) Pym.
‘Maybe he did (keep Pompey in the game) at times.
‘They always posed a threat, though, as we saw with the second goal.’
It wasn’t so impressive for Pompey at the other end of the pitch, however, as they carved out little of note and suffered their third defeat on the bounce on the road against a promotion rival.
Peterborough had 21 shots on goal to the Blues’ eight which was a fair reflection of the action on the pitch.
Jackett felt both Ronan Curtis and John Marquis were unable to get into the game as Pompey’s attacking efforts stalled.
He added: ‘We were looking to press, combine and get up the pitch.
‘Even against a three when we left Ronan as a second striker, it was difficult for John and Ronan to combine as a front two.
‘We give Ronan that freedom but it was tough to get up and off those guys and find the right combinations to get the shots in.’
‘The one v one situations weren’t ours and that’s where we needed more.’