It was a frustrating night to be a Pompey fan as they were held 3-3 at Fratton Park by a determined Coventry City.
The final score really doesn’t tell the full story of the match. After falling behind to a Jordy Hiwula effort, Pompey hit back with three of their own. Ronan Curtis had them on level terms with little over ten minutes gone, John Marquis added a second and Gareth Evans seemingly put the game beyond doubt early in the second half.
When Fankaty Dabo earned his marching orders just before the hour mark, it looked very much like Kenny Jackett’s side were on course for the win.
Matty Godden, a supposed target for Pompey in the summer, bagged a penalty for the visitors to give the scoreline some respect, but when Gervane Kastaneer was sent off just ten minutes after coming on as a sub, the game was surely finished.
Not so, in the final minute, Micahel Rose notched a leveller, earning Coventry a valuable point against a supposed promotion-favourite.
It was a frustrating night for Pompey and their fans will have gone away with more questions than answers. Here are three things they might have felt they learnt after the draw.
Despite their three goals, the real worry has to be the back four. Last season, they looked so assured at the back with the midfield pairing offering protection too.
That’s not the case anymore. They conceded a weak opener and looked nervous and edgy going into the final ten minutes. Even with a defensive change late on, they looked like conceding right up until they actually did.
4-2-3-1, played the way he wants to play it, doesn’t fit this team. They’re simply not able to pull it off successfully and if early indications are correct, this will be the third season in a row where it’s not exciting enough.
Yes, they bagged three last night, but in doing so they appeared unable to defend. When they’re stoic at the back, they’re dour and lacking inspiration up front. Jackett has to find a new method, surely.
One positive that can be taken from the game was the performance of John Marquis. He was the big summer buy from Doncaster and he looks a real handful up front.
He got a goal and was an all-round menace until they started retreating in the second half.
There is certainly talent the manager can work with in their attack.