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3 things we learnt about Portsmouth after their Fleetwood loss

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Portsmouth dropped out of the League One play-off places at the weekend, as they went down 1-0 to Fleetwood Town on Saturday afternoon at Highbury Stadium.

A Callum Connolly header from close range in the 12th minute of the contest proved enough to separate the sides, as Pompey slipped to their second defeat in four matches.

Portsmouth had chances of their own during the course of the game, however, with the most notable one being Ronan Curtis’ free-kick that smacked against the crossbar from a tight angle.

Despite that, Kenny Jackett’s side could not find an opening. The result saw the Cod Army leapfrog Pompey in the table, as the south coast side drop one place to 7th.

Here, we look back at three things we learnt about Portsmouth from their defeat…

Disappointing first goal to concede

Kenny Jackett will no doubt be disappointed at the manner of the goal that was conceded by Portsmouth, as the side were unable to clear the danger in their box.

Sean Raggett initially won the ball back after a Fleetwood attack down the left-hand side, but cheaply gave it away again within in a matter of seconds, enabling Danny Andrew to put in the dangerous ground cross that led to the goal.

Alex Bass’ attempt to tip Andrew’s initial ball away proved to be half-hearted, as it fell to Callum Connolly, who headed in from close range.

Strikers were ineffective

It was decided shortly before kick-off that Ellis Harrison would not be able to feature, meaning Oli Hawkins got his chance upfront, with John Marquis playing just behind him.

However, the pair had just two shots between them throughout the course of the game, and were largely ineffective, with Ronan Curtis proving to be Portsmouth’s main threat.

In total, Portsmouth had seven shots on Fleetwood’s goal, with just one of them on target, capping off a poor afternoon for Kenny Jackett’s side in front of goal.

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Individual errors crept back in

One thing that cost Pompey earlier on this season was their tendency to commit individual errors in games.

In recent times, that has not been too much of an issue for Kenny Jackett to deal with, but it came back to haunt his side at the weekend against Fleetwood.

The main reason behind it was Portsmouth’s sloppiness in possession of the ball. According to WhoScored, Pompey were dispossessed five times during the game, with Ronan Curtis also culpable for an error that led to a goalscoring opportunity for Fleetwood.

His misplaced pass was intercepted by Josh Morris, who luckily for Pompey dragged his shot wide of Alex Bass’ near post.


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