Portsmouth’s nine-game winning streak was ended in disappointing fashion on Tuesday night as the south coast club went down 1-0 to Coventry City at St. Andrew’s.
A scrappy game in the West Midlands was eventually settled with six minutes of time remaining, as substitute Matty Godden scored with one of his first touches on the pitch.
The result sees Pompey drop down to 6th place in the League One table, with Coventry moving up to 3rd. The defeat is their first since December 29th.
Here, we look at three things we learnt about Pompey from last night’s game…
Jackett does not yet have a striking preference
Kenny Jackett once again decided to chop and change his forward line for the Coventry game, with John Marquis coming in ahead of Ellis Harrison.
However, the 27-year-old did not offer much during the contest at all, and was replaced by Harrison in the 63rd minute.
Both players have found goals hard to come by this season and have been below par by their standards, and the lack of consistency in team selections must be affecting both players.
It does not help that only one striker can be accommodated at a time in Jackett’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
It was a poor goal to concede
Portsmouth will be kicking themselves at the manner of the goal they conceded, as a lack of concentration was evident in the build-up.
The move started from a throw in, with Coventry’s Callum O’Hare providing the chip through ball for Godden to finish first-time beyond Alex Bass, who could’ve done better to keep the shot out at his near post.
Both of Pompey’s centre-backs were not in an ideal position to defend the through ball either, and it ended up costing the side dearly.
Too many players had an off day
Ultimately, this proved to be Portsmouth’s undoing, as the team did not show what they are really capable of, particularly key players such as Ronan Curtis.
The wide midfielder did not make one successful dribble during the game in what was a quiet day at the office for the 23-year-old. However, the blame does not solely lie with him.
Portsmouth struggled keeping a hold of the ball, and were also poor in front of goal.
It could be argued that the recent fixture pileup has taken its toll on the squad, but things will not get any easier as Pompey go again this Saturday at Fratton Park against Shrewsbury.
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