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Portsmouth manager reveals reason behind key decision surrounding Saturday’s star performer



On Saturday, Portsmouth were held to a draw by Oxford United at Fratton Park with the game finishing 1-1 late on.

Gareth Evans netted a penalty just before the hour mark as Pompey took the lead in front of their home supporters, before Bristol  City loanee Matt Taylor headed in James Henry’s cross during second half injury time to keep the away side’s 12-game unbeaten run going.

One decision that Portsmouth manager Kenny Jackett came under fire for was the 85th-minute substitution of Man of the Match, Ross McCrorie, who had put in an outstanding performance at right-back during his time on the pitch.

The Scotland youth international was replaced by natural right-back James Bolton, who had recently been enjoying a run within the Pompey side.

Jackett explained that the decision was made with the view of McCrorie possibly being sent off, having been booked in the first half.

Was Jackett right to substitute McCrorie against Oxford?





The Portsmouth manager said: “It was just to make sure Ross didn’t get sent off.

“He was on a booking and there are sometimes situations he puts himself into. I didn’t want to go down to 10 men.

“Ross was on a yellow and then made a foul mid-way through the second half, where it did look like one more and that could be it.”

McCrorie’s first-half booking was for a tough-tackling challenge on Oxford’s Josh Ruffels in a 50-50, catching the midfielder as he slid in to try and win the ball before his counterpart.

The Verdict

Jackett was right to substitute McCrorie with five minutes of the game left to go, wary of the defender possibly receiving another yellow card and being sent on his way down the tunnel.

However, the Rangers loanee put a positive showing in and his substitution may have left Portsmouth rattled a bit, with their best defender on the day no longer being on the pitch and Bolton not having another time of settling in to the game.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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