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Pompey below par - Whittingham

Guy Whittingham bemoaned his Portsmouth side's lacklustre performance after a 1-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood.

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Guy Whittingham: Tough loss to take

Guy Whittingham: Tough loss to take

Jamille Matt scored a scrappy 67th-minute winner to lead Alexander's in-form side to a fourth successive victory.

Pompey mustered only one shot on target in the entire 90 minutes as the early-season promotion favourites slumped to their third defeat of the campaign and their third in four home games.

Manager Guy Whittingham said: "We didn't play as well as we have done in the past but I don't think we deserved to lose.

"In the second half for some reason we just couldn't get going and our passing was a bit off.

"They were able to cope with everything we threw at them, have spent a lot of money and have got some very good players.

"Fleetwood have come and stopped us from playing. We never really got going. We didn't move the ball as quickly as we ought to have.

"When we play our bright forward stuff we're a match for anyone, but our tempo was too slow and we didn't lift it, particularly in the second half.

"There were questions whether their goal was offside but the whole goal was scrappy and messy.

"John Sullivan made a great save from Matt and the ball ricocheted in off Bradley's shin."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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