Prenton Park

Next Game

Tranmere v Portsmth

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 2

Fratton Park

Last Game

Portsmth 3 - 0 Morecambe

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet League 2

Whittingham: Captain was wound up

Portsmouth boss Guy Whittingham admits frustration cost David Connolly after he was sent off in the 2-0 loss to Chesterfield.

Last Updated: 31/08/13 at 19:33

David Connolly: Saw red on the night

David Connolly: Saw red on the night

Armand Gnauduillet's header in the 87th minute and Tendayi Darikwa's strike two minutes into stoppage time snatched the Spireites their fourth League Two win in their opening five games.

But Pompey's hopes of victory suffered a huge blow seven minutes before the break when Connolly was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Chesterfield's Sam Hird.

The clash came just moments after Connolly had strong claims for a penalty turned down by referee Stephen Bratt after he was tripped in the box as he raced on to Simon Ferry's through ball.

Whittingham admits Connolly was frustrated after being denied a spot kick, but was surprised by his confrontation with Hird, which was punished after assistant referee Michael Webb witnessed it.

He said: "David has apologised for it, but I didn't see the incident. Of course, you are a little bit surprised by it. He's a seasoned pro.

"I think he was wound up by one or two decisions he didn't get earlier. That's no excuse, but the referee is probably the only one who didn't think it was a penalty, Even the Chesterfield staff said it was a stonewall penalty."

Whittingham's men still looked the more likely of the teams to score until the closing stages and he hailed Pompey's fighting spirit.

He said: "I think that's what we need to focus on - not the fact David was sent off. The fans certainly appreciated the spirit the team showed.

"We all feel disappointed we didn't come out of the game with any points, but we have showed people there is a real desire and spirit to do well in front of our great fans.

"The positives outweigh the negatives. We fought for everything. We created chances even though we were down to 10 men."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Carlo Ancelotti backs Basle against Liverpool

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti expects Basle to avoid defeat against Liverpool and join them in the second round.

Champions League: Brendan Rodgers hails 'character' of Liverpool after draw at Ludogorets

Brendan Rodgers hailed the character of his Liverpool team after their 2-2 draw away to Ludogorets in the Champions League.

Champions League: Liverpool must cut out errors at set pieces, says Gary Neville

Liverpool's defensive frailties at set pieces will continue to haunt them, says Gary Neville.

Mail Box

Makes Sense To Make Gerrard Liverpool Manager

That's the thoughts of one Mailboxer, who wants Jamie Carragher as defensive coach. Plus views on Arsenal, Malmo v Juventus, Alexis Sanchez & tremendous improvement...

Mails: Quit Massaging Mourinho's Ego

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox after it was claimed that the Chelsea boss has transformed Cesc Fabregas into a complete player. Plus, more on Arsenal...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property