Disappointment is positive for Pompey

Johnny Ertl. Picture: Ashley Zee
Johnny Ertl. Picture: Ashley Zee

Johnny Ertl believes it is a good sign that Pompey were left disappointed with their draw at home to Wycombe Wanderers.

The Blues fought back after going a goal behind and secured a point against a side who are bang in form.

While that might be seen as a decent return by some, Ertl revealed that the players were unhappy with the result.

He said: ‘Everybody was gutted because we wanted those three points desperately.

‘Overall, I thought it was a pretty even game.

‘We created some good chances and we were really hungry in that first half.

‘We were on the front foot, won second balls but after those first 20-25 minutes, it died off a little bit.

‘Wycombe got more into the game after that.

‘We were disappointed to only come away with a draw, which shows the enthusiasm and hunger of the team.

‘But it shows that we can recover when we go behind in a game.’

Pompey certainly had opportunities in front of goal before Ertl levelled matters with his volley.

James Dunne was particularly unlucky with a rasping drive that clattered off the underside of the crossbar, while both Joe Devera and Craig Westcarr should have done better with chances.

But Wycombe also had a gilt-edged chances to make it 2-0 when Matt McClure blazed over from eight yards out with only Paul Jones to beat.

Ertl said: ‘We had a few chances. Westy had a good chance, James Dunne hit the bar and we had some dangerous crosses coming in that we couldn’t quite get on the end of.

‘They scored a scrappy goal and on another day, it would have hit a defender.

‘I think it came off his shin.

‘But we got one point. It was a pretty even game and you can’t win every single home game you play even if we want to do that.’

Ertl also refused to blame Wycombe for their time-wasting tactics as they frustrated the home supporters.

Instead, the Austrian felt it was down to Pompey to gain the initiative.

He said: ‘Fair play to Wycombe – they did very well in killing the game off.

‘It’s not very nice when it happens but that’s the way it is.

‘When teams come to Fratton Park, they try to kill the game off because a point is a good result for them.

‘It’s very frustrating when they are taking their time like that.

‘But it’s down to us to take the opportunities when they come along so they can’t do that.’

– STEVE WILSON