Waddock left wondering again

Gary Waddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
Gary Waddock. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Waddock sees Pompey unable to finish with a win

Gary Waddock felt the final Pompey display of a forgettable campaign summed up the club’s fortunes this season.

While it was a disappointing first-half display, there was much more tempo and quality about the performance once they got into their stride.

In many ways, it sums up our season

Gary Waddock

And having worked hard for their goal through Matt Tubbs, they squandered their lead just two minutes later.

Promising moments giving way to ultimate overall disappointment at what might have been: the 2014-15 season in a nutshell.

Caretaker boss Waddock said: ‘We were very disappointed to concede the equaliser so quickly, especially considering the amount of chances we created and the way we played.

‘In many ways, it sums up our season.

‘I was pleased and positive with the performance but frustrated with the result.

‘We changed one or two things at half-time, which worked for us and put them on the back foot.

‘But I thought we moved the ball very well and created a lot of chances. We just didn’t get as many goals as we should have.

‘We probably should have had two or three but came up against a keeper in fine form.’

The fact that there was little more than pride at stake makes it an easier pill to swallow this time as Pompey failed to take the win their play merited.

But Waddock knows a key missing ingredient must be found in time for next season, regardless of who the next manager will be.

He said: ‘It’s obviously been a difficult time this season.

‘I came in before Christmas and I’ve seen performances where we think we can really push on and then I’ve seen other performances where we have been not so good.

‘We have been inconsistent. Next season we will have to be more consistent to be challenging at the right end of the table.’

While Waddock also insisted his decision to substitute Jed Wallace late on was not a definite final farewell for the player, he felt it was right that the Fratton faithful could show their appreciation to the player of the season.

And if the 21-year-old does leave for pastures new in the summer, the former Oxford boss knows he will be hard to replace.

Waddock said: ‘Everyone will look into it and think it was him saying goodbye.

‘The honest answer is that we don’t know, I don’t know but there will be interest in him with the performances and the goals he has scored this season. It’s going to be hard to keep him – I can’t argue with that.

‘If he does go, it will be very hard to replace his ability and quality.

‘It’s just a shame he couldn’t get that goal. He had one shot and I said to him afterwards “I don’t know how the keeper got to it”.

‘It would have been a fantastic end to his season here.’

Waddock also insisted the players wanted to show their thanks to the supporters on their lap of appreciation.

He said: ‘I came in before Christmas and I was amazed.

‘To be getting 16,000 people coming and was thinking “is this League Two?”

‘They deserved a round of applause from us.’