More scoring concerns but defender points to Pompey progress

Nicky Shorey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Nicky Shorey. Picture: Joe Pepler

A disappointing performance and an unsatisfactory point for many Pompey fans.

Yet for Nicky Shorey it was further indication of the club’s continued positive progress under Richie Barker.

While goals continue to be hard to come by since Pompey’s boss arrived 16 games ago, at the other end defensively they are excelling.

Saturday’s often uninspiring goalless draw against Cheltenham made it 305 minutes since the Blues last conceded a goal.

In addition, they have gone 333 minutes since they last let one in at Fratton Park – back on February 1 against Torquay.

On the flip side, Barker’s side have scored 10 goals, admittedly a on-going concern – particularly in the eyes of supporters.

But with the distance above the relegation zone remaining seven points, Shorey is pleased with the progression shown.

He said: ‘You cannot argue with eight clean sheets under the manager.

‘He has come in to try to stabilise the club and I think he has.

‘You have got to build from the back and go forward. We are getting there slowly.

‘On Monday against Chesterfield we played pretty well and created the most chances in the game but it never works out the same, you always get different games.

‘I think we deserved to win it but Saturday we didn’t.

‘You can’t have it entertaining and end-to-end all the time. We will take a solid 0-0 as well.

‘You look at Saturday and sometimes you can’t put your finger on it. We were trying but sometimes you can’t get going and get forward impetus.

‘We had a few things such as crosses across the box but nothing really.

‘We couldn’t score and neither did they, so it’s just one of those games.

‘We were disappointing in the final third and it’s something for us to look at.

‘We just need to take our time, show a bit more quality and make the right decisions. It seemed like we were rushing a bit.

‘We’re getting there, though, definitely.’

Results dictated that despite picking up a point, the Blues dropped from 15th place to 19th in League Two.

Crucially, the cushion above the drop zone remained seven points with Torquay losing to Fleetwood and Northampton collecting a draw at Scunthorpe.

Tomorrow night sees the visit of Burton to Fratton Park.

They arrive off the back of a 2-1 win at Oxford which lifted them into fourth spot.

Yet Pompey did win at the Brewers 2-1 earlier this season when Guy Whittingham was manager.

Regardless, they could only collect a point against the Robins on Saturday, a result many supporters were disappointed with.

Shorey, though, considered it as a fair outcome between the sides. He added: ‘We started a bit slow in the first half and did a bit more second half but it was a bit of a drab affair.

‘We could have nicked it at the end through Wes (Fogden), although it probably would have been harsh on them.

‘It was a deserved point for 
them and a draw was the fairest result.’