Whittingham salutes fighting spirit

Guy Whittingham
Guy Whittingham

Guy Whittingham believes his Pompey side are finally doing the fans proud – despite extending their winless run.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by MK Dons at Fratton Park last night.

It means they have now gone 23 games without victory, although it was a much-improved display from Whittingham’s troops.

Shaun Williams levelled for MK Dons – just five minutes after David Connolly had given the hosts a first-half lead.

But the Blues looked the better side throughout against an ambitious team chasing promotion this season.

And Whittingham was delighted with the work-rate and endeavour he believes has at last become ingrained in League One’s bottom club.

The caretaker boss said: ‘Everybody is aware of the turmoil at this club.

‘And what we have to remember is there are far more important things going on off the pitch than results on it.

‘We have always said we will remain competitive.

‘We have to remain competitive for our fans as much as anything else.

‘They want to come here and see a Portsmouth side put up a fight.

‘And we are consistently doing that now, which is fantastic.

‘The players are giving their all.

‘It was a great set-play from Jed Wallace – a good delivery – and David Connolly deserves a goal.

‘But we felt we should have got more from the match overall.’

Pompey travel to Crewe Alexandra on Saturday seeking to finally end their barren run.