Barry Roche column: Pompey game a credit given poor conditions

Barry Roche saves from Jed Wallace against Portsmouth.
Barry Roche saves from Jed Wallace against Portsmouth.

Both teams in Saturday’s game deserve a lot of credit for producing such an entertaining game in such horrible conditions.

The wind was probably the strongest I’ve played in and the Globe Arena pitch has definitely seen better days.

In fact, I don’t think it has ever seen worse days.

Given the amount of rain we have had the ground staff did incredibly well to even get the game on.

To go in 2-1 down at half-time was very hard to take as we were by far the better side but again we showed our battling spirit to get us back into the game.

We have shown that spirit numerous times this season which is obviously great but it also shows how often we do actually go behind in games.

We were dealt a blow before the game with Pazza (Andy Parrish) missing out through illness then the skipper (Mark Hughes) suffering a hamstring injury just before the break.

But as he has done every single time he has been called upon this season, Chris Doyle excelled when introduced to the action.

He is still only a young pup but he has tremendous promise and had shown exactly what he is all about every time he has played.

He was up against a couple of big strong lads in Jervis and Taylor but he never gave them an inch and the back line didn’t really give Pompey any chances of note after the break.

Our equalising goal came about in somewhat fortunate circumstances but if you don’t buy a ticket you don’t win the lottery.

Jack (Redshaw) didn’t catch the ball cleanly but as a striker you’re always told that if you hit the target and make the keeper work then you have a chance.

And that’s exactly what the Little Mexican did.