|Portsmouth 0 v 0 Gillingham|
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Saturday, 12th October 2019 Kick-off 15:00
Jackett admits to Pompey shortcomings as Gillingham take point
Sunday, 13th Oct 2019 18:24 by pompey-fans.com staff
Kenny Jackett admitted Pompey failed to do enough in the second half to force a home win over Gillingham that many thought was there for the taking.
Pompey had the best of what chances the game produced in the first half but never really looked likely to unlock the Gills defence after the break.
The draw - although it was the Blues' third League One game unbeaten - left them 16th in the table and closer to the relegation zone than the play-off places in terms of points.
Jackett told the club website: 'It was a frustrating afternoon after we played reasonably well in the first half and produced some good shots. Gareth Evans and Ben Close both tested the keeper, while we had plenty of corners and free-kicks in dangerous areas.
'The best of those led to Sean Raggett hitting the post and we felt we could really build on that at half-time, going on to win the game. But we didn’t do enough in the second period and an effort from Ellis Harrison and Lee Brown’s chance at the end were our best moments.
'Ryan Williams came on and added some energy, while Andy Cannon provided a different skill set, but ultimately it didn’t result in the storming performance we wanted. We did fall away slightly and couldn’t create enough, despite being in control and looking solid at the back.
'We’ve drawn 0-0 at home and want to be winning. To be the team we want to be, we have to use that defensive display as a base for more.'
Pompey: Bass; Bolton, Burgess, Raggett, Brown; Harness, Close (Cannon 75), Naylor, Evans (Williams 75); Harrison, Pitman (Marquis 54). Subs not used: McGee, Downing, Haunstrup, Curtis
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Attendance: 18,036 (672 away fans)