Kenny Jackett says he can understand Portsmouth fans’ frustrations after they salvaged a point with the last kick of the game against Burton Albion.
Pompey – who had been without a League One fixture for 17 days – were caught napping early on by the Brewers, who looked set to earn a fifth away win of 2019-20 in all competitions when Joe Sbarra and Kieran Wallace struck to put them 2-0 up inside six minutes on Tuesday night.
Jackett’s hosts were given a lifeline when John-Joe O’Toole picked up quickfire bookings to be sent off in the 25th minute – and Ronan Curtis halved Albion’s advantage before the break.
But Burton defended superbly in the second half, holding Portsmouth’s waves of attacks at bay as they chased a late equaliser.
Frustration grew among the Fratton Park faithful as time ticked down – but they were cheering in the 96th minute, when Brett Pitman stepped up to slam home a penalty given when Jake Buxton and Ellis Harrison came together in the Burton box.
Still, Jackett admits it has been a sluggish start to the season by a pre-season promotion favourite, who now have six points from six games.
“Their reaction was obviously reflecting their disappointment and frustration,” he said.
“It was a mixed reaction to a frustrating night for us and a frustrating night for me, as manager.
“Of course I can understand that, we want to be following up on last season, we didn’t want to be falling away from it.
“That’s six points from the first six games, we are obviously looking for more.
“We have won four cup games, but in the League that’s six points out of a possible 18 – and that is a frustration.
“You take each game individually and we have given away some soft goals. It’s a poor start at home when we are looking to start solidly, attacking our own fans in the first half.
“We have clawed a point back, which is not what we wanted. We wanted to win.”
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