The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Stu­art Dunn

REL­E­GATED Portsmouth nearly pro­duced a rous­ing fight­back at Shrews­bury with their spirit saluted by Guy Whit­ting­ham in his first game at the helm since be­ing up­graded from care­taker man­ager.

Af­ter strug­gling to find the rhythm which had seen them beaten only twice in their 11 pre­vi­ous games, Pom­pey trailed by three goals be­fore set­ting up a jit­tery fi­nale for the home side with two late strikes.

Whit­ting­ham, who was in charge of his first game as the per­ma­nent man­ager af­ter a long stint as care­taker dur­ing a dif­fi­cult sea­son at Frat­ton Park, ad­mit­ted it was dis­ap­point­ing not to pro­duce a bet­ter per­for­mance in the last game of the sea­son.

But he took some com­fort from how his play­ers re­sponded to find­ing them­selves 3-0 adrift.

“There is a lot go­ing on in the play­ers’ heads at the mo­ment,” said Whit­ting­ham. “There has been a lot of talk about who is stay­ing and who is go­ing and when you have a group of play­ers who are not quite sure where their fu­ture is, there is a lot for them to think about.”

“It was not re­ally the way we wanted to fin­ish the sea­son but the last half-hour was very good.”

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