POMPEY WASTE GOLDEN CHANCES
MANAGER Gareth Ainsworth blamed the conditions at Adams Park as Wycombe Wanderers slipped to third in League Two after struggling Portsmouth held them to a third draw in a row.
Pompey had the best of the early exchanges with striker Matt Tubbs causing the Chairboys defence problems throughout the first half.
The best chance of the game came through Wycombe left-back Joe Jacobson, who saw his shot cannon off the crossbar as the game died out in the second half.
And Ainsworth felt both sides deserved a point.
“The result was a fair reflection,” he said. “Portsmouth dominated the first half with the wind and the second half we dominated them.
“It really was a game of two halves. We almost had it, we hit the crossbar but I think 0-0 was a fair result in the end.
“If you watch the goalkeeper kicks, they’re not reaching halfway in the first half, it really was blustery out there but I want to give credit to Portsmouth.
“They came, they had a plan and they stifled us and teams are going to do that when they come here.
“I’m really pleased with the clean sheet, I think that is six clean sheets in seven games, so that really is something to be proud of but we need to find the net at the other end now.” It was a scrappy start and you could have been forgiven for confusing Wycombe for the team who are struggling in the league as Portsmouth dominated possession.
Tubbs, who scored 12 goals for AFC Wimbledon before signing on a free in January, was twice denied his first Pompey goal , first by Matt Ingram and then Jacobson.
A rare foray into the Pompey half for the Chairboys came after 35 minutes as Sam Wood headed a Peter Murphy cross wide of the post.
Wycombe came the closest to scoring two minutes before the break as Murphy cut the ball cleverly back before Jacobson, who has played every game so far this season, thundered a shot against the crossbar.
However, the away side began to tire and allowed the Chairboys to get a foothold in the game and they nearly took full advantage after Fred Onyedinma turned Jacobson’s cross inches wide.
The game fizzed out in the second half as the pitch began to cut up and both teams struggled to carve out any clear-cut chances, but Portsmouth manager Andy Awford rued his side’s profligacy.
“We deserved a point,” Awford said. “It was a very good performance again.
“We have drawn three out of five games now and I think we could have won all three of them.
“The performance level was fantastic and we should have been in front at half time.
“We had eight clear cut chances and really we should have taken one of them.”
PATH CLOSED: James Dunne of Portsmouth stops Peter Murphy of Wycombe STAR MAN BEN