Pom­pey’s Noel on the Hunt for goals

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By David Goodall

THICK fog may have hin­dered mat­ters in the goal­less draw at Frat­ton Park on Fri­day night, but Noel Hunt is con­fi­dent of find­ing his shoot­ing boots for Portsmouth sooner rather than later.

Former Read­ing striker Hunt has had to bide his time since ar­riv­ing on the south coast in the sum­mer, with the Blues’ game with Yeovil just his sec­ond league start.

De­spite fash­ion­ing a hand­ful of chances, he was un­able to add to his sin­gle goal this sea­son al­though the 34-year-old con­ceded the weather con­di­tions had not helped mat­ters.

“It was a strong per­for­mance from all of us, but maybe I was dis­ap­pointed not to get a cou­ple of chances on goal,” he said.

“There were a cou­ple of crosses which were ei­ther high or low but they will come, and, once I get near them, I’ll score.

“I played in one game like that which was called off at half-time once. That was sim­i­lar. It was in­ter­est­ing but it was about us and the way we stayed to­gether.

“You can’t let the con­di­tions af­fect you. You have to fo­cus on the game and get about it. It’s bad for both teams.

“It was a guess­ing game be­ing in the box. All of a sud­den a ball was launched from down­field.

“For crosses it was par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult be­cause the fog is thick.

“You only saw the ball the last 10 or 15 yards so your tim­ing had to be right.”

Yeovil en­joyed a promis­ing start with Ben Whit­field see­ing his 30-yard ef­fort sail wide be­fore Portsmouth ap­peared to cope with the wors­en­ing fog con­di­tions bet­ter.

Ar­tur Krysiak had to be alert to deny Kal Nai­smith and Hunt ei­ther side of Michael Smith’s header off tar­get.

The sec­ond half saw mainly shots from dis­tance from Portsmouth while Krysiak saved Hunt’s halfvol­ley from the edge of the box.

How­ever the Glovers al­most snatched all three points late on with Otis Khan beat­ing David Forde only to see his shot can­non off the cross­bar. Mid­fielder Alex Law­less said: “It’s a mixed bag of feel­ings.

“Look­ing at the pos­i­tives it’s def­i­nitely a point gained but based on the fact we hit the bar and we gave a pro­mo­tion-push­ing team a good go and that’s a state­ment of our in­tent.

“We’re putting the work in. The ap­pli­ca­tion and the de­ter­mi­na­tion is there and if we keep knock­ing on the door it’ll be bar and in next time.

“As the sea­son goes on we’re grad­u­ally get­ting more be­lief which is go­ing to put us in good stead.”


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