Two poor sides fought out a scrappy scoreless draw and despite ideal footballing conditions, mistakes littered a nervy game where neither team seemed capable of working the other’s goalkeeper.
Brown’s selection and tactics were spot on and we defended solidly and had the lions share of possession in midfield, but somehow we are into the last seven games of the season without a decent striker save for the injured Cousin, in the first team squad.
Neither Barmby nor Fagan are out and out front men, and it seems that Folan and Manucho are far from being of the quality needed in the Premier League so a striker must be the Manager’s priority in the Summer.
Overall we did enough for the point, but when Pompey hit the post with Duke well beaten in the last minute of injury time I felt that this could have just been the bit of luck we need to stay up.
Seven games left and the cushion is five points. My head says we will survive but in my heart of hearts I know that we will have cheated justice due to that extraordinary start we had, since October we have only managed a paltry two wins in 22 Premier League fixtures which should be sounding massive alarm bells for next season.
Hull City: Duke, Ricketts (Folan 85), Zayatte, Turner, Dawson, Mendy, Ashbee, Barmby (Marney 74), Geovanni, Manucho, Fagan (Kilbane 71).
Subs: Myhill, Garcia, Halmosi, Featherstone.