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Blues in the News: First league defeat in November since 2009 for Southend

20 November 2017

Here's what various sections of the media said following the 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth...

 
Southend Echo
 
A MISSED penalty from Nile Ranger proved costly as Southend United slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth afternoon.
 
The Shrimpers striker fired his spot-kick over the crossbar on the stroke of half-time.
 
And Portsmouth took full of advantage with their in-form forward Brett Pitman bagging his 12th goal of the season to condemn Blues to their first League defeat in November since 2009.
 
 
BBC Sport 
 
Brett Pitman continued his fine form in front of goal to give Portsmouth to a 1-0 victory over Southend at Fratton Park.
 
Pitman, 29, was on hand to bag Pompey's winner for the second match in a row and took his goalscoring tally to 12 for the season in the process.
 
 
Portsmouth News
 
Fan ownership was this week officially severed as Trust shares were cashed in, funds re-distributed among those who saved their club. 
 
Regardless of the Eisner family having taken charge, the Fratton faithful retain the overpowering might to continue dictating Pompey’s fortunes. 
 
Certainly their intimidating presence among a season’s best crowd of 18,431 was the cornerstone in victory over Southend. 
 
Possessing a searing sense of injustice, this was no occasion to challenge Blues followers. 
 
As Nile Ranger crucially found to his – and the Shrimpers’ – cost. ‘I think the crowd actually made your man miss the penalty,’ reflected Matty Kennedy. 
 
‘I called it on the bench to Dion (Donohue): “He’s going to miss this. The crowd are putting him off here, I’m telling you”.
 
Portsmouth FC
 
Brett Pitman increased his impressive tally of Pompey goals by heading the winner against Southend at a packed Fratton Park.
 
Both sides created decent openings in a stop-start first half and Nile Ranger blazed a controversial penalty high over the bar.
 
Pitman was not so profligate, however, and his effort ensured the Blues claimed a second successive League One victory.

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