Portsmouth’s hopes of automatic promotion out of League One took another hit on Tuesday night as they slumped to a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at Fratton Park.
Kenny Jackett’s side have now failed to win any of their last five league fixtures, a run which has included four consecutive draws.
Pompey went one goal down in the first half on Tuesday, when Tom Naylor fouled Jonson Clarke-Harris to concede a penalty. A second penalty could have given Rovers victory too, but Clarke-Harris failed to convert his second spot kick after Jamal Lowe pulled down James Clarke in the box.
The Rovers’ forward’s miss was a let off for Lowe who had an evening to forget. The 24-year-old winger has struggled to produce his best form in recent weeks and his toils continued on Tuesday. The Englishman has had a fine campaign so far, racking up ten goals and six assists, as per Transfermarkt’s stats. However, he now looks like he could do with some time out of the firing line.
After the match, plenty of Portsmouth fans took to Twitter to criticise Lowe’s display…
Didn’t have any confidence or creativity. Naylor was supposed to stop our midfield from being bullied, but he played some dodgy balls, don’t think Brown has offered much, Lowe needs a rest, Pitman should play behind Bogle and give Evans a go next to Close. Mix it up? #Pompey
— Robert (@robert89__) 20 February 2019
@pn_jordan_cross What can we put the poor form of Lowe,Curtis,Evans down to? After being almost unplayable for the first half of the season, do we blame fatigue, the injury to Hawkins, or were they simply over performing? #askjordie
— James (@PompeyInUganda) 20 February 2019
Lowe and Curtis are shadows of the players we have become accustomed to. Rumoured to be looking for a move? Who knows if that’s true? If it is true however, they need to rediscover their form to attract any kind of interest from championship clubs. Lets hope they stay. #Pompey
— Wayne Harris (@wayneharrispfc) 20 February 2019
We need to play 442. We also need to drop Curtis & Lowe, they play like they don’t want to be here. We can not keep playing like we are anymore, 1 or 2 games, yes but not this amount of games. @officialpompey
— Jim Pompey & Perth Saints Mad Morrison (@MorrisonJim2020) 20 February 2019
Jamal Lowe – Anonymous. Gave away pen. Badly out of form. He’ll be back. 4/10
— Pompey Pedro (@PompeyPedro) 19 February 2019
Awful again. Completely void of attacking ideas and intent. Summed up in the 93rd minute when on the break 6 Pompey players were walking forward with their heads down. Hoof hoof hoof.
Lowe and Curtis offering nothing but over hit crosses
— Ian Chiverton (@pompeychiv) 19 February 2019
I’ve never seen a Portsmouth team play this direct ever, I don’t blame Hawkins ether most the balls up to him were over hit. Lowe, Curtis, Evans and Brown were shocking.
— Alan Cochran (@AlanJCochran) 20 February 2019
– Hawkins is NOT a footballer.
– We can never again play 4-2-3-1.
– Bogle and Vaughan need to start next game.
– Curtis and Lowe need to dropped.
– Rather have no CM than Close and Naylor.
— Marco Corcoran (@marcocorcoran) 19 February 2019