Oh dear. This was horribly poor. City drew nil-nil with fellow relegation certainties Portsmouth at the Circle, a rancidly poor game that deserved the dismal scoreline it received.
City were without Jimmy Bullard, who didn’t even make the bench – also missing was captain Nick Barmby, whose stint on the bench meant the returning Anthony Gardner became our seventh skipper of the season. More than Yorkshire CCC have had in the last hundred years. Probably.
A game of wretchedly few chances and vanishingly little inspiration illustrated perfectly why this fixture is likely to be repeated in next season’s Championship, though bottom club Portsmouth looked more likely to win as the game laboured to its abysmal conclusion. The Tigers were booed off at full-time by a bored and exasperated crowd. This is a result that does little for our prospects of avoiding relegation, and although Phil Brown’s interestingly close relationship with Paul Duffen means that his position still appears to be under little threat, patience among the Tiger Nation is running short. Match report, full of dismay, will follow once we’ve finished drinking.