But that was in very different circumstances to every other club in the league and we had nearly 40 players who -played for us last season so the ones who we finished with were way better than 20th place players, although we do need to upgrade on some of them
For all of Johnston’s tenacity in the tackle and his ball playing he was caught out a few times by losing his man which led to goals. Now he can improve in that department but we know very well the types of defenders we need at this level. They need to be big, strong and able to roll their sleeves up and be big and hairy when required. In our successful seasons at this level we had Pearce and Morgan and then Dunkley and Burn. Both of those pairings were solid and knew how to defend
Good luck to Evans. He's an excellent player at this level (and a decent squad player at Championship level) and will be a good signing for Ipswich.
As for Johnston, I would have liked us to have signed him. I think he'll be a very good player in the future. The Portsmouth fans seem to rate Whatmough highly, so losing out on Johnston may not be as bad as one may think.