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Guy: Two Points Dropped

10 August 2013

Boss felt Blues should have been more clinical at Accrington

Pompey’s season is up and running following a 2-2 draw at Accrington.

But Guy Whittingham felt it was a case of two points dropped after the Blues conceded an equaliser in the closing stages.

David Connolly cancelled out Peter Murphy’s opener before firing the visitors ahead from the penalty spot.

But Murphy headed home with five minutes remaining to deny Pompey their first victory of the season.

And Whittingham believes his side have to convert more of their opportunities in order to win matches.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve created enough chances to win two games, so we’re disappointed not to come away with three points.

“If you look at the stats and the number of chances that we’ve created then you’ll see we have to be more clinical.

“Before the game we might have taken a 0-0, but playing the way we did makes it feel like two points dropped.

“But it’s a start and I thought we performed well. We played some good football and looked more solid.

“When teams took the lead against us last season they usually went on to win the game, so it was good to see us fight back.”

Whittingham was full of praise for the supporters who made the long journey north for a televised match.

He said: “To have that many fans up at Accrington Stanley for a 12.15pm kick-off is just fantastic.

“I spoke to a few of them and they were enjoying being able to stand on the terraces again.”

Whititngham also had words of comfort for Dan Butler, who started Pompey’s opening two matches, but made way for Danny East at Accrington.

He said: “Dan knows he’s got a good future in the game, but he’s still learning. He knows that he has to keep working hard in training.”

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