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Guy: A Pleasing Week

12 October 2013

Boss satisfied with draw at Plymouth

Guy Whittingham has enjoyed a positive week in charge of the Blues.

Pompey were not quite able to make it three successive victories, but came from behind to take a point at Plymouth.

Conor Hourihane opened the scoring for the hosts at Home Park before Jed Wallace levelled before the break.

And Whittingham was pleased that his side were able to battle back to secure a draw in Devon.

The Blues boss said: “We’ve had two wins and a draw in the space of a week and that’s very pleasing for us.

“You set up to try to win the game, but I was happy that we were able to get back into it and then push on a bit in the second half.

“I thought the result was fair. They started better than us and we were getting used to their system of three at the back.

“We got the goal at the right time – scoring just before the break gave us a boost.

“I thought we were then the better side for the first 25 minutes of the second half before Plymouth came back towards the end.”

Hourihane’s goal came after a mistake by Yassin Moutaouakil at the far post, with the Frenchman chesting a cross straight into the path of the Plymouth skipper.

But, overall, Whittingham was pleased with the performance of his back-line.

He said: “There was an individual error for the goal, but I think Yassin definitely made up for it with his block at the end, which was a tremendous bit of defending.

“Joe Devera did a cracking job for us. He wants to play centre-half, but I’ve asked him to play left-back and right-back and he’s done it with gusto. He deserves credit for that.

“Trevor Carson also did well. His positioning is good and his kicking’s decent. I think the back four are getting used to him and he’s getting used to them.”

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