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Guy: We Were Dominant

26 October 2013

Boss felt Pompey deserved more at Torquay

It took a late equaliser from substitute Ryan Bird to salvage a point for Pompey at Plainmoor.

But Guy Whittingham was frustrated that his side were not celebrating all three against Torquay.

They got off to a terrible start, falling behind to Jordan Chappell’s strike after just 17 seconds.

But the visitors dominated possession and got their reward when Bird poked home Jed Wallace’s cross.

It was a moment of relief for Pompey, but Whittingham felt their performance deserved more.

The Blues boss said: “We totally dominated the match and came away with a draw, which is obviously disappointing from our point of view.

“You can’t afford not to attack balls and we didn’t do that with the first one booted upfield by them.

“We paid for that because we couldn’t get the ball clear and they obviously scored.

“But we asked our players to be brave on the ball and play some football – and that’s what we did.

“You can criticise the players for the quality at the end of it, but it was also about the defending of the opposition.

“We said at half-time that we get chances if we continued to play how we had been. Sometimes it didn’t fall for us in and around the area, but we kept plugging away.

“At the end of the day, we’re pleased with the performance, but not the result.”

Bird’s 81st-minute goal was his first since signing from non-league Burnham in the summer.

Whittingham said: “We believed that he would come and score goals for us and he’s off the mark now, so he’ll keep pressing for a start.

“Now he’ll realise that he can score in this league and that will give him a lot of confidence.”

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