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Sullivan: Tough To Take

1 September 2013

Keeper says Blues deserved more against Chesterfield

John Sullivan is still smarting about Pompey’s defeat to Chesterfield.

The Blues looked like they might snatch an unlikely three points as they poured forward in the second half, despite been down to 10 men following David Connolly’s red card.

But they were denied even one as late goals from Armand Gnanduillet and Tendayi Darikwa stunned the Fratton faithful.

And Sullivan was left struggling to comprehend how Pompey came away with nothing.

The goalkeeper said: “It hurts massively. I thought we defended magnificently after going down to 10 men.

“Sonny Bradley went on a fantastic run and their keeper made a couple of good stops, so we weren’t just trying to hold on for a point.

“If we’d have won that I don’t think anyone could have moaned about it being an unfair result.

“But Chesterfield went a bit more direct and the striker came on, was a threat and scored the goal.

“Then we were chasing the game and the shot caught a little deflection to take it past me.

“There are a lot of positives from the game, but at this moment in time it’s just hard to take.

“I think it’s good that we’ve got a match on Tuesday because it gives us a chance to get this result out of our system.”

Sullivan was back between the sticks after being dropped following the opening day defeat to Oxford.

He said: “It was very tough, but I know that if I have a fair run of games I can do well for this club.

“The gaffer’s shown faith in me by putting me back in the side and that’s something I appreciate and want to repay.”

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