Skipper satisfied with Exeter draw
“We just had to keep our concentration. He talks really well and sometimes I forget that he’s only 17. He was telling me and the rest of the back four what to do.”:
Chorley was impressed with the performance of his central defensive partner Jack Whatmough.
“I think that our performance in the second half bodes well for the remainder of the season.”
“The manager said at half-time that if we believed then we would get back in the game.
“There were some opportunities, but they were half-hearted and we needed to step on the gas a bit.
“We were still getting on the ball, but we were giving it away too many times and the tempo wasn’t high enough.
“We didn’t play too badly in the first half, but it felt like we were still playing a friendly game.
“I think we can be relatively happy. We wouldn’t have been happy to take a point before the game, but we had to fight back after going one behind.
“You don’t win the league on the opening day and I think it’s probably a point gained rather than two dropped.
“I’ve played here a few times at League One and League Two level and it’s always a difficult place to come.
“It’s the first game of the season and I’ve been in football long enough to know there are no easy ones. : The skipper said
But Ben Chorley believes a draw gives Pompey something to build on ahead of a long campaign.
Jed Wallace levelled following a disappointing opening 45 minutes and the Blues ended the game well on top.
But they would have left St James Park wondering if their side should have been taking home three points instead of one.
The travelling horde of Pompey fans might have feared the worst at half-time against Exeter.