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Alfei: Slow Start Cost Us

1 February 2014

Defender bemoans first half display

Daniel Alfei believes Pompey took far too long to get going against Torquay.

The Blues were well below par in the first half and fell behind to Billy Bodin’s strike.

They improved after the interval, but there were 86 minutes on the clock when Gulls keeper Michael Poke made his first save to deny substitute Wes Fogden.

And Alfei knows Pompey have to start games better if they want to win more matches.

The right-back said: “We didn’t come flying out of the blocks and there was nothing created in the first half.

“That’s very disappointing and the goal we conceded was very sloppy. It shouldn’t happen at this level.

“So we had to pick ourselves up in the second and I think we did, but just couldn’t put anything away.

“We dominated the half and if we’d got a goal then I think that would have been deserved.

“But games like this happen sometimes and you have to look ahead to the next one to try to make things right.

“We’ll be working hard in training next week and hopefully can return to winning ways on the Saturday.”

Alfei will stay with Pompey for the rest of the season after extending his loan from Swansea on Friday.

He said: “It was an easy decision. I’m enjoying my time and playing regularly so I wanted to stay.

“I’ve learnt a lot from time here already and I’m sure I can learn a lot more over the next few months.”

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