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ERTL: FIGHTBACK SHOWED CHARACTER

29 July 2014

Austrian pleased with second half display

Johnny Ertl was delighted with Pompey’s character against Bournemouth.

Goals from Tokelo Rantie, Brett Pitman and Harry Arter saw them trail by three goals at the break.

But a superb James Dunne strike and a Jed Wallace penalty restored some second half pride.

And, although results are not crucial in pre-season, the fightback pleased Ertl.

The Blues’ club captain said: “It shows the character of our side to fight back and it’s nice to turn our opportunities into goals.

“But there were some good performances in the first half and we have to remember that Bournemouth are a Championship side.

“They almost got into the play-offs last season and will be looking to do even better this year.

“They’re really confident on the ball and keep possession well, but in the second half we created more chances and were really clinical.

“But the result doesn’t really matter because it’s pre-season and it was important to get some more minutes under our belt.

“There are still a lot of things for us to work on and we know we can improve ahead of the first league game.

“I’m sure we’ll be looking to step up against Charlton in our last friendly on Saturday.”

Ertl has mostly been used in a midfield role since arriving at Pompey, but has been deployed in defence during pre-season.

He said: “My main position is in the centre of the park, but if I can fill in somewhere else then that’s great.”

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