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9 November 2014

Midfielder happy to still be in the hat

Danny Hollands was frustrated that Pompey could not see off Aldershot at Fratton Park.

But the man who secured an FA Cup first round replay knows that they have to get the job done in the north of Hampshire.

The midfielder headed home a late equaliser after the visitors had recovered from falling behind to forge ahead.

And Hollands is confident that the Blues can still progress to the second round.

He said: “It was an up-and-down performance – we started off well, but to concede just before half-time was a bit of a downer.

“When we fell behind in the second half you fear the worst, although we showed good character to get back into it.

“The pitch was a bit heavy, but it was the same for both teams, so we can’t blame that.

“We were a bit sloppy at times – we know that and we have to make sure that we put it right.

“It’s a big occasion for them in front of crowds they’re not normally used to, so of course they were going to raise their game.

“It was disappointing for us that we couldn’t win the tie at home, but credit must go to Aldershot for the way they played.

“We’re still in the hat and that’s the most important thing – now we have to stay positive complete the job at their place.”

Hollands has now netted in each of the last two games, having previously failed to find the target this season.

He said: “The first one is always the hardest to get, but there’s a bit of pressure off me now.

“It’s always nice to score goals and hopefully they won’t be the last as I want to reach the targets I’ve set myself.”

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