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15 August 2015

Boss delighted with spot-kick success

It was the first away test of the season for a new-look Pompey side.

And a penalty in each half ensured they passed with flying colours to maintain a 100 per cent winning start.

Matt Tubbs emphatically netted the first just seconds before the interval following a foul on Enda Stevens.

Gary Roberts then opened his account for the club, stepping up to slot into the bottom corner after being tripped in the box.

Gregg Wylde’s late strike ensured a nervy end, but Pompey held on and Paul Cook was delighted with the display.

The Blues boss said: “Credit to our boys because Plymouth are a very good side with some great players all over the pitch.

“It was a lovely pitch to play on and anything we got here was always going to be a positive result.

“I’m not so sure about the first penalty, but the work by Gary to win the second was magnificent.

“If we’d not conceded that goal at the end it would have been a perfect week for us.

“But all the supporters who travelled – and it was a fantastic turn-out yet again – would have gone home very happy.

“They got behind the players and in return the players produced a great work ethic for the fans.

“I don’t think there will be many 0-0s when they come to watch us. The games have been very open and I think that’s what people want to see.

“All in all it was a positive day and now we have to remain focused on what lies ahead of us.”

Cook is not getting carried away at this stage of the campaign, despite leading Pompey to three wins from three games.

He said: “There’s a long way to go and people have got to try to stay as grounded as they possibly can.

“I’ve said all along that there’s nothing won in August or September – it’s a tough season.”

Watch the thoughts of Cook and Tubbs below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for the full interviews.

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