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COOK: WE PICKED OURSELVES UP

22 August 2015

Boss happy with character against Morecambe

Pompey looked dead and buried after falling three goals behind after just 38 minutes.

Efforts from Tom Barkhuizen, Alan Goodall and Andy Fleming looked to have the game wrapped up for Morecambe.

But a couple of stunning Gary Roberts strikes either side of the break provided some hope.

Then, after Enda Stevens had been sent off for a second bookable offence, substitute Jayden Stockley headed home the equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage-time.

And Paul Cook was pleased with the way his side fought back to claim a point following their sloppy start.

The Blues boss said: “Unfortunately we were 3-0 down when our lads turned up, but we got back in the game and every point is an important one.

“You can see why Gary won the man-of-the-match award and I’ve seen him score goals like his second on plenty of occasions.

“It’s moments like that which can change games because it lifts the other players and the supporters.

“I didn’t think it was a sending off. There’s no malice in Enda and both lads had their eyes on the ball.

“But we kept going really well, were patient in our play and created a lot of good chances towards the end of the game before getting the equaliser.

“That’s what substitutes are there for, but the important thing is that you stick together as a squad. We picked ourselves up and got a point. 

“We kept going and stayed honest to get a result – I think our supporters will appreciate that.”

There were more than 16,000 packed inside Fratton Park to watch an incredible game and Cook was full of praise for them.

He said: “Great credit to our fans yet again – that equalising goal was for them. The backing they give this club is absolutely frightening.

“I love the atmosphere here and if fans could win you games then we’d be in the Premier League.”

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