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24 July 2015

Boss not satisfied with Woking triumph

Goals from Gareth Evans and Matt Clarke saw Pompey secure a third successive pre-season victory at Woking.

The triallists both netted before the interval to ensure a comfortable evening for the visitors.

But Paul Cook was still not satisfied with his side’s performance at a soggy Kingfield Stadium.

He felt that Pompey were lacking the desire they had shown in previous pre-season encounters.

The Blues boss said: “We were okay, but I thought the second half was poor and we didn’t show enough commitment to the game.

“Instead we got by on our quality and simply by having 11 better players on the pitch.

“That was necessary because I didn’t think our work ethic and desire was enough to win the game properly.

“We expect more from them because if Woking had found a goal then it would have given them a boost to go on and get an equaliser.

“If we’d have pressed the ball properly then we could have got a third and the game would have been over as a contest.

“I’m not criticising the players too much, but I didn’t think we were anywhere near good enough in the second half.

“The attitude that we showed against Coventry on Tuesday night just wasn’t there this time.”

Cook did, however, reserve praise for Conor Chaplin, who led the line against Woking and struck the crossbar in the first half.

He said: “It would have been nice if he’d scored that goal, but I’m pleased with how he played and he’s one of our shining lights at the moment.”

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