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HOLLANDS: MATCH FIZZLED OUT

17 March 2015

Midfielder frustrated with Robins draw

Danny Hollands felt that Pompey showed enough attacking intent to take all three points against Cheltenham.

They had to settle for just the one, though, as the sides shared four goals in an eventful first half.

Matt Tubbs grabbed an early opener, but the visitors then netted twice to take the lead before Ryan Taylor headed home his sixth goal in seven matches.

And Hollands was left disappointed that the Blues were unable to break down a stubborn Robins outfit after the break.

The midfielder said: “We started off really well and went a goal in front, but then conceded a couple of sloppy ones at the other end.

“Then we bounced back to score, only for it to all fizzle out a bit in the second half.

“The front two are in great form at the moment and every time the ball goes up to them you think we’ve got a great chance of scoring.

“I think anyone watching would know that there was only one team who could go on and win it, but unfortunately we couldn’t manage to find that third goal.

“We did well to sit back and protect our lead against Luton at the weekend and you could say that Cheltenham did the same to us.

“They came here with a game-plan and looked to frustrate us. It worked, so congratulations to them for that.

“It might still turn out to be a good point come the end of the season – we’ll just have to see.

“Now we move on to Saturday and it just becomes more important to get three points at AFC Wimbledon.”

Pompey were dealt a double injury blow, with Andy Barcham and Jack Whatmough both being forced off.

Hollands said: “It’s important to have a strong squad because you can be spoilt for choice one week and then down to the bare bones the next.”

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