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WADDOCK: PLAYERS WERE EXCELLENT

2 May 2015

Boss delighted with display in York draw

It was a moment that perfectly summed up Pompey’s season.

When Matt Tubbs broke the deadlock in the closing stages of the final match against York at Fratton Park, victory looked secure.

However, just seconds later, Brad Halliday equalised and the hosts had to settle for a point in a match they dominated.

Gary Waddock was left frustrated by the final score, but extremely satisfied with the performance of his players.

The caretaker Blues boss said: “It looked like an end of season match during the course of the first half and at the break we asked them to up the tempo.

“We played extremely well in the second and created a lot of chances – their keeper had an excellent afternoon.

“He made some very good saves and our lads had their heads in their hands at times, as did the fans.

“We were able to open York up on a lot of occasions and it was unfortunate we came up against someone in great form.

“It’s disappointing that we were unable to pick up all three points because that’s what we deserved.

“There was a slip in the build-up that allowed their lad to get into an area where he could finish.

“But I don’t want to take anything away from the players’ performance because I thought they were excellent.

“We wanted to finish the campaign on a high with a win, but we did finish on a high with that display.

“Now we have to draw a line under this season and see what develops over the summer.”

Player of the Season Jed Wallace was replaced by Bradley Tarbuck in the closing stages and received a standing ovation as he made his way from the pitch.

Waddock said: “I don’t know if he’s going, but I just wanted him to have that moment with the fans because he deserved it.

“He’s had an outstanding season and there will be a lot of interest in him because of how he’s played and the amount of goals he’s scored.”

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