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28 November 2015

Boss reflects on Wycombe draw

It looked like Pompey were heading for a rare league defeat at Wycombe.

Michael Harriman took advantage of a poor Brian Murphy clearance to open the scoring at a wet Adams Park.

And Garry Thompson doubled the hosts’ advantage seconds later to leave their opponents shell-shocked.

But Caolan Lavery reduced the deficit just before the break and Adam Webster headed home an equaliser early in the second half.

Pompey might have snatched a winner as they controlled the closing stages, but Paul Cook conceded that his side were not at their best.

The Blues boss said: “It was a fantastic point from a very perilous position in the game.

“I will rarely criticise our players, but we were in danger of being blown away at times in the first half.

“We were sloppy and just weren’t at it – there was no edge to our play in any shape of form.

“Wycombe were excellent and caused us no end of problems in all areas of the pitch. If you’d have offered me a draw at two down then I would have bitten your hand off.

“But great credit to our lads for digging themselves out of a hole and the travelling supporters helped without a shadow of a doubt.

“The noise they make when we’re getting beaten by two goals is a credit to this club and we thank them for that.

“The loyalty they show Pompey will never go away and we’ll do our best to get success for them.

“All in all we’re probably unhappily pleased – work that one out if you can!”

Cook was pleased with the way that Webster recovered from an unsteady start to grab Pompey’s leveller.

He said: “Adam had a difficult first half and we spoke about that at the break, but he’s a young player who’s still learning.

“There’s no hiding place out there and well done to him for getting that second goal. I’m really pleased for him.”

Watch Cook's thoughts on the game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Caolan Lavery.

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