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STEVENS: CHARACTER WAS KEY

30 November 2015

Defender pleased with Pompey’s fight

Enda Stevens hailed Pompey’s character after they battled their way to a point at Wycombe.

The Blues looked to be heading for defeat after conceding twice in the space of just three first half minutes.

But Caolan Lavery and Adam Webster netted either side of the break to rescue a point for the visitors.

And Stevens was pleased with the way they fought back after a sluggish opening at Adams Park.

The left-back said: “We were just slow to get going, while Wycombe started the game very well.

“We were sitting deep in our own half and finding it difficult to get out and we were punished for that.

“Thankfully, we came back to life in the last few minutes of the first half and got a good goal through Lavs.

“That meant we went in for half-time feeling confident that we could still get something from the game.

“We just had to relax, calm ourselves down and refocus to make sure we were ready for the second half.

“We’ve got a lot of character in the changing room and we showed that in the second half, when there was only one team who looked like winning.”

Pompey’s attentions now turn to the FA Cup and a second round clash with Accrington at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Stevens said: “My experiences in the competition have been a bit up and down to be honest.

“But it’s the biggest cup competition in the world and we’re looking forward to the game. Hopefully we can get through to the next round.”

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