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3 October 2015

Boss reacts to Yeovil stalemate

It has been a familiar sight at Fratton Park so far this season.

Away sides set up in a defensive fashion and invite their hosts to try to break them down.

Yeovil were the latest to head south with that game-plan and were rewarded by leaving with a point following a goalless encounter. 

The tough task for Paul Cook is to work out a way to counteract that approach, so that Pompey’s home form starts to match their impressive away record.

The Blues boss said: “It’s disappointing for our players – and the supporters as well – to see sides come here and park the bus.

“That’s the way it’s going now and our job is to come up with a formula to try to get past that.

“I’m not going to criticise Yeovil – my job isn’t to make excuses, it’s to find solutions. That’s what I’m paid to do.

“Fans pay their money to come and watch an exciting game and they’re not seeing too many of them at home.

“It was difficult on the eye, although our lads did everything they could to try to win the game.

“In the second half it became a match that we were never, ever going to lose.

“But we needed to come up with that little bit of magic to take all three points and unfortunately we were unable to do that.

“We had another great crowd and we’ve got to be better and find a way to break teams down, although it’s not as easy as some people think.

“There were some great balls put in after the break, but unfortunately we couldn’t get the goal and we move on to the next one.”

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

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