Boss reflects on first away defeat
It was a free-flowing contest with plenty of chances at both ends of the pitch.
But Pompey’s unbeaten away record was brought to an end at Meadow Lane as Notts County fought from behind to claim the spoils.
Caolan Lavery had fired the visitors ahead with his first goal for the club, only for Graham Burke to immediately level.
Alan Sheehan’s long-range free-kick then found its way through a host of bodies and into the net to secure victory for the Magpies.
And while Paul Cook was pleased with the overall performance of his side, he knows there is plenty to work on.
The Blues boss said: “I thought it was a terrific game of football and we played well – we never looked in danger of losing it.
“Some of the combinations in the first half were good, while McGurk and Evans gave us a bit more penetration.
“Unfortunately we let a goal in right after scoring, but then we took control in the second half.
“We’ve played worse than that away from home and won, but unfortunately we got beaten on this occasion.
“We have to score more goals and once we get a balance in that front four then we’ll start to see a few more of them.
“Great credit to our fans for travelling in large numbers yet again – they don’t half deserve success.
“But success doesn’t come in a day or a week – there needs to be a lot of hard work and there will be mistakes. We certainly made some of those and we need to learn from them.”
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