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5 September 2015

Boss reflects on Accrington draw

Pompey were frustrated in their attempts to record back-to-back league triumphs by beating Accrington.

There were not an abundance of chances in the goalless Fratton stalemate, although Gary Roberts and Matt Tubbs both drew decent saves from Jason Mooney.

But Paul Cook believes that the hosts did not do enough to earn more than a single point against his former club.

And he felt that Pompey’s flair players were off their game on a subdued afternoon on the south coast.

The Blues boss said: “It was a very itty-bitty game and I thought we might come out for the second half and dominate them a bit more.

“Unfortunately we disappointed – that’s the way it is sometimes and we move on to the next match.

“But I thought Accrington were good value for the draw and had some very good individual players on the day.

“No team dominated the game and we didn’t create anywhere near enough chances in my opinion, so to say we should have won would be lying.

“We never really got going and didn’t pass the ball with the sort of intensity needed to get results.

“We’ve got guys in the team who can create and they haven’t performed well enough, so it’s my job to lift them.

“There was a great crowd in and we’re disappointed they didn’t see us win, but nobody’s promoted or relegated after six games.”

There was a surprise at the start of the second half when Brian Murphy failed to reappear and Paul Jones took his place between the sticks.

Cook said: “He went off with a groin injury, but we haven’t had a chance to speak about it yet, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Watch Cook's reaction to the performance below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for a full interview with skipper Michael Doyle.

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