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16 April 2016

Boss reflects on Plymouth defeat

From jubilation to despair in the space of around three minutes.

They were the contrasting moods at Fratton Park as Pompey somehow managed to lose against promotion rivals Plymouth.

Michael Smith headed the hosts in front before the interval and there were chances to extend the advantage.

Instead, however, late goals from Jamille Matt and Gregg Wylde saw Argyle turn the contest completely on its head.

And Paul Cook was left cursing his side’s profligacy, as Pompey missed out on a chance to close the gap on the top three.

The Blues boss said: “The best team probably hasn’t won – but unfortunately that’s football sometimes.

“There’s no use me making excuses because we’ve lost one of the most important games of our season from a winning position.

“The lads are devastated – we all are, but we’ve seen these things happen before.

“We were very happy with where we were, although you’re always wary when there’s just one goal in it.

“The most disappointing thing – and I think the fans will agree – is that we didn’t get that second goal.

“If we’d have got that then the atmosphere and Plymouth’s energy levels would change, but we couldn’t get it.

“We’ve lost the game because of 10 minutes at the end and that will stick in our throats all weekend.

“If you make a defensive change then you’re perceived as being negative, but in hindsight I suppose that’s something I should have done.

“Well done to Plymouth because they leave with the points and good luck to them for the rest of the season.

“As disappointed as we are, there is still plenty to play for and so we have to go again on Tuesday.”

Watch Cook’s thoughts on the game below or subscribe to Pompey PlayerHD for extended interviews with the manager and Danny Hollands.

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