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DOYLE: NOT CLINICAL ENOUGH

16 April 2016

Skipper's anger at Argyle loss

A mad couple of minutes late on cost Pompey any points against Plymouth.

But Michael Doyle believes the focus should be on their failure to kill the Devon side off at the other end of the pitch.

A Michael Smith header saw the hosts leading and they looked comfortable until Jamille Matt and Gregg Wylde both struck in quick succession.

And Doyle knows that Pompey should have taken more of their chances to put the contest to bed.

Pompey’s skipper said: “It’s a right kick for us because we were in control of the game – and that’s what happens if you don’t kill it off.

“Plymouth didn’t look in it at all and it appeared that there was only team who would go on and win the match.

“The first 10 or 15 minutes were a bit edgy, but then we got a foothold in the game and were getting at them. We just weren’t clinical enough to finish them off.

“We were very naïve at the end and it was five minutes of madness that has ended up costing us. It’s a big opportunity lost for us.

“The result puts us in a position where it looks like we’ll have to settle for the play-offs.

“We won’t give up hope and we’ll look to win every game, but we’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb.”

Doyle knows that there is no time for Pompey to feel sorry for themselves with a midweek trip to York on the horizon.

He said: “Everyone’s gutted and we’ll have tonight and tomorrow to reflect on that, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up.

“The senior lads have to make sure everyone’s up again for York on Tuesday. We have to be ready to take the chance if others slip up.

“It’s not about screaming or shouting – we have to prepare properly and look to build some momentum again.”

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