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CLARKE: THAT WAS FRUSTRATING

17 December 2016

Defender felt dominance deserved more

He was part of a defence that kept a second successive clean sheet for Pompey.

But Matt Clarke was left frustrated by what happened at the other end of the pitch in a goalless stalemate with Hartlepool.

The Blues were camped out in the opposition half for most of the contest, but were unable to break the deadlock.

Clarke felt they were unlucky not to claim a maximum haul of points and hopes there will be more success in the rest of the festive fixtures.

The centre-back said: “It was just one of those days for us and of course it’s frustrating because we dominated the game.

“We created some good chances and their keeper made some great saves, so we were unlucky not to end up with all three points.

“For long periods of the second half Hartlepool sacrificed any offensive players – they just sat in and tried to make it difficult for us.

“The manager’s shown belief in the players and it’s up to us to perform well and try to get a run of wins together.

“We’ve just got to keep working hard on the training pitch and hopefully we’ll beat Newport on Boxing Day.”

That Rodney Parade clash starts a hectic run of fixtures in a short space of time, but Clarke is not complaining.

He said: “It’s easier when it’s like that and there’s not so much time between games because you get into a routine.

“Hopefully we can kick on in the next few weeks and collect a lot of points to move into that top three.”

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