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30 December 2016

Cook praises fans after Yeovil draw

There were more than 2,000 Pompey fans at Yeovil to watch their final game of 2016.

Well, they were inside Huish Park, but the amount of action actually witnessed was minimal.

A blanket of dense fog enveloped the ground for the entire 90 minutes and made seeing what was happening at the other end of the pitch impossible.

Kal Naismith and Enda Stevens were the source of most Pompey chances with a series of inviting crosses, while the hosts hit the woodwork late on.

But Paul Cook reserved most of his praise for those who travelled in such large numbers to support their side.

The Blues boss said: “A big pat on the back to all of the Pompey fans. Travelling in such large numbers on a Friday night proves they are a credit to this club.

“We know what they want and how much it means to them, so we’ll do everything we can to make sure we deliver.

“They couldn’t have seen much, but it was a good point against a strong side in conditions that weren’t great.

“I think (Yeovil manager) Darren Way wanted the game to go ahead, although there were a few times when I didn’t – I like everything to be perfect.

“At times it was very difficult to see from one side of the pitch to the other and David Forde’s handling was absolutely magnificent.

“I always felt we could get a goal and we looked lively on the left-hand side in the second half, with Enda opening them up.

“But it was a competitive contest and both teams gave it a right go, so a draw was probably the fair result.

“We’ve ticked the game off, but now we’ve got another two big ones coming up in the next few days.”

Cook named an unchanged side against the Glovers, but did switch to a 4-3-3 sytem, with Naismith and Michael Smith flanking Noel Hunt.

He said: “We tried to play with three lads at the top of the pitch to force the game and we put a lot of balls into good areas.

“The idea was to hit Yeovil by surprise and we will continue to tinker with those formations in the pursuit of wins.”

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