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30 December 2016

Keeper says fog was a factor in Yeovil draw

It was bad enough that the fans struggled to see what was happening on the pitch at Huish Park.

But when the players are also finding things difficult, you realise just how bad the conditions actually were.

Thick fog swept across the ground for the entirety of Pompey’s final match of 2016 against Yeovil.

David Forde admitted that visibility was tough at times, but he was still able to produce an assured display in a goalless stalemate.

The keeper said: “I’ve played a few games like that before, including one for Ireland in the Euro play-offs against Bosnia. It was probably even worse on that occasion.

“I think it was perhaps borderline as to whether the game went ahead because the visibility was very poor.

“The conditions were difficult, so ultimately we’re happy enough to come away with a point.

“It’s vital that you keep your concentration and there were times in the game when I couldn’t actually see where the ball was.

“I had to make decisions based on some of the runs the players were making – I had to remain focused at all times.

“Yeovil are a good side who play counter-attacking football and they’ve got pace and power going forward.

“But I thought we handled those threats very well in a tight game that could have gone either way.

“We had more chances, but they hit the bar late on, so now we dust ourselves down and get ready for another important match.”

Pompey host Luton on Bank Holiday Monday, having produced one of their best displays of the season in November’s victory at Kenilworth Road.

Forde said: “They’re only just behind us in the table and will be just as desperate to win promotion as we are.

“I’m sure they’ll be keen for a reaction following our win there a few weeks ago and it should be an entertaining contest.”

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