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COOK: CHARACTER SAVED US

20 February 2016

Boss says Blues weren’t at their best

Paul Cook praised Pompey’s character after they fought from behind with 10 men to snatch a point against Yeovil.

But he was not quite so pleased with their overall performance in a disjointed display at Huish Park.

Francois Zoko netted after the interval for the Glovers and a red card for Christian Burgess meant a comeback looked unlikely.

The visitors were not ready to accept defeat, however, and Gary Roberts fired home a late leveller.

But Cook admitted that his side were nowhere near the level they reached in the previous week’s victory over Bristol Rovers.

The Blues boss said: “There were 15 minutes at the start of the second half when we looked like we might take control of the game.

“But apart from that it never happened for us against a Yeovil side who were excellent on the day.

“We didn’t play well, but we dug ourselves out a point – and that could prove to be a good one come the end of the season.

“I don’t think you can ever question the character of our team and that was never a problem for us.

“Marc McNulty had the only chance after we equalised and, despite being down to 10 men, we were still on the front foot.

“But managers have to be honest in their assessment of games and we just haven’t performed well enough.

“It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster for us recently and we have to try to find some consistency.”

Roberts’ strike was his eighth of the season and ensured that Pompey remained in the League Two play-off places.

Cook said: “That’s what Gary was brought to this club for – he can carry that weight of expectation. When he plays football you can guarantee that he’ll stay the course.”

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


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