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10 January 2016

Winger frustrated by Ipswich draw

He netted his first goal since a brace on the opening day of the season.

But Kyle Bennett was still left feeling disappointed following a 2-2 draw at Ipswich in the Emirates FA Cup.

Pompey dominated for long periods against their Championship hosts and will be in the hat for Monday evening’s fourth round draw.

They were leading with just a couple of minutes remaining, however, when substitute Conor Chaplin added to Bennett’s leveller.

And the winger was frustrated that Ryan Fraser’s free-kick meant a Fratton Park replay is now required to separate the sides.

He said: “It was a fantastic performance and I felt that we deserved to win the game.

“We certainly had enough chances to put the tie to bed in the first half and also had plenty of possession.

“It was a great counter-attacking move from Gary Roberts and Marc McNulty that I was able to finish.

“It’s nice to see that fluid movement, but it comes from a solid base that means we can turn their attack into one of our own.

“To come away from a promotion-pushing Championship side with a draw is great, but we’re disappointed that we haven’t won.

“We’ll look forward to the replay, but first we need to concentrate on the league and facing a tough Accrington side.”

The goalscorers will take plenty of praise for their contribution, but Bennett believes it should be shared around.

He said: “Ipswich had seasoned pros like Brett Pitman and Luke Varney up front, but Adam Barton and Adam Webster were fantastic against them.

“The two central midfield players were excellent as well because they were the ones to supply the ball to us.

“Then you’ve got clever players like Roberts, McNulty and Adam McGurk, so it’s great to be alongside them.

“As a team performance it was excellent and we can all be very pleased with that.”

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