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14 April 2017

Boss reflects on Plymouth draw

It was a result that kept Pompey on course for automatic promotion from League Two.

With Luton and Stevenage both failing to win, they could even complete the task at Notts County on Easter Monday.

A 1-1 draw against Plymouth also meant that the visitors just need a point to be able to celebrate themselves.

Jake Jervis opened the scoring for Argyle against his former club, only for Gary Roberts to hit back in the second half.

Paul Cook was pleased to see his side dominate after falling behind, although conceded that they did not do enough to trouble the opposition goalkeeper.

The Blues boss said: “Derek Adams picked a very attack-minded team and I thought that Plymouth started the game really well.

“We thought they’d come onto us strongly in the initial stages of the match and that’s exactly what they did.

“They caused us problems in certain areas and they thoroughly deserved to take the lead when they did.

“But we took control of the match from that point – especially in the second half – and it was just difficult to break down such a well organised team.

“They get men behind the ball and that’s difficult to play against – they’ve done it at places like Anfield.

“But I don’t think we opened them up enough or created a lot of clear-cut chances, despite what the possession stats will say.

“Plymouth have done really well this season away from home and are extremely resilient. They’re close to being promoted and certainly deserve to be. We wish them and their supporters well.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to give our fans something similar to celebrate in the very near future because they’re desperately craving promotion.”

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