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COOK: A LOW POINT

28 January 2017

Boss reflects on Exeter defeat

Paul Cook was left full of frustration after watching Pompey beaten by Exeter.

A second half strike from David Wheeler proved the difference between the promotion-chasing sides at Fratton Park.

The hosts had plenty of possession, but were unable to really test Christy Pym in the Greicans goal.

And Cook felt the entertainment on offer from both sides was lacking in a game of very few clear-cut openings.

The Blues boss said: “It’s probably one of my lowest points as manager of this club and I’m very disappointed.

“I wouldn’t say we were second best because I don’t think the game was ever a good spectacle. It was poor and very scrappy.

“There were no real chances and it always looked like it would end 0-0, but we’ve ultimately lost it.

“When you play like we did it will always be difficult to break the opposition down and we never had control.

“The reason why we went with the 4-4-2 system is because you want to create chances, but we didn’t create many. It’s terrible day for me and the players.”

A small positive for Pompey was the lively performance of January signing Jamal Lowe when he was brought off the bench.

Cook said: “Jamal was the brightest light in the whole game and it took a young lad coming on the pitch to lift 17,000 people.

“The other players have been told that in no uncertain terms and we have to let the dust settle before looking ahead to facing Wycombe.”

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