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Ronan: A Draw Was Fair

Midfielder reflects on Doncaster stalemate

4 February 2018

Pompey midfielder Connor Ronan

In terms of possession, corners and shots, Pompey certainly did enough to warrant all three points.

But Connor Ronan is not unhappy with a share of the spoils against Doncaster following a dramatic ending at Fratton Park.

Anton Walkes and Brett Pitman had both found the target to twice draw the Blues level against their stubborn opponents.

But the hosts finished with nine men and Kal Naismith in goal following an injury to Stephen Henderson and red card for Christian Burgess.

Ronan said: “My first thought when the keeper went down was that we didn’t have any substitutions remaining.

“I went over to the side and the gaffer was asking who wanted to go in goal, although I knew I wasn’t a candidate.

"The gaffer was asking who wanted to go in goal, although I knew I wasn’t a candidate."

Connor Ronan

“Kal said he wanted to do it and fair play to him because he made a save that got us something from the match.

“With how the game went and what happened at the end, I think that we have to be happy to come away with a point.

“Doncaster probably deserved their early goal, but we then came into the match and once we got the equaliser, we could have gone on to get another.

“We were quite confident in the second half that we could go on to win and put them on the back foot, so conceding again deflated us a bit.

“But the fans got behind us, we picked ourselves up and levelled. It was the right result in the end after going down to 10 and then nine men.

“The injury was just unlucky, but these things happen and to get a red card after that was a sign things weren’t really going our way.”

Ronan had only played a smattering of senior fixtures for Wolves before joining Pompey on loan last month, but is starting to find his feet.

He said: “I’m getting there and was trying to play little threaded balls and get shots away. Hopefully I can cement my place in the team with plenty of games coming up.

“I faded a bit in the second half of my first match here and was a bit leggy, but I’m feeling better now from a fitness perspective.”

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