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Close: A Decent Point

But midfielder felt Pompey might have nicked all three at Blackpool

31 August 2019

Ben Clos
Photo: Paul Thompson

It was the proverbial game of two halves between Blackpool and Pompey at Bloomfield Road.

The visitors dominated the opening 45 minutes and Marcus Harness’ strike ensured they deservedly led at the break.

Armand Gnanduillet levelled in the second half, however, and the resurgent Seasiders created more opportunities.

But John Marquis might have won it for the Blues late on and Ben Close felt a draw was probably the fair result.

The midfielder said: “We controlled the first half and were the better team. We scored the goal, had more chances and limited Blackpool to virtually nothing.

“But they came out really strong after the break and unfortunately we conceded, which saw the momentum swing.

"The team put in another excellent shift at a place that is really difficult to come to."

Ben Close

“We had to grind it out after that and although they had some half-chances, the back four defended really well.

“The team put in another excellent shift at a place that is really difficult to come to. Blackpool are near the top of the league and high on confidence.

“Overall it was a decent point and we might have nicked it at the end because we looked really dangerous on the counter.”

Pompey have won just one of their five league fixtures to date, but Close feels they are near to hitting top form.

He said: “When you look at the points total, you’d obviously want a few more and for us to be higher up the table.

“But in terms of performances I think we’re nearly there. We’ve shown signs in every game that we’re a good team.

“We’re still finding our feet a bit and I do think that the results will turn and we can find some momentum.”

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