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Midfielder looking for quick recovery after disappointing Southend draw

16 February 2019

Ben Close celebrates scoring for Pompey at South
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

It should have been a day of celebration for Ben Close.

The Pompey academy graduate marked his 100th appearance with a fine volleyed finish at Southend.

It was a second goal for the visitors and they went on to go 3-0 up, only to leave Roots Hall with just a point.

But Close knows there is no time for the Blues to lick their wounds with another game to play in a few days.

The midfielder said: “We’re obviously gutted not to win after going three goals up, but all we can do is take the positives from the first half.

“Of course we’ll also look at the negatives and try to learn from that, although you have to move on and get your heads up for the next game.

"We should have got to 3-0 at half-time because you could see that their spirits were lifted when they scored."

Ben Close

“It’s a big week ahead for us and the important thing is that we’re ready to face Bristol Rovers on Tuesday.

“We want to take those good bits that we showed into the next game and try to get a more positive result. It’s a big test for the squad now.

“We should have got to 3-0 at half-time because you could see that their spirits were lifted when they scored.

“Then after the break we looked dangerous on the counter-attack and had chances – if we’d taken one then it’s probably game over.

“We looked really dangerous and Oli Hawkins gave us a good outlet, while Omar Bogle was a threat with the ball at his feet.

“I was hoping that my goal would mean I ended up on the winning side, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”


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