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Hirst: We Were Excellent

Striker frustrated by Owls stalemate

7 December 2021

George Hirst in action for Pompey against Sheffield Wednesday at Fratton Pa
Photo: Jason Brown

George Hirst felt that Pompey should have been celebrating all three points against Sheffield Wednesday.

They looked the stronger team for long periods of the League One contest at Fratton Park, particularly after Massimo Luongo had been sent off for the Owls.

But keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was in inspired form for the visitors, being awarded the man-of-the-match trophy by Sky Sports.

And one of his many fine saves in the 0-0 draw was to deny Hirst a goal against the club where he started his football career.

The on-loan striker said: “The conditions were tough and we were going against the wind in the first half, so it was hard to judge at times.

“It was one of those games where if we had walked off the pitch with a 4-0 win, I don’t think anyone would have been too surprised.

"We passed the ball when we needed to and we fought when we needed to – on another day we’d have won that."

George Hirst

“We were very good and I had a couple of chances, while the keeper has made so many excellent saves.

“We passed the ball when we needed to and we fought when we needed to – on another day we’d have won that.

“There’s probably some added incentive for me to be playing Sheffield Wednesday, although most of that is hyped up by the media.

“I just go out there and try to do my job – whoever the opponents are. I was happy with how I played and thought we were excellent as a team.”

Hirst was back in the starting line-up after missing the FA Cup defeat to Harrogate Town through illness.

He said: “I was pretty rough last Thursday through to Saturday and the gaffer was understanding about that.

“I came in to do a bit on Sunday by myself and then trained on Monday. He gave me the nod and I felt pretty sharp, so hopefully that will improve.”

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