POM­PEY TO SLEEP,

Bor­ing draw is not good

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alex Smith STAR MAN JASON MOONE Y Ac­cring ton

PORTSMOUTH man­ager Paul Cook ad­mit­ted his side’s per­for­mance was bor­ing af­ter a qual­ity-stricken goal­less draw with Ac­cring­ton.

Pom­pey con­tin­ued their un­beaten start to their third sea­son in the fourth tier but strug­gled to pen­e­trate an at­trac­tive Stan­ley team.

Cook was tak­ing on the club he ended his play­ing ca­reer at but didn’t pack any punches when de­scrib­ing his cur­rent line-ups’ per­for­mance.

Cook said: “I sent our fans home asleep. You don’t play well ev­ery week. Football’s a tough in­dus­try, and some­times play­ers don’t play well.”

It all could have been very dif­fer­ent if Michael Doyle’s chance from his own half drifted the right side of the post, with Jason Mooney a spec­ta­tor out­side his box.

Chances were at a pre­mium through­out but the whole ground thought Terry Gor­nell’s first-half bullet header drifted the wrong side of the post.

Jay­den Stock­ley slid a volley just over the bar from a Kyle Ben­nett cor­ner be­fore Ben­nett fed Gary Roberts who twisted and turned be­fore forc­ing Mooney into a save.

Mid­field en­forcer Nigel Atan­gana at­tempted a long-range blast into the bot­tom cor­ner, but af­ter strik­ing Ben­nett on the back­side he saw his ef­fort trickle wide.

Cook switched keep­ers for the sec­ond half, with orig­i­nal shot­stop­per Brian Mur­phy pick­ing up a groin in­jury, and his re­place­ment Paul Jones took ten min­utes to find his first save – an ex­cel­lent dive to block Sean McConville’s one-on-one ef­fort.

The home side piled on strik­ers in search of a win but Conor Chap­lin took too long be­fore shoot­ing.

And fel­low sub Matt Tubbs couldn’t make it two late win­ners in a week when Mooney scam­pered across his line to push away his over head kick.

Cook added: “It’s a very dis­ap­point­ing game for us, very itty bitty.

“I thought in the sec­ond half we might come out and take con­trol, dom­i­nate them and cre­ate chances, which was ev­ery­thing we didn’t do.

“Ac­cring­ton were full value for the draw and had some very good in­di­vid­ual play­ers on the day and un­for­tu­nately we dis­ap­pointed.

“We’ve got play­ers in the team who are cre­ative and they haven’t played well.

“To say we de­served to win would be ly­ing so I am happy to shake hands with the draw and move on.

“Not many teams have good days ev­ery day, and we will pick our­selves up and bounce back.

“It was painful at times be­cause usu­ally when you have long pe­ri­ods of dom­i­nat­ing you get some­thing.”

Pom­pey con­tin­ued their pro­mo­tion quest by end­ing the day in fourth.

Ac­cring­ton, who sit in an un­flat­ter­ing 15th, haven’t won away from home and have just the sin­gle victo- ry to their name this sea­son.

And boss John Coleman wants to cre­ate a win­ning men­tal­ity at the club to fight with the likes of Pom­pey.

Coleman said: “We’ve got to change our phi­los­o­phy. I spoke to our play­ers about act­ing like win­ners and be­liev­ing they can be pro­mo­tion can­di­dates.

“Portsmouth be­lieve they can be pro­mo­tion can­di­dates and we’ve got to make our play­ers have the belief and the swag­ger.

“Whilst we are rea­son­ably happy with a point com­ing here, we’ve got to come to these places think­ing we can win.

“There will be plenty of teams who come here and shut up shop but our mis­sion was to win the game.

“It was a game where two teams tried to play football and un­for­tu­nately they can­celled each other out.

“You see a lot of huffs and puffs in tele­vised Premier League games and you won’t see as much ef­fort as

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