MAGIC IS MISS­ING FOR COOK

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

POM­PEY boss Paul Cook ad­mit­ted his side need to be more clin­i­cal in front of goal as they drew a blank against strug­gling Yeovil and slipped out of the League Two pro­mo­tion places.

The home side dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and ter­ri­tory against the Glovers but dis­played lit­tle cut­ting edge as they forced just one se­ri­ous save from Town goal­keeper Ar­tur Krysiak.

And af­ter los­ing at home to Ex­eter City on Tues­day night, Portsmouth have slipped off the pace at the top of the di­vi­sion.

Cook said: “I thought our lads did all they could to win the game. We were never go­ing to lose but we couldn’t find that bit of magic to win the game.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing for our fans to see teams park the bus like that but that’s the way it’s go­ing and it’s our job to come up with a for­mula to break them down.

“Rightly or wrongly, op­po­si­tion teams can set up how they want. But sup­port­ers pay good money to see an ex­cit­ing game and we’re not see­ing too many of those at home.

“Teams are happy to let us have the ball and we don’t have that cut­ting edge to break through and get the goal.”

Yeovil ar­rived at Frat­ton Park look­ing to keep a clean sheet and their de­fen­sive set-up paid div­i­dends as they man­aged to shut out one of the di­vi­sion’s pro­mo­tion favourites.

Krysiak made an im­pres­sive save in the sec­ond half to keep out a lon­grange shot from Michael Doyle but was oth­er­wise rel­a­tively un­trou­bled.

Boss Paul Stur­rock said: "Our goal- keeper made one great save and apart from that we de­fended re­ally well and got in some brave blocks and ex­cel­lent chal­lenges.

“We haven’t had much luck this sea­son with the in­juries we’ve suf­fered and the goals we’ve con­ceded and per­haps we were due some luck here.

“It would have been smash and grab if we had won the game but we played a very solid and or­gan­ised sys­tem.

“The play­ers gave ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing and I was de­lighted with the dis­ci­pline we showed. Not many teams will come here this sea­son and get a point.”

Pom­pey mo­nop­o­lised pos­ses­sion in the first half but it was Yeovil who came clos­est to scor­ing.

Ryan Bird flicked a header goal­wards from Josh Shee­han's cor­ner, only to be de­nied by a bril­liant save from Aaron McCarey.

Af­ter the break the home side posed more threat, with Krysiak re­act­ing well to keep out a close range header from Jay­den Stock­ley.

Then Kyle Ben­nett set up Gary Roberts, but the winger blazed his shot over the cross­bar.

Michael Doyle came clos­est to break­ing the dead­lock for Pom­pey, with Krysiak div­ing to his left to make a bril­liant save to keep out his pow­er­ful long-range shot.

Matt Tubbs and Enda Stevens wasted late chances to win the game for the hosts as Yeovil held on for a point.

PIC­TURES: TGSPHOTO

STRETCH: Yeovil Town keeper Ar­tur Krysiak dives full length to keep the game score­less

DRIVE: Gary Roberts of Portsmouth lets fly

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