MAGIC IS MISSING FOR COOK
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.
STRETCH: Yeovil Town keeper Artur Krysiak dives full length to keep the game scoreless
DRIVE: Gary Roberts of Portsmouth lets fly