Appleton praise for ‘unlucky’ Blues

Pompey's George Thorne competes for the ball durijng today's 0-0 draw with Bristol City at Fratton Park

Pompey's George Thorne competes for the ball durijng today's 0-0 draw with Bristol City at Fratton Park

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Michael Appleton saluted his players’ battling spirit after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Bristol City.

The Pompey boss saw his side throw everything at the visitors in a courageous bid to get a vital win, only to be denied by City’s brave defending and some poor finishing.

But Appleton refused to give up on the club’s hopes of staying in the Championship and insisted he and his team will continue to give everything until it is mathematically impossible for them to stay up.

Appleton said: ‘I thought we were so unlucky not to get the win.

‘We had enough chances to win about six games but we weren’t quite clinical enough in front of goal and that opportunity didn’t fall for us when it mattered.

‘We created plenty but you can see everyone is just lacking that little bit of confidence in front of goal at the moment.

‘But once again, I cannot fault the commitment.

‘Everyone gave everything and I think anybody who was here will have seen how much these players are giving for the cause.

‘They kept fighting until the last second. But that’s all I can ask and they will keep fighting for this club, starting again on Tuesday night against Birmingham.’

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