Cook praises Pompey as comeback secures draw

Gareth Evans in action against Bournemouth. Picture: Shaun Boggust

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Paul Cook paid tribute to his gutsy Pompey side after fighting back to claim an impressive point at Wycombe.

The Blues were 2-0 down after 30 minutes following goals from Michael Harriman and Garry Thompson.

Caolan Lavery scores to reduce the Chairboys' lead Picture: Joe Pepler

Caolan Lavery scores to reduce the Chairboys' lead Picture: Joe Pepler

Yet Caolan Lavery’s strike in first-half stoppage-time provided hope that a comeback could be on the cards.

Sure enough, Adam Webster’s 55th-minute header sealed the 2-2 scoreline for the hard-working visitors, who rightly earned praise from their manager afterwards.

Cook said: ‘I am pleased for them. They are a smashing group of players, they really are, they come in and work ever so hard.

‘Unfortunately, we got caught out on our back foot and we got put down.

‘Great credit to them because we certainly got back up.

‘I think the supporters, when they were singing at the end of the game, that reflects what they have seen and how committed the players are trying to get results we all want.

‘They were five minutes of madness, but that is footy, you have to respect the opposition.

‘Anyone who comes here and wins will earn.’