Cook: Reasons to be positive after Pompey draw

Out-of-favour Kal Naismith was handed a start at left-back in place of the injured Enda Stevens    Picture: Joe Pepler
Out-of-favour Kal Naismith was handed a start at left-back in place of the injured Enda Stevens Picture: Joe Pepler

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Paul Cook thought there were plenty of reasons to be satisfied after the draw at Crewe.

Cook felt the performance at Gresty Road had positives to take – as well as plenty to work on.

A strong start in each of the halves were among the plusses, and the Blues boss felt the outcome was a fair one.

Cook said: ‘There were things which were pleasing and others that weren’t so much.

‘We started well and I was satisfied with how we went about the first 25 minutes.

‘We maybe lost our way a bit after that and then started the second half well.

‘People will have their opinions but I think a draw was a fair result.

‘We’re two games in, though, and a win against Morecambe on Tuesday will make it a good start.’

There is concern tonight, however, for Jack Whatmough who came off with a knee injury – after suffering a cruciate injury last year.

Cook said: ‘We’re keeping our fingers crossed for Jack.’