Ferry: Field Mill point felt like defeat

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It’s now three league games without defeat for Pompey since the opening day disaster against Oxford.

For Simon Ferry, though, Saturday’s Mansfield encounter felt depressingly like a loss.

Simon Ferry. Picture: Joe Pepler

Simon Ferry. Picture: Joe Pepler

Substitute Lindon Meikle capitalised on Phil Smith’s error to seal a point for the hosts in a 2-2 draw at Field Mill.

The Blues’ players were grim faced at the final whistle with the realisation they had let two points slip from their grasp.

And for Ferry, it was unquestionably a case of two points dropped.

He said: ‘It felt like a defeat. We played great in the first half and deserved a 2-1 lead, we’d opened them up and had a few chances – but the second half was so disappointing because we never really created any chances.

‘It was all them lumping it forwards and us trying to defend it but there is only so long you can do that for.

‘This season is going to be hard, it is not going to be as easy as everyone thinks.

‘You go to these places and we are Portsmouth, it’s a cup final for them.

‘You could see how up for it they were Saturday.

‘They wanted to win every second ball and win every tackle and away from home the crowd are behind them.

‘We have conceded some poor goals this season but the boys are playing together for the first time.

‘I am sure the more we play the more we get to know each other and it will be better.’

Smith was responsible for the mistake which gifted the Stags their equaliser.

Up until the point of the keeper colliding with two defenders and dropping the ball, Pompey looked comfortable with a lead they had from the first-half.

It was a costly gaffe in terms of how the result finished up.

But Ferry was not willing to point the finger of blame in Smith’s direction over his part in their crucial leveller.

He added: ‘You see it happen for a split second and I am sure we will look back at it today and see what happened.

‘These things happen, though.

‘You win as a team, you lose as a team and you get on with it.

‘It could have been somebody could have stopped the cross before it came in moments earlier, there are a lot of things it could have been down to for that equaliser.’

– NEIL ALLEN