Paul Cook: Pompey are a work in progress

Pompey forward Jamal Lowe Picture: Joe Pepler

Lowe happy to catch Pompey fans on the run

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Paul Cook praised Pompey’s ‘pleasing’ start to pre-season before insisting: We are a work in progress

The Blues returned to action with an entertaining 1-1 draw at non-league neighbours the Hawks.

Christian Burgess heads clear for Pompey against the Hawks   Picture: Joe Pepler

Christian Burgess heads clear for Pompey against the Hawks Picture: Joe Pepler

It was the hosts who led at the break, following Adrian Clifton’s emphatic header from a Ben Swallow free-kick.

But a much-changed second-half Pompey side hit back three minutes after the restart thanks to Michael Doyle’s fierce, deflected strike.

In truth, the visitors will feel they should have left Westleigh Park with a win under their belts but a mixture of striking profligacy and goalkeeping brilliance from the Hawks’ Ryan Young ensured it was honours even.

And for boss Cook, that represented an encouraging start.

We will be a work in progress for every minute I am a manager of this club

Pompey boss Paul Cook

He said: ‘It was pleasing not to get beat.

‘At 1-0 down you don’t want to come away and get beaten – I thought it was important that we got something from the game.

‘I thought there were some really good performances.

‘Lads are learning – we tried to keep little partnerships together.

‘Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.’

And Cook has vowed to stick to his attacking football philosophy as he and the club continue to grow together.

He added: ‘We will be a work in progress for every minute I am a manager of this club.

‘What we are lucky enough to be at the minute, though, is in progress.

‘And one thing I will tell supporters is that we will attack teams and play with a good brand of football.’

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