Paul Cook: Pompey deserved point

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Paul Cook acknowledged Pompey’s deficiencies but felt they deserved a point at Oxford United.

And the Blues boss paid tribute to the influence of Adam Barton in the 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium.

Adam McGurk lets fly from 35 yards to seal a point for Pompey Picture: Joe Pepler PPP-150919-163538006

Adam McGurk lets fly from 35 yards to seal a point for Pompey Picture: Joe Pepler PPP-150919-163538006

The clash ebbed and flowed as the Blues lost their way after a solid start.

Pompey were also the stronger side after the break - until Michael Doyle was sent off in the 81st minute.

That saw the home side deliver a late charge, but the Blues held on to keep up their unbeaten run.

Cook said: ‘We were giving away possession cheaply and weren’t dominating the ball.

‘We didn’t have enough attempts on goal and couldn’t get going.

‘But Adam came on and gave us a calmness on the ball.

‘Was a draw a fair result? It probably was.’

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