Pompey skipper calls for cool heads

Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Doyle. Picture: Joe Pepler
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MICHAEL DOYLE called for cool heads as Pompey bid to get their home form firing.

The Blues captain is confident everything is in place to get the wins flowing at Fratton Park.

If we keep doing the right things I’m sure it will come good.

Michael Doyle

Stevenage ensured that wasn’t the case last night with a late, late leveller in the 1-1 draw.

That made it two wins, four draws and a single defeat in league action on home soil this season.

It’s been on their travels that Paul Cook’s side have delivered results, with their away form the best in the country.

Doyle acknowledged Pompey’s results on their own patch are short of what is expected.

But he feels the team are doing the right things to change that around.

Doyle said: ‘The form hasn’t been what we want it to be so far at home.

‘We’re drawing a lot of games. We’re obviously winning away and you’d swap it in a way.

‘There’s a bit of an edge at the minute but I’m sure it will come.

‘The game felt like a loss, but we aren’t playing badly – we’re playing well.

‘We have to keep level about it, be realistic and stay on the right track.

‘If we keep doing the right things I’m sure it will come good.’

Doyle felt Pompey’s desperation to see out the game led to mistakes taking place for Brett Williams’ stoppage-time leveller.

He said: ‘It’s more or less the last kick of the game.

‘The ball is going into the box and we’re set up.

‘We’re maybe a little over-eager to go and win the ball. That’s happened and we’ve come out of position.

‘That big of eagerness has cost us because people aren’t where they are meant to be.

‘It’s people desperate to do well, but sometimes you have to keep calm and do your job.’