Poore hopes fans will continue to back Pompey Ladies

Charley Wilson is congratulated by Pompey Ladies team-mate Lauren Murphy Picture: Barry Zee
Charley Wilson is congratulated by Pompey Ladies team-mate Lauren Murphy Picture: Barry Zee
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Pompey boss weighs up best attacking formula

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Katie Poore felt Pompey deserved at least a point for their impressive second-half showing against Spurs at Fratton Park on Sunday.

She admitted the team gave themselves a lot to do after a sloppy start allowed the north London side to take a 2-0 lead.

Substitute Tiff Taylor sparked thoughts of a dream comeback when she forced the ball over the line from a Sarah Kempson corner on 70 minutes.

Striker Charley Wilson then had the ball in the net to spark wild scenes of celebration among the 673 fans in the stand.

Those cheers were quickly dampened down with the realisation the offside flag was up and Wilson was denied her moment.

That all came after a shaky start to the game when Spurs settled quicker on the Fratton turf.

Joint Pompey Ladies manager Poore said: ‘Going 2-0 down it is always going to be an uphill battle but certainly in the second half we absolutely dominated them.

‘Spurs have openly said they know they were lucky.

‘They certainly knew they were in the game. They did their job in the first half and then kind of shut up shop a little bit in the second.

‘(We were) disappointed first half.

‘We know we can play better than that and I think that was proven in the second half.’

Poore is hoping the fans who turned up to cheer the Blues on, during their first ever match at Fratton Park, will continue to follow the team’s progress.

She said: ‘What was great was obviously the number of fans here.

‘We did give them an exciting game to watch.

‘With the disallowed goal it’s frustrating but overall it was a great performance.’

Pompey’s second half showing, full of determination, skill and attacking verve, certainly won the admiration from those who came to watch.

The team were given a standing ovation after the match.

Poore was delighted with the reaction from the fans and is hoping for another chance to put on a show at Fratton Park – in front of an even bigger crowd next time.

She said: ‘The cheer when we scored was unbelievable.

‘It felt like there was thousands of people, which was great for the girls.

‘Certainly it was a great buzz.

‘The girls will have enjoyed it.

‘I just hope it’s not the only time we get the opportunity here (Fratton Park).

‘Hopefully it was a successful day in the hospitality and in the bars they opened.

‘We will learn from the processes of advertising for next time.

‘I’d like to get 1,000 (fans) at any other point, which would be great.’