Accrington boss: Pompey deserved to win

Pompey outplayed Accrington to progress into the third round of the FA Cup Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey outplayed Accrington to progress into the third round of the FA Cup Picture: Joe Pepler
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John Coleman felt the best team won as his side fell out of the FA Cup.

The Accrington Stanley boss believes Pompey had a gameplan to knock his team out of their stride – and it worked perfectly in Saturday’s second-round clash.

We can have no complaints, the best team won

Accrington manager John Coleman

Paul Cook’s side progressed with a 1-0 win at Fratton Park – and Coleman felt that was fair outcome.

Coleman said: ‘We can have no complaints, the best team won.

‘We are not going to win the FA Cup and, I know they did years ago, but neither are Portsmouth and their priority like us is to get promoted. That doesn’t change with the result.

‘The pitch wasn’t conducive to passing football and they went a bit more direct than we did. It paid off for them.

‘The second half they were a lot better than us.

‘They had us on the back foot apart from the last 10 minutes. So you have to take your hat off and congratulate Portsmouth.’

Coleman believes a disjointed second half suited Pompey.

He said: ‘They played better than us, they executed their game-plan better than us and they pressed us all over the park.

‘I’ve never seen a game with so many fouls.

‘That suited them more than it did us because they had a gameplan to stop us playing. The conditions were terrible and it worked.’

Coleman stressed Pompey will see a different Accrington when they renew acquaintances in the league next month.

He said: ‘We have got to play them again in January and they will see a different Accrington. We can play better than that, they stopped us and you have got to give them credit.

‘It pains me to say it but they were hungrier than us, we seemed flat and you have got to take it on the chin.

‘We can play a bit better. It’s not often I have to say the other team were better – but they were.’