Agyemang: Pompey point deserved

Patrick Agyemang holds off the close attention of Doncaster defender Tommy Spurr Picture: Joe Pepler
Patrick Agyemang holds off the close attention of Doncaster defender Tommy Spurr Picture: Joe Pepler
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Patrick Agyemang is adamant Pompey deserved their Keepmoat Stadium point – despite a ‘sloppy’ first-half display.

The Blues pulled off a shock result at the home of the League One leaders, securing a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

They had to come back from a goal down to achieve it, with Jed Wallace’s second-half strike cancelling out Chris Brown’s 37th-minute opener.

Few would have anticipated the relegation strugglers forcing their way back into the match after a first-half in which they struggled to keep possession, carelessly giving away the ball.

It was very much a different story after the break, though, and the man who created Wallace’s leveller, Agyemang, believes the draw was warranted.

He said: ‘In the first half we were giving the ball away too many times, too cheaply, and if we kept it we could have caused them more problems.

‘It was our own fault, it’s just sloppy passes. But the manager addressed that at half-time and we came out and did better.

‘That first half was just us being sloppy. We’ve got a lot of young players in our team, we need to give them confidence, we don’t need to get on their backs and put them down.

‘After the break we pressed Doncaster because we had that belief.

‘We were a goal down but didn’t give up and once we got that goal we looked as though we could have won it.

‘One more clear-cut chance and we could have done it but it obviously wasn’t to be.

‘We deserved the point, though, and are going to keep trying to climb up that table.’

The equalising goal came in the 75th minute, with the ever-impressive Agyemang the architect.

For Wallace, it was a third goal of the season as he continues his first-team development.

And Agyemang was delighted with his own contribution in that build-up.

He added: ‘I’ve just tried to be a nuisance for that goal.

‘Yassin (Moutaouakil) has picked me out and put it on to my chest, then I have just tried to drive into the box.

‘The ball wouldn’t come down and I’ve tried to aim for Dave (Connolly) because I know he likes it on his right foot to whip it round.

‘It has gone under his foot and come to Jed and he has put it in.’