Pompey midfielder rues two points dropped

Jonathan Hoggs in action against Derby
Jonathan Hoggs in action against Derby
Pompey suffered defeat to Charlton. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Jonathan Hogg shrugged off a dramatic point and bemoaned Pompey’s failure to beat Derby.

The on-loan midfielder was outstanding for the Blues in a dreadful match ruined by the weather.

It was his punt into the box which led to the 90th minute equaliser, the ball falling in David Nugent’s direction and the striker spectacularly doing the rest.

That ensured it was very much a point earned for Steve Cotterill’s men against a side also on a dreadful run of form.

Yet for Hogg, it was a case of two points dropped at the final whistle.

He said: ‘We were disappointed in the first half, we didn’t pass the ball as much as we should have and went a bit too direct.

‘But in the second half we had a word with ourselves and pulled it together and I felt did alright.

‘We deserved the equaliser but I thought could have nicked one at the end, they had a lot of defending to do sat on the edge of the box.

‘We had a lot of crosses and I thought were unlucky not being in the right places at the right time.

‘You have to say we had a lot of possession in the last 20-30 minutes and pushed them to the max really, but to be fair they’ve done well to hold on.

‘We got the equaliser, but I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get the three points.

‘I suppose a point will have to do.’

Fratton Park was struck by a swirling south coast wind and driving rain during Saturday’s proceedings.

And Hogg admitted the conditions were responsible for what proved to be an instantly forgettable occasion.

He added: ‘It was a miserable day.

‘The pitch dug up a lot, it was bobbly, it was windy, you had to judge the ball right or it was over your head, so it was difficult.

‘It did have a bit of an impact on the game. We couldn’t pass the ball as much as we wanted so we had to go a bit longer.’