Pompey still refusing to give up play-off fight

Jonathan Hogg battles with Preston's Eddie Johnson
Jonathan Hogg battles with Preston's Eddie Johnson
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Jonathan Hogg is still clinging on to the faint hope that Pompey’s play-off dream is not yet over as he insisted: We can’t just give up now.

The on-loan Aston Villa midfielder was left disappointed by the Blues’ first-half showing as they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Championship strugglers Preston.

The result left Pompey in 14th place – nine points off the top six – and now probably needing to win all six of their remaining matches to have any hope of making the play-offs.

But while most fans feel the top six will prove a step too far for Pompey, Hogg has refused to write off the prospect.

He said: ‘While it’s still possible, you have to fight for the three points.

‘It’s obviously going to be hard. But all we can do is keep winning and hope other teams slip up.

‘If the play-offs come at the end of the season, then they come.

‘But you just, work trying to win each game, and now we need to beat Coventry on Tuesday evening.

‘We can’t just give up because of this result.’

While Preston were understandably motivated in their quest to beat the drop, Pompey were missing an edge in the first half on Saturday but improved considerably after the break.

Hogg said: ‘We need to be better than that, really.

‘I thought we did okay for the first 20 minutes and then they got the goal and it set us back a bit.

‘We were a lot better in the second half and we were fighting as we should have been from the start.

‘Preston were fighting hard as you would expect but it was a lot more like us in the second half.’