Cooper: Draw was the right result

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Colin Cooper admitted a 0-0 draw had been the right result after seeing his Hartlepool side held by gritty Pompey.

The former Middlesbrough defender anticipated his team would face a stern struggle to break down Andy Awford’s team.

And Cooper was honest in his appraisal of a game that presented few genuine chances at either end.

He said: ‘As boring as it sounds, 0-0 was probably about right.

‘After the way we’ve played at home over the last few weeks we can’t really be satisfied with a point.

‘But we have to accept there will be games where we can’t always be on top and free-flowing. When we spoke on Thursday and Friday – with a defender in caretaker charge at Portsmouth – we said they were always going to be organised, well-drilled and hard to break down.

‘Both teams worked hard and there was a lot of effort and commitment from both sets of players.

‘It was competitive and sometimes you just have to accept the point and move on.’

Hartlepool goalkeeper Scott Flinders made one excellent save to deny Jed Wallace – tipping his shot on to the inside of the post.

Trevor Carson responded in the dying minutes, getting his fingers to Matty Dolan’s effort.

And Cooper felt a goal might have changed the complexion of the game.

He said: ‘The game could have gone either way really.

‘Scott Flinders has made a couple of good saves and Trevor Carson has also made a couple at the other end as well.

‘Without any disrespect, I think if we get the first goal we could maybe have gone on to be more free-flowing and open.

‘We still played some good football at times – more than on Tuesday night.

‘But not enough to really cut Portsmouth open.

‘Are we satisfied? No.

‘Is it the right result? Probably.’

– STEVE WILSON