Paul Cook: Neither side deserved win

Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Cook. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Pompey draw their final first-team summer friendly
  • Cook’s side have taken three wins and three draws out of pre-season schedule

Paul Cook insisted Pompey’s Gillingham draw was a fair outcome as their pre-season campaign ended.

The Blues collected a goalless draw at the League One club on Saturday in their sixth and final first-team friendly of the summer.

Ben Davies had a great strike which struck the bar, he is terrific on free-kicks and it was a fantastic effort but I don’t think either team deserved anything

Paul Cook

In a game of few goal-scoring opportunities, Ben Davies came closest with a first-half shot which struck the bar.

After the break, Emmanuel Osadebe drew a save from Paul Jones in the 50th minute, yet overall both keepers were relatively untested.

A Pompey XI will tomorrow take on Burnham, however, in terms of the first-team, their summer schedule has finished with three wins and three draws.

And Cook was satisfied with their Priestfield Stadium result.

He said: ‘I really enjoyed the first half because I felt we started poorly, we were slow, we were sluggish and then all of a sudden took control of the game, although weren’t really as inventive enough in the last third as we would have liked.

‘At half-time I was looking for us to go on but Justin (Edinburgh) made a couple of tactical changes and the game became very bitty and scrappy.

‘Ben Davies had a great strike which struck the bar, he is terrific on free-kicks and it was a fantastic effort but I don’t think either team deserved anything.

‘They had one good shot in the second half and Paul Jones has made a great save, but I don’t think either team did enough to win.

‘You have got to be pleased, if you draw away from home and win at home you have always got to be pleased.

‘We had tremendous travelling support for a pre-season friendly, we just want to do our best for all those people.

‘I just want us to be good on the eye for our supporters, I want the supporters to always go home and say “Yep, they have given us everything they have got”.

‘We have some smashing players here and are really looking forward to next Saturday’s game (against Dagenham & Redbridge) and doing our best.’

A Pompey XI travel to Burnham tomorrow night (7.30pm) as part of the deal which took Ryan Bird to Fratton Park in the summer of 2013.

Since then the striker has joined Cambridge and this summer signed a two-year deal at Yeovil.

Tickets for the match at the non-leaguers are priced £6 for adults, £4 for seniors and £2 for under-16s.