Paul Cook: Pompey are getting there

Pompey manager Paul Cook    Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey manager Paul Cook Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Cook admits ‘deficiencies’ but pleased with Pompey progress

Paul Cook conceded his Pompey side’s ‘deficiencies’.

But the Blues boss is adamant he is delighted with the strengths of a team which remains second in League Two.

I just don’t think we work anyone’s goalkeeper anywhere near enough for the amount of possession in areas we get in

Paul Cook

Saturday’s goalless draw against Mansfield represented a fourth successive Fratton Park match Cook’s side have failed to win.

They mustered only two shots on target against Adam Murray’s men in another frustrating result on home turf.

Regardless, after 15 matches Pompey have tasted defeat just once and continue to sit in second spot.

And Cook continues to be proud of his team’s progress.

He said: ‘We are in control of the game and I want to build a club like that, I want us to play like that going forward. We want to be able to stand against any teams and play good football.

‘We have a few deficiencies in the team now, but people asking are you going to go in the loan market, what for? Let’s try and buy our way out of the league every week! It’s not real.

‘Saturday was disappointing, teams come and do what they do.

‘Mansfield said they were going to come and have a right good go, I don’t particularly think anyone has come and had a right good go, truth be told.

‘We lack that oomph in the box and will keep working away. But that is the nature of the game, the league’s tight, there are a lot of good teams.

‘Oxford lost at home to Barnet on Saturday, everyone has it. Let’s deal with it.

‘We don’t look like being beaten at home and that is the pleasing thing for me, we are what we are.

‘I don’t like the way we give goals away, I want us to be solid and the pleasing thing is when we do score first then you will see more.

‘The hardest part of the game is to have good records at both ends of the pitch.

‘If you look at any team they will be solid at one end and giving goals at the other, we are actually one of the teams who are probably in the top five or six in both.

‘That shows you we’ve had a good start and will keep working on what we are doing.’

Plymouth extended their lead at the top of the table to four points following a 2-1 victory at Luton.

Regardless, Pompey’s home form remains a concern having picked up two wins in eight league games.

And Cook knows there are aspects to improve on.

He added: ‘Sometimes we look like we don’t have that player who is capable of going past someone and putting it into the top corner.

‘I just don’t think we work anyone’s goalkeeper anywhere near enough for the amount of possession in areas we get in.

‘That is for us to work on in training.’