Paul Cook: Wycombe caused Pompey problems

Pompey concede the opening goal at Adams Park. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey concede the opening goal at Adams Park. Picture: Joe Pepler

Wycombe Wanderers have now joined Oxford United on the list of those to have inflicted a bloody nose.

On Saturday, the Blues were rocking, against the ropes, as they struggled to fend off the home opposition.

We were always going to eventually pick ourselves off the floor, we are not that type of team, not in my opinion at our level, no-one will put us on the backfoot for 90 minutes

Paul Cook

Yet strong character was displayed as Paul Cook’s men fought their way back from two goals down to draw 2-2.

Caolan Lavery and Adam Webster were the scorers, netting in a 10-minute spell stretching across half-time.

For Pompey’s boss it was reminiscent of the 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium in September following an uncomfortable first half.

Regardless, the visitors remained intact to sit fifth in League Two.

Cook said: ‘Scoring our first goal before half-time was crucial, we weren’t playing well, we were on our back foot for long periods of the first half and unfortunately at times we couldn’t handle them.

‘So to come in and nick a goal just before half-time was pleasing, to get a point was pleasing, 2-0 down away from home it would have been a fantastic result to go on and win.

‘Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that but I think you have got to give Wycombe credit, they caused us no end of problems, especially in the first half.

‘The team talk at half-time was never going to be a nice one. You can’t play like we did and expect to be spoken to nicely.

‘We were always going to eventually pick ourselves off the floor, we are not that type of team, not in my opinion at our level, no-one will put us on the backfoot for 90 minutes.

‘Certainly Oxford have done it for a spell, Wycombe did, but we will put teams on their back foot.

‘Unfortunately we were 2-0 down for a time.

‘Wycombe don’t concede many goals, they have one of the best defensive records in the league, but at times we went on to stretch them and cause them problems.’

A poor clearance from Brain Murphy assisted the Chairboys in breaking the deadlock on 27 minutes as Michael Harriman struck the ball into an empty net.

The QPR loanee then crossed for Garry Thompson to net the second only three minutes later.

Yet Pompey forced their way back into the game and even had strong appeals for a penalty waved away when Christian Burgess claimed he was man handled by Aaron Pierre.

Still, it represented an excellent point for the visitors.

Crook added: ‘We were disappointed that wasn’t a penalty, to be fair to their lad they were saying it was tit for tat.

‘But some of their holding in the box and pulling was not right.

‘We felt we should have had a penalty.

‘As for their first, goals are goals, we don’t concede good goals, they are always shockers!

‘That was no difference, so we just get on with it. I thought Marc McNulty just looked a bit tired, a little bit leggy and was thinking about putting Conor Chaplin on.

‘But he did get a hat-trick in the week and I am always trying to balance it.

‘Lavery is out next week with it being the FA Cup so I am sure we will make one or two changes for Accrington.’