AARON McCAREY rued Pompey’s late Stevenage heartache and admitted: It feels like a defeat.
Paul Cook’s side saw their hopes of returning to the League Two summit wrecked by Brett Williams’ stoppage-time equaliser at Fratton Park last night.
It’s heartbreaking to concede like that in the last few seconds.Aaron McCarey
That cancelled out Conor Chaplin’s fifth goal of the season and earned a 1-1 draw for former Blues striker Teddy Sheringham’s side.
The manner of the goal coming so late was a dagger blow for the Fratton faithful.
McCarey was left frustrated by that – and the way in which the goal was conceded from a long throw.
He said: ‘It’s disappointing to concede like that
‘We didn’t defend it particularly well.
‘It’s a long throw and the ball has bounced in the six-yard box.
‘I don’t know if the lad meant it or not but it’s looped over me, and it didn’t give me a chance.
‘It’s very frustrating to come away with a point.
‘It does feel like a defeat. It’s disappointing.
‘It’s heartbreaking to concede like that in the last few seconds.
‘When we are in that position, we have to be resilient and see games out.
‘It’s a set-piece and a long ball. We have to defend it and see it out.
‘We knew they had a long throw, so we should have been organised.
‘But now the team needs to dust itself down and go again.’
Chaplin’s goal shortly after leaving the bench looked to have been enough to win the game with 13 minutes left.
That came with Pompey’s pressure mounting in a match where they had 20 shots on goal.
And McCarey acknowledged the chances were there to win the game.
He said: ‘To be fair they’ve defended well but we’ve had opportunities.
‘We haven’t made the keeper make a big save but created opportunities.
‘We played well the whole game.
‘The fans are tremendous and get behind you here, but teams want to sit in and get a point. It feels like three points to them.
‘They sit in and defend well.
‘It makes things tough for us. We have to see the game out, though.
‘But we have to think about it when the emotions settle.
‘We’re a point closer to Plymouth than before the game.
‘Promotion places aren’t decided in October, though. There’s a long way to go.’
McCarey’s existing loan agreement from Wolves is now at a close after six games.
He is looking to see what lies ahead – and would be keen to stay.
McCarey said: ‘I’ll see what happens.
‘I’ll speak to the manager and see what his plans and thoughts are moving forward.
‘I’m happy here to be and have enjoyed every minute.
‘I’d be delighted to stay.’