Ferry: We stuck to our football guns

Simon Ferry in action against Torquay. Picture: Joe Pepler
Simon Ferry in action against Torquay. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Simon Ferry believes Pompey were right to stay patient at Torquay.

The Blues fell behind after just 17 seconds in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the Gulls.

They refused to resort to long-ball tactics, however, on a heavy Plainmoor pitch in windy conditions.

Ferry revealed boss Guy Whittingham told the players to have the conviction to keep to their passing, as they chased the game.

The possession the Blues had in the second half failed to translate into clear chances.

But they got their reward for refusing to compromise when Ryan Bird levelled with nine minutes left.

Ferry said: ‘We played football but it wasn’t always easy with that wind and on that pitch.

‘It’s not easy when you go 1-0 down inside 20 seconds, that’s for sure.

‘We could have just tried to lump it when it was like that.

‘But we kept trying to get the ball down and play.

‘They played to the conditions and got the ball forward quickly.

‘But we kept doing what we needed to do and pass.

‘We dominated and it does happen sometimes when teams have the ball but can’t get the goal.

‘But we stuck at it and got our reward in the end.’

Ferry was frustrated by Pompey’s woeful start as they fell behind after just 17 seconds to Jordan Chappell’s opener.

That was made all the more infuriating given the steps Pompey take to focus on starting the game quickly.

But the Scot took solace from the way Whittingham’s men refused to be fazed by that poor start.

He said: ‘It’s a bit schoolboy.

‘It was in the sun, the ball dropped, there was a scuffle and it ended up in the net.

‘It shouldn’t happen and we can’t let it happen.We 
know we have to start sharp, so to concede like that was frustrating.

‘But I was impressed with the attitude and the way we responded.’

Ferry made his return to the side for the first time since the capitulation at York last month after a hamstring injury.

He is confident he will now find momentum.

He said: ‘The hamstring is a bit sore but it’s not a problem and is okay now.

‘There have been a few bits and pieces like when I broke my pinky finger and then did my hamstring.

‘I’ll be fine now, though.’