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Pompey defender admits: Oxford goal looked terrible
Wednesday, 19th Apr 2023 21:51 by staff

Joe Raffery admitted the goal that cost Pompey victory at Oxford looked terrible - and said the Blues needed to be better all over the pitch.

John Mousinho's men were pegged back after Marlon Pack's free kick put them ahead at the Kassam - and their failure to win ended any realistic hopes they had of finishing in the top six, even if that is still technically possible.

Raffety spoke to the media afterwards and said it was frustrating they had not been able to sustain a decent play-off push in recent weeks: 'We’re all frustrated because you get your hopes up a bit and look at what could happen, but it hasn’t panned out.

'You look at the game with Morecambe that we should be winning or MK Dons when we were playing well, then had the sending off. Two wins there and a draw at Oxford actually looks like a really good point, so it’s been quite hard for us.

'It probably wasn’t good enough overall, albeit at a place that’s difficult to come to and they really should be higher in the table. We know we’ve got to be better all over the pitch, although it was a brilliant strike from Marlon — he’s got that quality.

'It was a great header from an awkward angle for the equaliser, but it looks terrible to have a free header from a corner and we managed to sort it out after that. It was frustrating that we weren’t able to support Colby enough and he was playing off scraps a lot of the time. The balls into him — including some of mine — weren’t good enough.

'I know the fans were getting frustrated at times and that’s fair enough, but sometimes we need to be more patient on the ball and work it around.'

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